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Policy Title: Workplace Violence

Boise State University Policy #12040
Effective Date: April 4, 2005
Revised: August 9, 2005
September 2014

Purpose:
To provide a safe environment for all employees.

Additional Authority:
Idaho Code § 18-3309
Idaho Code § 18-7008
Idaho Code §§ 33-3715-33-3716
The Office of the Governor, Executive Order No. 2007-13 (Establishing a Domestic Violence Policy)
University Policy #2020 (Student Code of Conduct)
University Policy #1065 (Sexual Harassment/Domestic Violence, etc…)
University Policy # 12020 (Exclusion from Campus)
University Policy #12050 (C.A.R.E. Team)

Scope:
Any person who is employed by Boise State. Applies to employees on or off duty at a Boise State Workplace.

Responsible Party:
Human Resource Services (HRS), 426-1616 (Primary Contact)
Campus Security and Police Services, 426-6911

Definitions:
Workplace – Any location operated by Boise State, or where Boise State employees are located for purposes of conducting their duties or university business.

Workplace Violence – Any behavior at work that is violent, threatens violence, coerces, harasses or intimidates others, interferes with an individual’s legal rights of movement or expression, or disrupts the workplace, the academic environment, or the university’s ability to provide services to the public. Examples of Workplace Violence include, but are not limited to:

  • A. Disruptive behavior that disturbs or interferes with, or prevents normal work or academic activities (such as yelling, verbally abusing others, or waving arms and fists).
  • B. Intentional physical contact for the purpose of causing harm or nuisance (such as slapping, holding/preventing movement/cornering, punching, striking, shoving, or other physical attack).
  • C. Menacing, intimidating, or behavior intended to frighten, coerce, or threaten where a reasonable person would interpret such behavior as intent to cause harm to individuals or property or to deter personal movement or expression in an intimidating manner.
  • D. Domestic Violence as defined in University Policy #1065 (sexual harassment, domestic violence, etc…)
  • E. In some cases, a violation of University Policy #12080 (campus weapons).

Policy

  • I. Policy Statement
  • Boise State University is committed to providing a safe work environment free from Workplace Violence. Boise State does not tolerate Workplace Violence. Violation of this policy by any employee may lead to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal. Additionally, violation of the policy by any person could result in legal action, as appropriate. Retaliation and adverse treatment against those who, in good faith, report concerns or incidents of Workplace Violence or who participate in an investigation are prohibited.
  • II. Responsibility in Emergencies
  • In the event of imminent or actual violence, a person should:
    • A. Take necessary precautions to ensure personal safety and the safety of others,
    • B. Call 9-1-1, and/or
    • C. Call Campus Security and Police Services at 426-6911.
  • III. Responsibility in Non-Emergencies
    • A. An employee who is the subject of or aware of possible Workplace Violence must immediately report his or her knowledge to Human Resource Services (HRS) and his or her supervisor (unless the Workplace Violence has been engaged in by the individual’s supervisor). HRS must notify:
      • 1. The Office of the Dean of Students when an allegation of Workplace Violence is made against a student, or
      • 2. The Director of Title IX/ADA/504 Compliance when the allegation of Workplace Violence involves Domestic Violence.
    • B. Reported allegations of Workplace Violence must be kept confidential, except as necessary during the investigation process and/or subsequent proceedings.
  • IV. Follow Up and Counseling
    • A. Recurring or persistent Workplace Violence that has previously been properly reported and is reasonably perceived as not being satisfactorily addressed must be reported to the Campus Assessment, Resource, and Education (C.A.R.E) Team, as per University Policy #12050.
    • B. If the reporting guidelines outlined above fail to mitigate or prevent Workplace Violence, contact HRS at 426-1616.
    • C. The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to provide individual counseling to employees. For more information, contact HRS or visit the HRS website.