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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

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