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How You Can Help

Prevention means

  • Encouraging bystanders to say something when they see someone behaving in a way that is inconsistent with our community of trust
  • Learning how to engage in healthy relationships and recognizing the signs of an unhealthy relationship
  • Getting regular wellness checks to promote physical and mental health
  • Learning how to find balance in your life and creating living and working environments that are healthy and free from violence
  • Learning strategies to lower your risk for unwanted outcomes when choosing to drink alcohol
  • Seeking help if you are worried about someone or seeking help for yourself if you are having any sort of difficulty
  • Creating an environment where people feel comfortable asking for help and supported when they do
  • Avoid use of illegal substances or medications not prescribed for you

Everyone's Responsibilities

Be Aware!

  • Of your co-workers, friends, students, peers
  • Of the types of violence, of the warning signs and of the resources available
  • Of the laws, regulations, policies, of what is a workplace violence issue and what is not
  • Of how you report a threat or concerning behaviors
  • Of how you refer an employee or student for help
  • Of your surroundings, exits and hall/office/class routines

Supervisor's Responsibilities

  • Take all complaints and concerns seriously
  • Not retaliate on someone who reports a threat or concerning behavior
  • Understand and follow the workplace violence and threat reporting policies
  • Explain the policies to employees
  • As appropriate, talk with a supervisor, talk with Human Resources, notify the Police
  • Realize that every complaint is not necessarily a workplace violence issue; issues can also be related to performance, lack of training, or disruption of work flow
  • Apply progressive discipline using the appropriate discipline policy (Standards of Conduct, Professional Handbook or Faculty Handbook)
  • Remember the goal is to return the person to a productive level.