THREAT ASSESSMENT & BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION COMMITTEE (TABIC)

The purpose of this committee is to formalize the college’s processes of addressing behavior that may be threatening, disruptive, or harmful. The committee is comprised of the associate vice president of student affairs/dean of students, the assistant dean of students, the director of the counseling center, the executive director of human resources, the director of campus security, the director of communications, and general counsel. The committee will also consult with other people with experience and expertise regarding specific situations. 

Please REPORT to your dean or supervisor or to 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.

Convening TABIC

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 by 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 also can instigate a school wide emergency notification.

The TABIC committee is comprised of the following Westminster College staff members:

TitleNameOfficePhone
Dean of Students OfficeMark FerneShaw 105801-832-2230
General Counsel/Risk ManagementKathryn HolmesGore 219801-832-2565
Human ResourcesJulie FreestoneBamberger 106801-832-2573
Counseling CenterLisa JonesShaw LL7A801-832-2237
Director of Campus PatrolBlake SmithMeldrum 488801-832-2527
Director Office of Environmental Health and SafetyBlake SmithMeldrum 488801-832-2312
Assistant Dean of StudentsKarnell BlackShaw 105801-832-2231
Director of CommunicationsSheila YorkinBamberger 107801-832-2685

In addition, if a major catastrophe or disaster occurs at Westminster College, the college may provide timely information regard the incident(s) using postings, flyers, student newsletters, and public service announcements with local television and radio stations. Warnings may also be issued using the schools Emergency Notification System which sends; e-mail, texts and phone messages. The decision to issue an emergency response or dangerous situation announcement shall be decided on a case-by-case basis considering all available facts surrounding the campus community, whether the situation is considered a serious or a continuing threat to students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The warning may include, but is not limited to, the following information:

  • type of crime
  • location of occurrence
  • available suspect information
  • Emergency Response and evacuation procedures

When a determination has been made confirming a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students, faculty, staff, and visitors on or off campus, 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, and any other available information

Emergency Notification System includes a campus email, text messaging faculty, staff and students cell phones and an outdoor siren with voice messaging capability that can be heard over the entire campus. This system provides crisis or time sensitive events, pertinent information, breaking developments, instructions, and appropriate response measures. The system may be activated at the order of the President, the Provost, or the Director of Campus Patrol or Director of the Office of Environmental Health and Safety. The Emergency Notification System has policies that govern its use and maintenance cycles. For more information contact the Office of Communications at 801-832-2680 or the Office of Environmental Health and Safety at 801-832-2312.