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Violent or Criminal Behavior or Action​

Everyone on campus is asked to assist in providing a safe environment by being alert to suspicious behavior and promptly reporting the situation to University Police. Violent or criminal behavior may include but is not limited to, physical assault, sexual assault, thefts, vandalism, and workplace violence.

Response 

 General Response

Report all violence, criminal acts, and suspicious behavior promptly to the Police at 9-1-1 and University Police at 715-346-3456.

If you are the victim, observe a criminal act, or observe suspicious people on campus, immediately notify Stevens Point Police Department at 9-1-1 and University Police at 715-346-3456 from a safe areas to report the incident, including the following:

  1. Your name
  2. Nature of the incident
  3. Location, date, and time of the incident
  4. Description of person(s) involved
  5. Description of property involved
  6. If there are weapons involved
  7. Description and license of any vehicles involved. Note direction of travel

Do not approach or attempt to apprehend the person(s) involved. 

Stay on the phone with the police dispatcher until the police arrive and provide additional information, as it becomes available or as the situation changes. 

Try to remain out of sight, act cautiously, and be concerned with your personal safety. 

Provide additional information assistance upon request from responding emergency personnel.

 Property Crime/Theft/Vandalism Response

Go to a safe place and notify University Police at 715-346-3456

  • Do not touch anything. 
  • Meet with the officer at the location the officer requests. 
  • Explain to the officer everything you observed, including telling the officer if you touched or moved anything. 
  • Follow the officer’s instructions. 

Contact Risk Management at 715-346-2618 to fill a claim for recovery of loss if applicable.

 Violent/Personal Crime Response

  1. As soon as possible get to a safe place and call 9-1-1 and University Police at 715-346-3456. Advise the police of the nature of the incident, location, if medical assistance is needed, and a description of the person(s) involved. Follow medical emergencies procedures if immediate medical assistance is required.

  2. Be observant, as the more information you can provide, the better the chance the criminal will be apprehended.

  3. While a crime is being committed, you have three options:

    • Submit to suspect.
    • Passive resistance (talking or reasoning with suspect).
    • Active resistance (physical intervention). Remember, whatever you decide to do, you must be prepared both mentally and physically. Your safety is the most important thing to remember during any attack.

  4. Meet with the officer and follow his/her instructions.

 Sexual Assault Response

Whether an acquaintance, partner, family member or stranger has sexually assaulted you, it is not your fault. There are things you can do right now to help yourself and to facilitate your recovery.

  1. Find a safe place away from your attacker
  2. Tell a person whom you trust, or call one of the following resources for support
    • University Police: 715-346-3456
    • Sexual Assault Victim Services (SAVS): 715-343-7125
    • UW-Stevens Point Counseling Center: 715-346-3553
    • UW-Stevens Point Student Health Services: 715-346-4646
  3. Know your rights – Sexual Assault Victim's Bill of Rights
  4. Options for reporting the incident to local or campus authorities
  5. On-campus reporting ~ Making a police report

Have you witnessed or received a report of a sexual assault?  Any University employee who witnesses a sexual assault on campus or receives a report that a student has been sexually assaulted is required by 1989 WI Act 177 to report the assault to the Dean of Students.

  1. Report forms are located in the offices of the Chancellor, Counseling Center, Student Health Services, Dean of Students, Residence Hall Directors, University Police, Academic Deans, and Department Chairs.
  2. Submit completed reports to the Dean of Students, Old Main, Room 212. Such reporting is for statistical purposes only; no other action is required unless a victim should desire it.  This is to ensure the victim remains in control of the decisions made and to respect their privacy.
  
Policies, procedures and resources

 Workplace Violence Response

 
  1. Call 9-1-1 and University Police 715-346-3456 from a safe location. Inform of situation and if medical assistance is required. State location of incident, person(s) involved, weapons involved, and other requested information.

  2. Leave area if safe to do so following Evacuation Procedures. Attempt to secure the affected area while evacuating to prevent others from entering.

  3. If unable to safely evacuate, find a safe location inside away from the violence.

  4. Follow the policies and procedures spelled out in the UW-Stevens Point Community Rights and Responsibilities publication, Workplace Violence Reporting section, for specific reporting guidelines for all categories of workplace violence. 

Training

The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) offers the following free online training course:

IS-106.17 Workplace Violence Awareness Training 2017

Course objectives:  

  • How to identify types of workplace violence
  • How to recognize the warning signs
  • What actions to take to prevent or minimize violence
Course length: 1 hour.
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 Resources

University Police and Security Services          715-346-3456

UW-Stevens Point Counseling Center
715-346-3553

LifeMatters (Employee Assistance Program) 1-800-634-6433

Portage County Human Services
715-345-5350

Private counselor/psychologist    (see yellow pages)

Sexual Assault Victim Services (SAVS) 715-343-7125

Family Crisis Center (24-hr, free & confidential)
715-343-7125

20 Minute Video: Flashpoint on Campus
 
For more information on 

Sexual Harassment Complaint Procedures

UWSP Sexual Assault Information (Dean of Students)

Bias/Hate Incident Reporting

 

National Crime Prevention Council 

 

Page last reviewed: July 20, 2017
Page last updated: November 30, 2017