The Student who may be Aggressive or Potentially Violent
Your responsibilities are not to diagnose or provide therapy; it is the development of a compassionate and forthright conversation that ultimately helps a student in trouble find understanding, support, and the proper therapeutic resources.
varies from threats to verbal abuse to physical abuse and violence. It is very
difficult to predict aggression and violence.
indicators of potential violence may include:
highly unstable school or vocational history
history of juvenile violence or substance abuse
history of violence or abuse, including history of arrests
with weapons (e.g., guns or knives)
of cruelty to animals
level of safety. Call 911 if you feel in danger.
- If you
feel it is appropriate to stay with the student, remain in an open area with a
- visible means of escape (sit closest to the
door and do not let the student get between
- you and the door).
the help of a co-worker.
- Explain to the student the behaviors that are unacceptable (“I am glad to talk
with you if
- you are willing to speak with me without
- Consult with professionals at the UNF Police Department (904) 620-2800, the
- Students’ office (904) 620-1491), or the Counseling
Center (904) 620-2602.
- Staying in a situation in which you feel unsafe.
- Meeting alone with the student.
- Engaging in a argument or escalating the situation
- Ignoring signs that the student’s anger is escalating.
- Touching the student or crowding their sense of personal space.
- Ignoring a gut reaction that you are in danger.
a student makes a threat by text, email, mail or phone:
texts, mail, email, or phone calls received at your home should be referred to your
local police department, the UNF Police Department and the Dean of Students. Texts, mail, email, or
phone calls received on campus should be referred to the UNF Police Department
(904) 620-2800. DO NOT DELETE these
emails, texts, voicemails, instant messages, pictures, etc.