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WSU CAMPUS SAFETY

 Workplace Violence

Workplace violence often begins with inappropriate behavior or other signs. Often, if these behaviors are detected and reported, the violence could be prevented. The following information is a starting place for workplace violence education and a safer, healthier workplace for everyone.

Examples of workplace violence:

  • Threats (direct or implied)
  • Physical conduct that results in harm to people or property
  • Conduct which harasses, disrupts or interferes with another individual’s performance
  • Conduct that creates an intimidating, offensive or hostile environment

Potential warning signs:

  • Verbal, nonverbal or written threats
  • Fascination with weapons or violence
  • New or increased stress at home or work
  • Expressions of hopelessness or anxiety
  • Insubordinate behavior
  • Dramatic change in work performance
  • Destruction of property
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Externalization of blame

Risk Factors that contribute to workplace violence:

  • Termination of employment
  • Disciplinary actions
  • On-going conflicts between employees
  • Domestic or family violence
  • Financial problems

Workplace violence prevention:

  • Be aware of what is going on around you at all times. Awareness is a proven method for increased personal safety.
  • Tell your supervisor when you notice unusual or suspicious behavior.
  • Contact the University Behavior Intervention Team at 978-UBIT or the Office of Human Resources at 978-3065 for assistance or guidance.
  • Get acquainted with the University Police Department (UPD) officers. Do not hesitate to call the UPD for help at 911 (Campus telephone) or 978-3450 (Non-Campus telephone).