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Risk Assessment Team

The Risk Assessment Team assists management and leadership in determining if certain behaviors indicate that someone is at risk for:

  • Violating policies that address violence in the workplace
  • Becoming violent
  • Behaving in ways that interfere with a safe, healthy, and secure work environment

Each division or entity of Johns Hopkins has a risk assessment team comprised of a multidisciplinary group of representatives who have affiliation to the person or persons of concern. This group functions as a recommending body to leadership and management, offering expertise in risk assessment which is presented as guidance and recommendations customized to each reported incident.

Multidisciplinary membership comes from Safe at Hopkins, human resources/labor relations, student affairs deans and/or the vice dean for faculty, Security, JHU or JHHS Legal, and the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FASAP) or the Johns Hopkins Student Assistance Program (JHSAP). 

Safe at Hopkins Program Leadership

The Safe at Hopkins program leadership is responsible for the overall coordination and management of all risk assessment processes, and administers the initiatives of Safe at Hopkins.

Human Resources/Labor Relations

As the primary liaison between management and the Risk Assessment Team, human resources and/or the appropriate dean’s office participate as members of the team by providing policy interpretation and assisting management in implementing recommended actions. 

Dean’s Office/Student Affairs

As the primary liaison between student, postdoc, resident and/or faculty concerns, the dean of student affairs or vice dean of faculty affairs and/or the appropriate designee from the dean’s office participate as members of the team representing the academic environment and culture. This representative lends voice to the recommended actions and brings guidance and support to departments when implementing such actions. 


Campus Security, upon notification, may be dispatched to the location of concern or requested to secure the area, determine the potential threat level, and separate individuals.


JHU or JHHS Legal provides counsel to the Risk Assessment Team and advises management about legal risks posed by the situation under review, including safety of employees, students, patients, and visitors, risk to property, applicable state and federal laws and regulations, other regulatory requirements, and university or health system policies.

Faculty, Staff, and Student Assistance Programs

The Faculty, Staff, and Student Assistance Programs (FASAP and JHSAP) participate in risk assessment triage and offer additional expertise through risk assessment evaluations that look at the person in the workplace or academic environment with regard to human behavior and mental health.