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Levels of Risk

 

The Five Levels of Risk Behaviors Indicating Risk

Report threats that are elevated, severe, or extreme.
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Report threats that are mild or moderate to the Dean of Students' Office.
Please use the Disruption/Discipline Report Form


1. Mild Risk:

  • Disruptive or concerning behavior
  • Individual may or may not show signs of distress
  • No threat is made or present

Examples:

  • Disrespectful behavior
  • Drop in grades
  • Missed assignments
  • Deteriorating assignments
  • Deterioration on physical appearance/lack of personal hygiene
  • Possible disruptive incidents

2. Moderate Risk:

  • More involved or repeated disruption; behavior is more concerning
  • Possible threat is made or present
  • Threat is vague or indirect and lacks detail or realism
  • Information about the threat is inconsistent or lacks detail
  • Content of threat suggests threatener is unlikely to carry it out

Examples:

  • Harassing behavior to another individual
  • Disorganized, erratic performance
  • Emotional response is overreaction or under reaction
  • Repeated absence from class

3. Elevated Risk:

  • Seriously disruptive incidents
  • Exhibiting clear distress; more likely disturbance
  • Threat made or present
  • Threat is vague and indirect but may be shared with multiple reporters
  • Threat is inconsistent, implausible, or lacks detail
  • Threat lacks realism, or is repeated with variations
  • Content of threat suggests threatener is unlikely to carry it out

Examples:

  • Out of control behavior
  • Verbal aggressiveness
  • Direct statements indicating distress from personal problems
  • Others expressing concern or fear about the individual
  • Papers, pictures, or behaviors that focus on despair, hopelessness, or violence

4. Severe Risk:

  • Disturbed behavior; not one’s normal self
  • Threat made or present
  • Threat is vague but direct, or specific but indirect
  • Threat is consistent, plausible, or includes increasing details
  • Threat likely to be repeated with consistency
  • Content of threat suggests threatener may carry it out.

Examples:

  • Self injurious or self destructive behavior
  • Seriously disruptive incidents
  • Papers/pictures that focus on violence, aggression, or rage
  • Refusal to comply with rules

5. Extreme Risk:

  • Individual is dysregulated (way off baseline)
  • Threat made or present
  • Threat is concrete and likely to be shared with multiple reporters
  • Threat is consistent, plausible, and/or includes specific details (often with steps already taken)
  • Threat may be repeated with consistency
  • Content of threat suggests threatener will carry it out
  • Threatener may appear detached

Examples:

  • Posing an immediate threat to self or others
  • Individual exhibits frightening behavior
  • Individual may appear detached

Source: The National Behavioral InterventionTeam Association. The NaBITA 2009 White paper.