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