Emergency Procedures: Threat of Violence on Campus

Violence may be intentional or unintentional and can be directed towards a person or group of individuals. Various types of violence that can occur on campus can include the following:

  • Physical violence
  • Psychological violence (Harassment)
  • Sexual violence
  • Racism
  • Homophobia

Physical violence can include but is not limited to physical assault, damage to property, or a shooter on campus etc. Platt College does not tolerate physical violence or damage to property.

Psychological violence can induce fear, cause emotional anguish and can be used as a tool to control. Platt College’s Policy 05:16:00 Sexual and Racial Harassment clearly states that this is not tolerated on campus.

Sexual violence- Platt College prohibits sexual harassment and misconduct according to Policy 05:16:00 Sexual and Racial Harassment.  Sexual harassment is a term with a specific legal connotation.  It encompasses a broad range of behavior that includes all forms of sexual misconduct and sexual violence.  Sexual Violence refers to sexual acts committed against a person's will, or where the person is incapable of giving consent because of incapacitation, unconsciousness, or any circumstance rendering one unaware that sexual activity is occurring.  Sexual harassment includes but is not limited to sexual assault, sexual exploitation, stalking, cyber-stalking, bullying and cyber-bullying, aiding or facilitating the commission of a violation, and retaliation.

Consistent with the values of an educational and employment environment free from harassment based on sex, the College also prohibits gender-based harassment, which may include acts of verbal, nonverbal, or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on sex or sex-stereotyping, even if those acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature.

Helpful Links Available for Students and Employees Regarding Title IX

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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Sexual Assault and/or Harassment

Sexual Respect at Platt College

Violence based on racism shows disregard for human life and can cause emotional anguish. Violence based on racism can also result in injury, bodily harm, or even death. Platt College deplores violence based on race and considers such violence as hate crime. Any member of the college community can file a complaint according to guidelines in Policy 05:16:00 Sexual and Racial Harassment. 

Violence based on homophobia also shows disregard for human life and can also cause emotional anguish and may also result in violence in injury, bodily harm, or even death. As a learning community, Platt College deplores such violence considers it a hate crime. Any member of the college community can file a complaint according to Policy05:16:00 Sexual and Racial Harassment. 

Emergency Response

It is important for all College constituents to know how to respond in the event of threats, crimes, or violence. Experts on campus safety say call for help immediately if someone:

  • makes threats of imminent physical violence
  • has a weapon
  • acts in a manner that causes fear for safety

Let the professionals respond. Professionals urge those on campus not to attempt to physically intervene or deal with the situation. Instead, they recommend getting everyone to safety and to do so as swiftly as possible.

Be prepared. Become aware of the warning signs. Develop response. Understand and reduce the risks.

What You Should Do

If you believe that you are in a situation of immediate danger on campus, call 911. For non-emergencies, call 303-739-6000.

Always take direct threats of harm to others (or to self) seriously and contact the authorities. The authorities will initiate a “threat assessment” regarding the behavior of a particular individual.  If you are unsure, but concerned about the possibility of a student posing a danger to others (or to self), please notify the Academic Support and Career Services Coordinator at 303.369-5151 ext. 231 who will seek professional consultation.

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