Warning Behaviors

Although no profile exists, warning signs may precede violent or threatening behavior. Warning behaviors include but are not limited to the following: 

  • Harboring grudges, an inability to handle criticism, habitually making excuses, and blaming others
  • Chronic, unsubstantiated complaints about persecution or injustice
  • Obsessive intrusion upon others or a persistent unwanted romantic pursuit
  • Erratic, impulsive, or bizarre behavior that has generated fear among University affiliates
  • A high degree of emotional distress
  • Apparent impulsivity and/or low tolerance of frustration
  • Preoccupation with violent themes of revenge
  • Unusual interest in recently publicized violent events
  • Identification with criminal or terrorist individuals, acts and/or philosophy
  • Recent or impending losses including employment, academic, relationship, financial, or status in conjunction with denial and/or limited coping mechanisms
  • A criminal or personal history suggestive of a propensity to use violence to project power and to control others
  • Aggressive outbursts, comments, or excessive displays of anger
  • Homicidal or suicidal thoughts or ideas
  • Preparatory actions for a violent act including research & planning and/or acquiring & practicing with weapons