This practice effectuates the two-tiered threat assessment/disciplinary concept outlined above, and recognizes that promoting safety is the institution’s highest priority.Further, using a TAM team in such a way can be of enormous benefit to Title IX coordinators and their staffs.
Beyond that, they also may have engaged in conduct directed at a specific individual that would cause a reasonable person to experience fear for the safety of themselves or others in the future.
One of us wrote a book chapter on this topic, and we have created and presented many educational programs on it with the support of United Educators and the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services.
Many of those representatives are also members of the university’s TAM team.
So if it appears -- based on an initial or updated report regarding a sexual assault, dating violence or stalking case -- that a risk of harm might be posed to anyone, a threat assessment process can be initiated seamlessly and immediately.
Threat assessment and management is a methodology refined initially by United States governmental entities such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U. The need for and functions of TAM teams are summarized in a Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Institutions of Higher Education and “Campus Threat Assessment and Management Teams: What Risk Managers Need to Know Now.” Yet despite the widespread recognition that threat assessment management is a time-tested and effective process for dealing with various forms of potential interpersonal violence on campuses and in other settings, higher education institutions often use their threat assessment capacity only in cases that involve potential mass violence scenarios.
And administrators, faculty and staff often do not involve the institution’s threat assessment team when concerns are reported.
And in addition to focusing on potential mass violence scenarios, they can deploy them in cases involving threats posed in IPV, stalking and other situations. This is a common challenge for colleges and universities that can result, again, from the assumption that TAM methodologies are only useful in potential mass violence scenarios.
The siloing of information is a chronic problem in higher education, but it can be particularly concerning in situations that pose a potential threat of violence.
In particular, we want to encourage the use of threat assessment and management teams in helping deal more effectively with such situations on campuses.