Section: Personnel
Policy Number: 4-46
Policy Name: Violence Free Campus
Date: August 1998

  1. PURPOSE

    The University of Delaware is concerned about the potential for acts or threats of violence that affect the workplace and has therefore adopted the following guidelines and procedures.

  2. POLICY

    The University of Delaware views aggressive and /or violent behavior as disruptive and contrary to the development and maintenance of a safe, productive, and supportive work environment. Such behavior will not be tolerated. Employees who exhibit such behavior will be held accountable under University policy, as well as local, state, and federal law. Any employee who commits a violent act or threatens to commit a violent act towards other persons or property on campus or at campus sponsored events shall be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from employment. All threats and acts of aggressive or violent behavior should be taken seriously and addressed immediately. Such threats or acts include, but are not limited to:

    • Harming or threatening to harm any member of the university community, or visitor.

    • Damaging or threatening to damage University property or the property of any member of the University community or guest.

    • Possessing a dangerous weapon or other harmful device on University property without prior authorization.

    • Engaging in stalking behavior (as defined by the Delaware Criminal Code, Title 11, subsection 1312A) towards any member or guest of the University.

  3. RESPONSIBILITY

    It is the responsibility of every administrator, faculty member, staff member, and student to take any threat or violent act seriously and to immediately report acts or imminent threats of violence to the Department of Public Safety. Supervisors should be informed of all other threats or acts of violence so they may investigate the situation and contact the Department of Public Safety or the Faculty/Staff Assistance Office on campus for guidance if necessary.

FOR EMERGENCIES DIAL 9-911 from any University extension.

Submitted by: Faculty & Staff Assistance and Department of Public Safety