Violent, Abusive, or Threatening Conduct Policy

Violent, abusive, or threatening behavior is prohibited.

Violence and abusive behavior include any attempted, threatened, or actual conduct that endangers or is likely to endanger a person’s health or safety, or that would reasonably cause a person to feel that their health or safety would be at risk.   Accidents do not constitute violent, abusive, or threatening conduct. Also, reasonable discipline and counseling are not included under this policy even though an employee or student may take offense.

Examples of violence and abusive behavior violating this policy include but are not limited to the following:

  • Slapping, punching or otherwise physically attacking a person.
  • A direct or implied threat of harm or hostile behavior that creates a reasonable fear of injury to another person or unreasonably subjects another individual to emotional distress.
  • Brandishing a weapon or an object, which appears to be a weapon, in a threatening manner.
  • Intimidating, threatening, or directing abusive language toward another person.
  • Stalking, which is a pattern of repeated harassment, unwanted attention, and/or contact, including ~ but not limited to:
    • Following or laying in wait for a person
    • Repeated unwanted, intrusive, or frightening communications from the perpetrator by phone, mail, and/or e­‐mail
    • Damaging a person’s property
    • Making direct or indirect threats to harm a person, their family members, their friends, or their pets
    • Repeatedly sending a person unwanted gifts

Confidentiality will be maintained to the extent possible but it is not guaranteed. Retaliation or harassment against a person making a report in good faith will not be tolerated and may result in disciplinary action.