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Proactive Response

Faculty, staff, and students play the largest role in preventing disruptive behaviors at work from escalating. You see what happens daily in your work area or academic setting. And, you know your coworkers or fellow students which makes it easier to identify behavior that is out of character.

The path towards higher risk behaviors is often progressive with cautionary signs along the way. These cautionary signs fall on the Johns Hopkins Continuum of Disruptive Behaviors at Work. After a threat or incident of violence in the workplace, it is common for at least one person to come forward and say that he or she had previously witnessed concerning behavior from the perpetrator of the violence. We want to identify these behaviors before they escalate.

Johns Hopkins wants you to be safe at work. Our goal is to be proactive and prevent incidents of disruptive behaviors at work from escalating. If you are concerned about behaviors that might escalate, talk with your supervisor, human resources/labor relations, or your academic advisor or chair. Share with him or her the events you observed and how they impacted your job or academic responsibilities. It is important to note patterns and frequencies of behaviors.

And, be prepared to take action when action is required. Awareness + Action = Prevention. If you are not sure what kind of action you should take, review the response options of reporting a threat or risk, reporting a disruptive behavior, and requesting a consultation. If you want to report a threat or a risk, your supervisor or manager, human resources/labor relations, academic advisor or chair, dean for faculty and student affairs or security should notify a member of the multidisciplinary Risk Assessment Team either in person, by phone, or using the Report a Threat or Risk form.

All members of the Johns Hopkins community are valued members of the Safe at Hopkins initiatives – if you see something, say something! If you don’t, maybe no one will.