DePaul University Emergency Plan > Violence > Threats of Violence

Threats of Violence

The University strives to maintain an environment free from intimidation, threats (direct or implied) or violent acts. The University will not tolerate intimidating, threatening or hostile behavior of any kind. This includes threats, physical abuse, stalking, vandalism, arson, sabotage, possession or use of weapons of any kind on University property, or any other act that is dangerous in the workplace. Any object, regardless of its nature, is considered to be a weapon when used in a threatening or violent manner.

Emergency

If a threat seems imminent or if violent behavior is in progress, 9-1-1 should be called immediately for police assistance. At campuses where Public Safety is available, they should be called after 9-1-1.

Non-Emergency

Upon learning of a threat of violence, faculty and staff should notify their manager, Vice President or Dean, Public Safety and/or Human Resources as soon as possible, and provide assistance with the investigation as necessary. Incidents may be reported anonymously if a victim feels that it is in his/her best interest to do so.

Employees who believe that they have been subject to any of the behaviors listed above or who observe or have knowledge of a violation of the Human Resource policies and procedures shall immediately report the incident to their manager, Vice President or Dean and to Public Safety and/or Human Resources. Complaints will be promptly investigated. When the results of an investigation indicate the necessity to do so, disciplinary action up to and including discharge of individuals engaging in intimidating, threatening or hostile behavior will be taken.

Public Safety will work with Human Resources as well as outside police agencies, as necessary, to investigate complaints or incidents and initiate appropriate follow-up action.

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