Acts of Violence or Threatening Behavior
If you are confronted by or observe a person displaying aberrant, dangerous, or threatening behavior, attempt to remove yourself from the situation if you can do so without provoking the aggressor.
If you are the victim of a threat or act of violence or observe a person committing an act of violence, call the UIC Police Department at (312) 355-5555 immediately. DO NOT attempt to confront a person who is violent or aggressive.
If you have concerns about someone's behavior, please contact one of the following offices to share information:
If you have concerns about someone's behavior, please contact one of the following offices to share information: Heading link
Office of the Dean of Students
Counseling Center [confidential]
Employee Assistance Services [confidential]
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The following actions should be taken when confronted by an angry or disturbed person and you are unable to safely remove yourself from the situation.
- Appear calm and unhurried in your response but stay out of arm’s reach of the person.
- Give the person your full attention; be empathetic and show our concern.
- Let the person speak, listen attentively, and ask for specific examples to clarify what the person is saying.
- Provide positive feedback such as, “We can get this straightened out,” or “I’m glad you’re telling me how you feel about this.”
- Move away from any object that could be used as a weapon.
- Calmly ask the person to place any weapons in a neutral location while you continue to talk with the person. Avoid attempting to disarm the person.
- DO NOT display challenging body language (e.g., placing your hands on your hips, moving toward or staring directly at the person).
- DO NOT physically touch an outraged person or try to force the person to leave.
- DO NOT accept a weapon from a violent person.
- DO NOT argue, yell, or joke.