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UTEP Library Emergency Procedures

possible library emergency situations

Disorderly or Threatening Behavior

If a Library patron reports to you, or if you observe, or if you become involved in an incident of threatening disorderly behavior or social misconduct including threatening aggressive behavior, or any sexual offense, or apparent drug-induced or mentally-disturbed irrational behavior:

A. KEEP CALM - You can considerably aggravate the situation by panicking.

B.  Your first responsibility is to protect yourself and others from physical harm. Leave the scene of confrontation. DO NOT GET INTO AN ARGUMENT with someone behaving irrationally or aggressively. Do not attempt to step in or otherwise act as a police officer.

C.  Notify University Police (5611).

D.  GET THE FACTS, as many as you can, and as accurately as you can:

  1. Exactly what the circumstances of the incident are.
  2. The name(s) and/or description(s) of the person(s) involved.
  3. The precise library location of the incident.
  4. The name of the person reporting the incident if you did not personally observe it.

E.  If possible, do not allow the reporting person to leave.

F.  At the earliest opportunity report the incident to the Access Services Supervisor and/or Administration Office. 


(Revised 11/22/2019)

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