Saint Paul College Policies & Procedures

04.13.00.0 - Workplace Violence Prevention

Part 1. Policy Statement

Saint Paul College is committed to civil behavior and mutual respect, and values an environment 
free from threats, intimidation and acts of violence. The College strictly prohibits and will not 
tolerate violence or intimidation of any type from any source. This includes intimidating or 
violent words or actions by employees, students or visitors.. The College will work to provide a 
safe workplace for its employees, students, and visitors.

While on SPC premises or while on SPC business at other locations, each employee, student, or 
individual is obligated to act civilly, respectfully and professionally toward others and is 
prohibited from subjecting any other employee, student or individual to any violence, threat of 
violence, or harassment.

Part 2. Applicability

This policy applies to all levels and areas of college operations and programs, including 
classrooms, students, faculty, administrators, staff, visitors, volunteers, and all other persons.

Part 3. Definitions and Examples

“Violence is the abusive or unjust exercise of power, intimidation, harassment, and/or the 
threatened or actual use of force which results in or has a high likelihood of causing fear, injury, 
suffering, or death.” (Minnesota Violence Prevention Task Force, 1994)

Behavior prohibited by this policy includes, but is not limited to name calling, obscene language 
and gestures, throwing objects, pushing, stalking, bullying, hazing, negative racial or sexual 
comments, acts of hate directed at another because of a personal characteristic, assaults, 
inappropriate touching, carrying weapons, ridiculing or showing disrespect for others, threats of 
violence, and all action intended to produce physical or emotional harm in another.

The College hereby adopts and enforces, a policy of prohibiting possession of firearms and other 
dangerous weapons in the workplace, with exceptions given to those that have been issued a 
Permit to Carry firearms pursuant to Minnesota Statute §624.714

Part 4. Penalties for Violating Policy

SPC employees and students who violate this policy are subject to sanctions from the College and 
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, as well as legal sanctions under local, state and federal 
law.

Students

Student found to have violated this policy may be disciplined according to the Student 
Conduct Policy as stated in the Student Handbook, and if appropriate, referred for 
prosecution.

Employees

Employees found to have violated this policy may be subject to discipline including oral 
and written reprimand, suspension, termination, and referral for prosecution.

Visitors

The College will respond promptly, including referral to law enforcement, if warranted, to 
any violence or threats of violence by visitors.

Part 5. Responsibilities

All persons covered by this policy:

  • Must respect the principles of freedom of speech/expression and academic freedom.
  • Must refrain from workplace violence and harassment.
  • Are encouraged to seek assistance to resolve individual personal issues that may lead to 
    workplace violence and/or harassment.
  • Are encouraged to resolve issues informally and directly with the individual(s) involved 
    whenever possible.
  • Are encouraged to report unresolved incidents of workplace violence or harassment to a 
    supervisor or administrator.

Supervisors, managers, directors, deans, and other administrators:

  • Upon report of an alleged violation of this policy, must take prompt action, which may 
    include immediate action to insure the safety of employees, students, and visitors.
  • Must report criminal activity/behavior to local law enforcement – Saint Paul Police 
    Department. This should normally be done with the assistance of the College Public 
    Safety Office (651/846-1322) to insure appropriate documentation and follow-up.

Reference

Reference: MS Sections 1.50 and 15.90

Review Date

-

Policy Status

Approved

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