Threat Assessment Protocol
The following set of questions is designed to assist in gathering information to evaluate
the level of risk and appropriate interventions for issues that come before the Student
Response Team (SRT). The intent is to use a standardized protocol to collect a set
of relevant information for all situations. All information will be handled in a strictly
confidential manner and shared only with those UVU representatives that have a need
Members of the SRT may not be able to accurately answer some of the questions below.
In that event and when the information is relevant in the particular situation, a
decision will be made about whom else to contact and how that contact will be made
in an attempt to gather the needed information (see SRT Brief). These questions are
organized using the outline provided by the US Secret Service and US Department of
Education in their report on managing threatening situations in schools. Thanks as
well to the University of Cincinnati for their input.
Dean of Students
Director of Judicial Affairs
Sr. Director of Student Health Services
Information Bringing the Individual to Attention
- What statements and/or behaviors were reported?
- Who expressed concern about the individual’s actions, behaviors, or comments?
- What was the context of the situation?
- Are there any reasons to doubt the accuracy of the information being reported?
Identifying Information about the Individual
- What is the person’s name, physical description, date of birth, and identification
- What is the person’s permanent address, local address, phone number, and e-mail address?
Background Information about the Individual
- Does the individual have a history of making direct or indirect threats of harm to
other people or property?
- Is the individual a loner, prefer isolation, or seek to remove self from situations
that involve interpersonal contact?
- Does the individual have a history of holding grudges or reacting to conflicts in
a defensive and/or angry manner?
- Has the individual been involved in any previous incidents that resulted in attention
from the UVU Police Department or Student Judicial Affairs? If so, what was the outcome?
- Has the individual previously engaged in stalking, harassment, or bullying (including
but not limited to physically following, telephone calls, emails and other forms of
communication, personal confrontations) of a fellow student or a university employee?
- Does the individual have a criminal record or a known history of violence?
- Does the individual have a history of violence against intimate partners or other
close friends or family?
Current Information about the Individual
- Is the individual known to be having difficulty coping with a stressful event?
- Does the individual’s behavior show a lack of respect for the rights of others?
- Does the individual perceive him/herself as being singled out or treated unfairly?
- What is the nature and quality of the individual’s current relationships with family,
peers, and authority figures?
- Has the individual’s academic or work performance (including but not limited to attendance,
behavior, quality and quantity of output) recently undergone a significant negative
- Has the individual recently shown signs of a deteriorating personal situation, such
as social withdrawal, declining state of personal appearance or hygiene, mood changes,
altered speech patterns, confusion, extremely high or low energy, preoccupations that
disrupt regular functioning, mention of death or suicide?
- Has the individual recently experienced any significant rejections, personal or relationship
losses, or other type of setback that may lead to feelings of intense stress, despair,
- Has the individual recently demonstrated signs of difficulty managing anger?
- Does the individual currently have access to firearms or other weapons (broadly defined),
Does the individual have the skills to use them?