Violence in the Workplace

 

Policy no. V-6

Issue date: 07/01/2017

Scope: faculty, executive staff, senior staff, staff, term employees, student employees, temporary employees, term employees, postdoctoral scholars, postdoctoral fellows, research scholars, research fellows, independent contractors, and vendors

 

Policy Statement

 

The university is committed to providing an environment that is safe, secure, and free from violence or any related disruptive conduct. The university has adopted the following guidelines to deal with intimidation, harassment, and other threats of or actual violence that may occur onsite or offsite during work-related activities.

 

Prohibited Conduct

 

  1. All employees, customers, vendors, and business associates should be treated with courtesy and respect at all times.

 

  1. Employees are expected to refrain from fighting, “horseplay,” or other conduct that may be dangerous to others.

 

  1. Conduct that threatens, intimidates, or coerces another employee, customer, vendor, or business associate will not be tolerated.

 

  1. Conduct or behavior that creates a climate of violence, hostility, or intimidation will not be tolerated. Threatening harm, intimidation, or physically aggressive conduct toward any member of the university community is prohibited.

 

  1. University resources, including computers, may not be used to threaten, stalk, or harass employees at or outside the workplace.

 

Weapons on Campus

 

  1. The use, possession, or handling of weapons in the workplace is a violation of this policy. Weapons are not permitted in any university-owned or controlled buildings.

 

  1. Weapons are also not permitted anywhere on campus, with one exception: In accordance with Ohio Revised Code 2923.1210, persons with a valid concealed handgun license may keep a handgun and/or ammunition securely locked in the person’s privately owned vehicle only under the following conditions:

 

    1. The vehicle is parked legally and in an authorized area – that is, in a location or lot where it is otherwise permitted to be; and

 

    1. Each handgun and all ammunition remains inside the person’s privately owned motor vehicle while the person is physically present inside the motor vehicle in accordance with Ohio law. When the individual is not physically present in the privately owned vehicle, each handgun and all of the ammunition is securely locked within the trunk, glove box, or other enclosed compartment or container within or on the person’s privately owned motor vehicle.

 

Reporting

 

  1. Employees who experience, observe, or become aware of acts of violence or threats of acts of violence must report such conduct to either Police + Security Services at 216-368-3333 or the Department of Human Resources at 216-368-6964. Confidentiality will be maintained to the extent that circumstances permit.

 

  1. Employees who are concerned about potentially violent behavior of co-workers should report their concerns to their supervisor and/or the Department of Human Resources at AskHR@case.edu or 368-6964.

 

  1. Supervisors must notify the Department of Human Resources and/or Police + Security of all reports of potential workplace violence.

 

  1. If employees observe or have knowledge of another person in possession of a weapon, including, but not limited to, firearms, ammunition or any other instruments, devices or substances designed, intended or used to inflict harm upon persons or property in violation of this policy, they should report it to the office of Police + Security Services.

 

Safety on Campus

 

Police + Security offers the following services:

 

  1. Walking escort services are available to and/or from buildings seven (7) days a week, 24 hours a day. In order to minimize delay in response to such requests, employees should notify Police + Security Services at 216-368-3300 in advance of their need for an escort.

 

  1. Safe Ride, the university’s Shuttle Bus Service, carries students, faculty, and staff around campus and part of University Circle seven (7) days a week between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. CWRU security officers drive all Safe Ride vehicles. Employees should request a safe ride by visiting https://case.ridecell.com/request, calling 216-368-3000, or downloading the free smartphone Ride Cell app and signing in with your CWRU ID and password to activate.

 

  1. Employees who are, or may be the victim of domestic violence, may notify Police + Security Services with concerns. Employees are also encouraged to seek additional consultation and assistance from the university’s employee assistance provider. Employees can find information about the employee assistance provider at: https://case.edu/finadmin/humres/erelations/ease.html.

 

  1. Employees may consult with the employee assistance provider or Police + Security Services regarding self-defense education, active shooter response, and other resources.

 

  1. Employees may download CWRU Shield, a free smartphone application that helps Police + Security respond to emergency situations quickly and accurately by locating the caller’s approximate internal building location using Wi-Fi. More information about CWRU Shield can be found at http://case.edu/publicsafety/safety-on-campus/cwru-shield-app/.

 

  1. Employees are encouraged to notify Police + Security Services when working unusual hours or when working in an isolated place with which the employees are not familiar.

Upon notification of situations involving workplace violence, the office of Police + Security Services and the Department of Human Resources will develop and implement an appropriate action plan.

 

Policy Administration: Department of Human Resources, and Police + Security Services