Queen's Policy Against Campus Violence

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See also: http://www.safety.queensu.ca/violence/

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Queen's University endeavours to promote the highest possible level of safety and security in all of its activities. The University further recognizes the need to provide an atmosphere that encourages the unimpeded search for knowledge and its free expression. True academic freedom, however, must be sought in a work, study and living environment free from violence, threats of violence, harassment, intimidation and other disruptive behaviour. While violent acts are not pervasive at Queen's, no university is immune from such behaviour. All members of the Queen's community share the responsibility to create and maintain an environment free from violent behaviour.

This policy recognizes that campus violence often begins with harassing acts or disruptive behaviours that can then escalate into threats to personal security. It is meant to augment all existing University policies that address inappropriate behaviours by specifically dealing with those elements of violence or threats of violence present in any incident.

Violence, threats, harassment, intimidation, and other disruptive behaviour will not be tolerated. Violent behaviour can include oral or written statements, gestures, or expressions that communicate a direct or indirect threat of physical harm. All reports of incidents will be taken seriously. Individuals who commit such acts may be banned from the campus and may be subject to disciplinary action, criminal penalties, or both.

WHAT TO DO
Do not ignore threatening or violent behaviour.
  If you witness or experience violence or threats of violence, or if you feel that a colleague, student or visitor is likely to become violent, report the situation to your unit head, your unit safety officer or Campus Security. If you or anyone else are in immediate danger, contact Campus Security at 36111 at once.

Unit heads or safety officers who receive such reports should seek advice from Campus Security regarding investigating the incident and initiating appropriate action.

The Vice-Principal (Operations and Finance) has overall responsibility for safety and security at Queen's. This office has a protocol for dealing with violent and potentially violent individuals. Security will take immediate action to dissipate any threat, if required, then refer the issue to the Vice-Principal for further action.


More information on Campus Violence can be found in the article "Workplace Violence" located in the Emergency Response Procedures section of this site. The article discusses reasons for and prevalence of workplace violence, warning signs, preventative measures and what you should do if you find yourself in a violent or potentially violent situation

                    RESOURCE: Queen's University Weapons Policy

LINK: Queen's University Secretariat
LINK: Human Resources Department

* The Queen's University Workplace Violence Policy was approved by Principal Bill Leggett in January, 2000


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