Threat Assessment

The Threat Assessment Team (TAT), established by the Board of Visitors pursuant to state law to assess threats to the campus community and to take remedial action as necessary. Membership is determined by the President consistent with Virginia Code Section 23.1-805(D). University Counsel serves as a legal advisor to TAT.  As of April 2018, the members of TAT include the following individuals or their representatives:

  • Chief of William & Mary Police (Chair): Deborah Cheesebro, 757-221-4596, dcheesebro@wm.edu
  • Dean of Arts & Sciences: Kate Conley, 757-221-2470, kconley@wm.edu
  • Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs: Ann Marie Stock, 757-221-3846, amstoc@wm.edu
  • Dean of Students: Marjorie Thomas, 757-221-2510, mthomas@wm.edu
  • Chief Human Resources Officer: John Poma, 757-221-3115, jmpoma@wm.edu
  • Chief Compliance Officer/Title IX Coordinator: Pamela Mason, 757-221-3167, phmaso@wm.edu
  • Director of the Counseling Center: Carina Sudarsky-Gleiser, 757-221-3620, cxsuda@wm.edu
  • Vice President for Student Affairs: Ginger Ambler, 757-221-1236, vmambl@wm.edu
  • Associate Vice President for Health & Wellness: Kelly Crace, 757-221-1236, rkcrac@wm.edu

TAT enlists members of the community in a community-wide effort to ensure the safety and security of the community. This process relies heavily on community members caring about those with whom they live and work. TAT is a restorative not a punitive process that takes action for and not to members of the community who have exhibited concerning behavior.

TAT seeks to identify and reduce potential sources of conflict before they result in harm. TAT is responsible for evaluating reports of threatening and concerning behaviors.

When the Threat Assessment Team first learns about a student, faculty member, staff member, or third party who has engaged in violent, threatening, or potentially threatening behaviors or whose conduct or actions raise concerns about their potential for violence or suicide, TAT will follow the Threat Assessment Process.

Under the Process, a standard set of behavioral threat assessment factors guide threat assessment inquiries and investigations. The risk factors and considerations used by TAT for decision making are based on industry standards.  The standard set of behavioral threat assessment factors used by TAT in its threat assessment process is available here

All concerns and complaints must and will be taken seriously and will be reviewed. TAT understands that at time members of the community will come to the attention of the team when little or no need exists for further assessment or case management.