A collaborative approach to preventing violence on campus
Violence on American campuses remains a rare occurrence. Nonetheless, such a possibility requires a plan that calls for purposeful action and shared responsibilities.
Following the Virginia Tech tragedy, colleges and universities across the nation reviewed and revised their crisis plans. The University of Cincinnati was no exception. To enhance its existing emergency plan, UC added a prevention program – Prevention Through Intervention – to an already strong plan that included preparation, response, and recovery.
When large scale violence does occur, it often represents the final step of an individual who has felt desperate and distressed for some time. Helping distressed people sooner helps prevent violence and ensures a safer environment for all members of the campus community.
The Prevention Through Intervention program brings together the responsiveness and expertise of a dozen UC services. A call to any one of these offices sets in motion a coordinated response that can help a troubled individual before a crisis stage.
All members of the UC community – students, faculty, and staff – have a shared responsibility to keep the campus as safe and secure as possible. If you suspect someone may be in need of assistance, or if you just have a question, contact any of the offices listed below. All incidents and reports are taken seriously. Reports may be made anonymously.
Prevention Through Intervention Brochure (PDF)
If you have questions about the emergency planning process, desire to schedule an educational program for your unit, or have a suggestion for the program, please contact the Office of Emergency Services at 513-556-4909.