If you SEE something SAY something

If you hear or see something that causes you concern about the well-being or safety of a West Virginia University-Potomac State College student, or any other person affecting the PSC community including students, student groups, faculty, staff, parents, spouses, significant others, family members, and persons not affiliated with the campus and are unsure about how to intervene or address the situation, you should report it to the University Police if danger is imminent or is occurring. If danger is NOT imminent or occurring, you can contact the PSC Cares Team .

The PSC Cares Team is a group of professionals who assist in providing a safe academic environment for students, faculty, and staff. Representing a cross section of college departments, the Team is not punitive and is not a disciplinary board but rather serves as the central point of contact for threat assessments. The Team responds to reports of disruptive, problematic or concerning behavior or misconduct; conducts an investigation; performs a threat assessment; and determines the best mechanisms for support, intervention, warning/notification and response. The Team then deploys college resources and resources of the community and coordinates follow-up. The team also identifies patterns of concerns for a student or group of students across campus.

What Behaviors Should Be Reported

Typical behaviors that should be reported include, but are not limited to:

  • Highly disruptive and/or concerning behavior
  • Bragging about having or actually possessing or brandishing a weapon on campus or storing one in vehicle
  • Hostile, threatening or aggressive behavior
  • Alarming references or infatuation with fires, firearms, knives or bombs
  • Acts apparently motivated by hatred or discrimination
  • Extreme alcohol or drug use
  • Drastic, unexpected behavior changes
  • Extreme verbal or written harassment or threats
  • Extremes, or changes in, appearance such as looking disheveled, disoriented, extreme low energy or apathetic
  • Disturbing writings or talking about suicide, violence in their past or future, obsessions with harming or violence
  • Signs of paranoia or making references that are not germane to the topic or not related to the situational context

Individuals are expected to use their judgment as to what should be reported, erring on the side of over-reporting, when in doubt.

How to Report

CALL 911 if violence is imminent or is occurring.

Email the PSC Cares Team if danger is clearly not imminent at PSC-Cares@mail.wvu.edu and provide the following information:

  • The name of the Individual of Concern or Group along with any known information about that individual or group  
  • A description of what you saw or heard. Written documentation includes description of what happened, what was said, when it happened, who was involved, and what action was taken. Write objectively and give a factual accounting of what happened in a non-judgmental manner. It is important to refrain from inserting personal analysis, opinions or conclusions about the person’s character. 
  • Your contact information isn’t required however it is vital that the PSC Cares Team is able to communicate and follow up with the person reporting should additional information be needed to complete the assessment. Contact the Dean of Student Life or the University Police if you have concerns about confidentiality.
  • Any other information that you believe is relevant

You may also contact the University Police at 304-788-4106 or you may contact the Dean of Student Life at 304-788-6843 if danger is clearly not imminent.

What Happens Next

A PSC Cares Team member will contact you, usually no later than the next business day, to gather additional information about your concern.

Please be aware that your communication may be subject to review through FERPA or other laws governing communications.

Minor Classroom Disruptions

If your concern pertains to disrespectful or minor disruptive student behavior in the classroom, please consult with your Dean/Chair. You should also contact the Student Conduct Office at 304-788-6910 or by email at kaanderson@mail.wvu.edu .

Questions

Please contact the Dean of Student Life at wmletrent@mail.wvu.edu or by telephone at 304-788-6843.