University of Georgia
Workplace Violence Policy
The University of Georgia (â€œthe Universityâ€*) is committed to the prevention
of workplace violence and the maintenance of a respectful working
environment. A safe and secure environment is a fundamental prerequisite for
fulfilling the University mission of teaching, research and public service.
The University reaffirms the basic right of employees to a safe and humane
working environment. Every employee will be treated at all times with
dignity, respect, and fairness.
The University will not tolerate any type of workplace violence committed by
or against employees. Workplace violence, for the purpose of this policy, is
defined as any physical assault, threatening behavior or verbal abuse
occurring in the work setting. It includes but is not limited to beatings,
stabbings, shootings, sexual assaults, psychological traumas such as threats,
obscene phone calls, an intimidating presence, and harassment of any nature
such as stalking, swearing or shouting.
Employees are responsible for notifying the appropriate supervisor or the
Human Resources Division of any threats which they have witnessed, received,
or have been told that another person has witnessed or received. Employees
should also report any behavior they have witnessed which they regard as
threatening or violent when that behavior is/or might be carried out on
University property or in connection with University employment. Reports or
incidents warranting confidentiality will be handled appropriately and
information will be disclosed to others only on a need-to-know basis.
To make deliberate false accusations of workplace violence violates this
policy. In such instances, the complainant will be subject to disciplinary
action. However, failure to prove a claim of workplace violence does not
constitute proof of a false and/or malicious accusation.
Employees who, in good faith, report what they believe to be workplace
violence or who cooperate in any investigation will not be subjected to
retaliation. Any employee who believes he/she has been the victim of
retaliation for reporting workplace violence or cooperating in an
investigation should immediately contact the Human Resources Division.
Threats, threatening conduct, or any other acts of aggression or violence in
the workplace will not be tolerated. Violations of the workplace violence
policy will be met with appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including
dismissal from the University. Non-employees engaged in violent acts on
University property will be reported to the proper civil authorities and