Staff Personnel Manual (SPP)

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Effective: 7/1/1997

Revised: 7/1/2013

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SPP 814: Violence in the Workplace

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To provide a safe workplace through enforcement of a zero-tolerance policy with regard to acts of intimidation, threats of violence, and acts of violence in the workplace

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University policy

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All university employees

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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.

As defined by PDP 201-05, “Weapons, Explosives, and Fireworks,” all weapons, explosives, and fireworks are prohibited on all land and buildings owned, leased, or under the control of Arizona State University or its affiliated or related entities, in all ASU residential facilities (whether managed by ASU or another entity), in all ASU vehicles, and at all ASU or ASU affiliate-sponsored events and activities except as provided in § 12-781 of the Arizona Revised Statutes or unless written permission is given by the ASU Police Department (ASU PD).

Any person experiencing or observing imminent violence in the workplace should call ASU PD at 911.

All incidents and allegations of violent or threatening conduct by an ASU employee (whether on- or off-campus) must be reported to ASU PD (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. ASU PD, the Employee Assistance Office, the Office of Human Resources, the Office of General Counsel, the employee’s supervisor, and other appropriate offices will coordinate the assessment in light of the relevant circumstances.

Employees must notify their supervisors and ASU PD of any restraining orders against individuals (employees or nonemployees) that include 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 or who intentionally brings false charges will be subject to applicable action up to and including termination per SPP 809, “Discipline,” SPP 808, “Performance Management for University Staff,” or the Arizona Board of Regents’ policy 6–201, “Conditions of Faculty Service”.

Employees and supervisors may contact the ASU Office of Human Resources, the Employee Assistance Office, or ASU PD for assistance in maintaining a safe work environment.

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For further information, see:

  1. SPP 808, “Performance Management for University Staff”


  2. SPP 809, “Discipline.”

For information concerning the prohibition of weapons on campus, see the Police Department Policies and Procedures Manual— PDP 201–05, “Weapons, Explosives and Fireworks.”

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