Workplace Violence Policy

It is the Southern University System's Policy to promote a safe environment for its employees.

Southern University is committed to working with its employees to maintain a work environment free from violence, threats of violence, harassment, intimidation, and other disruptive behavior. While this kind of conduct is not pervasive at Southern University, no employer is immune. Every employer may be affected by disruptive behavior at one time or another.

Violence, threats, harassment, intimidation, and other disruptive behavior in our workplace will not be tolerated; that is, all reports of incidents will be taken seriously and will be dealt with appropriately.

Such behavior can include oral or written statements, gestures, or expressions that communicate a direct or indirect threat of physical harm. Individuals who commit such acts may be removed from the University's premises and will be subject to disciplinary action as outlined elsewhere in this handbook; criminal penalties, or both.

We need your cooperation to implement this policy effectively and maintain a safe working environment.

Do not ignore violent, threatening, harassing, intimidating, or other disruptive behavior. If you observe or experience such behavior by anyone on the Southern University System's premises, whether he or she is a Southern University employee or not, report it immediately to a supervisor or department head. Supervisors and department heads who receive such reports should seek advice from the respective Human Resource Services office regarding investigating the incident and initiating appropriate action. 

Threats or assaults that require immediate attention by security or police should be reported first to the respective campus police office on campus or to the police at 911.

The University will support all efforts made by supervisors and University specialists in dealing with violent, threatening, harassing, intimidating or other disruptive behavior in our workplace and will monitor whether this policy is being implemented effectively. You should contact your respective Human Resource Services office with any questions.

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