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Policy Highlight: Non-Violence

Highland Community College is committed to providing and maintaining a safe workplace and campus environment that is free from violence as stated in Policy 4.39, Non-Violence. The definition of violence includes any conduct or statements, which is sufficiently threatening, offensive or intimidating to cause an individual to reasonably fear for his or her personal safety and/or the safety of his or her family, friends and/or property. The policy outlines prohibited conduct, including such behaviors such as fighting or causing physical injury to another person; making threatening remarks of physical or aggressive conduct; demonstrating aggressive or hostile behavior that creates a reasonable fear of injury to another person or subjects another individual to emotional distress; harassing or threatening another either in person, by telephone, in e-mail or other; and stalking or using surveillance with intent to harm.

Employees should report any potentially violent situations immediately to their supervisor, the Director of Human Resources, Director, Facilities and Safety or the campus Deputy Sheriff on duty. Any student or third party should report such activity to a Highland employee, a faculty member, Dean, Vice President/CSSO, Student Development and Support Services, or the campus Deputy Sheriff on duty.

There are confidentiality and non-retaliation provisions and risk reduction and corrective measures outlined in the policy. Clearly stated, threats, threatening conduct, or any other acts of aggression or violence in the workplace or on campus will not be tolerated.