|Dear Fellow Adelphi Community Member:
Preserving the safety and security of students and employees is a top priority for Adelphi, and one that requires commitment, coordination, and communication. To facilitate collaboration among the many individuals whose work affects our collective security, Adelphi established a Threat Assessment Team (T.A.T.) workshop in 2008.
Recent events nationally have made us all too aware of the random and unpredictable nature of violence. This important workgroup has been effective since it was established, and meets twice a month to address important issues. The Team will continue to be coordinated by the Office of Public Safety and is designed to monitor and discuss reported incidents and implement action plans as necessary. Group members include the:
- associate vice president of enrollment management and student affairs
- dean of student affairs
- assistant vice president of public safety and transportation
- assistant vice president of human resources and labor relations
- director of the student counseling center
- assistant dean of student affairs
- associate provost of academic affairs
- director of health services
- associate dean of intercollegiate athletics and recreation
- assistant professor in the school of nursing
- information security officer
- executive director for off campus programs
- academic director, department of emergency management
- associate provost for faculty affairs
- director of the Center for Psychological Services
The team also includes one or more members of senior staff and representatives from Adelphi psychological services. The chair of the team may invite the participation of the Garden City police, or other uniformed service personnel, as appropriate.
You may recall that the establishment of a Threat Assessment Team was a recommendation of the Congressional report issued following the tragedy at Virginia Tech in 2007. Adelphi was one of the first institutions of higher education in the country to implement this recommendation. The work of the Threat Assessment Team relates solely to addressing potential or actual serious safety issues involving members of the campus community. It does not supersede, supplant, or replace the University's current judicial procedure or the protocols for reporting incidents and safety concerns.
Any member of the campus community may become aware of a troubling situation that is causing serious anxiety, stress, or fear in or out of class. If such a situation appears to be imminent, including possible immediate risk of violence to self or others, it should be reported immediately to the Department of Public Safety at 516-877-3511, or by dialing "5" from any campus phone. All of these numbers are printed on the back of your Adelphi ID card.
I thank the team members for their ongoing efforts to preserve the safety of our community. More information about campus safety and answers to some frequently asked questions can be found at administration.adelphi.edu/publicsafety/policies/threat_faq.php
Robert A. Scott