Workplace Violence and Risk Assessment
University of Maryland is committed to maintaining a safe working, learning, and
living environment for all members of the campus community. The University is
mindful of the potential for violence, threats or other troubling behavior on
our campus. To address this issue, the University has provided faculty and staff
with the following procedures.
I. Reporting Immediate Emergencies,
Violence or Threatening Behavior
- The University's Department of Public Safety should be called in the event
of violence-in-process or immediate threats from any source, including faculty,
staff, students, or members of the public.
- On campus reports should be made to 911, or 301-405-3333. Reports being made
from off campus should be made to 301-405-3333.
- If there is any doubt about whether a situation could escalate to the stage
of actual violence, the University Department of Public Safety should be called
II. Reporting Potential Threats or Non-Immediate Concerns about Behavior
- As a concerned community, it is our collective responsibility to report acts
of intimidation or violence. Faculty, staff, and students who are subjected to,
witness, or have reason to know of conduct that could be perceived as violent,
threatening or otherwise troubling, should report the conduct to the appropriate
- If the conduct involves a faculty member, reports should be made to the
Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, 301-405-4252.
- If the conduct involves a staff member, reports should be made to the
Director of Staff Relations, 301-405-3576.
- Upon receiving a report, the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs or the
Director of Staff Relations shall consult with other University offices (such as
the Department of Public Safety, Health Center, Counseling Center, and Legal
Office) to determine if it is necessary to develop a risk assessment plan or to
implement relevant University policies and procedures.
- The Office of Student Conduct, 301-314-8204, should be called for
non-immediate issues or questions regarding students.
III. Examples of Behaviors to Report
- The following behaviors are examples of conduct to be reported to either the
Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs or the Director of Staff Relations. If
there is uncertainty about reporting a behavior, or if there are questions about
how to deal with a faculty or staff member's problematic behavior, those
officials should be contacted for advice.
- Any act of violence where a faculty or staff member hits, pushes, or
otherwise physically assaults any member or guest of the University community.
- Any verbal threat that is intended to intimidate or threaten the safety of
an individual, whether the threat is made in person, through another individual,
over the phone, in the mail, or through e-mail or other social media.
- Unusual or menacing behavior, focused on a grudge, grievance or romantic
interest in an individual, suggesting that the faculty or staff member is losing
- Acts, words, or gestures adversely affecting the safety and security of an
individual, such as stalking or bullying.
- Damaging property owned by the University or by individuals.
- Possession of weapons on University property.
IV. Confidentiality and Non-Retaliation
- Reports will be handled confidentially. "Confidentially" means that only
those who have a need-to-know shall be informed about a report, and that reports
shall be kept confidential to the extent allowed by law and University policy.
- No person shall be retaliated against for good faith reports of this type of
conduct. A report is not in good faith if it is false or misleading; was made
with the intention to harass; appears to be frivolous; or is otherwise an abuse
of the reporting process.
V. Consequences of Violence or Threatening Behavior
- Faculty or staff found to commit or threaten acts of violent behavior may be
subject to disciplinary action as provided for under relevant University
policies. Criminal charges may be filed, as appropriate.
The full policy is available at