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St. Petersburg College has adopted threat assessment procedures developed by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Secret Service in a collaborative effort to help school and college campuses reduce violence and create safe climates.View SPC's Threat Assessment Policy. Faculty can download threat assessment forms on MySPC.
The primary purpose of a threat assessment is to prevent targeted violence. The threat assessment process is centered on an analysis of the facts and evidence of behavior in a given situation. The appraisal of risk in a threat assessment focuses on actions, communications and specific circumstances that might suggest that an individual intends to mount an attack and is engaged in planning or preparing for an event. The central question in a threat assessment inquiry or investigation is whether a student poses a threat, not whether the student has made a threat.
Faculty, administration, other staff and students must listen respectfully to each other. A school with a culture of two-way listening will encourage and empower students to have the courage to break the ingrained code of silence.
St. Petersburg College has adopted threat assessment procedures developed by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Secret Service in a collaborative effort to help school and college campuses reduce violence and create safe climates.
Report suspicious behavior by students, employees or visitors to the Provost’s Office:
Or call Security Dispatch at 727-791-2560
It is not always possible to predict behavior that will lead to violence. However, educators and sometimes students can recognize certain early warning signs. In some situations, and for some students, different combinations of events, behaviors and emotions may lead to aggressive rage or violent behavior toward themselves or others. A good rule of thumb is to assume that these warning signs, especially when they are presented in combination, indicate a need for further analysis (threat assessment) to determine an appropriate intervention.
The National School Safety Center identified the following behaviors that could indicate a student’s potential for harming him/herself or others, based on a recent study.
Circumstances that bring a student to official attention
Some students may bring themselves to the attention of authorities by engaging in communications that cause concern:
Other students of concern come to the attention of authorities through second or third parties:
In still other cases, students come to the attention of authorities through anonymous communications:
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