Threat Assessment Team

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School (“AJMLS”) considers the safety and security of its students, faculty, staff, and campus community its highest priority. To ensure an atmosphere that fosters and promotes a safe and secure learning environment, AJMLS is committed to maintaining an environment that is free of violence and threats of violence.

To address incidences involving students of concern, AJMLS has created a Threat Assessment Team (“TAT”). A student of concern is a student whose apparent physical and/or mental state or related conduct is such that the student may be, or has become, a threat to himself or herself, others, the educational process, or the AJMLS community in general.

The TAT is a multi-disciplinary team that responds to reports from faculty, staff, and students about behavior exhibited by a student that is disruptive and/or threatens, or that is perceived to threaten, the safety of the student or others on the AJMLS campus. The TAT also identifies and connects a student of concern with the appropriate interventions and provides periodic, post-incident follow-up with the student, as needed.

It is the responsibility of faculty, staff, and students to report immediately any situation that could possibly result in harm to anyone at AJMLS.

The following members of the AJMLS community sit on the Threat Assessment Team:

  • AJMLS Security
  • Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Sheryl Harrison-Mercer
  • Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Hope Jamison
  • Dean Jace C. Gatewood
  • Off-Campus Counselor, Joel Baker, LMFT

Helpful Pointers

Please keep the following tips in mind should you encounter a campus crisis:

  1. If a friend seems ill, intoxicated, or drugged, get help immediately. Do NOT worry about him/her “getting in trouble.” His/her health and safety need to be your first concern.
  2. Stay as calm as possible in crisis situations. Quick, clear-headed thinking can make all the difference.
  3. Do not hamper the efforts of medical or emergency personnel. Get out of the way and help with crowd control if staff members ask you to assist.
  4. If someone is bleeding, apply pressure and ask someone else to get medical help immediately.
  5. Listen to trained staff and do not second-guess their directives. They know what they are doing and have your best interests at heart. Arguing in the midst of a crisis is not helpful.

Reporting a Student of Concern

What Should I do if I Feel Threatened or in Danger?

Encounters with other students that leave you frightened or in fear for your personal safety or the safety of others qualify as emergencies and should be taken very seriously. Do not attempt to mitigate or resolve situations like this on your own. AJMLS Security is available to provide immediate assistance in a threatening situation and to assist you with notifying the appropriate resources. Once the immediate risk of harm has been mitigated or removed, please contact Dean Harrison-Mercer at (678)-916-2681 or (404)808-7887, or any other member of the TAT.

Threatening Student Behavior Brochure

Things to Remember When Reporting a Student of Concern

Be prepared to answer the following questions:

WHO – The name of the student.

WHAT – The circumstances and sequence of events leading up to the incident.

WHEN – The time of day.

WHERE – The location of the incident.

HOW – The behavior that was displayed.

WHY – The cause of the incident.

The responding person will follow up with you at a later time. All reports of students of concern are reviewed by the AJMLS Threat Assessment Team.

Protocol for Specific Emergency Behaviors

Type of Emergency BehaviorCourse of Action to Take
Drug OverdoseContact poison control at 1(800)222-1222 and
Contact 911 and
Contact Dean Harrison-Mercer at (678) 916-2681 or (404) 808-7887 (after hours)
Aggressive or threatening behaviorContact Security at (404) 380-4240 and
Remove yourself to a safer environment and
Contact Dean Harrison-Mercer at (678) 916-2681 or (404) 808-7887 (after hours)
Suicidal IdeationsContact Sunamita Tuple, MS, EDS, LPC at (678) 916-3041 or (404) 610-2007 or
Contact Joel Baker, LMFT at (678) 948-8057
Other disturbing behaviorsContact Sunamita Tuple, MS, EDS, LPC at (678) 916-3041 or (404) 610-2007 or
Contact Joel Baker, LMFT at (678) 948-8057; AND
Contact Dean Harrison-Mercer (678) 916-2681 or (404) 808-7887 (after hours) ; OR
Contact Dean Jamison at (678) 916-2682 or (803) 270-9938

General Safety Tips

Keeping the campus safe is everyone’s responsibility. You can keep yourself and others safer by being alert and reporting activity that is suspicious in nature. The following are simple things we all can do to contribute to campus safety:

1. Report the presence of strangers, whether they have gained access, are hanging around, or are exhibiting questionable behavior, to Campus Security.

2. Community Care. To help prevent injury and property damage while also keeping fellow students safe, take a few minutes to report seemingly “little things” like:

  • Slippery floors
  • Water leaks
  • Broken glass
  • Missing windows/window screens
  • Broken Doors/Furniture
  • Emergency equipment that does not work

3. Parking Deck and Nearby Parking Lots.

  • Have your car key in hand, ready to put in the lock, as you are walking to your car.
  • Walk out to your car with someone. Campus Security will escort you to your car.
  • Always keep your car locked, whether you are in it or not.
  • Park as close as you can to your destination.
  • Make sure your personal items are not positioned in clear view of those who may pass by

Helpful Numbers

AJMLS Security: (404) 380-4240

Associate Dean of Student Affairs: (678) 916-2681

After Hours: (404) 808-7887

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs: (678) 916-2682

After Hours: (803) 270-9938

Associate Dean for Academic Programs: (678) 916-2638

Off -Campus Counselor, Joel Baker: (678) 948-8057