Workplace Violence Policy

PURPOSE

 

The College of New Rochelle has a policy of zero tolerance regarding workplace violence.  Our goal is to create and maintain an environment free from threatening behavior, acts of violence, and harassment.  The College of New Rochelle will not tolerate violence, threatening behavior or harassment of any type, from any source.  It is the responsibility of all college employees to create and maintain a workplace free from threats and acts of violence.

 

POLICY

Statement

Any and all forms of violence, threatening behavior, and/or harassment which involve or affect employees of The College of New Rochelle or which occur on any of the College’s campuses are prohibited by this policy.  This includes, but is not limited to, threatening behavior, violent actions, and harassment by college employees directed against other employees, by employees directed against students, or visitors, and by students, or visitors directed against college employees.  The College will actively work to prevent and eliminate violence, threatening behavior, and harassment on campus.  The College will respond promptly and decisively to violence, threatening behavior, and harassment on campus.  This response may include termination of employees or dismissal of students and will include timely involvement of law enforcement agencies, when appropriate.  All disciplinary measures taken against students shall be taken in accordance with the procedures of the campus judicial system.  This policy does not alter any codes of student conduct or procedures of the campus judicial system.  The College’s response may also include removal of third party vendors/contractors from campus or termination of contracts with such vendors/contractors.  Engaging in violence, threatening behavior, and/or harassment is considered a form of employee misconduct.

 
Definition

“Violence, threatening behavior, and harassment” includes, but is not limited to, conduct against persons or property that is offensive, intimidating, hostile, injury producing, and/or abusive.  Normal, courteous, mutually respectful, pleasant, non-coercive interactions between employees and students, employees and employees, and visitors and students or employees, that are acceptable to both parties are not considered to be violent, threatening, or harassment.


Application of Policy Regarding Workplace Violence

The College’s prohibition against threatening behavior, acts of violence, and harassment applies to all persons involved in the operation of the college and all persons who attend the college, including, but not limited to all college employees, all college students, third party vendors, and anyone else on any of the campuses.

 

 

  • Violations of this policy will be promptly investigated and action will be taken, as necessary, to appropriately address each incident.  The College will seek severe disciplinary penalties, up to and including termination, against employees of the College who are involved in the commission of threatening behavior, violence, and/or harassment.

  • The College will seek severe disciplinary penalties, up to and including dismissal, against students of the College who are involved in the commission of threatening behavior, violence, and/or harassment.  Student violations of this policy will be adjudicated by the campus judicial system.

  • The College may support criminal prosecution of those who threaten or commit violence or engage in harassment against its employees, students, and visitors to its campuses.

  • This policy shall be deemed supplemental to all applicable State and Federal Laws, all personnel rules, regulations and procedures contained in staff and employee handbooks, and all student codes of conduct.

Employee and Student Obligations

Each employee and student of The College of New Rochelle is required to report all incidents of harassment, threatening behavior, and/or acts of violence of which he/she is aware.  Visitors to the College are strongly encouraged to do the same.  If an employee, student, or visitor believes he/she or others are in immediate danger, the local police department should be contacted by dialing 911 from any campus phone.

 

1. When the reporting individual is a campus employee, student or visitor against a campus employee, the report is to be made to one of the following persons:

MAIN CAMPUS:

  • Director of Safety/Security
  • Director of Human Resources
  • Immediate Supervisor

BRANCH CAMPUSES

  • Director of Security/Security Coordinator
  • Campus Director
  • Immediate Supervisor

Note: The person receiving the report must then inform the others.

 

2. When the reporting individual is a campus employee or student and the report is against a student, the report shall be made in accordance with the procedures of the campus judicial system. 

 

3. When the reporting individual is a visitor to the campus, the report shall be made to Campus Security.

 

4. Each person to whom such a report has been made regarding an employee shall immediately refer the report to the Director of Human Resources.  Reports against students shall be referred to the Vice President for Student Services.

 

5. Nothing in this policy alters any other reporting obligation established in campus policies or in State, Federal, or other applicable laws.

 

Implementation of Policy

 

1. The College will attempt to reduce the potential for campus violence by positively affecting the attitudes and behavior of its employees and students by:

 

  • Making all current and new employees and students aware that violence or threatening behavior on campus will not be tolerated.

  • Creating a low-risk campus environment: All employees in positions of authority are expected to promote positive behavior, and to lead by example, by treating employees and students with the respect and dignity to which each is entitled.  Emphasis will be placed on creating a campus where established standards of conduct are clear, communicated, and consistently enforced, and where discipline is used fairly and appropriately to deal with instances of unacceptable behavior.

  • Developing procedures for increasing awareness and prevention of threatening behavior, violence, and harassment on campus.

  • Training employees.

  • Encouraging employees and students to use available counseling and assistance services when needed. This includes the referral of employees to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), or of students to CCD&P, when deemed appropriate.  Both victims of violence and those who commit violent acts or have threatened to do so may be referred for such services. 

 

2. The College will deal with threatening behavior, violence, and harassment on campus by:

 

  • Designating campus representatives to receive campus violence complaints.

  • Requiring all employees and students to report all threatening behavior, violence, and harassment in a timely manner as set forth in this policy and in the procedures of the campus judicial system.

  • Quickly dealing with threatening behavior, violence, and harassment.  Supervisors are specifically empowered by this policy to take immediate action to resolve or stabilize violent situations on campus and to protect people from harm.

  • Promptly and properly investigating all complaints of threatening behavior, violence, and harassment.

  • Ensuring that the Vice President for Student
    Services, Director of Human Resources and/or the Director of Safety/Security take appropriate disciplinary action.

  • Supporting the continuation of a good working relationship between the Department of Safety/Security and local law enforcement.

  • Employing legal remedies that address issues of workplace violence (i.e., restraining orders).

  • Creating and maintaining the highest practical level of physical security on campus.

  • Maintaining accurate records on campus violence.