Predicting and preventing violence on campus is best accomplished by creating a climate where civility on campus, in the classroom, in residence halls, at athletic events, and in fraternities and sororities and elsewhere is the norm. Even under the best circumstances, however, acts of violence can occur. Strategies to prevent a crisis include:

1. Communicate a clear policy against, and consequences for, violent behavior.

2. Identify potential offenders and victims early.

3. Report threatening behavior promptly; respond quickly to such reports.

4. Do not assume threatening behaviors will stop; take all threats seriously.

Understanding Aggression

Aggression and/or violence on campus or in the workplace can take many forms — from a colleague or student who exhibits dangerous or threatening behavior to random acts of violence by someone or groups of individuals with no connection to the campus. Recognizing early-warning signs can help diffuse situations before they escalate to a crisis.

Learn more about understanding aggression

The Alt-Right on Campus, What Students Need to Know

Under the banner of the Alternative Right – or “alt-right” – extremist speakers are touring colleges and universities across the country to recruit students to their brand of bigotry, often igniting protests and making national headlines. Their appearances have inspired a fierce debate over free speech and the direction of the country.

Learn more about what students need to know about the Alt-right on campuses