It is the Southern University System's Policy to promote a safe
environment for its employees. Southern University is committed to
working with its employees to maintain a work environment free from
violence, threats of violence, harassment, intimidation, and other
disruptive behavior. While this kind of conduct is not pervasive at
Southern University, no employer is immune. Every employer may be
affected by disruptive behavior at one time or another.
Violence, threats, harassment, intimidation, and other disruptive
behavior in our workplace will not be tolerated; that is, all reports of
incidents will be taken seriously and will be dealt with appropriately.
Such behavior can include oral or written statements, gestures, or
expressions that communicate a direct or indirect threat of physical
harm. Individuals who commit such acts may be removed from the
University's premises and will be subject to disciplinary action as
outlined elsewhere in this handbook; criminal penalties, or both.
We need your cooperation to implement this policy effectively and
maintain a safe working environment. Do not ignore violent, threatening,
harassing, intimidating, or other disruptive behavior. If you observe
or experience such behavior by anyone on the Southern University
System's premises, whether he or she is a Southern University employee
or not, report it immediately to a supervisor or department head.
Supervisors and department heads who receive such reports should seek
advice from the respective Human Resource Services office regarding
investigating the incident and initiating appropriate action. Threats or
assaults that require immediate attention by security or police should
be reported first to the respective campus police office on campus or to
the police at 911.
The University will support all efforts made by supervisors and
university specialists in dealing with violent, threatening, harassing,
intimidating or other disruptive behavior in our workplace and will
monitor whether this policy is being implemented effectively. You should
contact your respective Human Resource Services office with any
No one can predict human behavior and there is no specific "profile"
of a potentially dangerous individual. But, indicators of increased risk
of violent behavior are available. These indicators have been
identified by the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Center For
The Analysis of Violent Crime, Profiling and Behavioral Assessment Unit
in its analysis of past incidents of workplace violence. These are some
of the indicators:
- Direct or veiled threats of harm;
- Intimidating, belligerent, harassing, bullying, and/or other inappropriate and aggressive behavior;
- Numerous conflicts with supervisors and other employees;
- Bringing a weapon to the workplace, brandishing a weapon in the
workplace, making inappropriate references to guns, or fascination
- Statements showing fascination with incidents of workplace
violence, statements indicating approval of the use of violence to
resolve a problem, or statements indicating identification with
perpetrators of workplace homicides;
- Statement indicating desperation (over family, financial, and
other personal problems) to the point of contemplating suicide;
- Drug/Alcohol abuse; and
- Extreme changes in behaviors.
Each of these behaviors is a clear sign that something is wrong. None should be ignored.