Policy Name: Violence Prevention
Responsibility for Maintenance: Campus Safety and Security
I. Policy Statement
Community College is concerned about and committed to the safety and security
of its students, employees, visitors, and all other members of the College
community. Threats, threatening behavior, or acts of violence against
employees, students, visitors, guests, or other individuals by anyone on
College property, including the residence halls, will not be tolerated.
reports of threats of violence, threatening behavior or violent acts occurring
on College property, in College residence halls, or by individuals who are
College employees or students or are connected with the College in any way, the
College will investigate and take appropriate corrective action as the
circumstances warrant. The College reserves the right to take any and all
appropriate corrective action, including removing the perpetrator of violent or
potentially violent acts from the premises as quickly as safety permits,
pending the outcome of a final investigation. The College’s response to
incidents of violence may include reassignment of job duties, discipline up to
and including discharge, dismissal from the College, and criminal or civil
prosecution of those involved.
II. Reason for Policy
College is committed to a learning, living, working and community environment
that are free of violence and threats of violence. In addition, the
College is subject to a variety of laws and regulations that require a safe and
healthy learning, living, and working environment. For example, the New
York State Legislature has found and declared that workplace violence is a
serious public health problem that demands the attention of the State of New York
and resulted in amendment to New York State labor law codified as §27-b
applicable to all public employers, requiring that public employers assess and
attempt to eliminate workplace violence.
III. Applicability of the Policy
policy applies to all College employees, students, visitors, and guests of the
College personnel, students, and community members should notify Campus Safety and Security of any threats they have witnessed, received, or have been told
that another person has witnessed or received. College personnel,
students, and community members should report behavior they regard as
potentially threatening or violent if that behavior bears any connection to the
College (i.e. conduct that is job-related, conduct that occurs on a College-controlled site, threats of violence against or by students,
College will neither retaliate against those who report potential incidents of
violence nor discriminate against victims of such violence.
employee, student or member of the College community who applies for or obtains
a protective or restraining order that lists College locations should provide a
copy of the petition and declarations used to seek the order and should provide
a copy of any temporary or permanent protective or restraining order that is granted to Campus Safety and Security. The College has confidentiality procedures that recognize and respect the privacy of reporting employees.
Campus Safety and Security, in cooperation with the Department of Human
Resources, will provide annual violence prevention training and information
sessions for employees.
by OCC Board of Trustees April 3, 2006