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Non-Violent Workplace

Updated November 2018

Cambridge College is committed to preventing workplace violence and to maintaining a safe work environment. Cambridge College has adopted the following guidelines to deal with intimidation, harassment or other threats of or actual violence that may occur on-site or off-site during work-related activities. 

All employees, students, faculty, vendors and business associates should be treated with courtesy and respect at all times.  Employees are expected to refrain from fighting, "horseplay" or other conduct that may be dangerous to others.

Conduct that threatens, intimidates or coerces another employee, student, faculty member, vendor or business associate will not be tolerated.  Cambridge College resources may not be used to threaten, stalk or harass anyone at the workplace or outside of the workplace.  Cambridge College treats threats coming from an abusive personal relationship as it does other forms of violence.

Indirect or direct threats of violence, incidents of actual violence and suspicious individuals or activities should be reported as soon as possible to a supervisor, security personnel, Office of Human Resources.  When reporting a threat or incident of violence, the employee should be as specific and detailed as possible.

Employees should promptly inform the Office of Human Resources of any protective or restraining order that they have obtained that lists the workplace as a protected area.  Employees are encouraged to report safety concerns with regard to domestic violence.  Cambridge College will not retaliate against employees making good-faith reports.  Cambridge College is committed to supporting victims of domestic violence by providing referrals to the College’s EAP program and community resources for reasons related to domestic violence.

Cambridge College will promptly and thoroughly investigate all reports of threats of violence or incidents of actual violence and of suspicious individuals or activities.  The identity of the individual making a report will be protected as much as possible.  Cambridge College will not retaliate against employees making good-faith reports of violence, threats or suspicious individuals or activities.  In order to maintain workplace safety and the integrity of its investigation, Cambridge College may suspend employees suspected of workplace violence or threats of violence, either with or without pay, pending investigation.  Anyone found to be responsible for threats of or actual violence or other conduct that is in violation of these guidelines will be subject to prompt disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.

Cambridge College encourages employees to bring their disputes to the attention of their supervisors or the HR department before the situation escalates