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Workplace Anti-Violence

Policy Number: HR-16
Effective Date: July 2002
Revisions: June 2002, July 2000
Responsible Officer: Senior Vice President of Student Life & Administrative Services


This policy was established to notify employees that violence within the University community will not be tolerated.


All employees are entitled to perform their work, regardless of location, whether on the University's premises or elsewhere, free from violence. Workplace violence will not be tolerated. Any employee who commits an act of workplace violence at work against a person or property will face action outlined in the Performance Improvement Policy up to and including termination of employment. Where appropriate, the matter will be referred to legal authorities for prosecution.


This policy applies to all employees, students, to all other persons on the premises subject to University control and to those engaged to further the interests of the University.


Workplace Violence is any act against the employer and/or employees that takes place on the University campus and involves: physical acts against persons or University property, or verbal threats, or vicious statements that are meant to harm or cause a hostile environment, or written threats, vicious cartoons or notes, and other written conduct of intense distortion that is meant to threaten or create a hostile environment, or visual acts that are threatening or intended to convey the threat of injury or hostility, or the possession or use of air rifles, pistols, firearms, weapons, ammunition, gunpowder, fireworks, explosive, gasoline, other dangerous articles and/or substances, or any instrument that is capable of inflicting serious bodily injury.

Certain individuals approved by the University may be given authority to carry, keep and handle pistols, firearms and/or ammunition.


  1. To eliminate workplace violence it is every employee's duty to: Understand what violence is; Understand themselves, including their attitudes, motivations, and decision-making styles so that they will not resort to violence; Follow prescribed security measures; Report to the Senior Associate Vice President of Public Safety, any supervisor or the Human Resources Department, any person who threatens or commits workplace violence.
  2. Any threat of workplace violence shall be investigated.


Any employee who takes any reprisal, regardless of the magnitude of the reprisal, against a person who reports any threat of workplace violence shall be subject to immediate action as outlined in the Performance Improvement Policy, up to and including termination of employment.

Inquiries regarding this policy can be directed to the Public Safety Department.