Threat Recognition & Reporting on Campus
Campus safety is enhanced when all community members identify and report behaviors of concern in a caring and timely manner. It is important for all campus affiliates to be mindful of threats and concerning behavior on campus and the broader community. Early identification of concerns enables early intervention to more effectively address behaviors that are threatening or significantly disruptive to the learning, living, and working environment. There are sometimes concerns about behavior or incidents that you may not feel fall squarely into a “threat” category. Behavior notably out of the norm on the part of a friend or co-worker, and discovery of hate speech – which may fall short of a direct threat - directed at a group or person are two of many examples.
Personal safety and threat assessment are covered in a campus-wide policy available on the UVM Policy Page. Our teams have also spent considerable time updating the resources available to recognize and report threats or concerns. Reporting - sharing the information you have - about threats or concerns is arguably the most important step in community safety and ensuring the healthiest possible environment. Early intervention is essential and each of us has an important role, with the support of the threat assessment team.
The remainder of this page has a variety of helpful details. If you read no further the top takeaways are:
1. Be mindful that each of us has a role in campus safety.
2. See something – say something. Reports are not viewed as a means to “get someone in trouble.” Rather, they provide an opportunity to help someone – and the broader campus community – before trouble occurs. Early recognition and intervention are the best options.
3. Download and familiarize yourself with the LiveSafe app.
4. Share this information, and the link to this site, with your friends and colleagues.
For reporting options, beyond direct threats or emergencies, visit our Unified Campus Reporting Portal.