Georgia Gwinnett College is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment committed to the prevention of workplace violence on campus and the maintenance of a respectful work environment free from threats of violence and related harassment, intimidation, and other disruptive behaviors. To foster this environment, college stakeholders, including but not limited to, faculty, staff, students, student employees, affiliates, contractors, and agents, are expected to practice the appropriate safety principles and standards.

Scope 

This policy and these guidelines apply to workplace violence on campus, including domestic violence, which affects the campus work environment in any manner.

Definitions

  1. Workplace violence on campus includes any physical assault, threatening behavior or verbal abuse occurring in the campus work setting or related to a campus sponsored work function or event.
  2. Workplace violence ranges from offensive language to homicide and results in threatening situations occurring in or related to the workplace. When an issue is related to the job but the actual incident occurs away from the workplace, it is also workplace violence. An event can be an actual on campus violent act, including but not limited to, threatening behavior or verbal abuse, physical assaults and threats of assault; or off campus job related incidents, e.g., stalking, telephone and e-mail harassment, threats, other confrontations or violent acts which are related to the campus work environment.
  3. Domestic violence affecting the campus work environment-encompasses physical violence, emotional and verbal abuse, isolation, or threats and intimidation which affect the campus work environment but stem from a domestic relationship, including but not limited to husband and wife, cohabitating individuals, and other relationships. Domestic violence victims and perpetrators of such acts in the campus work environment are included in the policy.

Application

Georgia Gwinnett College will not tolerate any type of workplace violence on campus by or against faculty, staff, students, student employees, affiliates, contractors, agents, or guests. Violations of the workplace violence policy will be met with appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal. 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.

Impact

Individuals who commit acts of workplace violence on campus may be removed from the campus and may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination, criminal penalties, or both. Corrective action for students involved in workplace violence on campus may also include dismissal from the College and denial of readmission, in addition to criminal penalties.

All reports of workplace violence on campus will be taken seriously and will be dealt with appropriately, as noted below.

  • If an employee is the perpetrator in an incident of workplace violence on campus, there will be an initial investigation to determine if any change in the employee’s work status is required. An investigation panel may be convened by the President or his designee. The panel will make a determination as to whether an immediate change in the employee’s work status is necessary pending investigation. The employee’s pay status during this period may also be affected based on the panel’s recommendation. Once the panel investigation is complete, recommended action(s) will be forwarded to the President within five (5) business days. The President shall review the recommendation and render a written decision within five (5) business days. The President’s decision will serve as the final institutional ruling on the matter.
  • If a student is the perpetrator of an incident involving workplace violence on campus, the matter may be handled in accordance with the same procedures outlined above for employee perpetrators or the President may refer the matter to the Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs/Provost for handling in accordance with the procedures outlined in the Student Handbook.

Responsibilities

In furtherance of this policy, there are certain responsibilities related to the prohibited weapons on campus and other items, which must be adhered to as a condition of employment and/or enrollment at Georgia Gwinnett College. These prohibited practices are outlined in the Student Handbook and in the appropriate employee manuals.

These prohibitions include:

  1. Use of any weapon, firearms, air gun, sling shot, zip gun, or any other device that propels a dangerous projectile of any kind, except as authorized by Georgia State Law.
  2. Transporting or possession of privately owned firearms on campus in violation of current Georgia Law.
  3. Carrying any firearm in violation of current Georgia Law. The only exception is for federal and/or civil law enforcement personnel engaged in their official duties.
  4. Carrying in a concealed manner any straight razor, ice pick, knife, or homemade knife-like weapon having a blade length, when extended, of more than 2 inches as measured from the blade hilt to the blade tip.
  5. Possession of any of the following:
    1. Any knife having a switchblade or automatic blade opener, blackjack, bolo knife, machete, sword, spear, or similar instrument.
    2. Any club-type hand weapon, i.e., brass-knuckles,-knucks,-knucklers, or any other hand-held weapon.
    3. Pyrotechnics of any type, such as firecrackers, Molotov cocktails, smoke grenades, or artillery simulators, except when authorized by the President.
    4. Any device capable of discharging a chemical or other type spray or substance which has a disabling effect on the victim, except when authorized for possession and use in connection with the performance of duties and, any device specifically designated and marketed for the purpose of self defense against sexual assault.
    5. Any martial arts weapons or equipment, including but not limited to, throwing stars, nun chucks, and throwing knives.

Notification

All GGC faculty, staff, students, student employees, affiliates, contractors and agents are required to be familiar with this policy.

If anyone has an immediate safety concern in the campus environment, they should immediately contact the Office of Public Safety.