Campus Threat Assessment

Purpose

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is committed to a safe and nonviolent campus environment and does not tolerate acts or threats of violence. In service of these commitments, and consistent with the Campus Security Enhancement Act of 2008 (110 ILCS 12) and its companion rules at 29 Ill. Adm. Code Part 305, this policy establishes the authority of the university’s Threat Assessment and Behavioral Intervention Teams and provides guidance for identifying observable behaviors or circumstances that indicate someone needs assistance, is at risk of disrupting the educational environment, or may pose a risk of violence.

Scope

This policy applies to the campus community, including all university employees, agents, students, and visitors.

Authority

The campus Executive Director of Public Safety or designee is responsible for implementing and maintaining this policy.

Policy

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign shall have a Behavioral Intervention Team and a Threat
Assessment Team to evaluate reports of concerning behaviors that have the potential to lead to Targeted
Violence. All university employees and agents must report the behaviors and indicators listed in Section I
below to the Behavioral Intervention Team or Threat Assessment Team and must cooperate with requests
from the teams in connection with their violence prevention and response missions.

Definitions

Behavioral Intervention Team means the multidisciplinary committee responsible for evaluating student behaviors for their potential to lead to targeted violence and for determining situation-specific response plans.

Student means any person who:

  1. Has accepted an offer of admission to the university in the past 12 months;
  2. Is currently enrolled in one or more courses at the university; or
  3. Has been enrolled in one or more courses at the university in the past six months.

Targeted Violence means an incident of physical violence in which both the perpetrator and targets are identified or identifiable prior to the incident.

Threat Assessment Team means the multidisciplinary committee responsible for evaluating behaviors of employees and other non-Students for their potential to lead to Targeted Violence and for determining situation-specific response plans.

Processes/Procedures/Guidelines

What to Report to the Teams

The following guidance is intended to help members of the campus community identify observable behaviors or circumstances that indicate someone needs assistance, is at risk of disrupting the educational environment, or may pose a risk of violence. It is not always possible to know the significance of any single behavior taken out of context. The university’s Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment teams rely upon the active participation of our campus community in recognizing and reporting concerning and threatening behaviors or other indicators that show an individual may be on a pathway to violence. University employees and agents with knowledge or observation of any of these behaviors or indicators
must immediately report to the appropriate team:

Violent behaviors that create a reasonable fear of physical harm, including aggressive acts and/or violent preoccupation (e.g., violent fantasies, writings, etc. that are inconsistent       within a given context or classroom assignment)
Physical attack
• Domestic/relationship violence
• Sexual assault
• Intimidation
• Property damage, particularly if driven by anger or heightened emotions
Threats

– Direct: “I am going to…”
– Indirect: “If I wanted to I could…”
– Conditional: “If you do x, then I will…”
– Veiled: “This would be a better place without you.”

Unwanted pursuit or contact (stalking)/harassment
• Fixation (increasing unhealthy preoccupation) on a person or cause, particularly if accompanied by heightened angry emotions
Presence of protective orders (“no contact” directives or “restraining orders”)
• Troubling preoccupation with weapons; and/or presence of a weapon on campus
• Suicidal/homicidal thoughts, plans, or intent
• Paranoia or other psychological distress, particularly if accompanied by agitation or impulsivity
Inappropriate outbursts or belligerence
• Substance abuse, particularly if accompanied by violence or other misconduct

These examples are not all-inclusive, and this information is not intended to be used as a checklist. Individuals who are concerned that another person may pose a risk of violence should contact the appropriate team even if they cannot identify specific risk factors. The Behavioral Intervention Team and Threat Assessment Team will each use information it receives in fact-based processes to evaluate reported behaviors and in development of specific response action plans.

How we Report to the Teams

Any individual who observes behavior that they believe may pose an imminent threat to safety, security, or health should call 9-1-1 immediately. If the conduct does not pose an imminent threat to safety, security, or health, the individual should report their concerns to the appropriate office, as outlined below.

If your concerns are regarding a student:

 Behavioral Intervention Team

 During business hours:            (217) 333-0050

 After hours:                                (217) 649-4129

 Email:                                           helpdean@illinois.edu

 Online referral:                          https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?UnivofIllinois&layout_id=8

 Website:                                      https://odos.illinois.edu/community-of-care/behavioral-intervention-team/

If your concerns are regarding an employee or other non-student:

 Threat Assessment Team

 During business hours:           (217) 333-3105

 After hours:                               (217) 333-1216 (UIPD non-emergency number)

 Email:                                          hrgeneral@illinois.edu 

 Website:                                     http://humanresources.illinois.edu/hr-professionals/labor-and-employee-relations/threat-assessment.html

All team members will have access to the information reported to, or gathered by, that team. Other individuals also may have access to the information to the extent that it is necessary for the campus to fulfill its violence prevention and response mission and to promote the safety of the campus community. Privacy interests will be protected as required by law.

Confidential Resources

The University provides assistance for Students and employees and their families who want to discuss a situation in a confidential setting.

Counseling Center

Counseling Center services are designed to help Students address many of the academic, relational, social, and emotional concerns they face. Students may schedule an initial appointment by calling (217) 333-3704 any time after 7:50 a.m., Monday through Friday. The Counseling Center encourages Students to call early, since times available for initial appointments are provided in the order that calls are received. Lastly, callers should stay on the line until their call is picked up. The phone will ring until the call is answered; if the caller hangs up, they will lose their place in the queue.

Faculty/Staff Assistance Services

FSAS offers confidential assessment of personal and professional concerns, and short-term and solution-focused counseling to University of Illinois employees, retirees, and their household members. Examples of issues addressed include work-related issues, relationship and family concerns, grief and loss, substance use/addictions, stress, anxiety, depression, and other personal concerns. The FSAS responds to campus and/or departmental crises through individual crisis intervention, individual or group debriefings, and consultations for supervisors or departmental leaders following a critical incident or traumatic event such as the death of a coworker. For appointments, please call (217) 244-5312, and for crises, please call (217) 244-7739.

The complete list, including non-confidential resources, is available in Section V of the Campus Violence Prevention Plan.

Campus Violence Prevention Plan

The campus has developed a comprehensive Campus Violence Prevention Plan (CVPP), which can be found at https://police.illinois.edu/emergency-preparedness/campus-violence-prevention-plan/.

Exceptions

None.

Contact

Executive Director of Public Safety