One of our top priorities is the safety of our students and staff. If you see something, say something! Tell us about concerns or distressing behaviors you observed. This helps identify and prevent violent and personal tragedies. The campus is monitored by a video surveillance system. Southwest Tech prohibits all firearms or weapons of any type, concealed or unconcealed, in Southwest Tech owned or leased buildings.


The Behavior Intervention Team coordinates a response to reported student concerns. Team members respond quickly to referrals; however, if an immediate response is needed, contact the police. Employee concerns are directed to human resources.

What will the Behavioral Intervention Team do?

They are trained to:

  • Verify and document the information
  • Assess the information and intervene, if necessary
  • Evaluate the response to the intervention
  • Follow-up to keep everyone informed


Warning Signs

Chronic depression or mood swings, perception of injustice, isolating behavior, hostility, low self-esteem, excuses, blaming, strained relationships, reduced motivation, changes in health or hygiene, substance abuse, and frequent reference to violence.

Violence as a Process

People don’t just “snap;” violence is an understandable and often recognizable process. As people move along the violence continuum, behaviors may indicate the need for assessment and intervention. Pre-violence is the time for intervention. Don’t wait. It is hard to tell when violence will occur; the behavior maybe days or minutes before violent incident.

Indicators of Violence Potential (Not a Profile)

  • Poor impulse control
  • Feels consistently wronged
  • Obsession
  • New kind of energy or tone
  • Failure to recognize the feelings or rights of others
  • Fascination with weapons and/or guns
  • Verbal intimidation
  • Talking or writing about committing acts of violence
  • Vandalism or property damage
  • Repeated loss of temper
  • Physical disruption or fighting, stalking

What can you do if you observe signs of a person in crisis?

Don’t ignore it. Remain calm. Actively listen and communicate understanding. Be respectful and patient. Set clear boundaries. Never make promises. Inform them of counseling available in Student Services, Report it!

If the Worst Happens: Survival strategies in the event of an active threat

  • Get out (RUN), Exit any way possible - leave the building
  • (HIDE) - find a place not visible to the shooter
  • Call 911 once it is safe
  • If there’s no way out, (FIGHT!)- throw anything available at them. Their natural reaction will be to dodge the object, which will provide an opportunity to run.

On and Off Campus Resources

  • Student Personal Counseling: 608.822.2354
  • Local Law Enforcement (Urgent): Dial 911
  • Unified Counseling: 800.362.5717

Campus Safety Report

Southwest Tech is committed to our Student's right to know about the security of our campus. We transparently report crime statistics in observance of federal laws including the Jeanne Cleary Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, the Violence Against Women Act, and the SaVE (Sexual Violence Elimination) Act.

View a copy of our Annual Security Report (Clery Report)

If you are unable to access documents here, please contact the President's Office (, 608.822.2300)