Threat assessment and management

The University Police Services has established a Violence Prevention Program that utilizes a comprehensive threat assessment and management approach to preventing violence.

In order to promote a violence-free campus, the goal of the Violence Prevention Program is to provide an integrated and coordinated process for identifying and responding to students, faculty, staff, and other individuals who may be at risk of harming themselves or others. 

Achieving this goal involves:

  • receiving and responding to reported concerns
  • investigating and intervening as necessary to reduce risk and/or manage threat
  • collaborating with and capitalizing on multi-disciplinary expertise to review, identify and develop specific intervention/prevention strategies
  • collecting and organizing information to facilitate communication
  • analyzing information, making an assessment, and following up as appropriate
  • providing education and training to faculty, staff, and students in how to identify and report concerning behaviors and incidents that may need further assessment

For additional information, please review the additional pages on this website or contact:

Threat Assessment Coordinator
Kelli Nidever (775) 682-7256

Detailed information

  • Violence Prevention Program

    The Violence Prevention Program is designed to promote and improve campus community safety through a proactive, multi-disciplinary, coordinated and objective approach.

    The Threat Assessment and Management approach is a best practice for the identification, assessment, intervention, management, and prevention of situations that pose, or may pose a threat to the safety and well-being of our campus community. (students, faculty, staff, and visitors ).

    The Program consists of a centralized reporting system. Once a report is received, the threat assessment process is initiated.

    The purpose of the assessment is to determine if an individual or situation poses, or may reasonably pose, a threat of violence to self, others, or the campus community and to intervene to avert the threat and maintain the safety of the situation.

    All concerning behaviors exhibited by students, employees, visitors, and non-affiliated persons will be evaluated in an attempt to prevent violence to ensure the campus remains a safe and secure working and learning environment.

    The threat assessment process depends on the expertise in the areas of law enforcement, mental health, student services, human resources and legal counsel to ensure an appropriate response. Other professional members may be consulted as needed.

  • What is Threat Assessment?

    Threat assessment is a process designed to identify individuals of concern, investigate individuals and situations, and assess the information gathered.  If necessary, an intervention plan will be implemented to manage and/or monitor the person or situation.

      The Process of Threat Management:

    • Early identification of individuals at risk
    • Centralized reporting to the Threat Assessment Coordinator, University Police, or Student Intervention Team
    • Initial threat assessment to determine if an imminent danger or emergency exists
    • Investigate, gather Information, and make an assessment
    • Develop and implement an individualized intervention and management plan
    • Monitor and re-evaluate plan to effect safety
    • Refer and follow-up as appropriate
  • Identifying concerning behaviors

    Preventing violence and supporting the safety of the campus are responsibilities of all members of the University of Nevada, Reno.  Campus safety is enhanced through recognizing and identifying threatening and/or concerning behaviors and reporting the information in a timely manner.

    The Best Prevention is Early Intervention

    There are many behaviors that may cause concern for the safety and well-being of an individual, or the campus as a whole.

    The following is not an exhaustive list but provides examples of concerning behaviors or situations. These examples are meant to help you identify potential concerns during your daily interactions with others.

    • References to harming others or planning a violent or destructive event
    • Preoccupation with publicized stories of violence
    • Intimidating others, confrontational, agitation, easily provoked, blaming others
    • Unusual or abrupt changes in behaviors or patterns
    • Extreme reaction to a loss or traumatic event
    • Strained relationships
    • Significant change in life circumstances such as loss of a job or relationship
    • Evidence of depression, hopelessness, or suicidal thoughts/plans
    • Marked decline in academic or job performance
    • Fixation with grievance or perceived wrongdoing
    • Substance Abuse
    • Notable changes in personality, behavior, and appearance
    • Inappropriate emotional responses
    • Harassment, Stalking, Intimidation
    • Aggressiveness,  making threatening statements or gestures
    • Challenging authority
    • Delusional (Belief process that does not appear to be connected with reality)
    • First interest in or acquisition of weapons, increased practicing, or bringing to campus (especially in conjunction with other risk factors).

    If you have concerns about a person or situation, even if you think it may be nothing, you are encouraged to share the information.  The information you provide, no matter how trivial it may seem by itself, may be critical to understanding a broader range of problematic or threatening behavior.

  • Reporting threats and concerning behavior

    If you are experiencing or observing an immediate threatening or violent situation, call 9-1-1.

    Everyone is encouraged to report any unusual or threatening behaviors, even if the risk is not perceived as immediately dangerous or imminent.  To report other concerns that may not pose immediate threats, call, e-mail, or text the University Police Services: 

    Kelli Nidever
    Threat Assessment Coordinator
    Phone: (775) 682-7256.

    Non-emergency dispatch (775) 334-COPS (2677)
    Police Services Duty Phone (775) 745-6195
    Main Office (775) 784-4013

    You can also text UNRTIP (and then your message)  to 50911.

    Complete a Student Intervention Team form
    Use the UNR Safe Pack App.  Some of the available options are to e-mail a tip, call campus police, call 911, or text 911.  

    You may choose to report a tip anonymously; however, if the reporting person does not identify him/herself, there may be fewer options for addressing the situation.

    As the reporting party, you can expect that someone will contact you about your concern to see if you have any additional information. 
    Working with the Campus Community to Prevent Violence
    A Violence-Free Campus depends on you, the University of Nevada, Reno community, to notice and refer potentially worrisome behaviors or situations before they result in harm.  A person who receives help sooner, rather than later, may be less likely to experience more severe symptoms or cause harm to self or others.