The President, Dean of Operations, Dean of College Support Services, Dean of Academics, Dean of Enrollment Management, and Associate Dean of Compliance comprise the Threat Assessment and Response Team. The College’s legal counsel serves as an adviser to the team. Other College personnel and outside resources with relevant areas of specialization and responsibility may be called upon to assist the team, including but not limited Associate Deans, Director of Safety and Security, law enforcement agencies, medical personnel, or other outside experts.
As appropriate to the circumstances of a particular situation, the Threat Assessment and Response Team may engage in activities that include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Receiving reports and gathering and analyzing information regarding acts of violence, behavior of concern or statements and/or potential threats posed by individual(s);
- Developing, implementing, and monitoring intervention strategies and management plans, with or without the involvement of other College teams or offices as appropriate, that are designed to respond appropriately to statements, behavior and/or circumstances that generate concern that an individual may pose a risk of harm to a member of the College community, including but not limited to, incidents of violence, threatening behavior or statements, unwanted pursuit, stalking, and harassment;
- Coordinating with appropriate authorities, including law enforcement, medical personnel, and other outside agencies, as appropriate.
All reports under this policy will be handled in a sensitive manner. Information will be shared with others only to the extent necessary to assess and manage the situation and in accordance with state and federal law.
Direct or indirect retaliation against a person for bringing a concern of a threat to the attention of the Threat Assessment and Response Team or for cooperating in the team’s inquiry and resolution of a situation is prohibited. This prohibition of retaliation is in effect regardless of the ultimate outcome of the situation. An individual who engages in retaliation under this policy will be subject to discipline in accordance with the College Catalog or other policies applicable to the issue.
All students, faculty and staff should be committed to ensuring the safety and security of the campus and workplace environment. As such, anyone who believes that an individual has committed or may commit an act of violence, is engaging in behavior or making statements that generate concern about the potential for violence, or otherwise may pose a threat to the health or safety of any member of the College community should call the Safety and Security Department immediately at 513-585-2222. In case of an emergency, please dial 911.
Individuals should also make a report to one member of the Threat Assessment and Response Team:
Gail Kist-Kline, President
Dr. Meghan Hollowell, Dean of College Support Services
Dr. Kelly Simmons, Dean of Academics
Carolyn Hunter, Dean of Operations
Brad Jackson, Dean of Enrollment Management
Maureen Schwab, Associate Dean of Compliance
The Associate Dean of Compliance (Dean of Operations in the absence of the Associate Dean of the Associate Dean of Compliance or designee) will serve as the chair of the Threat Assessment and Response Team and, in consultation with other College officials as appropriate, will assess the reported information and determine whether to convene the team.
In cases where an appropriate level of assessment indicates that a report involves a person who poses a threat to self only, the matter will be referred to the appropriate College official (e.g., student matters will be referred to Impact; employee matters will be referred to Human Resources, Employee Health, and supervisor). In cases where available information suggests that the person may pose a threat to self and others, the team will remain involved and will involve the other officials listed here as appropriate. In cases where a referral is made, the team may be re-involved as necessary and appropriate.
In situations where an individual has concerns about someone’s behavior but is unsure whether such behavior constitutes a “threat” to self or others, the individual should report the information to the Department of Safety and Security and to the Associate Dean of Compliance to allow the College the opportunity to assess the situation and respond as necessary:
A. Students: Concerns about statements and/or behavior of students may be reported to the Associate Dean of Compliance, Maureen Schwab, 513-585-2055, or Maureen.Schwab@TheChristCollege.edu.
B. Faculty or Staff: Concerns about the behavior of faculty or staff may be brought to the employee’s manager.
Gail Kist-Kline, President
Faculty and Academic Staff: Dr. Kelly Simmons
College Support Service Personnel: Dr. Meghan Hollowell
Enrollment Management Personnel: Bradley Jackson
Operations Personnel: Carolyn Hunter
Threat Assessment and Response Team Activities
Outline of Potential Threat Assessment and Response Team Activities
Different threats require different approaches to responding. The following outline of potential team activities is intended to provide insight into some of the options that may, among other strategies, be utilized by the team when it is assessing and managing potential threats. It is not intended to be and should not be construed as an all-inclusive or exclusive list, a mandatory procedure, or a “checklist.” The team will assess and manage each situation in accordance with its best judgment and other applicable College policies, and any of the potential activities listed below may or may not be engaged in, depending on the circumstances of a particular situation.
The Department of Safety and Security and/or other law enforcement agencies will usually coordinate all action in cases of a violent incident or imminent threat of violence on campus.
Once information of concern is received by the team, the information will be evaluated and, if appropriate, representatives from the team will be convened (based on the persons involved and team member availability).
The team, or the Team’s Chair or designee, will first determine whether there is an imminent threat of harm or other emergency situation that requires immediate intervention. If so, the team Chair or designee will notify the Department of Safety and Security, may notify law enforcement, seek emergency medical assistance, or take other appropriate measures to address the imminent threat or situation. If not, the team or some portion of the team will usually conduct an initial screening to determine whether a full inquiry is warranted. There may be times when the student or employee making the potential threat will not be permitted on campus until an investigation has been conducted.
If the team determines that there is not an emergency or imminent threat of harm, but that a full inquiry is warranted, the team will conduct a full inquiry to determine whether the person or situation of concern may pose a threat of violence or other harm. As part of its inquiry, the team may obtain information from multiple sources including, but not limited to, faculty, students, family members, or others who may have relevant knowledge or information. Community members are encouraged to cooperate fully with and provide information to the team.
The team will evaluate the information obtained in the course of the inquiry to determine whether the person or situation in question appears to pose a threat of violence or other harm.
If the team determines that the person or situation poses a threat of violence or other harm, it usually will then develop, implement, monitor, and document a management plan designed to intervene and reduce the risk of harm that may be posed by the individual. The management plan may include, but is not limited to, the following (as circumstances and resources may dictate): release of a timely warning; family/parental notification; law enforcement intervention; disciplinary review and action; a behavioral contract; voluntary referral for mental health evaluation or treatment; mandated psychological assessment or other medical treatment; voluntary or involuntary withdrawal or suspension from the College; expulsion or dismissal; modification of the environment or other reasonable accommodations to mitigate risk; collaboration with the identified alleged target(s) to decrease vulnerability; engaging with the person of concern to de-escalate the situation; and ongoing monitoring.
If the team determines that the person of concern does not pose a threat, the team may take no action or may opt to monitor the person or situation for a period of time and re-evaluate the case, as necessary.
Cases handled by the team will generally remain open until a management plan is no longer necessary.
The team will participate in periodic training and conduct periodic assessments of outcomes of its management plans and actions taken.