Dealing with Threats

A disturbing reality in our larger society that also affects our university community, are incidents where people threaten others or act out violently. As members of the University community we are concerned about maintaining an environment free from the coercive effects of such threats as well as maintaining the capacity to prevent acts of violence. The history of violent events indicates that many of those who have been responsible for them provided early warning signs.

Here are some simple guidelines and resources to assist those who witness violence or are aware of behavior that is threatening to their safety or the safety of others:

Call 9-1-1 for police assistance if you observe violence taking place or you believe/feel there is an immediate threat to someone's safety.
When calling from a University phone , 9-1-1 will connect the caller with the University of Minnesota Police Department (UMPD). When calling 9-1-1 from mobile phone in the University area your call will generally be received by the UMPD as well or you can ask for your call to be transferred to the UMPD.

All faculty, staff and students should communicate to an administrator or supervisor any knowledge of violence or threat-related behaviors including unauthorized possession of a weapon at the University.

Call 9-1-1 if you feel the violence or threat is imminent.

If the threat involves a student: Faculty, staff and students should contact the Behavioral Consultation Team by calling 612-626-3030. The BCT will assist in assessing concerns about potential harm from students to themselves or others and provide guidance as to the best manner to handle the situation. Call 9-1-1 if you feel the violence or threat is imminent.

If the threat involves a faculty or staff member: Faculty, staff and students should contact the Employee Threat Assessment Team (ETAT) by calling Mark Sevenich at 612 626-1726 or Dave Fuecker at 612-626-7925 if they believe there is an emerging or potential threat to someone’s safety. Call 9-1-1 if you feel the violence or threat is imminent.

Additional resources:

Student Mental Health

Employee Assistance Program

Anonymous Tips Line

The University of Minnesota Police Department partners with community members to address issues of safety and security on campus.  It is important that there are multiple avenues for community members to share information with the department.  If you have information that you believe should be shared with UMPD, and you wish to remain anonymous, you may leave a voice message on the TIP Line at 612 624-TIPS (8477).  Please provide as much detail as you can including date, time, location, what the incident is, and the name(s) of the individuals involved.  If vehicles were involved, please provide license plate and a vehicle description, if known. 

If remaining anonymous is not important to you, please call us 612 624-2677 and a dispatcher will assist you at any time.  Please consider speaking with one of our dispatchers or a police officer to assist in the investigative process.

This Tips Line is not regularly monitored, if your matter is urgent or requires police response, please call 911.

If you wish to report University misconduct, you can make an anonymous report through U Report.