Threat Assessment


YES: Dial or Text 9-1-1

If you have searched or reached this page because of an immediate life threatening situation or are attempting to report an emergency, life threatening, imminent act of violence, self harm or harmful to others behavior, or need personal crisis assistance, Dial or Text 9-1-1.

If you are experiencing a personal or suicidal crisis, you can also dial 9-8-8. (988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline)

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Report non-emergency suspicious activities, past crimes, or make requests for services by calling the Department of Police, Safety, and Security at 757-825-2732.

All academic, student and faculty concerns of a non-emergency and non-mental health nature should be reported through the Maxient Reporting System.

Additional information regarding information that should be placed in the Maxient Reporting System can be reviewed on the Reporting an Incident Page


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About Threat Assessment

Threat assessment procedures provide guidelines for Virginia Peninsula Community College (campuses and educational sites/locations) and identify resources, programs, procedures and safeguards that support a robust safety, security, crime prevention and educational outreach program for faculty, staff, students, and visitors to Virginia Peninsula Community College. The Code of Virginia (§23-9.2:10) requires each institution of higher education to have both a violence prevention plan and a threat assessment team on campus that will implement assessment, action, intervention and follow-up in all cases that involve threatening or violent behavior. Virginia Peninsula Community College is committed to establishing a culture and creating an environment that protects the health, well-being, and security of the campus community. Violence, intimidation, or threats of violence, both specific and implied, will not be tolerated on the campus, and the college reserves the right to take strong and preventive measures to prevent violence before it occurs. To aid in the assessment of threatening and potentially threatening behaviors and/or actions, as well as to provide resources, recommendations, and act on substantiated threats, and in accordance with the Code of Virginia, Virginia Peninsula Community College has established a Threat Assessment Team.

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Threat Assessment Team

The Virginia Peninsula Community College Threat Assessment Team (TAT) seeks to improve the safety and security of the campus through a multidisciplinary approach to identifying, managing and monitoring persons and situations that may pose a threat to the members of the college community. The team is committed to early intervention to prevent violence and provide support and resources to persons referred to the team that may need help and intervention. The team also fosters a culture of reporting threats across the campus and provides meaningful training for faculty and staff at the college.

The Threat Assessment Team provides consultation and support to the College community when a threat to the community has been reported. In severe or extreme risk cases, the Threat Assessment Team provides guidance, recommends interventions, and facilitates communication and coordination throughout the review and intervention process.

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The Threat Assessment Team protocol was established to provide clear parameters regarding campus incidents that warrant attention. There are three key categories:

  1. Self-injurious behavior (i.e., suicidal ideation/attempt, cutting behavior, dangerous alcohol/substance consumption, etc.)
  2. Disruptive behavior that violates campus community safety (i.e., homicidal threats, stalking, assault, cyber bullying, carrying weapons, etc.)
  3. Unusual behavior (i.e., changes in personality, depressive symptoms, shifts in mood, unexplained irritability and/or lethargy, hopelessness, etc.)

Once an incident is reported to the Threat Assessment Team, members of the Committee determine the appropriate steps to address the situation. This process is based on the severity of the concern, the ability of the person in question to engage in the resolution, and the situation.

Student, faculty or staff members who violate any of the above protocols may be removed, temporarily or permanently, from the College for campus safety and student concerns. In situations of elevated concern for campus safety, the student, faculty or staff member may be asked not to return to campus until certain criteria are met.

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What type of behavior warrants a referral?

Any self-injurious behaviors, suicidal ideation, erratic behavior that disrupts or threatens to disrupt the daily operations of the College and activities, or behaviors that might compromise safety should be referred. When in doubt, make the referral.

What do I do if I know an individual who may need to be referred to the Threat Assessment Team?

If you feel there is an immediate threat, dial or text 9-1-1 immediately. In non-emergent situation, contact the Department of Police, Safety, and Security at 757-825-2732.

If you are making a referral online, go to the bottom of this page and click on "Submit an Incident Report." You will be asked for basic information about the individual, how a representative may contact you, and for a description of the incident or behaviors that prompted the referral.

Who can make a Threat Assessment Team referral?

Anyone who feels an individual associated with Virginia Peninsula is a threat to himself/herself and/or the College community can make a referral.

What happens after I make a referral?

The Threat Assessment Team members will take the information provided and make a decision regarding appropriate action.

How do I know if it is a Threat Assessment Team issue or if it is more appropriately handled by another campus resource?

You do not have to make this determination. If another campus resource is more appropriate, the Threat Assessment Team will refer the student and handle the transfer of information.

Will I receive a disposition related to my report?

College officials will complete the appropriate processes and/or referrals as required. Rights to privacy must be maintained (FERPA, HIPAA, etc.). For these reasons, you as the reporting party may not receive any additional information or a disposition of the situation, as it relates to your report.

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