Characteristics of workplace threats requiring response from a university threat assessment team

Yan Yan Cao, Jingzhen Yang, Marizen Ramirez, Corinne Peek-Asa

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OBJECTIVE:: In response to concerns about campus violence, universities are implementing threat assessment teams. In 2008, a large university's new threat assessment team began to identify and respond to potentially harmful situations. METHODS:: Events that involved the threat assessment team from August 2008 through December 2010 were examined to describe subjects, referral sources, and team actions. RESULTS:: The team responded to 284 events - approximately 10 per month. Employees were the subject in 21.5% of events, students in 60.2%, and visitors in 18.3%. External threats, including assaults, threats, harassment, and stalking, comprised 49.5% of cases, and internal threats, including suicide attempt/ideation and mental health or behavior concerns, comprised 50.5%. CONCLUSION:: The university team responded to a wide variety of events referred from multiple units across campus and that involved a combination of employees, students, and visitors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-51
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013


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