2019-2020 Employee Handbook

Workplace Violence Prevention

CF is committed to preventing workplace violence and to maintaining a safe work environment. The college has adopted the following guidelines to deal with intimidation, harassment and other threats and/or acts of violence that may occur during business hours or on its premises.

All employees, including supervisors and temporary employees, 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. CF employees are encouraged to bring their disputes or differences with other employees to the attention of their supervisor or the Public Safety Office before the situation escalates.

Conduct that threatens, intimidates or coerces another employee, customer or member of the public at any time, including off-duty periods, will not be tolerated. This prohibition includes all acts of harassment, including harassment that is based on an individual's sex, race, age, or any characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. All threats and/or acts of violence, both direct and indirect, should be reported as soon as possible to the employee’s immediate supervisor or any other member of management, including the college Equity Officer if the acts are related to harassment or discrimination based on protected characteristics. When reporting a threat of violence, an employee should be as specific and detailed as possible.

All suspicious individuals or activities should also be reported as soon as possible to a supervisor. Employees should never place themselves in peril. If they see or hear a commotion or disturbance near their workstation, notify Public Safety immediately — do not intercede.

The identity of the individual making a report will be protected as much as is practical. In order to maintain workplace safety and the integrity of its investigation, CF may suspend employees, either with or without pay, pending investigation.

Anyone determined to be responsible for threats and/or acts of 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.