Behavior Risk Management

The Behavior Risk Management (BRM) Protocol is an attempt to respond with a planned comprehensive approach to the continuum of behaviors that could lead to hostility and violence in the workplace. Although it is difficult to "predict" violent or hostile behavior, there are methods to determine the risk components of a situation. BRM takes a clinical as well as consultative approach. To get more specific information, call 319-384-2955.

Key Features

  • Individual: Initial violence risk screening. Employee may be referred for additional violence risk assessment. This assessment is coordinated by the Threat Assessment Team. Participation does not excuse the employee from disciplinary action if appropriate.
  • Workplace: Behavioral risk viewed as part of a system. It is essential to understand the workplace dynamics and culture to view the individual and his/her behavior within this context. Prior to an individual evaluation, consultation with management, to gain a clear understanding of the behavior problems of the individual within the context of the work culture, is essential.

Purpose

The purpose is to ensure a safe and civil workplace for all UI employees by addressing any related individual or environmental issues that may contribute to hostility, violence or physical danger on the job.

Continuum of Behavior

  • Conflict
    Normal personal or professional disagreements that do not harm the integrity of the relationship.
  • Nuisance
    Offensive jokes, graffiti, off-color language, gestures, unusual silence or angry outbursts, blaming.

Response
Performance management training or HR consultation.

  • At-Risk
    Odd or bizarre behavior; reports of "fear" from staff, but no specific threat.
  • Hostility/Safety Risk
    Harassment
    and discrimination, verbal, physical, and written threats; stalking; on the job intoxication or impairment.

Response
Contact the Threat Assessment Team to determine next steps.

  • Violence
    Physical contact with the intent to do harm to a person or property.

Response
Call 911; then contact the Threat Assessment Team

Behavior Risk Management

Campus address
121-51 USB
U.S. mailing address
The University of Iowa
121 University Services Bldg., Ste. 51
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone
319-384-2955
FAX
319-335-2644

Frequently Asked Questions

The Behavior Risk Management Protocol is a planned, comprehensive, multidisciplinary response to workplace hostility and violence. The purpose is to ensure a safe and civil workplace for all UI employees by addressing any related individual or environmental issues that may contribute to hostility, violence or physical danger on the job.

The BRM team responds to incidents of violence, threats of violence, and hostility by gathering information about the individual(s) involved, the circumstances surrounding the incident, and the workplace environment. BRM team members may include staff from Employee and Labor Relations, Faculty and Staff Disability Services, Public Safety, Equal Opportunity and Diversity (EOD), Threat Assessment Specialists, Student Counseling and Ombudsperson's Office, and the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator.

Examples of problems at work are: incidents of violence, threats of violence, and hostility. If an employee exhibits any of these behaviors, s/he will be required to undergo an evaluation to determine his or her ability to work safely. The department pays all costs related to that assessment. Failure by the employee to co-operate with this evaluation may result in termination of employment.

The employing department will conduct a separate but concurrent investigation of the incident to determine if a violation of UI policy of the department's work rules as occurred. The employee's participation in and compliance with the BRM process does not relieve him or her from any potential disciplinary measures that may be taken by the University.