The purpose of the Threat Assessment and Behavior Intervention Committee (TABIC) is to formalize the college’s processes of addressing behavior that may be threatening, disruptive, or harmful. The committee includes:
- Associate vice president of student affairs/dean of students
- Assistant dean of students
- Director of the counseling center
- Executive director of human resources
- Director of campus security
- Director of communications
- General counsel
The committee will also consult with other people who have experience and expertise with specific situations.
Please report to your dean, supervisor, or any member of TABIC any behaviors or conversations you have seen or heard that cause you to be concerned that someone is engaging or may engage in behavior that is threatening, disruptive, or harmful.
Please report to campus patrol (801.832.2525) or risk management (801.832.2565 or 801.832.2657) anyone, including an unsupervised minor, who appears to be loitering or behaving in a suspicious manner.
When any serious incident occurs:
- A member of TABIC will immediately call a meeting to discuss the incident.
- When possible and if time allows, at least three members of TABIC should meet to review the incident and make the decision if a timely warning is necessary.
- TABIC will then decide what information needs to be included in the timely warning and arrange for the appropriate media distribution of the warning, which may include email, bull horn, notification to safety personnel for disbursement, or printed material.
- If TABIC cannot meet or cannot come to a consensus on the message, the dean of students and director of campus patrol can issue a communication regarding the emergency or incident. The executive team can also instigate a school-wide emergency notification.
If a major catastrophe or disaster occurs at Westminster College, the college may provide timely information about the incident(s) or warnings via:
- Posters or flyers
- Student newsletters
- Public service announcements with local television and radio stations
- Westminster's Emergency Notification System (ENS) which sends email, texts, and phone messages
The decision to issue an emergency response or a dangerous situation announcement will be made on a case-by-case basis considering all available facts surrounding the campus community and whether the situation is considered a serious or a continuing threat to students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The campus community will be immediately notified unless issuing a notification will compromise efforts to contain the emergency. The announcement may include, but is not limited to, the following information:
- Type of situation
- Location of occurrence
- Available suspect information
- Emergency response and evacuation procedures
Westminster's Emergency Notification System may be activated at the order of the president, the provost, or the director of campus patrol or director of campus safety, and has policies that govern its use and maintenance cycles. The Emergency Notification System notifies faculty, staff, and students about serious situations via:
- Westminster email
- Personal email
- Text message to personal cell phones
- Phone call to campus phones
- Outdoor siren with voice message that can be heard over the entire campus
The ENS system may provide:
- Notice of a crisis or time sensitive event
- Pertinent information
- Breaking developments
- Appropriate response measures