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Threats and Violence Policy

It is the goal of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire to provide a safe environment for all those involved in University-run or University authorized activities.

Prohibited Conduct

UW-Eau Claire does not tolerate any type of harassment, threats, or violence committed by or against students, staff members, visitors, or guests. Students, staff, visitors, and guests are prohibited from making threats or engaging in violent behavior.

This list of behaviors, while not inclusive, provides examples of conduct that is prohibited.

  • Causing physical injury to another person.
  • Making threatening remarks.
  • Aggressive or hostile behavior that creates a reasonable fear of injury to another person.
  • Intentionally damaging University property, the property of a staff member, or the property of a UW-Eau Claire student
  • Possession of a weapon while on University property or while on University business.
  • Committing acts motivated by, or related to, sexual harassment, discrimination, or domestic violence.
 

Emergency Procedures

Students, staff members, visitors, or guests who encounter an armed or dangerous person should not attempt to challenge or disarm the individual. Contact University Police at 911 or 715-836-2222.

Reporting Procedures

All students and staff members, regardless of position, are responsible for reporting potentially dangerous situations immediately to a supervisor, to University Police (Crest Wellness Center 119 or 911 or 715-836-2222), to the Affirmative Action Office (Schofield Hall 217, 715-836-2387), to the Dean of Students Office (Schofield Hall 240, 715-836-5626), or to Human Resources (Schofield Hall 220, 715-836-2513). Reports can be made anonymously and all reported incidents will be investigated. Reports or incidents warranting confidentiality will be handled appropriately, and information will be disclosed to others only on a need-to-know basis. The University will actively intervene at any indication of a possibly hostile or violent situation.

Potentially dangerous behavior includes:

  • Discussing weapons or bringing them to campus.
  • Displaying overt signs of extreme stress, resentment, hostility, or anger.
  • Making threatening remarks.
  • Sudden or significant deterioration of performance.
  • Displaying irrational or inappropriate behavior.

Protection from Retaliation

All reasonable action will be taken to assure that the complainant and those testifying on behalf of the complainant suffer no retaliation as a result of reporting an incident or making a complaint. If the accused is a student, steps to avoid retaliation may include interim suspension from the University or interim suspension of the accused from the residence halls, a residence hall room transfer, a no-contact order, or any combination of these sanctions. Similar measures shall be taken when the accused is a faculty or staff member.

Threat Assessment Team

A Threat Assessment Team coordinated by the Dean of Students Office and consisting of representatives from Counseling Services, the Dean of Students Office, Health Services, Housing and Residence Life, Human Resources, Affirmative Action, and University Police will meet regularly to establish procedures to avert violent acts. This group will serve as a resource for supervisors and others in situations involving violence, and will provide advice and guidance on policies, procedures, intervention, counseling, and prevention. Supervisors responding to allegations of violence shall report all such allegations and their resolution to this team through the Dean of Students Office. The team shall make recommendations for responding to future incidents.

Training

The University, through the Threat Assessment Team and University Police, will make available training in preventing and responding to threats, harassment and violence for students and staff members. These programs will be offered annually and administered by the Human Resources Training Coordinator.

Enforcement

Threats, threatening conduct, or any other acts of aggression or violence at University-run or University authorized activities will not be tolerated. Any employee or student determined to have committed such acts will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including discharge or expulsion. Any one engaged in violent acts on University premises will be reported to the proper authorities and fully prosecuted.

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