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.