Report Concerning Behavior or Statements
If you believe that an individual on campus has committed or may commit an act of violence, is engaging in behavior or making statements that raise concern about the potential for violence, or otherwise may pose a threat to the health or safety of any member of the Green Mountain College community, call Campus Safety at 802.287.8911 or make a report to any member of the Campus Threat Assessment Team. Examples of concerning behavior or statements that should be reported are described in more detail below. Identifying Concerning Behavior 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:
- Unusual or abrupt changes in behaviors or patterns;
- Extreme reaction to a loss or traumatic event;
- Preoccupation with weapons, violent events, or persons who have engaged in violent acts;
- Uncharacteristically poor performance;
- References to harming others or planning a violent or destructive event;
- Evidence of depression, hopelessness, or suicidal thoughts/plans;
- Inappropriate responses such as prolonged irritability, angry outbursts, or intense reactions;
- Strained interpersonal relations, isolating behaviors, or low self-esteem; and
- Significant change in life circumstances such as loss of job or relationship.
Again, these are just examples of behaviors that may cause concern. If you observe or become aware of situations that cause concern for safety, consult with College officials, colleagues, and supervisors and report your concerns. Also, 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 threatening behavior.
Source: Implementing Behavioral Threat Assessment on Campus, Marisa R. Randazzo, Ph.D., Ellen Plummer, Ph.D., November, 2009 PDF
Dial 802.287.8911 immediately if an emergency is imminent or occurring. The Campus Threat Assessment Team (TAT) The Campus Threat Assessment Team regularly collects and assesses information about potentially threatening behavior or statements by members of the Green Mountain College community and provides a range of responses, from early intervention to referral and crisis management, in an effort to respond appropriately to potential threats posed by students, staff, employees or campus visitors. Reports from concerned students, faculty, staff or others may be made to any member of the Campus Threat Assessment Team. Team members include:
Jennifer Sellers, Dean of Faculty | email@example.com | (802) 287-8392
Bill Gaiotti, Director of Campus Safety | firstname.lastname@example.org | (802) 287-8912
Peg Gregory, Director of the Wellness Center | email@example.com | (802) 287-8376
Patrick Connelly, Chair, Vice President of Student Life | firstname.lastname@example.org | (802) 287-2993
Janie Evans, Director of Human Resources | evansMJ@greenmtn.edu | (802) 287-8203
To contact any of these team members outside of regularly scheduled office hours, contact Campus Security at 802.287.8911. Campus Security will contact the team member for you. The Vice President of Student Life serves as the chair of the Threat Assessment Team and, in consultation with other College officials as appropriate, will assess the reported information and determine whether to convene the TAT Team. The TAT Team is assigned by the President of the College. Not ready to talk with anyone at Green Mountain College?
Consider calling a national hotline, Campus Conduct Hotline, for help. Simply dial toll-free to 866.943.5787. Once you have dialed the toll-free number, here is how the reporting and follow-up processes work:
- Your call will be greeted promptly and courteously by a person who makes certain you understand the Campus Conduct Hotline© program and how it functions. If you prefer to make your report in a language other than English, just let the person who answers know and they will arrange for a translator to participate.
- At the beginning of the interview, you will be provided with a five digit, randomly generated case number that you should use to check back for updates and requests for additional information. Be sure to write this number down and remember where you put it!
- You will then be interviewed about the question or concern that is on your mind.
- Your interview will not be recorded. Instead, the interviewer will be typing notes of your conversation. Whether or not you choose to provide your name is completely up to you.
- Within one business-day of your call, a summary of the interview will be forwarded to Green Mountain College. Our goal will be to have a basic response back to you in five business days.
- To receive your response, you will need to call back and provide the five digit case number that has been assigned to you. At that time, you might be asked to provide additional information or to call back at a later date. You will be able to keep checking back for updates until your case is closed.
Because of the built-in confidentiality, it is important that you try to be as specific as possible about the information you provide. And, please be sure to call back in five business days to check to see if any additional information is needed. Alternatively, if you would like someone to contact you directly, you can leave your name along with a phone number where and when you would prefer to be called. To repeat, at no time are you required to identify yourself and all information provided can be completely confidential and anonymous.