Workplace Violence Prevention
Related policies and additional references:
Safety (Workplace Safety); Weapons (on Campus); Personnel Manual; Faculty Handbook
The University is committed to a safe work environment, free of threats, intimidation and physical harm. All employees have a right to work in a safe environment and share the responsibility for assuring each other’s safety.
The University prohibits physical assaults (fights), threatening comments, intimidation, and the intentional destruction of any University property, employee’s property, or merchandise. Any comments or behavior that reasonably could be interpreted as intent to do harm to an employee or property will be considered a threat.
Any employee who believes he/she may be the target of violence or threats of violence or is aware of violent or threatening conduct by another individual that could result in injury to a University employee, student, or visitor or the destruction of property, has a responsibility to immediately report the situation to his/her immediate supervisor or manager. If the employee is unable or prefers to not contact the immediate supervisor/manager, the employee may promptly contact the Director of Human Resources or the University Chief of Police.
Any information provided will be treated as important and appropriate action, including an investigation, will be taken. If an investigation reveals that this policy has been violated, such conduct will be dealt with through disciplinary action, which may include but is not limited to, suspension or termination of employment of persons in violation of this policy. Individuals violating laws also may be subject to criminal prosecution.
The University understands the sensitivity of the information and will make every effort to maintain confidentiality.