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Workplace Violence Prevention Policy and Procedure

This policy is under revision, please contact the policy owner for any concerns or questions regarding this topic.

Policy Information

Policy Number Policy Owner
8027.1 Human Resource Services


  • 4.0 Policy

    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”1 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 and outlines 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.

    *¹ For what constitutes Workplace Violence see the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) definition in NYS Department of Labor Division of Safety and Health’s, Workplace Violence Prevention Requirements for NYS Public Employers (See Appendix)  How can I contact the Department of Labor for compliance assistance help in meeting the provisions of the Workplace Violence Prevention Law? The Department’s Division of Safety and Health’s (DOSH) Compliance Assistance resources are available to assist you in complying with the provisions of this Law.  Contact the nearest DOSH District Office  or visit online (See Appendix) 

    Prohibited Conduct

    • SUNY Plattsburgh will not tolerate any act or threat of violence made in the workplace, on College property, or while in work status.
    • 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:
      1. The use of force with the intent to cause harm, e.g. physical attacks, any unwanted contact such as hitting, fighting, pushing, or throwing objects;
      2. Acts or threats which are intended to intimidate, threaten, coerce, or cause fear of harm whether directly or indirectly;
      3. Acts or threats made directly or indirectly by oral or written words, gestures or symbols that communicate a direct or indirect threat of physical or mental harm.
    • No person, without legal authority, may carry, possess or use any dangerous weapon on College property or in College buildings or facilities.

     Workplace Violence Prevention Program

    1. SUNY Plattsburgh Workplace Violence Prevention Program³ training for its workplaces includes the following:
      1. a definition of workplace violence;
      2. commitment to zero tolerance of workplace violence;
      3. techniques on how to recognize and avoid workplace violence situations;
      4. identification of the high risk occupations
      5. the importance of reporting all workplace violence incidents and the procedure to do so;
      6. investigations of incidents by the employer; and
      7. employee assistance.

    *³ From the New York State Department of Labor Division of Safety and Health’s, Workplace Violence Prevention Requirement for New York State Public Employers (See Appendix)

    Information and Training for Employees

    1. SUNY Plattsburgh shall make the written workplace violence prevention program available, upon request, to its employees and their designated representatives. 
    2. 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):
      1. be informed of the requirements of NYS Labor Law § 27-b;
      2. the risk factors in their workplace(s);
      3. the location and availability of the written workplace violence prevention program; and
      4. training sessions that outline:
        1. the measures employees can take to protect themselves from such risks, including specific procedures the College has implemented to protect employees and
        2. the details of the written workplace violence prevention program developed by the College.


    Retaliatory action against anyone acting in good faith who has made a complaint of workplace violence, who has reported witnessing workplace violence, or who has been involved in reporting, investigating, or responding to workplace violence is a violation of this policy. Those found responsible for retaliatory action will be subject to discipline up to and including termination.


    Incidents of workplace violence, threats of workplace violence, or observations of workplace violence are not to be ignored by any member of the State University of New York College at (SUNY) Plattsburgh community.  Workplace violence should promptly be reported to the appropriate College official (see below).  Additionally, all members of the campus community are encouraged to report behavior they reasonably believe poses a potential for workplace violence in order to maintain a safe working and learning environment.

For additional information about this policy, please contact the Policy Owner listed above.

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