Threat Assessment

Pursuant to Virginia Code 23-9.2:10 William & Mary has established a Campus Assessment and Intervention Team (CAIT). This team is comprised of representatives of the Counseling Center, Dean of Students Office, Residence Life, Police Department, Academic Affairs, Legal Affairs and Human Resources.

CAIT 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. CAIT is a restorative not a punitive process that takes action for and not to members of the community who have exhibited concerning behavior.

CAIT seeks to identify and reduce potential sources of conflict before they result in harm. CAIT is responsible for evaluating reports of threatening and concerning behaviors. All concerns and complaints must and will be taken seriously and will be reviewed. CAIT 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.

CAIT has established operating procedures to identify, access and manage threats that pose a danger to an individual's own safety and/or to the safety of others. When an assessment of a concern or complaint is deemed necessary, one of two actions are available. 

  1. The assessment may indicate that no current threat to self or others exist, but that the behavior of the person is unhealthy and if not addressed may cause additional and more serious problems. In this instance more appropriate campus and/or community resources may be used to address the behavior.
  2. The assessment may indicate the need for an intervention which may include a management plan developed by CAIT in cooperation with the appropriate campus authority. In this case the appropriate campus authority will be responsible for implementing the plan and will report to CAIT. 

Violence or threatening behaviors that are violations of law and/or university policy may result in action taken through referral to the appropriate campus processes and referrals. CAIT will not take direct action but will coordinate information sharing and design, implementation and monitor progress of a management plan.

Behaviors do not have to be violations of the law to be of concern. In addition to illegal conduct such as threats, assault and harassment, CAIT may also review instances of changed or changing behaviors that may singularly or in combination, generate concern.  These behaviors include but are not limited to:

  • suicidal comments or threats
  • disruptive actions
  • increased absenteeism from work or class
  • incidents involving other members of the community
  • disturbing communications
  • violations of department/university policies and procedures
  • reduction in academic or employee performance

As stated in How You Can Help and Responding to a Situation, you should use the appropriate resources depending on the situation. It is the responsibility of the campus resource to inform the CAIT of the situation.