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College-wide Policies

Violence, Threats, and Weapons

Colorado College is committed to creating and maintaining an environment that is safe, respectful, and conducive for learning and working. Accordingly, the college will not tolerate or condone violence. Each member of our community has an obligation to ensure that our campus is free from intimidation, threats, hostility, violence, and weapons. The student guide, the Pathfinder, defines violence as threatening physical harm, causing physical harm, or any other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person and prohibits such conduct. For employees, this definition of violence* also applies and will not be tolerated. This policy outlines responsibilities and reporting channels for ensuring our campus is free of violence.

Responsible office
Finance & Administration
Responsible party
Director of human resources
Last revision
August 2013
Approved by
The Cabinet
Approval date
August 2013
Effective date
August 2013
Additional references
Colorado HB 13-1162, A Bill for an Act Concerning Allowing A Law-Abiding Person to Carry Concealed Handgun Without a Permit; CO Rev. Stats § 18-1-901; § 18-12-108.5; Campus Safety/Fire Safety Information Handbook

Scope

All financial and administrative policies involving community members across campus are within the scope of this policy. If there is variance between departmental expectations and the common approach described through college policy, the college will look to the campus community to support the spirit and the objectives of college policy.

Policy

The president of the college delegates administration of the Workplace Violence Policy to the director of human resources.

Prevention

Although it is not practicable to identify all of the examples of workplace violence, it may be possible to identify certain factors and warning signs that precede violent behavior. Factors such as loss of job, disciplinary actions, ongoing conflicts, domestic or family violence, or financial difficulties may manifest through certain types of behavior. Observation of warning signs such as the ones below is a fundamental part of enhancing personal safety.

WARNING SIGNS

New or increased levels of stress

Insubordinate behavior

Expressions of hopelessness or anxiety

Significant change in work performance

Drug or alcohol abuse

Destruction of property

Externalization of blame (an example would be  (“my life stinks and it is your fault”)

Fascination with weapons or violence

 Roles and responsibilities

Imminent threat:* Employees who believe that there is eminent threat to their health and safety or the health and safety of someone else should call 911 and then Campus Safety immediately. 

No imminent threat: roles and responsibilities are summarized below.

Employees

Supervisors/Managers

Human Resources

Campus Safety

Notify his/her supervisor, Campus Safety, and Human Resources of any restraining orders against individuals that include the workplace

Confer with Human Resources and Campus Safety once advised of a restraining order

Human Resources and Campus Safety will provide opportunities for the campus community to learn about workplace violence. These opportunities will raise awareness of prevention, responsibilities, and actions to take in the event a potential or actual violent situation occurs.

 

Report any situations involving workplace violence to Campus Safety and HR, even if matter has been resolved.

Consult and advise the college on matters of violence in the workplace.

Work with employees who may need assistance from the college’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to address matters related to workplace violence.

Partner with HR to consult and advise the college on matters of violence in the workplace

Prohibited acts

In creating a work environment free from violence, threats and weapons, prohibited acts on our campus and at college events/activities at other locations include, but are not limited to, verbal abuse, stalking, harassment, inappropriate aggression, assault, and other threatening behaviors (physical or verbal mistreatment).

Acts of intimidation, violence, or threats will be considered serious misconduct. 

Weapons

The possession of weapons of any kind on campus is also prohibited.

Reporting

Employees who feel that they have been subjected to threatening behavior or actual workplace violence should report the concern to Campus Safety, the immediate supervisor, and the director of human resources immediately. Employees who observe or have knowledge of any violation of this policy should follow the same reporting structure.

Complaints will receive prompt attention and an investigation will be conducted maintaining confidentiality to the greatest extent possible. Based on the results of the investigation, disciplinary action, up to termination of the assailant, will be deemed appropriate by the college. 

Procedures

None

Definitions

Violence:

words or actions that threaten physical harm, cause physical harm, or any other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person. Violence may be exhibited through

(a) direct or implied threats; (b) physical conduct that harms people or damages property; and (c) conduct that can be characterized as harassing, disruptive, intimidating, or hostile. 

Deadly weapon:

the college relies on the state of Colorado’s definition, which is any of the following, which in the manner it is used or intended to be used, is capable of producing death or serious bodily injury:

  1. a firearm, whether loaded or unloaded
  2. a knife
  3. a bludgeon or
  4. any other weapon, device, instrument, material, or substance, whether animate or inanimate (C.R.S. 18-1-901)

Firearm:

the college relies on the state of Colorado’s definition, which is any handgun, automatic revolver, pistol, rifle, shotgun, or other instrument or device capable of or intended to be capable of discharging bullets, cartridges, or other explosive charges (C.R.S. 18-1-901)

Imminent threat:

brandishing or possessing a weapon, outrageous behavior which poses an immediate threat or any other violent act.