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Approval Date: 06/15/98
Approved By: President's Staff

Policy on Workplace Violence

The safety and security of Western Illinois University faculty, staff, students, and visitors are very important. Threats, threatening behavior, acts of violence, or any related conduct which disrupts another's work performance or the University's ability to carry out its mission will not be tolerated.

Any person who makes threats, exhibits threatening behavior, or engages in violent acts on University-owned or leased property may be removed from the premises pending the outcome of an investigation. Threats, threatening behavior, or other acts of violence executed off University-owned or leased property but directed at University employees or members of the public while conducting official University business, are a violation of this policy. Off-site threats include but are not limited to threats made via telephone, fax, electronic or conventional mail, or any other communication medium.

Violations of this policy may lead to disciplinary action that may include dismissal, arrest, or prosecution. In addition, if the source of such inappropriate behavior is a member of the public, the response may also include barring the person(s) from University-owned or leased premises, termination of business relationships with that individual, and/or prosecution of the person(s) involved.

Employees are responsible for notifying their supervisor of any threats which they have witnessed or received. Employees should also report any behavior they have witnessed which they regard as threatening or violent or might be carried out on University-owned or leased property or in connection with state employment.

Each employee who receives a protective or restraining order which lists University/state owned or leased premises as a protected area is required to provide the Office of Public Safety with a copy of such order.

Workplace violence incidents should be reported to the Office of Public Safety.