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Threat Assessment Team

Effective Date: 08-17-11

Authorization:
Pursuant to Chapter 11 of the policy manual of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, the President of the University of Northern Iowa has established the campus Threat Assessment Team to proactively prepare the campus to manage situations and issues that may threaten the safety and security of students, employees, and visitors. In determining the scope of the team's authority the term "campus" includes all land, buildings, facilities, and other property in the possession of or owned, used, or controlled by the University (including adjacent streets or sidewalks) and further extends to any conduct by a University student or employee while engaged in activities which may be perceived to be University related. In carrying out its charge the Threat Assessment Team will implement the principles contained in the University's Violence Free Campus Policy (http://www.uni.edu/policies/710). All members of the Threat Assessment Team are designated as institutional officials with legitimate educational interests in information that is protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) or other privacy laws pertaining to student or personnel issues.

Mission Statement
The University of Northern Iowa is committed to promoting and providing a safe and secure environment for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to our campus. Therefore the Threat Assessment Team will review and evaluate information regarding concerns or issues involving perceived threats to University students, faculty, staff, visitors or property and will act, as necessary, to protect the campus community.

The Threat Assessment Team has been established to:

  • Receive, coordinate and assess information on perceived threats to the safety and security of University students, faculty, staff, visitors or property
  • Share and evaluate available information to determine if an articulable and significant risk of threat is present
  • Develop an appropriate plan of action to mitigate the risk, including intervention strategies to deal with violence, threats and disruptive behavior
  • Respond to situations involving a risk of violence or threatening behavior including behavior indicating a potential risk of harm to self or others
  • Identify and develop resources for troubled faculty, staff, and students
  • Make referrals to the Student Intervention Team (SIT) or other appropriate campus and off-campus agencies
  • Communicate with others as necessary and appropriate to carry out the team's purposes
  • Recommend University action regarding campus safety and security matters to appropriate decision makers
  • Develop resources and training for the campus community on identification, reporting and responding to situations involving potential threats to safety and security.
  • Review and assess outcomes of actions taken

Operating Protocols

  1. The Threat Assessment Team (TAT) meets weekly throughout the academic year and regularly during the summer months. The TAT also meets as needed to evaluate and develop plans as circumstances necessitate
  2. Team members are expected to contact the chair, or in the chair's absence the vice-chair, of the TAT immediately with information that indicates a developing situation which appears to involve a significant and imminent risk to safety and security. The chair or vice-chair will notify team members and may call an emergency meeting of the team. The emergency meeting may also include other individuals who would be helpful in evaluating the risk and developing a plan to mitigate the risk.
  3. The team will evaluate the level and imminence of risk and develop a plan to mitigate the risk. Examples of possible team decisions may include but are not limited to the following:
    • Active monitoring of the situation
    • Gathering additional information to more accurately evaluate the possible threat
    • Adopting a plan to respond to the situation and monitoring implementation
    • Referring individuals to appropriate campus offices or bodies
    • Referring individuals to the legal system for evaluation of behavior for criminal action

Threat Assessment Team Membership
The TAT is composed of those who are likely to receive or become aware of information regarding threats to safety and security, who have knowledge of appropriate means of assessing and evaluating information and who have access to resources necessary to mitigate risks. Members include all of the following or their designees:

  • Director, Public Safety (Chair)
  • Assistant to President, Compliance and Equity Management
  • Asst. VP and Executive Director of Residence
  • Chair of the Enterprise Risk Management Council
  • Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs
  • Dean of Students
  • Director, Human Resources Services
  • Director, Counseling Center
  • Executive Director, University Relations
  • University Counsel
  • Representative from Research and Development School Behavioral Intervention Team

Notes and logs kept by the team chair and minutes of team meetings shall be considered official records of the Department of Public Safety.

Approved by President: August 2011

Date Updated: January 24, 2013