|Policy No.:||5-15||This policy applies to:|
|Policy Name:||Workplace Violence||Non-exempt staff|
|Effective Date:||08/01/04||Exempt staff|
Respect for the individual is one of the core values of the Mission Statement of Loyola University New Orleans. Consistent with this value, the University has adopted a "zero tolerance" policy for threatening or violent behavior in the workplace. Verbal threats, threatening behavior, or acts of violence by an employee against other employees, students, vendors, or campus visitors will not be tolerated. Violation of this policy will result in appropriate disciplinary action, including potential dismissal. Arrest and criminal prosecution by on-campus or off-campus authorities is also possible.
Threats or acts of violence will be taken seriously and will be immediately investigated by the University. Employees who make substantial threats, exhibit threatening behavior, or engage in violent acts on University property will be removed from the campus as quickly as safety permits.
While it is not possible to describe all the actions that might constitute threatening or violent behavior, the following behaviors are strictly forbidden in the workplace:
The Threat Assessment Team will evaluate the circumstances and determine whether they believe a credible threat exists and recommend course of action to reduce potential violence. The TAT is not responsible for investigating or resolving student or employee issues. The team is a multi-disciplinary group that assesses risk/potential for violence and advises those who are charged with resolution of employee or student problems.
Human Resources and Student Affairs are available to assist employees, supervisors, and students to help prevent workplace violence through counseling, anger management, mediation, and other resources.
Supervisors are encouraged to seek assistance during high-risk situations such as employee dismissals, work restructuring, or instances in which an employee's medical condition may be a contributing factor. Human Resources will respect the confidentiality of the employee involved, balanced with need to provide a safe, secure environment for all personnel.
The Threat Assessment Team will conduct periodic training sessions to provide information concerning potential workplace violence, including recognizing early warning signs of a troubled or potentially violent person, and procedures for responding to and reporting such incidents.