Disruptive Individuals

Safety Considerations for Faculty, Staff, and Students

Who is a disruptive individual?

  • An individual who makes threats of physical harm to you, others, or themselves.
  • An individual who behaves in a bizarre manner or exhibits unstable behavior patterns.
  • An individual who appears to be intoxicated or under the influence of a controlled substance.

What action should I take?

  • Contact Campus Police at ext. 3111 or (580) 774-3111 or the Weatherford Police Department at (580) 772-7791.
  • Give your name and campus location with a brief explanation of the situation.
  • Take note of the individual's age, personal appearance, clothing, vehicle, or any other information that would help identify the individual.

Express your authority with non-verbal cues

  • Sit or stand erect.
  • Square your shoulders.
  • Smile and make eye contact.
  • Speak clearly and distinctly.
  • Maintain a constant voice volume—not too loud.

 Cues to avoid

  • Do not touch your face.
  • Observe the individuals personal space—do not stand too close.
  • Do not touch the person.
  • Do not slouch, glare, or sigh at the individual.

 Anger Management Tactics

  • Get their attention: Use their name. Ask them to sit down.
  • Acknowledge their feelings: Paraphrase what they say so they will know you are listening.
  • Get them moving: Offer a chair, move them to a private area if possible.
  • Offer assistance: Use the word “we” to include them in the solution process.
  • Tell them exactly what you can do for them and when.
  • Offer an alternative if appropriate.
  • Advise co-workers of the potential problem if possible.
  • Call for aid immediately if you sense the situation is getting out of hand.