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Approved by Executive Council 2/27/07
The State University of New York College at (SUNY) Plattsburgh is an educational community bound by common standards of conduct and a commitment to ensuring a safe and supportive learning, living and working environment for all faculty, staff, students and visitors.
SUNY Plattsburgh is committed to providing a safe work environment for all employees. The College will respond promptly to threats, acts of violence, and acts of aggression by employees or against employees by coworkers, members of the public or others.
The term "workplace violence" is defined as any physical assault, threatening behavior or verbal abuse occurring in the work setting. SUNY Plattsburgh prohibits workplace violence and will not tolerate violence, threats of violence, or intimidating conduct in the workplace. Complaints of workplace violence will be given serious attention. Security and safety in the workplace requires the cooperation of every employee.
This policy sets forth standards for employee conduct and guidelines for reasonable precautions. The accompanying procedures outline response to threats or violence should they occur in the workplace whether in a College facility or at an off-campus College-owned workplace.
The term "workplace" is defined as any location away from an employee's domicile, permanent or temporary, where an employee performs any work-related duty in the course of his or her employment.
The term "employee" is defined as a public employee working for an employer.
All disciplinary measures taken against students shall be taken in accordance with the procedures of the campus judicial system. This policy does not alter any codes of student conduct or procedures of the campus judicial system. The College's response may also include removal of third party vendors/contractors from campus or termination of contracts with such vendors/contractors.
A. SUNY Plattsburgh will not tolerate any act or threat of violence made in the workplace, on College property, or while in work status.
B. No person may engage in violent conduct or make threats of violence, implied or direct, on College property or in connection with College business. This includes but is not limited to:
C. No person, without legal authority, may carry, possess or use any dangerous weapon on College property or in College buildings or facilities.
The President of the College shall be responsible for the implementation of this policy. The responsibility includes distribution of this policy to members of the college community, ensuring appropriate investigation and follow-up of reported incidents of workplace violence, appointing a Workplace Violence Advisory Team, and ensuring that administrators, managers and supervisors are aware of their responsibilities under this policy through internal communications and training.
Workplace Violence Advisory Team
A. The President will establish a Workplace Violence Advisory Team. This team, working with the President's Personal Safety Committee, will assist/advise the President to:
B. It is recommended that this team include representatives from University Police, Human Resource Services, Environmental Health and Safety, the unions and others, including faculty, staff and students, as deemed appropriate by the President.
C. In lieu of establishing the Workplace Violence Advisory Team, the President may opt to expand the President's Personal Safety Committee with representatives from the areas previously recommended to address workplace violence issues at the campus and perform the functions outlined above.
Workplace Violence Prevention Program
A. SUNY Plattsburgh shall develop and implement a written Workplace Violence Prevention Program for its workplaces that includes the following:
Information and Training for Employees
A. SUNY Plattsburgh shall make the written workplace violence prevention program available, upon request, to its employees and their designated representatives.
B. At the time of employees' initial assignment and annually thereafter, the College shall provide its employees with the following information and training on the risks of violence in their workplace(s):
For more information about Administrative Policies, please contact:
Associate Vice President for Administration
Office: Kehoe 710-11
Phone: (518) 564-2539
Fax: (518) 564-2540