Behavioral Intervention

Today, colleges and universities are being faced with the threat of campus violence. As the potential for danger grows, Mississippi State University is taking steps to prevent tragedy before it occurs.

The best means of protecting college campuses from seemingly random violence it to accept that these acts are not as random as they may seem. If potential "red Flag" behaviors can be identified and handled accordingly, dangerous situations may be prevented.

By focusing on specific student behaviors instead of general characteristics, behavioral intervention avoids stigmatizing mental health issues and stereo type-based profiling.

Mississippi State's goal is to successfully engage, support, and minimize the concerns associated with students in distress. Accomplishing these goals requires a coordinated institutional response that includes all members of the MSU community.

MSU employees are to report all incidents of student behavior that are unusual or alarming. Reporting forms are available on the top right-hand side of this page.

According to the Safe School Initiative Final Report by the U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Department of Education:

Incidents of targeted violence at school were rarely sudden impulsive acts.

In most campus incidents, the attackers engaged in some behavior prior to the incident that caused others concern or indicated a need for help.