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Behavioral Risk Assessment Committee

What is BRAC?

  • A campus risk assessment team that responds to concerns about unusual and threatening behavior.
  • A back-up between departments to support existing systems when additional coordination is required.
  • A multidisciplinary group of professionals from several campus departments possessing broad expertise.

What is meant by "Behavioral Risk"?

  • Behavior that is disruptive, intimidating, threatening or violent.
  • This includes, but is not limited to, actions or statements by students, faculty, staff, or members of the community that express an intent to harm individuals or campus property and assets.
  • Concerns from faculty, staff and students come through many campus departments and programs.

Who is on the committee?

  • Representatives from the Student Counseling Center, Student Affairs, Health Services, Safety and Security, Human Resources, Housing and Residential/Commuter Life, Community Life, Experiential Education, and the deans of UNE's colleges. 
  • Committee chairs are responsible for assessing each situation and determining whether or not the full committee needs to be convened. Otherwise, they handle individual cases with existing systems.
  • Please feel free to contact any of the BRAC members to report issues. 
  • If you deem an individual to be an imminent threat, call Security at (207) 283-0176, or extension 366.

What kind of situations does BRAC assess?

Situations involving personal and interpersonal violence; threats against oneself and/or another person/group likely to result in harm, injury or death; and threats that might imperil the mission of the University, such as the following:

  • Physical or verbal abuse
  • Physical assaults; injuries
  • Sexual assault, including rape and sexual crimes
  • Harassment, stalking
  • Coercion, affronts to human dignity
  • Acts of violence
  • Accidents
  • Hate crimes, including ethno-violence and gay bashing
  • Threats
  • Follow-up to an incident, including suicide and homicide
  • Outbursts in class
  • Disruptive behavior
  • If you deem an individual to be an imminent threat, call Security at (207) 283-0176, or extension 366.

BRAC Committee Members

Biddeford Campus

CHAIR

Hahna Patterson, Associate Dean, Division of Student Support
(207) 221-4418 or ext. 4418

CO-CHAIR

Jeffrey Greene, Director, Safety and Security
(207) 602-2274 or ext. 2274

Mary Lou Burgess, Nurse Practitioner, Student Health Services
(207) 602-2358  or ext. 2358

Janna Merritt, Assistant Director, Human Resources
(207) 602-2281 or ext. 2281 

Denise Nelson, Director, Housing and Residential/Commuter life
(207) 602-2272 ext. 2272 

Patricia Kelley, Associate Dean, COM Recruitment, Students & Alumni Services
(207) 602-2329 or ext. 2329

Shane Long, Director, Student Conduct
(207) 602-2105 or ext. 2105 

Bernice Mills, Assistant Dean, Clinical and Student Affairs 
(207) 221-4314 or ext. 4314

Angela Shambarger, Title IX Coordinator
(207) 221-4554 or ext. 4554

Amy Keirstead, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences 
(207) 602-2130 ext. 2130

Portland Campus

CHAIR

Hahna Patterson, Associate Dean, Division of Student Support
​(207) 221-4418 or ext. 4418

CO-CHAIR

Jeffrey Greene, Director, Safety and Security
​(207) 602-2274 or ext. 2274

Travis Erickson, Assistant  Director, CDM Student Success and Professional Development 
(207) 221-4472 or ext. 4472

Ed Doyle, Associate Director, Human Resources 
(207) 602-2339 or ext. 2339 

Bernice Mills, Assistant Dean, WCHP Clinical and Student Affairs 
(207) 221-4314 or ext. 4314

Sandra Green, Coordinator, Student Health Services, PC
(207) 221-4242 or ext. 4248

Ray Handy, Assistant Dean of Students, PC
(207) 221-4213 or ext. 4213 

Angela Shambarger, Title IX Coordinator
(207) 221-4554 or ext. 4554 

Jean Woodward, Associate Dean, Student Services and Faculty Development
(207) 221-4366 ext. 4366

Shane Long, Director, Student Conduct 
(207) 602-2105 or ext. 2105