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UW Policy and Procedure on Workplace Violence

The University of Washington is committed to providing a safe, healthful workplace that is free from violence or threats of violence. For purposes of this policy, workplace violence is any violent or potentially violent behavior that arises from or occurs in the workplace that affects University faculty, staff and students.

Individuals who engage in violent or prohibited behavior (see below) may be removed from the premises, and may be subject to dismissal or other disciplinary action, arrest and/or criminal prosecution. This policy applies to all work locations including offices, work sites, vehicles, and field locations.

The University takes reports of threatening or violent workplace incidents seriously. Employees, supervisors and managers are expected to follow the University of Washington Workplace Violence Report/Response Procedure to report actual or alleged incidents of violence in the workplace.

In addition to this policy, some units (such as medical centers) have particular legislative or regulatory requirements with which they must comply.

Prohibited Behavior

The University of Washington does not tolerate behavior, whether direct or through the use of university facilities, property or resources that:

Violent or threatening behavior can include physical acts, oral or written statements, harassing telephone calls, gestures and expressions, or behaviors such as stalking.

Domestic Violence in the Workplace

Domestic (relationship) violence is physically, sexually, and/or psychologically abusive behavior that a household member or dating partner uses to establish and maintain control over another person. Such behavior can be violent or threaten violence, and may result in physical or emotional harm or otherwise place a person's safety and productivity at risk. The University of Washington does not penalize or discipline employees because they are, or have been victims of domestic violence.

The University of Washington does not tolerate domestic violence in the workplace, including offices, facilities, work sites, vehicles or other locations where university business is conducted. Domestic violence perpetrators may be removed from the premises and may be subject to arrest and/or criminal prosecution. Employees who engage in domestic violence in the workplace, or who use University facilities, property or resources to engage in domestic violence are subject to disciplinary action, including dismissal.

Reporting Workplace-Related Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence that intrudes into the workplace is reported by following the University's Workplace Violence Policy Report/Response Procedure.

See the UW Policy and Procedure on Violence in the Workplace for complete details.

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