7.17 Prevention of Violence in the Workplace and Learning Environment Policy

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I. Definitions

A. Workplace Violence includes, but is not limited to, intimidation, threats, physical attack, property damage, or conduct which interferes with an employee's or student's safety in the workplace or in the College learning environment.

B. Intimidation includes, but is not limited to, stalking or engaging in actions intended to frighten, coerce, or induce duress or fear.

C. Threat is the expression of an intent to cause physical or mental harm. An expression constitutes a threat without regard to whether the party communicating the threat has the present ability to carry it out and without regard to whether the expression is contingent, conditional, or future.

D. Physical Attack is unwanted or hostile physical contact such as hitting, fighting, pushing, shoving, or throwing objects.

E. Property Damage is intentional damage to property owned by the State, College, employees, students, visitors, or vendors.

II. Rule

Central Piedmont Community College seeks to promote a working, teaching, and learning environment that is safe and healthy for all employees, students, and visitors while on College premises, while performing College business, or while participating in College sponsored activities. In doing so, the College is complying with and supporting the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990. The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 requires that employers provide their employees with a safe and healthy work environment. The Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 requires that institutions of higher education improve campus security and make the campus community aware of available security measures.

III. Policy

Central Piedmont Community College prohibits any form of violence in the workplace that threatens the safety of employees and students and seeks to provide a sound learning environment for students. The College intends to use management tools such as mediation, discipline, and dismissal policies as well as the Employee Assistance Program to promote a workplace and learning environment which is free of violence and provides reasonable protection for employees and students.

IV. Prevention Program

A. A plan to prevent workplace violence and a crisis management plan has been developed, implemented, and maintained.

B. Employees and students will be provided with information and training regarding the potential for violence in the workplace. The purpose of such training is to:

1. Increase the ability to recognize early warning signs of a potentially violent person or situation.

2. Provide information on how to record incidents indicative of potential problems.

3. Encourage employees and students to report suspicious incidents to Campus Security.