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Dangerous or Disruptive Individuals

Occasionally, individuals will appear on campus who seem dangerous or threatening, or who are disruptive.

It is difficult to generalize about these situations, but here are some guidelines:

1.  Faculty and staff should try to calm the situation before calling Security.  The arrival of people in uniform can sometimes escalate matters unnecessarily.
2.  Preventative measures are always best.  If a staff member believes a person may become dangerous, he or she should notify the Dean’s office.  The Dean’s office will determine the best response.  We have access to psychological counseling and we have a Crisis Intervention Team that can be assembled if appropriate.  There are also established procedures such as the Code of Student Conduct that can be applied if necessary.
3.  Of course, if you feel you or others are in immediate danger, call Security.  Security can escort the person(s) off campus or enlist the help of the State Highway Patrol or City Police.

  1. The Richland County Sheriff’s Department regularly sends lists of convicted sex offenders who live in the vicinity of educational institutions.  We then determine whether or not any of these individuals are students at OSU-M or NC State.  These persons are not necessarily dangerous, and we can’t dismiss them from either institution unless they violate our Code of Student Conduct.

Occasionally we will encounter individuals who seem dangerous, disruptive, or threatening. While it is difficult to generalize about these situations, it should be remembered that all students at The Ohio State University are required to abide by the OSU Code of Conduct. This code can be viewed online at http://www.mansfield.osu.edu/HTML/StudentAffairs/code.html

Most inappropriate behavior, in or out of class, does not constitute an emergency situation. A faculty member observing inappropriate behavior during class should meet privately with the student to provide honest, concise feedback explaining why certain behaviors are inappropriate. If a student continues to be so disruptive that you are prevented from teaching effectively, contact Dr. Donna Hight, OSU-M’s Chief Student Life Officer, at 419-755-4034.
Comments regarding self-harm or suicide should be reported immediately to Donna and to Michelle McLane, the Disability Specialist as well.

For any situation in which serious threats are made or physical violence appears to be a distinct possibility, dial 911. Campus security should also be notified by calling 419-755-4346.

In all cases of continuing inappropriate behavior in or out of class, threatened violence, abusive behavior, or student threats of self-harm or intended suicide, instructors must document what has occurred in writing. This documentation will be used to determine how to respond to the student; if you have concerns about it being shared, please let Donna know. This written documentation must be to Donna Hight, who can then determine how to best respond to these students.

Each autumn OSU-Mansfield and North Central State College  publish jointly an “Emergency Procedures Handbook” which provides appropriate responses to a variety of emergency situations.  Faculty should familiarize themselves with this  short handbook and keep it within easy reach during the school year.