Deterrents to Workplace Violence

Policy no. V-6
Effective date: 01/01/2002
Scope: faculty staff and student employees

Policy Statement

The university strives to provide an environment that is safe, secure and free from violence or any related disruptive conduct.

  1. Employees who either experience, observe, or become aware of acts of violence must report such conduct to either the office of Protective Services or the Department of Human Resources. Confidentiality will be maintained to the extent that circumstances permit.
  2. Employees who are concerned about potentially violent behavior of co-workers should report their concerns to their hiring supervisor.
  3. Employees should report to the office of Protective Services the 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 at work or while on university property.
  4. Supervisors should notify the Department of Human Resources or office of Protective Services of all reports of potential workplace violence.
  5. Employees who are, or may be the victim of domestic violence, may notify the office of Protective Service and may seek additional consultation and assistance from the employee assistance provider.
  6. Employees may consult with the employee assistance provider or office of Protective Services regarding self-defense education and resources. Weapons are not allowed on campus and are not considered by the university to be a deterrent to violence.
  7. Escort services to and/or from buildings and vehicles are available from Protective Services. In order to minimize delay in response to such requests, employees should notify Protective Services in advance of their need for an escort.
  8. Employees are encouraged to notify Protective 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 Protective Services and the Department of Human Resources will develop and implement an appropriate action plan.

Policy Administration: Employee Relations, Protective Services

References: Safety and Security Policy (I-6)