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Violence in the Workplace

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It is the policy of NC State to prohibit any form of workplace violence. Violation of this policy may result in disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.

Workplace violence includes, but is not limited to, intimidation, threats, physical attack, property damage, or the use or possession of an unauthorized weapon.


Threat is the expression of intent to cause physical or mental harm. An expression constitutes a threat without regard to whether the party communicating the threat has the present ability to carry it out and without regard to whether the expression is contingent, conditional or future.

Physical Attack

A physical attack is unwanted or hostile physical contact such as hitting, fighting, pushing, shoving or throwing objects.

Property Damage

Property damage is intentional damage to property, including property owned by the University, employees, visitors or vendors.


Intimidation includes, but is not limited to, stalking or engaging in actions intended to frighten, coerce, or induce duress.

An employee may possess a weapon on University property only if possession is in compliance with North Carolina law; and is authorized by the University, or if the employee is a certified law enforcement officer.

Incidents of workplace violence should be reported immediately to Campus Police, 515-3333. Any report of workplace violence is to be handled in a confidential manner, with information released only on a need-to-know basis. Employees who act in good faith by reporting real or implied violent behavior or violations of this policy will not be retaliated against or subjected to harassment.

Any violation of this policy shall be considered unacceptable personal conduct and shall subject the employee to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.

It is intended that all useful tools such as mediation, the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program, and use of the disciplinary and dismissal policies to correct behavior be employed to secure the workplace from violence and reasonably protect employees from its effects.

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  • For training on preventing workplace violence please contact Training and Development at 515-7844 or visit their web site.