Guiding Principles

  • Community members can often prevent targeted violence.
  • Violence is a dynamic process resulting from multiple factors including a four-step pattern of thought* in which the individual will:
    1. Come up with an idea to do harm (Ideation),
    2. Develop a plan to carry out that harm (Planning),
    3. Develop the capacity to carry out the plan, including getting access to weapons and ammunition (Preparation), and
    4. Carry out the attack (Implementation).
  • Identifying and intervening concerning behavior early benefits everyone.
  • The CARE Team will collaborate to connect appropriate campus resources to bear on concerning individuals.
  • Assessing threat is about specific behavior not specific stereotypes (i.e., Does this person’s behavior pose a threat?)
  • The CARE Team seeks positive outcomes for all parties involved (victims, bystanders, and perpetrators).
  • Multiple reporting mechanisms enhance early identification.
  • Multifaceted resources can provide effective interventions.
  • Campus safety is always a high priority.
  • The CARE Team strives to keep all members positively engaged in the community with ongoing identification, assessment, and intervention

*Borrowed from The Handbook for Campus Threat Assessment & Management Teams (Deisinger, et al., 2008)