The City University of New York Campus and Workplace Violence Prevention Policy

 

POLICY STATEMENT

The City University of New York (the “University” or “CUNY”) is committed to
the prevention of workplace violence and will respond promptly to any threats and/or acts
of violence. For purposes of this Policy, Workplace Violence is defined as any physical
assault or acts of aggressive behavior occurring where an employee performs any workrelated
duty in the course of his or her employment, including but not limited to:

  1. An attempt or threat, whether verbal or physical, to inflict physical injury
    upon an employee;
  2. Any intentional display of force which would give an employee reason to fear
    or expect bodily harm;
  3. Intentional and wrongful physical contact with an employee without his or her
    consent that entails some injury;
  4. Stalking an employee in a manner which may cause the employee to fear for
    his or her physical safety and health when such stalking has arisen through
    and in the course of employment.

Workplace Violence presents a serious occupational safety hazard to CUNY and its
employees. The University will respond promptly to threats and/or acts of violence. All
employees are responsible for helping to create an environment of mutual respect and for
assisting in maintaining a safe and secure work environment and will participate in the
annual Workplace Violence Prevention Training Program. Individuals who violate this
Policy may be removed from University property and are subject to disciplinary and/or
personnel action up to and including termination, consistent with University policies,
rules and collective bargaining agreements, and/or referral to law enforcement authorities
for criminal prosecution.

Incidents involving Workplace Violence will be given the serious attention they
deserve. Employees are responsible for reporting any incidents of Workplace Violence
of which they become aware. The procedure for reporting incidents of suspected or
alleged Workplace Violence can be found in the campus specific Workplace Violence
Prevention Programs at Paragraph 7. The procedure for reporting complaints of a
potential violation of the CUNY Workplace Violence Prevention Policy and Programs
can be found in the campus specific Workplace Violence Prevention Programs at
Paragraph 9.

The University, at the request of an employee or student, or at its own discretion,
may prohibit members of the public, including family members, from seeing an employee
or student on University property unless necessary to transact University-related
business. This policy particularly applies when an employee or student anticipates that
an act of violence may result from an encounter with said individual(s).3
Employee participation in the implementation of this Policy will be provided
through their authorized employee representatives, who will be invited to participate in:

(1) Scheduled physical risk assessment site evaluation(s) to determine the presence of
risk factors which may place employees at risk of workplace violence; (2) the development and annual review of a Workplace Violence Prevention Program promulgated by each College for the implementation of the Policy; (3) the annual review of the Campus Workplace Violence Incidents Report prepared annually by each College; and (4) as appropriate, following a serious incident of Workplace Violence.