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    Workplace Violence

    Policy Number: 
    401.1
    Effective Date: 
    January, 2003
    Revised Date: 
    September, 2010

    Additionally, policies related to student behavior may be found at:

    Student Code of Conduct:
    http://deanofstudents.arizona.edu/policiesandcodes/studentcodeofconduct

    Policy on Threatening Behavior by Students:
    http://policy.arizona.edu/threatening-behavior-students

    1. Purpose and Coverage of this Policy

    The University of Arizona is committed to providing a safe and secure workplace for all employees, students and visitors. This policy confirms the University’s commitment to prevent, reduce and manage violence to provide a safe environment in which to work and learn. It applies to students, employees, vendors and visitors at all University-owned, controlled or leased premises, including satellite locations, at any location at which University business is conducted, or at which employees, students, vendors or visitors represent the University, including while attending off-campus meetings, conferences, or while riding in University-owned or leased vehicles.

    2. Definitions

    1. "Employee" means part-time, full-time, temporary or permanent, student and graduate student employees, and other individuals acting as agents of the University, such as University affiliates and associates.
    2. "Intimidating" means an intentional act that would cause a reasonable person to fear that s/he is in danger of injury or harm.
    3. "Damaging property" means intentionally damaging or defacing or destroying property owned, controlled or leased by the University or its students, employees, vendors or visitors.
    4. "Stalking" means an intentional or knowing course of conduct directed toward another person if that conduct either would cause a reasonable person to fear for the person’s safety and that person in fact fears for his or her safety; or would cause a reasonable person to fear death and that person in fact fears death.
    5. "Threatening" means expressing intent to cause harm.
    6. "Workplace" includes all University-owned, controlled or leased premises, including satellite locations, at any location at which University business is conducted, or at which employees, students or visitors represent the University, including while attending off-campus meetings, conferences, or while riding in University-owned or leased vehicles.
    7. "Violence" includes, but is not limited to: intentionally threatening; intimidating; physically injuring; stalking; damaging property; or referencing or using a weapon or firearm, unless the individual doing so is a certified law enforcement officer acting within the course and scope of his or her duties.

    3. Policy

    The University prohibits any form of violence by or against any employee, student, vendor or visitor to the University. Violating this policy will result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal as unacceptable personal conduct and may also result in criminal prosecution. This policy also prohibits retaliation or harassment against anyone who makes a good faith report of a violation of this policy. The University will, to the extent permitted by law, protect the anonymity and safety of anyone who reports an act of violence, as defined by this policy.

    The University prohibits individuals from making intentionally false or misleading reports of violence or threats of violence. Individuals who make such reports will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal under the University’s disciplinary policies.

    4. Reporting Incidents of Workplace Violence

    Employees and students will report all incidents of workplace violence to the University of Arizona Police Department by dialing 9-1-1, to his or her immediate manager or supervisor, and to Human Resources. The University will, to the extent possible, handle reports of workplace violence confidentially, except to the extent necessary to communicate to individuals who need to know pertinent information so that they may take appropriate action. The University also may be required to report such incidents to comply with state and federal laws and regulations. The University will be sensitive and responsive to the potential for fear of reprisal by employees or students who report threats or acts of violence.

    5. Responding to Reports and Acts of Violence

    The University encourages all employees and students to assist in maintaining a safe and secure workplace, while recognizing the need to be alert to the possibility of violence by students, former students, employees, former employees, vendors and visitors. Individuals who receive reports of workplace violence must contact Human Resources for guidance and assistance in addressing such situations. Human Resources will review information it receives and may seek additional information as necessary. It also may convene the Threat Assessment and Management Team, as described below, for assistance in evaluating the potential of further violence, and making recommendations regarding appropriate disciplinary action. If an employee violates this policy, then the responsible supervisor will institute disciplinary action as appropriate after consulting with Human Resources and other University officials, as appropriate. If students violate this policy, then an appropriate Dean of Students will institute appropriate disciplinary action against such student.

    Human Resources will make efforts to support individuals affected by workplace violence by identifying appropriate resources for providing support and assistance.

    6. Threat Assessment and Management Team

    The University has established a multi-disciplinary Threat Assessment and Management (TAM) Team, which will meet as necessary to assist Human Resources or a Dean of Students in determining whether the individual constitutes an ongoing threat to the safety of an individual or to the workplace, and to make recommendations following incidents of workplace violence. The University engages the services of outside consultants, who are available to the TAM Team to assess such risks and assist in making recommendations.