UNM Faculty-Staff Guidelines for
Dealing with Potentially Dangerous People
In the university setting, faculty members are often in the
best position to observe behavior in students or other persons on campus that
causes concern for the person’s well being, or even for the safety of the
person or others. The following material
is provided as a resource to help faculty identify potentially troublesome
behavior and determine a course of action.
observe the following, call the University’s
Faculty Intervention Team at 277-SAFE (277-7233).
You will be
connected to a mental health professional who will consult with you about the
behavior and recommend possible courses of action, including referrals. You will be asked to identify yourself, and
may be contacted to follow up after the initial call.
- Student who appears to be in
acute distress, e.g. shouting incoherently , weeping openly, making vague,
undirected threats of harm to self or others.
material (e-mail, term papers, films) which contains credible threats of
harm to self or others or to the University
- Student who expresses
credible (but not imminent) ideas of doing physical harm to self or others, including statements
referencing violence as a solution to campus conflict
If you observe the
following, call 911 immediately. These behaviors suggest an imminent danger, and immediate intervention
is required to avert more serious consequences.
- Person in possession
of firearms on campus
- Person displaying a
weapon in a threatening manner
- Person physically
assaulting another person (to include punching, shoving, jabbing, etc.)
- Person in the act of
destroying university property
- Person making a
specific, imminent threat of self harm or harm to others
- Person threatening to
procure a weapon from an available source and return to do harm
for Faculty and Staff
Intervention and Safety
are some resources that may assist you when you have concerns and would like to
take steps toward identifying the risk and what interventions to take:
Information on identifying disturbing behavior,
interventions, resources available and referral sheet, and other UNM relevant
A checklist for changes in behavior for students
and what these changes could mean. Also, actions for these changes.
and resources card.
Intervention Team (FIT)
you need assistance to determine the most appropriate action to take with
identifying a student’s troublesome behavior and what actions to take, there is
a phone line you can call. The phone
number is: 277-SAFE (277-7233).
this phone line, you have access to a licensed counselor at UNM Student Health
Center Counseling (SHAC). Multiple resources are utilized once there has been a determination of
the behavior and the best approach for handling it.
UNM Police Safety Brochure
brochure provides information on campus emergency plans, how to be prepared,
and the UNM ALERT Network.
LoboAlerts (Emergency Text Notification System)
LoboAlerts is the new, opt-out text messaging system that provides faculty, staff, registered students, affiliates of UNM, and UNMH employees with fast, convenient, real-time message alerts. To learn more about this service and to verify your contact information visit: http://loboalerts.unm.edu
or the LoboAlerts Facebook at http://tinyurl.com/loboalerts, or sign up for the UNMCommunity site at www.getrave.com/login/unmcommunity.
Talking with a Student in Distress
The following suggestions may be helpful in dealing with a student
about whom you are concerned or if a student seeks you out:
- Talk to the student in private when both
of you have time and are not rushed or preoccupied. Give the student your
undivided attention. It is possible that just a few minutes of effective
listening on your part may be enough to help the student feel comfortable
about what to do next. If you find
that you are uncomfortable talking to the student alone, call the Faculty Intervention Team line
(277-SAFE) to discuss your concerns and plan a strategy.
- Be direct and non-judgmental. Express your concern
in behavioral, nonjudgmental terms. Be direct and specific. For example,
say something like "I've noticed you've been absent from class
lately, and I'm concerned," rather than, "Why have you missed so
much class lately?"
- Listen sensitively. Listen to thoughts
and feelings in a sensitive, non-threatening way. Communicate
understanding by repeating back the essence of what the student has told
you. Try to include both the content and feelings. For example, "It
sounds like you're not accustomed to such a big campus and you're feeling
left out of things." Remember to let the student talk.
- Referral. Point out that help
is available and seeking help is a sign of strength. Make some suggestions
about where to go for help.
Student Health & Counseling (277-4537) can help with services or referrals. Tell the student what you know
about the recommended person or service.
- Follow up. Following up is an important part of the
process. Check with the student later to find out how he or she is doing.
Provide support as appropriate.