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Case Study: Large State University

Margolis, Healy and Associates helps a large, state university implement a behavioral threat assessment team.

The SITUATION: State University formed a multi-disciplinary threat assessment team to review reported incidents of threatening behavior to determine if the individual poses a credible threat to the safety of the university. The team consists of representatives from human resources and the office of general counsel, student affairs, law enforcement, and mental health professionals. State University required the services of a qualified firm to provide a training program to educate the team on the basic principles of threat assessment and to lay the foundation for the University’s threat assessment and response program.

The SOLUTION: State University engaged Margolis, Healy and Associates, LLC (MHA) to provide threat assessment training for their multidisciplinary behavioral threat assessment team. The custom, multi-day program included basic statistics on the prevalence of different types of campus crime, including school shootings; case studies, major facts about violence on campus; implications for campus safety; basic principles of campus threat assessment; and strategies for enhancing safety in the campus climate. In addition, the curriculum addressed key components of effective campus threat assessment; recommended team composition, policies and procedures; how to investigate and evaluate threats and other concerning behavior; resources and strategies for managing individuals that may pose a threat of harm; establishing key community relationships; sharing information amid FERPA and HIPAA concerns; considerations for public information officers; understanding the process of becoming violent, and more.

TODAY: State University has deployed a trained, multidisciplinary threat assessment team to assess alarming and disruptive behavior. The University continues to rely on MHA to provide counsel and advice on individual cases.

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