Effective Date Supersedes N/A Issuing Authority Office of Human Resources Responsible Officer Vice President
In order to ensure the safety and security of the workplace, the University strictly prohibits violence or threatening behavior. Anyone who engages in any violence in the workplace or in threats of violence or threatening behavior is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment and, in the case of an employee who also is a student at the University, additional student disciplinary action up to and including expulsion. The University may, as it deems appropriate, seek legal sanctions against violators.
Prohibited behavior includes but is not limited to hitting, shoving, sexual assault, attacks, stalking, verbal or non-verbal threats, electronically communicated threats or threatening behavior, vandalism, arson and possession, use or threatened use of a weapon of any type.
To fulfill this commitment to a safe work environment for all, the following is University policy:
The University specifically prohibits the possession of weapons by any employee or student while on, or in the vicinity of, University owned or controlled premises, regardless of whether the owner is licensed to carry such weapon. This ban includes keeping a weapon or transporting it to another location. Employees are also prohibited from carrying a weapon while performing services for the University on or off University premises. Faculty, students, staff and visitors who are licensed to carry a firearm are prohibited from carrying such firearm without the express written permission of the Office of Public Safety.
Weapons may include but are not limited to guns, knives, explosives, and like or similar items with the potential to inflict physical harm. Included are disarmed weapons and simulated weapons which could reasonably cause apprehension. Appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including termination and expulsion in the case of an employee who also is a student, will be taken against any employee who violates this policy.
All employees have the responsibility to report threatening or violent behavior, whether that behavior is exhibited by a member of the University faculty, administrators, staff, student body or a visitor. Employees should contact one of the following at once:
Whichever office receives the complaint first must insure that the other three offices are informed as soon as possible. The HR Officer will notify the Office of Employee Relations and, working with that office, decide what steps are needed to address the problem and what other resources (e.g. Office of Public Safety, Employee Assistance Program) are appropriate to manage the incident.
In an emergency where you believe someone to be in imminent danger, contact 911 at once and then notify the Office of Public Safety at ext. 8-2222.
In the event of a major workplace incident that affects or has the potential to affect the mental health of University employees, the University provides initial counseling and support services through the Employee Assistance Program, Carebridge Life Resources. This service is available to employees and their immediate family members and the toll-free number is 1-800-437-0911.
All employees have responsibility for reporting any violent or threatening behavior to a supervisor or HR Officer at once. The University also encourages employees to contact their Human Resources Officer and/or the Employee Assistance Program that help them to learn about working with each other, communication, problem solving, building effective working relationships, stress management and other related topics.
Supervisors in particular have the responsibility to learn to recognize the early signs of hostile, potentially threatening behavior and to take appropriate preventive action. Ignoring early signs can be mistaken as approval of the behavior and can lead to escalation.
Below are signs that may indicate potential for violence:
Supervisors are not expected to be expert in detecting the potential for violence and should contact the Office of Employee Relations, Human Resources Division at 81290.
The University provides an Employee Assistance Program to all full-time and part-time employees and their immediate families. Employees are encouraged to use Carebridge Life Resources whenever they feel the need for guidance in coping with life's difficulties. Supervisors are encouraged to turn to Carebridge Life Resources for help in interpreting troubling behavior in the workplace and for guidance in how to refer a troubled employee to Carebridge Life Resources for help.
Carebridge Life Resources can provide resources, referral to treatment and even short term treatment in certain situations. The service is completely confidential.