Standards for Threatening Behavior

What is Threatening Behavior?

The below standards are structured in such a way as to provide a framework for what constitutes threatening/violent behavior and includes additional language that highlights aspects of such behavior. This format is intended to assist in one’s knowing when behavior has become threatening/violent and when a referral to an appropriate office is warranted. The standards are aligned with the ABOR Student Code of Conduct and Student Disciplinary Procedures and SSM 104-02 (Handling Disruptive, Threatening, or Violent Individuals on Campus).


This listing is not intended to be all-inclusive. Should a person believe that another is engaging in behavior that is threatening, violent, or potentially violent, a report should be made to the appropriate office.

Endangering, threatening, or causing physical harm to any member of the university community or to oneself or causing reasonable apprehension of such harm:

  • Includes words, actions, or behaviors that reflects a serious intention to instill fear in another person or the intent to cause physical or mental harm that could lead to psychological or physical harm of another person.
  • Includes malicious intent behind a behavior; the person on the receiving end genuinely feels fearful or believes that their safety and security is compromised by another’s behavior.
  • Includes behavior that results in destruction to property or to a substantial disturbance to the community.
  • Includes the expression of a threat without regard to whether the person communicating the threat has the ability to carry it out, and without regard to whether the threat is made on a present, conditional, or future basis; the totality of the circumstances are considered in determining if a threat exists (excerpted in part from the U of A).
  • Includes how the receiving person interprets the intent of the threat; the medium used to convey the threat does not matter, the intent is the critical concern.
  • Includes words, actions, or behaviors that by the nature of such words, actions, or behaviors causes another person to be concerned for their safety and/or security; such words, actions, or behaviors may not include explicit threats.
  • Includes words, action, or behaviors that are threatening to oneself and that a reasonable person would find threatening, violent, and/or potentially violent.

In Case of an Emergency:
ASU Police
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Dean of Students
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