The Student Threat Assessment Team

Mission Statement

Lincoln Memorial University is committed to promoting and providing a safe and secure environment for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to our campus. Therefore, the Student Threat Assessment Team will review and evaluate information regarding concerns or issues involving perceived threats to University students, faculty, staff, visitors or property and will act, as necessary, to protect the campus community.

The Student Threat Assessment Team has been established to:

  • Receive, coordinate and assess information on perceived threats to the safety and security of University students, faculty, staff, visitors or property
  • Share and evaluate available information to determine if an articulable and significant risk of threat is present
  • Develop an appropriate plan of action to mitigate the risk, including intervention strategies to deal with violence, threats and disruptive behavior
  • Respond to situations involving an articulable and significant risk of violence or threatening behavior including behavior indicating a potential risk of harm to self or others
  • Identify and develop resources for troubled faculty, staff, and students
  • Communicate with others as necessary and appropriate to carry out the team's purposes
  • Recommend University action regarding campus safety and security matters to appropriate decision makers
  • Develop resources and training for the campus community on identification, reporting and responding to situations involving potential threats to safety and security
  • Review and assess outcomes of actions taken

Operating Protocols

  1. The Student Threat Assessment Team (STAT) meets quarterly throughout the academic year and regularly during the summer months. The STAT also meets as needed to evaluate and develop plans as circumstances necessitate.
  2. Team members are expected to contact the chair, or in the chair's absence the vice-chair, of the STAT immediately with information that indicates a developing situation which appears to involve a significant and imminent risk to safety and security. The chair or vice-chair will notify team members and may call an emergency meeting of the team. The emergency meeting may also include other individuals who would be helpful in evaluating the risk and developing a plan to mitigate the risk.
  3. The team will evaluate the level and imminence of risk and develop a plan to mitigate the risk. Examples of possible team decisions may include but are not limited to the following:
    • Active monitoring of the situation
    • Gathering additional information to more accurately evaluate the possible threat
    • Adopting a plan to respond to the situation and monitoring implementation
    • Referring individuals to appropriate campus offices or bodies
    • Referring individuals to appropriate social service agencies
    • Alerting law enforcement agencies

Student Threat Assessment Team Membership

The STAT is composed of those who are likely to receive or become aware of information regarding threats to safety and security, who have knowledge of appropriate means of assessing and evaluating information and who have access to resources necessary to mitigate risks. Members include all of the following or their designees:
  • Campus and Public Safety Specialist, (Chair)
  • Dean of Administration
  • Dean of Students
  • Director, Human Resources Services
  • Director, Counseling Center
  • Principal, JFWA
  • University Counsel
  • Dean of Students DCOM
  • Site Coordinator Cedar Bluff
  • Chief Technology Officer
  • Coordinator Student Services (Morristown, Sevierville, Kingsport)
  • Director of Campus Safety & Facilities Mgmt
Notes and logs kept by the team chair and minutes of team meetings shall be considered official records of the Campus and Public Safety.