The University of Colorado Boulder has a strong interest in protecting students, employees and others from harm to themselves or others. In support of that interest, CU-Boulder has adopted a Campus Violence Policy and has developed two threat assessment protocols, one which focuses primarily on students and one which focuses primarily on employees, including faculty, classified staff and university staff employees. If you have concerns about an employee’s behavior, please contact your appointing authority, or if the threat is imminent, please contact the police at 303-492-6666 or 911.
The Campus Violence Policy states in part that:
"UCB will not tolerate violence, threats, harassment, intimidation and other disruptive behavior on its campus, at off-campus locations administered by UCB, or in its programs, whether by students, faculty, staff or visitors. Such behavior may include oral or written statements, gestures, or expressions that communicate a direct or indirect threat of physical harm or intimidation. Individuals who commit such acts may be subject to sanctions including, but not limited to, removal from the premises; exclusion from the premises; criminal prosecution; corrective and/or disciplinary action; suspension or expulsion."
The purpose of the CU Boulder Threat Assessment Program for Employees (Program) is to ensure that the campus community is aware that CU-Boulder has a process for addressing employee behavior with the goal of ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the campus community when employees pose a threat to themselves or others. The Program includes a behavioral intervention team which meets on a case by case basis to strategize about how best to handle situations posed by an employee who is making threats of violence to self or others, who has acted violently during the course of their employment or who is behaving in ways that are threatening, menacing or out of character. The Program is designed to address reasonable concerns raised by coworkers, supervisors, or others in a manner that is appropriate to the situation. The Program is also designed to protect the interests of the employee to ensure that actions taken to address a potential threat are based upon a reasonable threat assessment and not upon unreasonable fears or misinformation.
Behavioral Intervention Team
The behavioral intervention team (BIT) is comprised of members of the campus community who can advise appointing authorities on how to address the threatening behavior of an employee pursuant to the Campus Violence Policy. Standing members include the following positions:
• Director or Designee, Employee Relations, Human Resources (ER)
• Senior Associate University Counsel or Designee, Office of University Counsel (OUC)
• Deputy Chief or Designee, UCB Police Department (UCPD)
• Director or Designee, ADA Compliance Office
• Professional Clinician
In addition, at a minimum the appointing authority and direct supervisor from the employee’s department attend the threat assessment meetings. Others included on an as-needed basis are campus counselors or therapists who have information or expertise related to the situation, Human Resources personnel, Faculty Affairs personnel or departmental personnel.
Threat Assessment Meeting(s)
The purpose of the threat assessment meeting is to share information (such as background check information and details about the recent incidents giving rise to the perceived threat) and to formulate an appropriate and timely response. The primary goal of the BIT is to protect the employee and others from harm. The secondary goal of the BIT is to determine the appropriate course of action to address the conduct in accordance with the Campus Violence Policy and federal, state, and university laws, rules and policies. With these goals in mind, the team members develop a plan, which includes in part, advising the appointing authority on appropriate next steps. After the initial meeting, there may be follow up meetings to reformulate the strategy as new information arises. The BIT remains involved in a particular case until the team collectively believes that the safety threat has been successfully mitigated.