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Workplace Anti-Violence

Policy Number: HR-16
Effective Date: January 2017
Responsible Officer: President of Drexel University Online

This policy was established to notify Professional Staff Members and Students that violence within the University community will not be tolerated.

This policy applies to all Drexel University Online Professional Staff Members and to those engaged to further the interests of the University.

Implementation of this policy is the responsibility of the Department of Human Resources.

The President of Drexel University Online is the Drexel University Online official responsible for the administration of this policy.

All Professional Staff Members and Students 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 Professional Staff Member or Student 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.


Professional Staff Member is defined as an individual employed in any non-faculty category by Drexel University Online, including an individual who is deemed to be either exempt or non-exempt under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and/or applicable state law.

Student is defined as any person currently enrolled, whether part-time or full-time, in undergraduate or graduate courses or programs. Undergraduate Student denotes any Student who is primarily enrolled in undergraduate courses or program and has not obtained a bachelor's degree in such course of study or program. Graduate student denotes any Student who is primarily enrolled in graduate courses or program who is working toward a graduate degree or certification after having earned a bachelor's degree.

Workplace Violence is any act against the employer and/or Professional Staff Member or Student that takes place on the Drexel University Online campus and involves: physical acts against persons or Drexel University Online 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 Drexel University Online may be given authority to carry, keep and handle pistols, firearms and/or ammunition.


  1. To eliminate workplace violence it is every Professional Staff Member and Student'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 Public Safety Department, 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 Professional Staff Member and Student 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.


Notwithstanding anything to the contrary stated in this policy, nothing herein is intended to alter the at-will status of any Professional Staff Member. Drexel University Online at all times retains the right to terminate any Professional Staff Member at any time for any lawful reason, or for no reason at all.