Workplace Violence

Workplace Violence

Workplace Violence

Rowan University Policy (60.1.13) prohibits workplace violence. Specifically, the University will respond promptly to violence, threats of violence, harassment, intimidation, or disruptive behavior of a threatening nature towards people or property. Individuals who violate this policy may be removed from Rowan property and are subject to disciplinary and/or personnel action up to, and including, termination and/or criminal prosecution.

Workplace violence is defined as any actual or threatening behavior of a violent nature, as understood by a reasonable person, exhibited by faculty, staff, student employees, or others.

Examples of workplace violence include, but are not limited to:

  • Intentional physical contact for the purpose of causing harm (such as slapping, punching, striking, shoving, or otherwise physically attacking a person).
  • Menacing or threatening behavior (such as throwing objects, waving fists, damaging property, stalking, or otherwise acting in an aggressive manner; or, using oral or written statements specifically intended to frighten, coerce, or cause distress) where such behavior would be interpreted by a reasonable person as being evidence of intent to cause physical harm to individuals or property.
  • Possessing any firearm, imitation firearm, or any components which can readily be assembled into a firearm or other weapon, as defined by the Laws of New Jersey NJSA 2c:39-6).

Reporting Workplace Violence

Complaints of prohibited behavior/harassment (i.e. intimidation, bullying, threats, threatening behavior) should be immediately reported to the Office of Equity and Diversity or the Office of Human Resources. Complaints of physical violence should be immediately reported to the Public Safety Department.

False Reports: Employees who intentionally file false reports pertaining to workplace violence will be subject to penalties, up to, and including: disciplinary action, termination and criminal prosecution.

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