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Policy Title: Threat Assessments

Boise State University Policy #12030
Effective Date: October 2013

Purpose:
To formalize how the university addresses real and possible threats to university personnel and property.

Additional Authority:
University Policy #12040 (Workplace Violence)
University Policy #12050 (Behavioral Intervention and CARE Team)
University Policy #2020 (Student Code of Conduct)

Scope:
Applies to all employees, students, and third parties.

Responsible Party:
Campus Security and Police Services, 208-426-6911
Office of the Dean of Students, 208-426-1527
Human Resources Services (HRS), 208-426-1616

Definitions:

Threat – An expression of intent to cause physical or mental harm.  An expression constitutes a threat without regard to whether the party communicating the threat has the present ability to carry it out, and without regard to whether the expression is contingent, conditional, or future.


Policy

  • I.   Policy Statement
  • Everyone is responsible for reporting threats they have witnessed, received, or have been told that another person has witnessed or received. Absent an actual threat, any observed behavior regarded as threatening or violent, when that behavior is school related or might be carried out on campus or other location controlled by Boise State, or is connected to university employment, should be reported.
  • II.   Threat Reporting
  • Occasionally, an individual’s behavior or demeanor may cause fear or concern. In such cases of apprehension, it is important to tell someone in authority so it can be documented, evaluated, and handled appropriately. If a member of the campus community is concerned about a threat of violence, they should document the reason for their concern and discuss it with their supervisor, administrator, department chairperson, Campus Security and Police Services, the Dean of Student’s Office, or HRS as appropriate.
  • Unless a privileged relationship exists, this report should be made regardless of the relationship between the individual who demonstrated threatening behavior and the person(s) who were threatened or focus of the threatening behavior.
    • A.  Immediate and Imminent Threats
      • 1.   Report immediate dangers to health and safety to 9-1-1.
      • 2.  Report threats to Campus Security and Police Services (208-426-6911), who will conduct an investigation.
      • 3.  Notify supervisor, administrator, or department chairperson.
      • 4.  Notify the C.A.R.E. Team via their website by submitting a C.A.R.E. report.
    • While Campus Security and Police Services are the lead unit in conducting investigations and evaluating threats, in some instances, they may promptly refer the matter to another unit as appropriate.
    • B.   Off-Campus Incidents
    • The university should be made aware of threats made off-campus toward a member of the campus community even if by persons not affiliated with the university.  So appropriate measures can be taken, employees must report threats or court-ordered action that may affect the safety of the university community to their supervisor and Campus Security and Police Services.
    • C.   Protective or Restraining Orders
    • Those who have applied for or obtained a protective or restraining order that lists university locations as being protected areas must provide to the Campus Security and Police Services a copy of the petition and declarations used to seek the order, a copy of any temporary protective or restraining order which is granted, and a copy of any protective or restraining order which is made permanent.
    • D.   Confidentiality
    • Boise State understands the sensitivity of requested information and makes efforts to respect the privacy of the reporting party as much as possible.  Retaliation for good faith reporting is prohibited.
  • III.  Threat Assessments
    • A.   Threat assessments are conducted by the university C.A.R.E. Team (established under University Policy #12050) and chaired by the Executive Director of Campus Security and Police Services, or his/her designee.
    • B.   Threat assessments shall assess an individual’s behavior if it has been reported as a potential threat to campus community safety.
    • C.   The C.A.R.E. Team may work with appropriate campus departments, law enforcement, and mental health agencies to expedite assessment and intervention.  The team will also develop comprehensive fact-based assessments of students, employees, or other individuals who may present a threat to the university.
    • D.   The Executive Director of Campus Security and Police Services may enlist:
      • 1.  The expertise and assistance of resources outside the university as needed.
      • 2.  Anyone with knowledge of the reported situation.
  • IV.  Sanctions
  • A threat identified under this policy may lead to actions (as appropriate) which may include mediation, counseling, exclusion from campus, suspension, expulsion, dismissal, or administrative sanctions. Those determined to have violated this policy may be excluded from campus as quickly as safety permits.