Menacing or Criminal Behavior

Menacing or Criminal Behavior

Menacing Behavior

  • Stay calm.
  • If you encounter a potentially dangerous person, take steps to avoid aggravating the situation or the person.
  • When possible, call 911. While with or near the person, remain calm and cooperate. Try to not make sudden movements. When it is safe to do so, call 911, and give as much information as possible under the circumstance, especially your name and location (department, building and room number).
  • If safe to do so, alert others that an emergency or dangerous situation is occurring and that everyone should quietly leave the area.
  • Attempt to distance yourself from the individual.
  • Be empathetic and show concern.
  • Try to sit down with the person, as sitting is a less aggressive posture than standing or moving around.
  • Be helpful. Schedule an appointment for a later time, take notes.
  • Provide positive feedback such as, “We can get this straightened out,” or “I’m glad you’re telling me how you feel about this.”
  • Keep a safe distance — stay out of arm’s reach.
  • Minimize eye contact.
  • Do not argue, yell or joke.
  • Do not grab, hold or touch the person.

If the individual’s level of agitation increases, attempt the following:

  • Leave the scene.
  • Call 911.
  • Alert co-workers using an agreed-upon code word to indicate trouble.
  • Do not allow menacing behavior to go unreported.
  • Alert University Police and co-workers immediately after the person leaves.

The key to control in situations where a person is being physically threatening, or someone is in imminent danger of assault, is to work together with those around you. If physically unable to break away from an attacker, shout for help.

Criminal Behavior

If you witness violent or criminal behavior (assault, robbery, theft) anywhere on University property, the following procedures should be followed:

  1. Call 911 immediately.
  2. Supply the 911 dispatcher with as much of the following information as possible:
    • Your name
    • Your contact information (e.g., cell phone number)
    • Nature of incident
    • Location of incident
    • Description of person(s) involved
    • Description of property involved
    • Description of weapon(s), if any involved
  3. If you are a witness, or were in the area at the time of the incident, you will need to assist the police when they arrive by giving them any additional information.

Workplace or Classroom Violence

If you see someone enter a campus building or office with a firearm or threatening weapon, or acting in a menacing or violent manner, do the following:

  1. Call 911 immediately
  2. Provide as much of the following information as possible:
    • Your name
    • Your contact information (e.g., cell phone number)
    • Nature of incident
    • Location of incident
    • Description of person(s) involved
    • Description of weapon(s), if any involved
  3. The dispatcher will direct the authorities to your location.
  4. If you are working in the area of the intruder, after notifying 911, seek shelter in your area (e.g., under a desk) until it is safe to evacuate. Stay away from doors and windows.
  5. Police will investigate the area where the intruder is located, and if necessary will evacuate employees in the building to the designated safe area where a head count will be taken.
  6. No one should re-enter the building until the police have determined it is safe.
  7. If you are a witness, or were in the area at the time of the incident, you will need to assist the police when they arrive by giving them any additional information.