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2,040: University Workplace Violence Prevention Policy

Revised: October 2013

The University of Nevada, Reno, is committed to maintaining a work environment that is free from violence, threats of violence, harassment, intimidation, and other disruptive behavior. Violence, threats, harassment, intimidation, and other acts of aggression and disruptive behavior in the workplace will not be tolerated.

  • Acts of aggression can include oral, written or cyber statements, gestures, or expressions that communicate a direct or indirect threat of physical or mental harm to another person or affiliate of that person such as family or personal property.
  • All reports of incidents must be taken seriously. Supervisors are expected to take immediate action when becoming aware of any threats by alerting their chain of command immediately. Administrators must subsequently notify Human Resources and University Police Services.
  • An investigation into the allegations must be conducted immediately by University Police Services, Human Resources, or other designated party and safety precautions promptly implemented in accordance with the nature of the threat. The investigation will involve notification of the University Threat Assessment Team, which is comprised of:
    1. a representative from the employing department of the employee who is presenting the threat or a representative from the department where the threat occurred, if appropriate;
    2. a representative from Human Resources;
    3. University Police Services; and
    4. the Provost's Office representative.
  • Individuals who commit acts of workplace violence as described above will be subject to disciplinary action and may be subject to criminal prosecution.

Because personal issues are frequently the cause of workplace violence incidents, employees experiencing threats of violence from a domestic partner or other non-work relationship are encouraged to report this to their chain of command as well as to University Police Services.

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides help to university employees and their families with relationship problems. This help is available 24 hours per day by calling (877) 234-5151 or you may contact a representative online at Life Works (user ID is NSHE and the password is eap).

This assistance is provided by off-campus providers and is completely confidential. Administrative leave may be granted for an initial visit to the agency. The staff at EAP are trained to evaluate and refer individuals to the appropriate resources. All of the health insurance plans include coverage for mental health treatment programs. Coverage differs, so employees should contact their health provider to find out what specific benefits are offered.

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