Office of General Counsel

Threats, Violence and Weapons: Campus Safety Issues at ASU

This briefing paper is intended to summarize ASU's policies prohibiting threats, violence and weapons, as well as disruptions to the ASU campuses and the working and learning environment.

 

Threats and Violence

Disruptive Student Conduct

Disruptive Conduct in the Workplace

Weapons

Campus Safety

 

Threats and Violence

Violent, threatening or disruptive behavior by students, employees and guests on campus will not be tolerated. State law authorizes ASU to adopt rules for the maintenance of public order on all property used for educational purposes and provides that those rules may govern the conduct of students, faculty, staff and all members of the public. In addition to general codes of conduct that govern employee and student behavior, ASU has adopted policies regarding disruptive student behavior and violence in the workplace to protect the campus and promote a safe educational environment. The following sections highlight the policies regarding disruptive conduct by students and employees.

Disruptive Student Conduct

All incidents and allegations of violent or threatening conduct by an ASU student (whether on- or off-campus) must be reported to the ASU Police Department and the Dean of Students Office. If either office determines that the behavior poses or has posed a serious threat to personal safety or to the welfare of the campus, the student will not be permitted to return to campus or reside in any ASU residence hall until an appropriate threat assessment has been completed and, if necessary, conditions for return are imposed. ASU PD, the Dean of Students Office, and other appropriate offices will coordinate the assessment in light of the relevant circumstances. (See SSM 104-02: "Handling Disruptive, Threatening, or Violent Individuals on Campus").

The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (480/965-6547) is available to answer questions about responding to incidents of disruption and general questions regarding classroom management.

Disruptive Conduct in the Workplace

Any act of intimidation including menacing and harassing behaviors, threat of violence, and acts of violence committed against any person in the workplace is prohibited. Any person experiencing or observing imminent violence in the workplace should call the ASU Police Department at 911.

All incidents and allegations of violent or threatening conduct by an ASU employee (whether on- or off-campus) must be reported to the ASU Police Department (480/965-3456) or the ASU Employee Assistance Office (480/965-2271) immediately. If either office determines that the behavior poses or has posed a serious threat to personal safety or to the welfare of the campus, the employee will not be permitted to return to campus until an appropriate threat assessment has been completed and, if necessary, conditions for return are imposed. The ASU Police Department, the Employee Assistance Office, the employee's supervisor, and other appropriate offices will coordinate the assessment in light of the relevant circumstances. (See SPP 814: "Violence in the Workplace.")

Any ASU supervisor, manager, or individual in authority who receives a report of a suspected violation of this policy shall document and report the suspected violation to the appropriate authority.

Employees found to be in violation of this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination. Any employee who intentionally brings false charges will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination.

Employees and supervisors may contact ASU Human Resources, the Employee Assistance Program Office, the ASU Police Department, or an ombudsperson for assistance in maintaining a safe work environment.

Weapons

ASU's prohibition and restrictions on the use of weapons are covered under PDP 201-05: "Weapons, Explosives, and Fireworks."

ASU students and employees are required to report known and suspected violations of the weapons policy to the ASU Police Department immediately. Failure to report as required may result in sanctions under applicable ABOR and ASU policies governing student and employee conduct.

Campus Safety

All members of the campus community have a shared responsibility for maintaining a safe campus. ASU's annual "Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Report" is a valuable information resource that addresses ASU's security policies and steps that members of the university community can take to improve their personal safety. In addition to recent crime statistics, the report includes contact information for numerous campus and community support organizations.

 

Revised January, 2012


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