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Revision as of 13:12, 8 April 2014

Policy 602.32

1 Introduction

1.1 In accordance with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers have an obligation to provide employees with a safe and healthy work environment. Consistent with that law and with the law and policies of the State of North Carolina, Appalachian State University (“the University” or “ASU”) is committed to provide a workplace that is free from violence by establishing preventative measures, by holding perpetrators of violence accountable, and by providing assistance and support to victims. A Threat Assessment Team has been established to assess both immediate and potential threats of violence, including threats that could potentially impact the University workplace. Any form of Workplace Violence as defined in this policy may be cause for disciplinary sanctions, up to and including dismissal. Violent acts, whether on-duty or off-duty, affect the ability of all employees to perform their jobs. The University will apply all useful management tools to accomplish the dual purpose of reducing the effects of violence on victims and the University community as well as holding perpetrators of violence accountable for their actions. Office of Human Resources, Office of the Provost, ASU Police, Counseling for Faculty & Staff, Dean of Students, and Counseling & Psychological Services are resources for victims of Workplace Violence.

2 Scope

2.1 This policy applies to all ASU employees regardless of appointment type, including ASU students who are employees of the University. This policy applies to employees while functioning in the course and scope of their employment as well as off-duty violent conduct that has a potential adverse impact on any University employee’s ability to perform his or her assigned duties and responsibilities.

2.2 Acts of violence by vendors, contractors, visitors, and other non-ASU employees have the potential to negatively affect the University workplace. Although such individuals are not subject to sanctions under this policy, they may be referred to their employer and/or to criminal or civil authorities for appropriate action.

2.3 The University administrative unit responsible for providing guidance to management for each appointment is listed below:

Employee Appointment Administrative Unit to Consult
SPA and EPA Non-Faculty Office of Human Resources
SPA and EPA Non-Faculty Temporary Employees Office of Human Resources
Faculty Office of the Provost
Student Employees Office of Student Employment and Office of Student Conduct

The Office of General Counsel is responsible for advising all institutional officials regarding the legal interpretation and application of this policy.

3 Definitions

3.1 Definition phrase or word

Definition summary

4 Policy and Procedure Statements

4.1 Example policy 1

4.2 Example policy 2

5 Additional References

6 Authority

7 Contact Information

8 Effective Date

9 Revision Dates