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Facilities and Safety

Violent Behavior (IV.A.3)

Volume IV: Facilities and Safety
Chapter A: Safety
Responsible Executive: Executive Vice President for Business and Finance and Treasurer, Chancellors
Responsible Office: Office of Environmental Health and Public Safety
Date Issued: February 1, 2011
Date Last Revised: November 1, 2012

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Statement of Policy
Reason for This Policy
Individuals and Entities Affected by This Policy
Who Should Know This Policy
Exclusions
Website Address for This Policy
Contacts
Definitions
Responsibilities
Procedures
Related Documents, Forms and Tools
History and Updates
Appendix

STATEMENT OF POLICY

Purdue University is committed to providing a safe and secure campus environment for members of the university community. Purdue strives to create an educational environment for students and a work environment for employees that promote educational and career goals. Violent Behavior impedes such goals. Therefore, Violent Behavior is prohibited in or on any University Facility or while participating in any University activity.

Retaliation against any employee, student or other member of the University community who, in good faith, reports a violation of this policy is prohibited.

Purdue University employees who violate this policy will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination. An act of off-duty Violent Behavior may also be grounds for disciplinary action up to and including termination if there is a relevant relationship between the type of Violent Behavior and the potential adverse impact on the employee’s or another employee’s ability to perform his or her assigned duties and responsibilities. Purdue University students who violate this policy on or off University Facilities may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion, as provided in the Regulations Governing Student Conduct.

In addition, any person who violates this policy may be subject to the issuance of a persona non grata notification, which limits access to a part of or all of University Facilities, in accordance with the Persona Non Grata (IV.A.5) policy.

REASON FOR THIS POLICY

The University is committed to providing a safe environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors. Criminal and civil laws prohibit Violent Behavior, and the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 governs employers’ workplace safety.

This policy describes Violent Behavior, its prevention and response, and University sanctions. It is designed to be implemented on each of Purdue University’s four campuses: Calumet, North Central, Fort Wayne and West Lafayette.

INDIVIDUALS AND ENTITIES AFFECTED BY THIS POLICY

All units, students, faculty, staff, volunteers and agents/contractors of Purdue University.

WHO SHOULD KNOW THIS POLICY

President
Chancellors
Vice Presidents
Vice Provosts
Vice Chancellors
Deans
Department Heads/Chairs
Faculty
Staff
Students
Volunteers
Agents/Contractors

EXCLUSIONS

There are no exclusions to this policy.

WEBSITE ADDRESS FOR THIS POLICY

www.purdue.edu/policies/facilities-safety/iva3.html

CONTACTS

Calumet Campus
Subject Contact Telephone E-mail/Web Address
Policy Clarification Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services 219-989-2234
Reports of Violent Behavior University Police Chief 219-989-2220 or 219-989-2911


Fort Wayne Campus
Subject Contact Telephone E-mail/Web Address
Policy Clarification Vice Chancellor for Financial Affairs 260-481-6804


Reports of Violent Behavior University Police Chief 260-481-0739 or 260-481-6911


North Central Campus
Subject Contact Telephone E-mail/Web Address
Policy Clarification Vice Chancellor for Administration 219-785-5400


Reports of Violent Behavior University Police Chief 219-785-5220 or 911


West Lafayette Campus
Subject Contact Telephone E-mail/Web Address
Policy Clarification Senior Director, Environmental Health and Public Safety 765-494-7504 ehps@purdue.edu
Reports of Violent Behavior University Police Chief 765-494-8221 or 911 police@purdue.edu

DEFINITIONS

Behavioral Assessment Team(s)
A standing committee of multi-disciplinary experienced representatives who will analyze potentially threatening situations, especially imminent threats to self or others, and take action to mitigate risk. Each campus may assign a specific name to their committee(s), but the purpose, function and membership must adhere to this policy.

On the West Lafayette campus, the Vice President for Human Resources, or designee, will serve as chairperson of the employee Behavior Assessment Team, which will include representatives from Human Resources, Environmental Health and Public Safety, University Police, legal counsel, mental health professional(s) and others as appropriate. The Vice President for Student Affairs, or designee, will serve as chairperson of the student Behavior Assessment Team, which will include representatives from Environmental Health and Public Safety, University Police, Housing and Food Services, legal counsel, mental health professional(s) and others as appropriate.

On each Regional Campus, the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services (Calumet), Vice Chancellor for Financial Affairs (Fort Wayne) and the Vice Chancellor for Administration (North Central), or their designees, will serve as chairperson of their respective campuses’ employee Behavior Assessment Teams, which will include representation from Human Resources, University Police, legal counsel, mental health professional(s) and others as appropriate. The Vice Chancellors for Student Affairs (Calumet and Fort Wayne) and the Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Services (North Central), or their designees, will serve as chairperson of their respective campuses’ student Behavior Assessment Teams, which will include representatives from the Office of the Dean of Students, University Police, legal counsel, mental health professional(s) and others as appropriate.

Human Resources
The human resources department on each of Purdue’s campuses.

Intimidation
Engaging in actions intended to frighten, coerce or induce duress. These actions include, but are not limited to, stalking/unwanted pursuit.

Physical Attack
Unwanted physical contact such as hitting, kicking, pushing, shoving, biting, fighting, throwing objects or use of an unauthorized weapon against another person.

Property Damage
Intentional damage to property, including property owned by Purdue University or its employees, students, visitors or vendors.

Purdue, University and Purdue University
Any campus, unit, program, association or entity of Purdue University, including but not limited to Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Purdue University Calumet, Purdue University North Central, Purdue University West Lafayette, Purdue Extension and Purdue University College of Technology Statewide.

Regulations Governing Student Conduct
The rules and procedures that govern student conduct and disciplinary action as set forth by each campus. Links to each campus’s regulations are listed in the Related Documents, Forms and Tools.

Threat
An expression of intent to cause physical or mental harm or damage to property. A threat may be direct, indirect, conditional or veiled. Any threat is presumed to constitute a statement of intent. 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 or future.

University Facility(ies)
As used in this policy, any building or structure or any improved or unimproved land, or any part of any such building, structure or land, that is owned, used or occupied by Purdue University.

University Police
The police department on each of Purdue’s campuses and on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Violent Behavior
A broad range of behaviors that generate reasonable concerns for personal safety, result in physical injury or result in damage to University Facilities. Violent behavior includes, but is not limited to, aggressive or frightening acts, Intimidation, Threats, Physical Attacks or Property Damage.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Behavioral Assessment Teams

  • Investigate potentially threatening situations and take action to mitigate risk of harm.

Employees

  • Report immediately any Violent Behavior or other violations of this policy to their immediate supervisor, Human Resources or the University Police.

Human Resources

  • Promptly investigate reports of Violent Behavior by employees or other employee violations of this policy.
  • Upon receipt of a report of Violent Behavior, notify the chair of the appropriate Behavioral Assessment Team.
  • Develop and deliver, jointly with University Police, training and educational materials regarding Violent Behavior prevention and response.

Office of the Dean of Students

  • Promptly investigate reports of Violent Behavior by students or other student violations of this policy.
  • Upon receipt of a report of Violent Behavior, notify the chair of the appropriate Behavioral Assessment Team.
  • Develop and deliver, jointly with University Police, training and educational materials regarding Violent Behavior prevention and response.

Supervisors

  • Promptly report to the University Police incidents or allegations of Violent Behavior or other violations of this policy that are brought to their attention.

Students

  • Report immediately any Violent Behavior or other violations of this policy to the Dean of Students or University Police.

University Police

  • Promptly investigate reports of Violent Behavior or other violations of this policy.
  • Upon receipt of a report of Violent Behavior, notify the chair of the appropriate Behavioral Assessment Team.
  • Develop and deliver, jointly with Human Resources and with the Office of the Dean of Students, training and educational materials regarding Violent Behavior prevention and response.

Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services (Calumet), Vice Chancellor for Financial Affairs (Fort Wayne) and Vice Chancellor for Administration (North Central)

  • Serve as the chairperson for their campus Employee Behavioral Assessment Team or designate responsibility for such.
  • Identify the membership of their respective campus Employee Behavioral Assessment Teams.

Vice Chancellors for Student Affairs (Calumet and Fort Wayne) and the Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Services (North Central)

  • Serve as the chairperson for their campus Student Behavioral Assessment Team or designate responsibility for such.
  • Identify the membership of their respective campus Student Behavioral Assessment Teams.

Vice President for Human Resources

  • Serve as the chairperson for the West Lafayette campus Employee Behavioral Assessment Team or designate responsibility for such.

Vice President for Student Affairs

  • Serve as the chairperson for the West Lafayette campus Student Behavioral Assessment Team or designate responsibility for such.

PROCEDURES

  1. Reporting and Investigating Violent Behavior

    Employees, students and visitors in/on any University Facility are encouraged to be alert to the possibility of Violent Behavior. In the event that an employee, student or visitor is witness to or a victim of Violent Behavior, he or she is urged to call 911 if it is safe to do so.

    Employees are expected to immediately report any other violations of this policy either to their immediate supervisor (or second level supervisor if the alleged perpetrator is the immediate supervisor), a Human Resources staff member or the University Police, as appropriate. Students are expected to immediately report any other violations of this policy to the Office of the Dean of Students or University Police, as appropriate.

    Each report will be promptly investigated and may be reviewed for action by the appropriate campus Behavioral Assessment Team. Every effort will be made to protect the confidentiality and safety of anyone who reports a potential violation of this policy or otherwise raises concerns about Violent Behavior. All reports will be handled in as confidential a manner as possible.

    It may be necessary during an investigation into a violation of this policy to remove an employee or student from campus until the investigation is concluded. Employees may be placed on leave with or without pay or may be subject to other interim corrective measures of a non-disciplinary nature (i.e., reassignment) until the investigation is concluded. In addition, Purdue University may require an employee to undergo an assessment to determine the risk of Violent Behavior in the workplace. In such cases, supervisors will contact their campus Human Resources to refer such employees to an appropriate resource to coordinate the assessment. Concerns regarding students will be addressed by the Office of the Dean of Students.
  2. Victim Protections and Support

    Purdue University campus personnel will use best efforts to protect victims of Violent Behavior by offering reasonable and appropriate security measures. Whenever possible and appropriate, accommodations or adjustments to a victim’s work/class schedule, location or conditions will be made to enhance safety. Individuals who are aware that someone is a victim of Violent Behavior may offer support to the victim through steps such as referring him or her to the Employee Assistance Program, Student Counseling Center or other appropriate resources. The University will allow for flexibility to attend medical, court or counseling appointments related to trauma and/or victimization from situations covered by this policy.
  3. Training

    University Police, Human Resources and the Office of the Dean of Students will jointly develop and deliver training and educational materials regarding Violent Behavior prevention and response.

RELATED DOCUMENTS, FORMS AND TOOLS

Policies:

Regulations Governing Student Conduct:

Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970: www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owasrch.search_form?p_doc_type=OSHACT&p_toc_level=0&p_keyvalue=

HISTORY AND UPDATES

November 1, 2012: The definition of Behavioral Assessment Team was revised to allow each campus to assign its own names to the committees.

December 8, 2011: Updates to the Contacts and Responsibilities sections were made. This policy supersedes Violent Behavior, Interim (IV.A.3) dated November 18, 2011.

November 18, 2011: Policy number changed to IV.A.3 (formerly I.2.3) and website address updated. Related Documents section updated as well.

February 1, 2011: This policy supersedes the Violence in the Workplace Policy (Executive Memorandum No. C-43).

APPENDIX

There are no appendices to this policy.