Violent or Criminal Behavior

Everyone is asked to assist in making the campus a safe place by being alert to all suspicious situations and by reporting them as outlined below.

  • If you are the victim or are involved in any on-campus violation of the law such as assault, robbery, theft, overt sexual behavior, etc. notify University Police as soon as possible and supply them with the following information:
    1. Nature of incident.
    2. Campus location of incident.
    3. Description of person(s) involved.
    4. Description of property involved.
  • If you witness any on-campus violation of the law, immediately notify University Police or use a blue emergency phone and give them information outlined above.
  • Assist University Police when they arrive, by supplying them with additional information and ask others to do the same.
  • University Police will conduct the required campus search and will evacuate areas as necessary. Follow their instructions.
  • Everyone is asked to report to their department office the existence of anyone loitering or soliciting on campus. These people may be asked to leave if they do not have either permission or a proper reason for being on campus. University Police are to be called if they refuse to leave when asked.
  • Use the following preventative measures to minimize the risk of violence in the workplace:
    1. Careful and thoughtful management of people is the best tool to avoid incidents of workplace violence. Handle problems with and between employees quickly, fairly, and consistently.
    2. Maintain open lines of communications with employees. Keep all employees informed of pertinent workplace issues. Conduct open meetings with staff when practical. Ask your employees for safety suggestions and implement them as soon as possible.
    3. Lock doors that lead to non-public work areas. Only lock doors from the outside, so that emergency exits are not obstructed.
    4. Design work areas so there is a secondary escape exit.
    5. Provide out-placement referrals or services to employees if layoffs become necessary.
    6. Coordinate all phases of the termination process through Human Resources. Improperly handled terminations can cause serious humiliation and anger.
    7. Plan ahead and boost security prior to a visit from an individual who is a known threat.
    8. Establish a code work/distress signal that can be used to convey the need to summon University Police Officers.
    9. Take all threats of violence seriously. Watch for and document the "warning signs" of unusual/suspicious behavior.