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 Policy Against Workplace Violence
 Statement of Policy
 Acts or threats of physical violence, including intimidation, harassment, and/or coercion, that involve or affect Connecticut College or that occur on Connecticut College property or in the conduct of Connecticut College business off Connecticut College property, will not be tolerated. This prohibition against threats and acts of violence applies to all persons involved in Connecticut College operations, including, but not limited to, Connecticut College personnel, contract workers, temporary employees, and anyone else on Connecticut College property or conducting Connecticut College business off Connecticut College property. Violations of this policy, by any individual, may lead to disciplinary and/or legal action as appropriate.
 This policy is intended to provide a safe workplace; it is not intended to create any obligations beyond those required by law.
 Workplace Violence: Is any intentional conduct that is sufficiently severe, offensive, or intimidating to cause an individual to reasonably fear for his or her personal safety or the safety of his or her family, friends, and/or property such that employment conditions are altered or a hostile, abusive, or intimidating work environment is created for one or more Connecticut College employees.
 Workplace violence may involve any threats or acts of violence occurring on Connecticut College premises, regardless of the relationship between Connecticut College and the parties involved in the incident. It also includes threats or acts of violence that affect the business interests of Connecticut College or that may lead to an incident of violence on Connecticut College premises. Threats or acts of violence occurring off Connecticut College premises that involve employees, agents, or individuals acting as a representative of Connecticut College, either as victims of or active participants in the conduct, may also constitute workplace violence. Specific examples of conduct that may constitute threats or acts of violence under this policy include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Threats or acts of physical or aggressive contact directed toward another individual;
  • Threats or acts of physical harm directed toward another individual or his/her family, friends, associates, or property;
  • The intentional destruction or threat of destruction of Connecticut College property or another employee's property;
  • Harassing or threatening phone calls;
  • Unauthorized surveillance;
  • Stalking;
  • Veiled threat of physical harm or similar intimidations;
  • Any conduct resulting in the conviction under any criminal code provision relating to violence or threats of violence that adversely affects Connecticut College's business interests.
 Workplace violence does not refer to occasional comments of a socially acceptable nature. These comments may include references to legitimate sporting activities, popular entertainment, or current events. Rather it refers to behavior that is personally offensive, threatening, or intimidating.
 Any person who engages in a threat or violent action on Connecticut College property may be removed from the premises as quickly as safety permits and may be required, at Connecticut College's discretion, to remain off Connecticut College premises pending the outcome of an investigation of the incident.
 When threats are made or acts of violence are committed by an employee, a judgment will be made by Connecticut College as to what actions are appropriate with respect to that employee, including potential medical evaluation and/or disciplinary action up to and including discharge.
 The individual may also be declared "Persona Non Grata" and be barred from Connecticut College premises.
 Important Note: Connecticut College will make the sole determination of whether, and to what extent, threats or acts of violence will be acted upon by Connecticut College and whether such matters will be referred to law enforcement authorities. In making these determinations, Connecticut College may undertake a case-by-case analysis in order to ascertain whether there is a reasonable basis to believe that workplace violence has occurred. No provision of this policy alters the at-will nature of employment at Connecticut College.