Report Concerning or Threatening Behavior
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University students and employees are required to report crimes, concerning behaviors that are potential warnings of future violence to the appropriate university office/official in accordance with federal and state regulations. Reporting is necessary to help the institution intervene when necessary and appropriate and to accurately captures instances of violence to inform ongoing violence prevention efforts.
Report Acts of Violence: University students and employees may report acts of violence in one of four ways:
Threat Assessment Team (TAT)
Report any behavior that appears to be a precursor to violence to TAT. Behaviors that might indicate future violence or harm to oneself include:
- Non-negligent manslaughter
- Negligent manslaughter
- Statutory Rape
- Aggravated Assault
- Motor vehicle theft
- Domestic violence
- Dating violence
- Liquor or drug law violation
- Illegal weapons possession
- Physical assault or unwanted touching;
- Making direct or indirect threats or attempts to harm others;
- Engaging in hostile, aggressive, abusive, intimidating, stalking, bullying, or harassing behaviors towards others;
- Threatening to or intentionally damaging property;
- Abusive conduct in that an objectively reasonable person would find hostile;
- Behavior that creates a reasonable fear of injury or substantial emotional stress;
- Possessing, brandishing, or using a weapon that is not required by the individual’s position;
Aiding, facilitating, promoting, or encouraging the commission violence;
Retaliating against any others that report acts of violence;
- Identifying with or idolizing persons who have engaged in violence;
- Contextually displaying paranoia or distrust disproportionate to a situation; or,
- Displaying significant decreased performance in work / academics, radical fluctuation in mood / disposition, decreased ability to cope with change/hardship, and / or significant changes in hygiene / appearance coupled with one or more behaviors listed above.
For more information about behaviors associated with individuals who commit acts of violence, please visit this FBI Reference Guide
Report Acts of Violence
To file a complaint, Fill out an intake form, email Compliance, Diversity, and Ethics (CDE), or call the office at (703) 993-8730. Once submitted, you will meet with a member of the CDE team to discuss your concerns. Upon filing an intake form and meeting with CDE, we will make a threshold determination as to whether the allegation(s) contained in the complaint may constitute a violation of university policy. This threshold determination will be made within five (5) business days of the intake meeting.
Discrimination is any impermissible act or failure to act, based wholly or in part on membership in a protected class, which adversely affects existing privileges, benefits or working conditions and results in the disparate treatment of—or has a disparate impact on—members of the Mason community.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 forbids discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex, as well as retaliation against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, and/or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.
At Mason, Compliance, Diversity and Ethics (CDE) investigates alleged discrimination based on:
- Age (40 or older)
- Genetic Information
- Marital Status
- Mental Disability
- National Origin
- Physical Disability
- Pregnancy Status
- Protected Veteran Status
Concern for a Student or Employee
The University is committed to improving community safety through a proactive, collaborative, coordinated, objective, and thoughtful approach to the prevention, identification, assessment, intervention, and management of situations that pose, or may reasonably pose, a threat to the safety and well-being of the campus community.
Upon receipt of a report of concerning behavior, university officials will review the report and determine an appropriate course of action (e.g., intervention, discipline, referral, monitoring, notation, or no action) in accordance with university, state, and federal procedures. Reports will be investigated by a university office or official which may involve, Office of Student Conduct, Human Resources & Payroll, University Police, Title IX Coordinator, or the University’s Threat Assessment Team.
In all cases, the university strives to support those members of our community in distress through support, accommodations, and counseling. In some instances, disciplinary action, suspension, expulsion, arrest, or termination may result from student and employee misconduct. The university makes every effort to ensure equity and fairness throughout an investigation or disciplinary process. Investigations can be lengthy to protect the privacy and rights of all involved.
Due to privacy laws and/or university policy, individuals who report concerning behavior are not privy to the actions taken by the university when a report is received.