Prevention

The following resources are intended to provide guidance on how to identify and respond to potentially threatening individuals. The university provides direction and support to employees and students concerned about the welfare or behavior of their friends, peers, and colleagues.

University Policy 2208: Workplace Violence: defines workplace violence as:

  • Any direct or indirect threat, behavior or action which suggests personal violation or endangers a person’s safety, including but not limited to sexual assault, stalking, and verbal and non-verbal threats or intimidation or harassment of any nature, in person, through electronic media, or by phone; or
  • Behavior likely to result in an act of aggression such as a display of escalating anger; or
  • Any act that is a physical assault including, but not limited to, beating, stabbing, shoving, kicking, throwing of objects, shooting, or rape; or
  • Acts that destroy or damage property.
  • Vist http://universitypolicy.gmu.edu/policies/workplace-violence/ for more information.

Student Support and Advocacy Center (SSAC): SSAC believes that students are most successful when they are healthy and happy and we strive to help students find that balance for themselves. SSAC staff offer students one-on-one support, interactive programming and on and off campus resources. Some of the topic areas we address are healthy relationships, stress management, nutrition, sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, stalking, drug and alcohol use and sexual health. Visit http://ssac.gmu.edu/ for more information.

Campus Assessment and Intervention Team (CAIT): The Campus Assessment & Intervention Team is committed to improving community safety through a proactive, collaborative, coordinated, objective, and thoughtful approach to the prevention, identification, assessment, intervention, and management of situations that pose, or may reasonably pose, a threat to the safety and well-being of the campus community. CAIT is an interdisciplinary team, with diverse skills and areas of expertise. Visit http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title23.1/chapter8/section23.1-805/ for more information on § 23.1-805. (Effective October 1, 2016) Violence prevention committee; threat assessment team.

Team members come from the following areas at the University:  George Mason University Police and Public Safety, co-chairperson; Dean of Students Office, co-chairperson; Counseling and Psychological Services; Human Resources; Office of the Provost; Student Conduct; Student Support and Advocacy Center; Disability Services; Housing and Residence Life; University Life; Office of Environmental Health and Safety; University Legal Counsel.