The purpose of the University's Threat Assessment Team is to help preserve the safety and security of the University community in collaboration with other University and community services. We provide consultation to the University in any circumstance in which there is concern that someone poses a danger to harm others. We inclusively consider situations that involve students, staff members, visitors, and others in the vicinity of the University community. Our philosophy is to identify concerns in their early stages and to work constructively and collaboratively with all parties before problems escalate into violent outcomes.
We encourage everyone in the University community to be willing to seek help for themselves or others when there are safety concerns. If you are an employee, you can contact your human resources office or the University Police. Students may discuss concerns with the Office of the Dean of Students or University Police. If for any reason these channels are not available to you, you may contact Marge Sidebottom, Chair, Threat Assessment Team, directly at (434) 924-8745.
In an urgent situation, please call 9-1-1 and seek advice for immediate action or referral to an appropriate resource.