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A threat is an expression of intent to harm one’s self or someone else and may be spoken, written, gestured, or communicated in some other form, such as via text messaging, email, or other electronic means.  An expression of intent to harm is considered a threat regardless of whether it is communicated to the intended victim(s) and regardless of whether the intended victim is aware of the threat.  This protocol does NOT address threats to damage property, threats made by non-students, fights with no threat, or verbiage such as slurs, insults, or verbal abuse that does not constitute a threat.  Threats may be implied or stated in an indirect manner if a recipient would reasonably regard the behavior as a threat.  WHEN IN DOUBT, treat the expression as a threat and conduct a threat determination.