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Examples of Violence

  • Physical assault or threat
  • Stalking or continuous harassment of another causing terror, fear, worry or intimidation
  • Actions aimed at disrupting or sabotaging daily operations

Types of Threats

  • Written threats
  • Verbal threats
  • Electronic threats
  • Stalking
  • Harassment

If You are a Victim or Witness to a Life-Threatening Act

Call 911 immediately and advise the dispatcher of the following:

  • Your name, location and type of violence
  • Extent of injuries, if any
  • Weapon involved
  • Location and description of perpetrator, if known
  • Status of threat

If No Injuries Occurred or There is Imminent Danger

  • Advise Campus Safety immediately.
  • Try to move to a safe area and notify the Tampa Police Department.
  • If you need a victim’s advocate, call (813) 257-3900 for assistance.

If Confronted by a Threatening Person

  • Leave the area/get out of harm’s way.
  • Call 911 immediately.

If unable to leave the area:

  • Try to stay at a safe distance.
  • Try to calm the threatening individual.
  • Try to get someone’s attention so they can call 911.
  • Listen to the individual and let them do most of the talking.
  • Be respectful and empowering.
  • Point out choices.

Do not:

  • Belittle, criticize, agitate or argue with the person.
  • Challenge the individual verbally or physically.
  • Make sudden movements.
  • Make false statements or promises.

Contacting Authorities

  • Dial 911.
  • Be aware that the 911 system will likely be overwhelmed. Program your cell phone with campus emergency numbers.
  • Call Campus Safety at (813) 257-7777 from a cell or x7777 from a campus phone.
  • Report:
  • Your specific location – building name and office/room number
  • Number of people at your specific location
  • Injuries – number injured and types of injuries
  • Assailant(s) – location, number, identity if known, race/gender, clothing description, physical features, type of weapons (long gun or hand gun), backpack, separate explosions from gunfire, etc.