In response to concerns about campus violence, universities are implementing threat assessment teams. In 2008, a large university's new threat assessment team began to identify and respond to potentially harmful situations.
Events that involved the threat assessment team from August 2008 through December 2010 were examined to describe subjects, referral sources, and team actions.
The team responded to 284 events—approximately 10 per month. Employees were the subject in 21.5% of events, students in 60.2%, and visitors in 18.3%. External threats, including assaults, threats, harassment, and stalking, comprised 49.5% of cases, and internal threats, including suicide attempt/ideation and mental health or behavior concerns, comprised 50.5%.
The university team responded to a wide variety of events referred from multiple units across campus and that involved a combination of employees, students, and visitors.
From the Departments of Epidemiology (Ms Cao), Community and Behavioral Health (Dr Yang), and Occupational and Environmental Health (Drs Ramirez and Peek-Asa), University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center, Iowa City, Iowa.
Address correspondence to: Corinne Peek-Asa, PhD, Professor, Occupational and Environmental Health, University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center, 105 River Street S143 CPHB, Iowa City, IA 52252 (email@example.com).
This work was funded by the CDC/NCIPC-funded University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center (CDC R40 CE0011567).
The authors have no conflicts of interest to report.