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Working To Promote a Safe Community

Everyone at the University of Arizona has a role to play in preventing campus violence. Quick reporting of troublesome behaviors, escalating conflicts and potentially violent situations is a critical part of the process.

Threat assessment is analysis and proactive response. It is not punishment or discipline.

Effective threat assessment is challenging and can involve elements from behavioral sciences, student affairs, legal counsel, law enforcement, risk management and human resources. Members of the University of Arizona's multi-disciplinary Threat Assessment and Management Team (TAMT) work together in evaluating and responding to threatening or potentially violent situations. The TAMT depends on the campus community for early reporting of any concerning behavior.

Need Help Now

TAMT is available to provide assistance to students, parents, employees and community members with threatening or disruptive behavior.

Tools & Resources

We encourage you to make use of all the resources the university offers to support its students and employees in creating a safe environment.

Who We Are

TAMT multi-disciplinary team has the expertise to consider and address all aspects of a given situation.

Report an Incident

What Is Threatening Behavior?

Any statement, communication, conduct or gesture directed toward any member of the campus community or others which causes reasonable apprehension, or fear of physical harm. The threat can be towards people or property.

If you have an encounter with someone that leaves you frightened or in fear for your personal safety, it should be taken very seriously. If you feel you are in imminent danger, never hesitate to call 9-1-1.

Examples of Threatening Behavior:

  • Direct or implied threats of violence
  • Challenges to fight
  • Shoving
  • Physical attacks
  • Stalking
  • Threatening phone calls, emails, or other correspondence 

Campus Violence Prevention & Education

Submit your request here to have Threat Assessment Team representatives to come to your department and speak about prevention of violence on campus and the work of the team.



    Resources and Tools 


    Dr. Deisinger is an internationally recognized expert specializing in operational psychology and behavioral threat assessment working with the University's Threat Assessment Management Team as part of our comprehensive strategy for campus safety. On February 21, 2023, he came to campus and lead three sessions focused on recognizing concerning or threatening behaviors, learning how to communicate and share concerns, and understanding the University threat assessment and management processes to identify, assess and manage concerning situations. This recording is available for university community members who were not able to attend one of the sessions during Dr. Deisinger's campus visit.

    Workplace Violence Prevention and Education Guide

    This brochure offers ready access to information you can use in the event you encounter a distressed colleague or student, or observe or experience a threat or threatening behavior. The UA Workplace Violence (WPV) Prevention & Education Guide offers information about what WPV looks like, how to report it, what to do if you feel you are being threatened, and about the UA Threat Assessment and Management (TAMT) Team.

    Active Shooter Preparedness: WATCH THE VIDEO IN EDGE LEARNING
    Edge Learning video is for Employees and Students. Watch the public video here

    University of Arizona Police Department

    UAPD is a fully-accredited, 24/7 police department, responsible for maintaining a safe and secure environment. Functional field operations subdivisions include uniform patrol, investigations, crime prevention, police aides and community service officers.

    Dean of Students

    DOS is a central resource to help students and their families manage personal crises, life traumas, and other barriers that impede success. The team partners with academic advisors, college deans, department heads and other staff and are committed to student engagement, well-being, and academic success. A full-time counselor is on staff.

    Explore DOS assistance

    Human Resources

    The Division of Human Resources is available to support faculty, staff, students and visitors who wish to report concerns about employee behavior.
    Main Campus: 520-621-3660
    UAHS Tucson: 520-626-5593
    UAHS Phoenix Bioscience Core: 602-827-2153

    Life & Work Connections - Employee Assistance Counseling

    We all need support during distressing times. Life & Work Connections offers free, confidential short-term counseling through ComPsych to all benefits-eligible employees, their dependents, and members of their households. A diverse, statewide network of providers is available with a range of appointment times. To make an appointment, call anytime 24/7.

    Campus Health Service - Counseling & Psych Services (CAPS)

    CAPS offers psychological counseling and psychiatric services to students to help them cope with personal problems so that they can successfully achieve their educational goals.

    Office of Institutional Equity

    OIE promotes diversity and inclusion, and is responsible for the University's compliance with laws, policies and regulations concerning discrimination, retaliation and sexual harassment.