Threat Assessment Team | AUM

Threat Assessment Team

Our highest priority is the safety of everyone on campus. The AUM Threat Assessment Team advises on incidents involving members of the university community who pose a threat to the safety and well-being of themselves or others. If you have an immediate safety concern, please contact Campus Police at 244-3424 or call 911. Non-emergencies can be reported to members of the team listed on this page.

In the event of a threat, we will recommend actions to the appropriate people (chancellor, provost or vice chancellors) in order to protect everyone involved. We take all threats of violence seriously, and we are committed to seeing a civil or criminal case through to its conclusion. To support the mission of the Threat Assessment Team, all employees or supervisors must be diligent in reporting incidents of concern.  

Functions

This team has been established to:

  • Respond to circumstances of violence, threatening behavior, unwanted pursuit or harassment.
  • Investigate situations and recommend appropriate actions including suspension, expulsion, termination of employment, filing of criminal charges, or ongoing monitoring for follow-up and observation of behavior patterns. 
  • Respond quickly to behavior indicating a student, faculty or staff member poses a risk to self or others.
  • Identify resources for troubled students and personnel and make referrals to appropriate on-campus and off-campus agencies.
  • Help secure therapeutic actions that are appropriate, such as treatment or counseling.
  • Notify, within FERPA guidelines, parents, guardians and/or next-of-kin.
  • Initiate action to place a student or employee in the custody of a mental health facility capable of supporting specific behaviors.
  • Coordinate and assess information from faculty, administrators, students and local authorities.
  • Make recommendations to the chancellor, provost and/or the vice chancellor for finance who will sign off on action to be taken.
  • Periodically assess outcomes of actions taken.

Threat Assessment Team Members

In case of an emergency, do not contact team members. Please contact Campus Police at 244-3424 or call 911. The authorities will then work with the team. For more information on what to do in an emergency situation, please see the AUM Critical Operations Manual.

To report a non-emergency situation, you can report a concern to a member of the AUM Threat Assessment Team:

Brenda Mitchell
Director of Police Operations
bmitche8@aum.edu
334-244-3464

Grant W. Garber
University Counsel
gwg0008@auburn.edu

Troy Johnson
Director of Communications
ljohns90@aum.edu
334-244-3110

Kenneth Jones
Senior Public Safety Technician
kjone108@aum.edu
334-244-3487

Leslie Meadows
Director of Human Resources and Compliance
lmeadows@aum.edu
334-244-3755

Sameer Pande
Associate Provost for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
pande@aum.edu
334-244-3780

Glen Ray
Professor and Department Chair, Psychology
gray@aum.edu
334-244-3690

Mrinal Magdh Varma 
Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor
varma@aum.edu
334-244-3600

Nichole Whitehead 
Chief Human Resources Officer
nwhitehe@aum.edu
334-244-3766


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