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Recognizing and Preventing Violence on Campus: Training Videos

The Division of Student Affairs is committed to the emotional and physical safety of the UMBC community. As responsible members of this community, we all play an important role in making our campus a safe place to live, learn, and work.

Being proactive and aware in our day-to-day life can help contribute to maintaining a safe and compassionate campus environment and supporting someone in distress.

Below are two educational videos created by the Center for Personal Protection and Safety in Virginia to assist you in recognizing and responding to the types of behaviors and situations that may jeopardize the health and safety of the campus as well as the signs that someone may need help.

While the videos are not graphic, they contain scenes that some viewers may find disturbing.

Flashpoint on Campus: Recognizing and Preventing Violence on Campus

The purpose of this program is to help students, faculty, and staff recognize warning signs and understand how to respond to them to prevent violence on campus. Watch the video below.

When Lightning Strikes: How to Recognize and Respond to an Extreme Violence Event

The purpose of this video is to prepare any individual to become situationally aware of their surroundings on and off campus, pick up on early indicators that something might be wrong, and respond effectively if they find themselves in an extreme violence event such as an active shooter situation. Please follow the link below. You will need to log in using UMBC credentials to access the video files. Note: these videos are large in size and require an active broadband connection. Watching these videos over a cellular connection is not recommended.

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If you observe a person whose behavior is disruptive or dangerous (e.g. making verbal or physical threats to others; threatening suicide and resisting help), or if you think you might hurt yourself or others, call UMBC Police at 410-455-5555 or call 911 if off campus.

If you have concerns about a person in distress or behaviors of concern you have experienced or observed, please contact a member of the Behavioral Risk Assessment and Consultation Team (BRACT) or email

Kim Leisey, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs: 410-455-2393,

Paul Dillon, Chief of Police, 410-707-6012,

Erin O’Sullivan, Community Health and Safety Specialist, 410-455-2393,

If you need help or want to learn more about how to help others, UMBC offers counseling, consultations, training, and other resources across campus to support you. Many of these events and programs are regularly promoted on myUMBC throughout the year.

The Counseling Center (410-455-2472) offers free and confidential services to all current UMBC students in the form of individual, couples, or group counseling as well as workshops, campus presentations, consultation, and self-help resources.

The Behavioral Risk Assessment and Consultation Team (BRACT) ( offers training on recognizing and responding to behaviors of concern. This is excellent training for departments, student groups, teams, etc.

UMBC Police (410-455-5555) offer training on responding to active shootings, weather emergencies, and other life-threatening events and emergencies.

The Inova Employee Assistance Program (EAP) (1-800-346-0110) is available to UMBC Regular and Contingent II employees and members of their households. Inova counselors are trained, licensed professionals who can advise you on a wide range of problems – emotional illness, work life issues, relationship or family difficulties, alcohol or other drug abuse, legal or financial difficulties, and other major life or health changes. Services are private and confidential. You have the option of a self-referral, or the University may make a supervisory referral on your behalf.

Additional UMBC Resources

“Everyone Has a Story” Compassion Video

Campus Life

Green Dot Relationship Violence Prevention and Training

University Health Services and Health Promotion

Human Relations

Human Resources

i3b – Initiatives for Identity, Inclusion & Belonging

Off Campus Student Services

Residential Life

Student Affairs

Student Conduct and Community Standards

Women’s Center