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Campus Violence Policy

3-7-1056: Campus Violence University of Northern Colorado Campus Violence Regulation

Violence, threats, harassment, intimidation and other disruptive behavior by members of the University community or visitors will not be tolerated by the University of Northern Colorado. Such behavior can include verbal or written statements, gestures, or expressions which communicate a direct or indirect threat of physical harm. All reports of incidents will be taken seriously and will be dealt with appropriately by appropriate staff. Individuals who commit such acts may be removed from the premises and may be subject to disciplinary action, criminal penalties, or both, in accordance with University procedures. The President may adopt procedures for the investigation and response to incidents or threats of campus violence.


Campus Violence Procedures

I. Purpose

To effectively respond to, investigate and appropriately deal with actual or threatened incidents of campus violence. These procedures cover incidents in which the victim, perpetrator or accused is an employee or student of the University.

II. Definition

Campus violence is defined as any act or threat of physical aggression or the destruction or abuse of property by any individual. Threats may include veiled, conditional or direct threats in verbal or written form, resulting in intimidation, harassment, harm or endangerment to the safety of another person or to property. This procedure describes plans for the University of Northern Colorado to investigate, assess, manage and recover from incidents or threats of violent behavior. Incidents in which the perpetrator or accused is not an employee or student subject to campus disciplinary procedures will be referred to appropriate law enforcement entities.

III. Situation

Incidents of campus and workplace violence have received increased attention nationally in recent years and it is the goal of the University to provide a reasonably safe environment for its students and employees. University police officers will respond to actual incidents of campus violence while supervisors, the Director of Human Resources Director of Housing and Residence Life or the Dean of Students will take appropriate action following a threat or act of campus violence.

IV. Assumptions

A. Students or employees who witness a threat or act of campus violence will report the threat or act.

B. The University will take all threats of violence seriously and will take immediate action to prevent threats from being carried out.

C. The University will take all acts of violence seriously and will take immediate action to prevent future acts of violence by the same individual.

D. The University will follow State and Federal laws, and internal policies, when dealing with individuals involved in campus violence incidents.

E. The University will make every effort to provide such assistance to employees or students who are victims of campus violence as may be reasonable.

F. The University has available post-incident assistance to victims of campus incidents through the Counseling Center or employee assistance program as appropriate.

IV. Concept of Operation

Response to incidents of campus violence will consist of several elements. These will include investigation of the threat or incident, professional assessment of the threat, managing with the individual or individuals involved and recovery from the incident.

Investigation of an incident involving an employee may be performed by the employee's immediate supervisor, or by employees of the University Human Resources Department. In cases where possible criminal acts are involved, immediate violence is threatened or violent acts have been perpetrated, the University Police shall be authorized to perform the investigation. Results of the investigation shall be forwarded to the Director of Human Resources.

Investigation of an incident involving a student may be performed by the Department of Housing and Residence Life if the student resides on campus, or by an agent for the Dean of Students if the student resides off campus. In cases where possible criminal acts are involved, immediate violence is threatened or violent acts have been perpetrated, the University Police shall be authorized to perform the investigation. Results of the investigation shall be forwarded to the Director of Housing and Residence Life or the Dean of Students as appropriate.

The University Response Team, comprised of profession staff including; the Chief of the University Police Department, the Director of the Counseling Center, the Director of Housing and Residence Life, the Director of the Assault Survivors Advocacy Program, and the Dean of Students shall assist in assessing known acts that threaten community safety. Team members may designate qualified alternates to sit on the Response Team when the primary team member is not available. Additional subject matter experts are also consulted, as may be needed. The Response Team will consider all available information and facts discovered in the investigative phase and make recommendations to the Dean of Students, Director of Human Resources, and/or Director of Housing and Residence Life, to ensure that all reasonable protective measures are considered to maximize campus/individual safety.

Individuals involved in threats or incidents of campus violence may be subject to disciplinary action as provided in the State of Colorado Personnel Rules and Procedures, University policies, regulations and procedures, or the UNC Student Handbook.

Actions after an incident of campus violence involving an employee may include formal or informal debriefing with supervisors and co-workers, referral to professional counseling or other intervention strategies deemed appropriate.

Actions after an incident of campus violence involving a student may include formal or informal debriefing with employees of the Department of Housing and Residence Life, agents of the Dean of Students, referral to professional counseling or other intervention strategies deemed appropriate.

V. Responsibilities

A. Each individual member of the University community is responsible for reporting acts or threats of campus violence which they witness or of which they have knowledge.

B. The University Police will be responsible for prompt response to incidents or immediate threats of campus violence. Representatives of the University Police will take such action as may be consistent with order maintenance, such as; the arrest of the perpetrator, the summoning of medical assistance for injured victims, and/or the removal of an individual from campus. Representatives of the University Police will fully investigate each incident of campus violence to which they respond and will forward the results of such investigation to the Director of Human Resources, the Director of Housing and Residence Life or the Dean of Students as appropriate.

C. In cases involving University employees, the employee's supervisor will be responsible for immediately investigating the reported threat to determine the nature and seriousness of the threat. Supervisors should endeavor to determine whether the report of a threat is valid and not the result of vengeance or other improper reason on the part of the complainant. Supervisors should take whatever immediate action is appropriate, including relieving the employee from duty until the complaint is resolved. Supervisors are required to forward the results of their investigation to the Director of Human Resources.

D. In cases involving University students, employees of the Department of Housing and Residence Life or agents of the Dean of Students will be responsible for immediately investigating the reported threat to determine the nature and seriousness of the threat. Persons investigating should endeavor to determine whether the report of a threat is valid and not the result of vengeance or other improper reason on the part of the complainant. Persons investigating should take whatever immediate action is appropriate, including removing the student from the residence halls and/or the University until the complaint is resolved. Persons investigating are required to forward the results of their investigation to the Director of Housing and Residence Life or the Dean of Students as appropriate.

E. At the direction of the Director of Human Resources or Dean of Students, the University Response Team will be responsible for examining the facts developed during the investigative phase, determining the likely risk to the University community posed by the individual in question, and make recommendations to the Director of Human Resources or the Dean of Students concerning the appropriate additional action, up to and including permanent removal from the campus by termination or expulsion.

F. Results of Findings: Employees. The Director of Human Resources will be responsible for examining the findings of the investigative phase and the recommendations of the University Response Team. Based on these findings and recommendations, the Director of Human Resources may take such disciplinary action as is consistent with State and Federal law and University policy. Additionally, the Director of Human Resources may summarily suspend and ban from the University any employee that represents an immediate threat to the safety or welfare of the University community.

G. Results of Findings: Students. The Dean of Students will be responsible for examining the findings of the investigative phase and the recommendations of the University Response Team. Based on these findings and recommendations, the Dean of Students may take such disciplinary action as is consistent with University policy. Additionally, the Dean of Students may summarily suspend and ban from the University any student that represents an immediate threat to the safety or welfare of the University community.

H. The University Employee Assistance Program will be responsible for providing referral services to employees referred to the Employee Assistance Program as a result of victimization by campus violence or as a result of disciplinary action by the Director of Human Resources.

I. The University Counseling Center will be available for providing counseling services to students referred to the Center as a result of victimization by campus violence or as a result of disciplinary action by the Dean of Students.

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