Disruptive Behavior

Violent Behavior On Campus

If you are confronted by or observe an aggressive or potentially violent person, attempt to remove yourself from the situation if you can do so without provoking the aggressor.

If you are the victim of an act of violence or observe a person committing an act of violence, call UIC Police at (312) 355-5555 immediately. DO NOT attempt to confront a person who is violent or aggressive.

For non-emergency situations, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at (312) 996-4857, the Counseling Center at (312) 996-3490, or Employee Assistance Services at (312) 996-3588 [Confidential].


The following actions should be taken when confronted by an angry or emotionally disturbed person and you are unable to safely remove yourself from the situation.

  • Remain calm and unhurried in your response to the person.
  • Give the person your full attention.
  • Be empathetic and show your concern.
  • Let the person speak, listen attentively, and ask for specific examples to clarify what the person is saying.
  • Provide positive feedback such as, “We can get this straightened out,” or “I’m glad you’re telling me how you feel about this.”
  • Avoid challenging body language (e.g., placing your hands on your hips, moving toward the person, or staring directly at him/her).
  • DO NOT physically touch an outraged person or try to force him/her to leave.
  • Stay out of arm’s reach.
  • Move away from any object that could be used as a weapon.
  • Calmly ask the person to place any weapons in a neutral location while you continue to talk with him/her.
  • Never attempt to disarm or accept a weapon from a violent person.
  • DO NOT argue, yell, or joke.
  • DO NOT touch the person.
Do not allow disruptive behavior to go unreported. Alert UIC Police and co-workers immediately.