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Campus Violence

Campus violence often begins with inappropriate behavior or signs. When detected report this information to authorities, it may help prevent its occurrence. The following information may be helpful in detecting or anticipating campus violence and help to create a safer, healthier campus for everyone.

Threats; direct or implied
  • Physical conduct such as pushing, shoving, or striking that harms or has the potential to harm people or property
  • Conduct that harasses, disrupts, or interferes with another individual's performance
  • Conduct that creates an intimidating, offensive, or hostile environment

Potential Warning Signs
  • Verbal, nonverbal, or written threats
  • Fascination with weapons or violence
  • New or increased stress at home or work
  • Expressions of hopelessness or anxiety 
  • Defiant or insubordinate behavior
  • Dramatic change in work or academic performance
  • Destruction of property
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Externalization of blame

Risk Factors that Contribute to Campus Violence
  • Termination of employment
  • Disciplinary actions
  • Ongoing conflicts between employees
  • Domestic or family violence
  • Financial problems

Campus Violence Prevention
  • Be aware of what is going on around you at all times. Awareness is a proven method for increased personal safety
  • Tell your supervisor when you notice unusual or suspicious behavior
  • Workplace violence training is offered by Public Safety and the Counseling Center throughout the calendar year
  • Call Public Safety at 717-291-3939 for help.
  • Remember: A safe workplace is everyone's responsibility

If violence occurs or there is an immediate threat of violence:
  • Leave the area immediately if possible
  • If leaving the area is not possible, lock yourself in a secure area
  • If possible, call Public Safety at 717-291-3939 or dial 911
  • Provide the dispatcher with as many details as possible