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Threat Management Policy

Chapter 3015
Revised May 2, 2000, August 20, 2012, April 27, 2015 and September 6, 2018

Table of Contents

.010 Scope

.020 Jurisdiction

.030 Policy Statement

.040 Investigation and Decision-Making Process
.050 Threat Management Team/Critical Incident Response Team Members

.060 Potential Risk Management Measures

.070 Required Reporting of Threatening or Violent Conduct, Restraining Orders

.080 Required Reporting of Child Sexual Abuse

.090 Questions

.010 Scope

This Policy applies to persons who are on campus or who are otherwise participating in University-sponsored programs and activities, such as employees, students, contractors, vendors, visitors, and guests.

.020 Jurisdiction

This Policy covers conduct that occurs on campus or otherwise within the context of university-sponsored programs and activities, whether those are on campus or off campus. Conduct that occurs off campus and outside the context of university-sponsored programs and activities is covered by this Policy to the extent such conduct relates to conduct that is alleged to have occurred on campus or in the context of a university-sponsored program or activity, or when the alleged conduct otherwise presents a substantial risk of physical harm to person(s) on campus or in the context of a university-sponsored program or activity.

.030 Policy Statement

The safety and security of all Kansas State University employees, students, visitors, and guests are very important. Threats, threatening behavior, acts of violence, and any related conduct that substantially disrupts another’s work performance or the University's ability to execute its mission are prohibited.

Retaliation against persons making reports or otherwise participating in this process in good faith also is prohibited.

.040 Investigation and Decision-Making Process

The Threat Management Team (TMT) meets about potential violations of this Policy that involve non-students. The TMT meets to seek and obtain legal advice as it conducts an initial risk assessment and makes recommendations about how to manage any potential threat. The Chair of the TMT investigates and makes the decision about whether the Policy was violated and determines necessary actions to immediately and thereafter manage and alleviate any determined threat.

The Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) meets about potential violations of this Policy that involve only students. The CIRT meets to seek and obtain legal advice as it conducts an initial risk assessment and makes recommendations about how to manage any potential threat. The Chair of the CIRT investigates and makes the decision about whether the Policy was violated and determines necessary actions to immediately and thereafter manage and alleviate any determined threat.  More details about the CIRT process, including but not limited to the process for a student to appeal an expulsion determination by the CIRT Chair, can be found here.

When incidents involve a combination of faculty, staff, visitors or guests, as well as students, the CIRT and TMT meet jointly to seek and obtain legal advice as they conduct an initial risk assessment and make recommendations about how to manage any potential threat. The Chairs jointly investigate and make the decision about whether the Policy was violated and determine necessary actions to immediately and thereafter manage and alleviate any determined threat.

The University may take immediate risk management steps, pending the outcome of an investigation under this Policy, including without limitation temporary suspension, prohibiting a person from being on University property, and/or prohibiting a person from contacting one or more persons at the University.

.050 Threat Management Team/Critical Incident Response Team Members

The Threat Management Team is chaired by the Director of Labor Relations. Other members include representatives from:

  • Supervisory department(s) of employee(s) involved
  • Counseling Services
  • K-State Police
  • Office of General Counsel, as legal advisor
  • Employee Relations - in cases involving non-student employees
  • Office of Student Life - in cases involving students
  • Graduate School - in cases involving graduate students
  • Office of Institutional Equity – in cases involving allegations of sexual violence, domestic and dating violence, or stalking
  • Other support staff, as needed

The Critical Incident Response Team is chaired by the Director of Student Life. Other members include:

  • College Dean's Office representative
  • Counseling Services
  • Housing and Dining
  • K-State Police
  • Office of General Counsel, as legal advisor
  • Graduate School - in cases involving graduate students
  • Office of Institutional Equity – in cases involving allegations of sexual violence, domestic and dating violence, or stalking
  • Other support staff, as needed

.060 Potential Risk Management Measures

Violations of this Policy will lead to disciplinary action and/or risk management measures, as appropriate and applicable under the circumstances, and may include without limitation suspension or expulsion, dismissal, arrest, barring the person(s) from University-owned or leased premises, termination of business relationships with an individual, and/or prosecution of the person(s), all as applicable.

Nothing in this Policy shall be construed as preventing the University from taking risk management measures, or otherwise addressing a substantial disruption to a University campus, program or operations, that it deems necessary either for the continued business operations of the University or for the physical safety of persons and/or property on campus or in the context of University programs.

.070 Required Reporting of Threatening or Violent Conduct, Restraining Orders

All employees must notify the Director of Labor Relations of any threats that they have witnessed, received, or have been told that another person has witnessed or received when the conduct is covered by this Policy. Employees must also report any behavior they have witnessed that they regard as threatening or violent when that behavior is job-related or might be carried out on University-owned or leased property or in connection with University employment. 

Each employee and/or student who receives a protective or restraining order (often referred to as a Protection from Abuse or Protection from Stalking order) that lists University-owned or leased premises as a protected area, or otherwise prohibits the employee or student from being within a certain proximity or near another University employee or student, is required to provide a copy of such order to the Director of Labor Relations (for orders pertaining to employees) and/or the Director for Student Life (for orders pertaining to students), as well as the K-State Police Department.

.080 Required Reporting of Child Sexual Abuse

All employees are required to report to the campus police and/or other appropriate law enforcement agencies any incidents of child sexual abuse, meaning those crimes defined in K.S.A. 21-5501, et seq. that relate to minors as victims that employees witness on the University's campus or at a University-sponsored event.

.090 Questions

Questions about this Policy should be directed to the Director of Labor Relations at 532-6277.