If you are faced with any threatening behavior at Colby, here are the steps you must take.

  • If possible, move to a safe location.
  • Call ext. 5911¬†immediately.
  • Give the dispatcher detailed information of the threat.
  • Give a description of the subject, location or last known location, and/or direction of travel.
  • Use active listening skills to communicate and de-escalate the situation if possible.

Warning Signs:

  • Threatening statements to kill/harm self or others, direct or veiled.
  • References to or preoccupation with other incidents of workplace violence.
  • Change in personality, mood, or behavior.
  • Intimidating, belligerent, insubordinate, defiant, or challenging.
  • Confrontational, angry, easily provoked, unpredictable, restless, or antisocial behavior.
  • Destruction of property.
  • Blames others for anything that goes wrong, with no sense of own responsibility.
  • Shows recent marked performance decline.
  • Substance abuse.
  • Serious stress in personal life.

Preventive and Ongoing Actions:

  • Treat all employees, students, and visitors with dignity and respect.
  • Respond to any and all acts of workplace violence.
  • Document and provide examples or description of behaviors, statement, or actions that have caused concern.
  • Report problem behavior to Human Resources, Security, or the Safety Office.
  • Keep information on hand that explains where help can be found, how to obtain help, and the EAP (Employee Assistance Program).

Recognizing and Preventing Violence in the Workplace

Audience: Faculty and Staff