Disclaimer: We often get asked what happens to an individual whom you report. Know that, most importantly, the person you are concerned about will receive assistance if you share your concern. The information you provide will be evaluated to determine what action is necessary to address the situation. If necessary, the Team will contact the individual to provide assistance. Only in extenuating circumstances will the Team identify you when talking with the person you are concerned about.




What is the Behavior Evaluation and Threat Assessment (BETA) Team?

The BETA Team is a group of trained professionals from different departments across campus who discuss and evaluate behaviors of concern that could precede a violent event. This could be violence to self, others, campus, or the UNC Asheville community. The team addresses behaviors of concern and provides resources to help keep the UNC Asheville campus a safe working and learning environment.

Why does UNC Asheville have a BETA Team?

UNC Asheville has a BETA Team to allow campus officials from different departments to address concerning behaviors and act quickly to prevent targeted acts of violence.

Who serves on the Team?

See our list of members on our Who We Are page. 

Where do most of your reports come from?

Most reports come from Housing and Residence Life, University Police, faculty, staff, and the Care Team. The Care Team is a group separate from the BETA Team that is convened by the Dean of Students office. The Care Team is a student assistance team that coordinates a timely response to student emergencies.

What if I want to know more information about the Team?

Contact Melanie Fox at 828.251.6465, or at

How is the Team trained?

Team members have been to many national threat assessment trainings. Topics covered at trainings have included the development of threat assessment teams, legal implications, suicide, mental health/illness, and intercultural communication.

Are cases managed on a first-come, first-served basis?

Cases are not managed on a first-come, first-served basis. All cases are triaged and the most imminent cases are managed first. All cases, regardless of the immediacy, will be reviewed and managed in the manner most appropriate for the situation.

After information is gathered about a person, who owns the documents?

Records that are created as part of the BETA Team inquiry are maintained by the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or Human Resources, as appropriate.

What is the difference between the BETA Team and the Care Team?

The BETA Team deals with anyone (student, employee, non-affiliated) who may pose a threat to the UNC Asheville community. The Care Team is a student assistance team designed to aid students with any problems that may arise during their time as a student. While the two Teams are separate entities, a few key administrators serve on both Teams. An incident may first be reviewed on one Team, and then during the discussion it may become apparent that it should be addressed by the other Team. The case is then moved to the agenda of the other Team for management. As a reporting party (which refers to the person(s) who report(s) to the University that they have been the subject of sex or gender-based discrimination, harassment, or misconduct), you do not need to decide where you should share your concern; once you share your concern, the information will be forwarded to the appropriate Team.


What if something happens away from campus? Should I inform the team?

If something happens away from campus that impacts the safety of those involved, please share the concerns with the BETA Team. The Team can work with you and the local police to address the situation. If the situation is an emergency, call 911 immediately for the local police and then notify the UNC Asheville BETA Team.


Why do I matter to the Team?

You matter to the Team because you interact with people on campus and may notice a change in their behavior, which is one of the first indicators that something is wrong and the person needs assistance.


What are some behaviors that could indicate someone needs help?

See Do Your Part page.  (page hyperlinked)


If I am concerned about a situation, when should I share what I know with the Team?

You should share what you know with the Team when you feel the individual needs intervention or assistance. The earlier the Team receives information, the more options we have to assist the person you are concerned about.

What do I do if I’m concerned about someone? Whom do I tell?

See Contact Information page. 


Who can report concerning behavior?

Anyone can report concerning behavior, and our Team encourages you to share any information you have. You may not feel like you have all of the information, but you don’t need to. Let our trained Team gather all relevant information and help the person, if needed. The earlier you share your information with us, the more resources we have to assist the person you are concerned about.


Will someone show up to talk to the person I’m concerned about?

After a report is made, the Team will gather information, review the information, and formulate a plan. Depending on the situation, someone from the Team may contact the person you are concerned about. The person will likely identify themselves by their University title and not as a member of “the BETA Team.”


What do you do with the information I provide to you?

After we receive the initial information, a member of the Team will check with offices across campus to determine if other concerning behaviors are being displayed by the person you are concerned about. The Team will discuss the behaviors of concern and create an action plan to assist the individual, if needed. Some cases will require no further action, and some cases will be referred to a specific office on campus for monitoring or provision of services.


How do I know you are addressing the situation?

If you provide contact information, someone will contact you to let you know that we received your concern and are reviewing it. If a specific department or office is involved with the situation, they will be notified, as appropriate.


When will I receive an update or feedback about the situation?

As the reporting party, you can expect that someone will contact you about your concern to see if you have any additional information. Due to the confidentiality of most cases, only some information is likely to be shared with you. But as a reporting party, you serve an important role in the monitoring of the situation because of your interaction with the subject. We would like to have you as an ally in this process to inform us if the management plan with the individual is working. If you have shared a concern, and see no change in behavior or continue to be worried about the situation, please contact the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at


What happens to someone if I say something?

Most importantly, the person you are concerned about will receive assistance if you share your concern. The information you provide will be evaluated to determine what action is necessary to address the situation. If necessary, the Team will contact the individual to provide assistance. Only in extenuating circumstances will the Team identify you when talking with the person you are concerned about.


I’m worried about someone I know, but I don’t think it’s serious enough to say anything. What should I do? I don’t want to get the person in trouble.

It may not seem serious to you, but you may only know part of the story. Remember this phrase: “It may be nothing, but…” Your concern may turn out to be nothing, but it also may be something very important. Let our Team decide if the person you know needs assistance. If you share your concern with us, you will not get the person in trouble; you will allow the Team to help them.


Do I need to have evidence or proof that something is wrong with someone?

No, you do not need to have evidence to share a concern. Oftentimes if something doesn’t seem right, or you have a gut feeling that something is wrong, your concern needs to be shared. The Team will review the situation and act in the best interest of the person.


How do I identify a violent person?

You don’t need to try to identify a violent person. All you need to look for is a change in someone’s behavior that seems odd or unusual for that person. Here are some typical indicators of potential concern that someone might need assistance.


What if I am wrong about someone?

The Team will review all concerns that are shared. If your concerns turn out to be nothing, nothing will happen to the person, and nothing will happen to you. If you intentionally create a false report, you may be subject to University sanctions.


Should I talk to the person first and tell them that I am sharing my concern?

You do not need to tell the person you are sharing information with the Team. Let the Team review the situation, and the Team will address it with them if necessary.


Will the person know that I shared information? I don’t want them to think I “tattled” or “betrayed trust.”

We try to keep your identity private, but we cannot guarantee that your identity will remain confidential. The Team, in conjunction with University Police, will work with you to ensure your safety throughout the process.


Can I make an anonymous report?

If you provide contact information, we can contact you to let you know we are addressing your concern. You are encouraged to identify yourself because you can assist the Team if clarification or additional information is needed. Anonymous entries will be evaluated based on the information provided. However, providing incomplete information may not allow the individual to receive the help or resources needed.


As a university, can’t you just make people leave campus if they are a problem?

When people remain part of the UNC Asheville community, on-campus resources are available to them, and campus administrators are in contact with them to provide support they might not have if they were removed from campus. If the situation warrants removing the person from campus, the appropriate steps will be taken to do so. Removal from campus is only implemented in certain situations and done after proper information has been gathered and reviewed.


What if something happens off-campus that I am concerned about?

If you are aware of concerning behavior happening off-campus that could affect the safety of the UNC Asheville community, please share your concern with the Asheville Police, University Police, or the BETA Team.


If someone who has been reviewed by the BETA team leaves the area, do you continue to monitor them?

If the situation warrants reviewing the case after the subject leaves the area, the Team will continue to do so. It is important to remember that when the person feels connections to others in their life, there is a lesser chance for violence to occur. A failure to communicate or interact with someone encourages problems to fester, which could lead to violence.