As part of Tufts University’s commitment to maintaining a safe environment where we can learn, work, and live without threat of violence, the university has established Tufts Threat Assessment and Management (TTAM) teams. TTAM teams are responsible for threat assessment and management activities on behalf of the university.
These activities include:
Providing the Tufts community – including students, faculty, staff, alumni or parents – with multiple ways to safely and confidentially report concerns of threatening or violent behavior (including stalking, dating violence, and domestic violence) by another community member or by a university vendor or contractor;
Determining whether the person or situation of concern poses a threat of violence;
Gathering and objectively evaluating information from relevant sources regarding the person or situation of concern;
Taking appropriate action to address potential threats, including providing assistance to those in need;
Establishing early intervention strategies;
Developing case management plans that draw on resources within and outside the university;
Partnering with appropriate departments, offices, organizations and agencies, both on and off campus.
TTAM operations and coordination are based within the Department of Public and Environmental Safety (DPES) since the Tufts University Police Department has university-wide authority, and will be involved in all incidents requiring the work of TTAM teams, and may be required to respond quickly to the most critical behavioral concerns.
TTAM team members are responsible for treating their work confidentially. While a TTAM team member cannot promise confidentiality during the intake or reporting process, information will be shared only with those who need to know. TTAM members may not disclose confidential material to anyone outside of the TTAM process, unless the team determines that disclosure is warranted because the individual receiving the information is a university official or emergency responder with a need to know. In the event that you are concerned that your information has not been treated with this discretion, we encourage you to contact us immediately.
Tufts University is sensitive to concerns related to retaliation against individuals who in good faith report acts of violence, concerning behavior or statements, or potential threats, or who participate in an investigation under this policy. Retaliating against a person who has made a report under this policy or who has participated in an investigation is prohibited. Retaliation includes, but is not limited to, ostracizing the person, pressuring the person to drop the report or not participate in the investigation, or taking other adverse action against the person. The University will respond to and investigate all reports of retaliation. An individual who engages in retaliation under this policy will be subject to discipline in accordance with the University’s student and employee disciplinary policies, as applicable.
To ensure that TTAM is following best practices and advancing the goals of the Tufts’ Violence-free University Policy Statement, TTAM will provide a written annual report of its work to the university’s executive administration. The report will be comprised of statistical information. It will not contain personal identifying information specific to a case or incident.