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Employee Relations Zero Tolerance Policy On Workplace Violence

Employee Relations Zero Tolerance Policy On Workplace Violence

Reviewed By: Administrative Council on
Approved By: President Karnig on

For interpretation of this policy, please contact the Associate Vice President of Human Resources, (909) 537-5138


Section 618 --- Personnel Policies, Rules and Regulations

California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) is committed to creating and maintaining a working, learning, and social environment which is free from violence.

Civility, understanding, and mutual respect toward all members of the CSUSB community are intrinsic to excellence in teaching and learning, to the existence of a safe and healthful workplace, and to the maintenance of a campus culture and environment which serves the needs of the many constituencies which support it. Threats of violence or acts of violence not only impact the individuals concerned, but also the mission of the University to foster higher education through open dialogue and the free exchange of ideas.

CSUSB prohibits any violent act, threat of violence, or any behavior which by intent, action, or outcome harms another person. Such conduct will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from employment, expulsion from CSUSB, and/or civil or criminal prosecution as appropriate.

CSUSB has zero tolerance for violence and threats of violence against members of the University community. To fulfill this policy, the University will work to prevent violence from occurring through training, education, awareness and reporting and will ensure that federal and state laws, as well as University regulations prohibiting violence, are fully enforced.

For the purpose of this policy, violence and threats of violence include, but are not limited to:

Any act that is physically assaultive; or

Any threat, behavior or action which is interpreted by a reasonable person to carry the potential to:

  •  harm or endanger the safety of others;
  •  result in an act of aggression; or
  • destroy or damage property.

Established CSUSB faculty, staff, student and Department of Public Safety procedures will serve as the mechanisms for resolving situations of violence or threats of violence. Each allegation of violence, threat of violence or violent act will be taken seriously. Anyone observing or experiencing violence or threats of violence is strongly encouraged to report that information to CSUSB’s Associate Vice President of Human Resources, Associate Vice President for Academic Personnel, Student Affairs Judicial Affairs Officer, or the Chief of Police.