Behaviors to Watch For
Violent behavior is often preceded by signs that indicate a person is not coping well. The following behaviors to watch for could indicate the potential for an individual to engage in violent behavior or self-harm. They may be behaviors that you observe or that are reported to you by coworkers, students, faculty, or TAs, etc. Call us at 253-692-SAFE (253-692-7233) if you are concerned about any of these:
- Reacting angrily or emotionally in a way that seems disproportionate to the situation.
- Making direct or veiled threats about harming or killing one’s self or others.
- Making unusual references to or being preoccupied with violent incidents that have made the news.
- Engaging in intimidating, belligerent, insubordinate, defiant, or challenging behavior.
- Being confrontational, angry, or behaving in an unpredictable, restless, or agitated manner.
- Having a history of violent, reckless, or antisocial behavior.
- Displaying an unusual or obsessive fondness or fascination with firearms.
- Blaming others for anything that goes wrong, with no sense of personal responsibility.
- Displaying a recent, marked job or academic performance decline and/or attendance problem.
- Displaying marked changes in personality, mood, or behavior.
- Withdrawing from friends and acquaintances.
- Crying excessively for what appears to be little or no reason.
- Exhibiting a decline in personal grooming.
- Crossing behavioral boundaries at work (e.g., excessive phone calls, personal emails, and/or visits).
- Engaging in substance abuse.
- Perceiving disgrace or loss of options due to failure, including failing in school.
- Experiencing serious stress in one’s personal life (e.g., financial, family, or marital problems).
Prohibited behaviors are behaviors the University does not tolerate—whether direct or through the use of University facilities, properties, or resources. Prohibited behaviors:
- are violent.
- threaten violence.
- harass or intimidate others.
- interfere with an individual’s legal rights of movement or expression.
- disrupt the workplace, our academic environment, or the University’s ability to provide service to the public.
Violent or threatening behavior can include physical acts, oral or written statements, harassing email messages, harassing telephone calls, gestures, and expressions or behaviors such as stalking.
SafeCampus is the central reporting office if you are concerned for yourself or a friend. We have trained specialists who will take your call, connect you with resources, and put safety measures in place to reduce the chances of violence occurring. We are available 24/7.
UW Tacoma Student of Concern
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call: 253-692-4901
A student of concern is any student who is displaying behaviors that may get in the way of a student’s ability to be successful in the university environment. This could mean a student experiencing crisis, displaying odd or unusual behavior, engaging in behaviors that are perceived to be harmful (to self or others), or behaviors that may be deemed academically damaging. UW Tacoma has established a referral system to identify students.
UW Tacoma Campus Safety and Security
- Emergency number 253-692-4888
- Non Emergency number 253- 692-4416
Includes campus security and safety escorts.
UW Tacoma Student Counseling Center
Student Counseling Center provides individual, couple, and group counseling, educational workshops and classroom presentations, support groups, consultation with students, faculty, and staff, and referrals, when appropriate, to community mental health and social service providers.
UWPD Victim Advocate (available to UW students and staff)
The Victim Advocate works with staff, faculty and students affected by sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment. The Victim Advocate meets with individuals to offer support and guide them through their rights, options, and resources.
UW Tacoma Human Resources
We support all UWT employees: staff, faculty, and students. Our goal is to do our part in creating a positive and productive workplace.
UW Office of the Ombud
Welcome to the Office of the Ombud. We serve the entire University of Washington community by providing a collaborative and confidential environment to discuss your situation, consider options, and develop a plan for the future.
UW CareLink (available to benefits-eligible faculty and staff)
- TTY/TDD: 877-334-0489
The UW CareLink program offers short-term confidential counseling services for faculty and staff at no cost. Master’s-level counselors are available to take your call, any time day or night.