Violence In The University Community

Last Updated 11/06
Applies to Administrators, Faculty, Staff, and Students

Policy

The University of Notre Dame is committed to maintaining a safe environment. The University will not tolerate any violence, threats of violence, or intimidation by an administrator, faculty, staff, student*, or visitor, including independent contractors, that impacts the University or a member of the University community. Prohibited behavior can include physical acts, oral or written statements made in any medium (e.g., face-to-face, via regular or electronic mail, or via telephone), gestures and expressions, or behaviors such as stalking.

*Although this policy does not apply to students, the conduct prohibited in this policy is also prohibited in du Lac, A Guide to Student Life (see Student Life Policies.) All violent acts, threats of violence or intimidation by students will be addressed by the Office of Residence Life & Housing in accordance with du Lac. Individuals who are both students and University administrators, faculty, or staff may be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with du Lac and/or this policy.

Violations of this policy will be treated seriously and with prompt action. Any employee or faculty member found in violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of their relationship with the University in accordance with the Human Resource Policy Manual or the Faculty Handbook as appropriate. Any individual who violates this policy may be removed and barred from University premises. In addition, where necessary, the University may refer incidents of violence, threats of violence, or intimidation to the appropriate Prosecuting Attorney or other law enforcement agency.

The University prohibits retaliation against or harassment of individuals who act in good faith by reporting real or perceived violence, a threat of violence, or intimidation. The University also prohibits individuals from making deliberately false or misleading reports under this policy. Individuals who make such reports will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal under appropriate University disciplinary policies.

This policy is in addition to any existing University policies such as Discriminatory Harassment, Sexual Harassment, and Firearms and Other Weapons, all of which are intended to create an environment conducive to the educational mission of the University. Under no circumstances shall this or any other University policy be interpreted to prohibit the University from taking action designed to prevent imminent violence.

Definitions (for purposes of this policy only)

  • Intimidation – Intimidation is an act towards another person(s) whether verbal, written or physical, the purpose of which is to coerce or frighten, and the result of which could reasonably cause the other person(s) to fear for his or her physical safety or the physical safety of others.
  • Threat of violence – A threat of violence is any expression of intent to use violence or otherwise to cause physical harm to another person(s) regardless of whether the person communicating the threat has the ability to carry it out and regardless of whether the threat is made on a present, conditional, or future basis.
  • Violence – Violence is any act intended to cause physical harm to another person(s). Violence includes the exercise of physical force against another person including, but not limited to, hitting, pushing, kicking, shoving, throwing of objects, or fighting. Violence may or may not involve the use of weapons, vehicles, substances, or other means.
  • Workplace – For the purpose of this policy, workplace is defined as any location where an employee is in the process of performing work for the University. This includes work locations such as offices, work sites, vehicles and field locations.
  • Employee – An employee for the purpose of this policy is anyone who has a work relationship with the University, including all regular and non-regular administrators and staff.

Procedures

Reporting Procedures

Emergencies – Violence, threats of violence, or intimidation that require immediate response should be reported as follows:

  • from a campus telephone – dial 911 for response by Notre Dame Security/Police or Fire Departments (*preferred due to response time)
  • from a cell phone while on campus – dial 574-631-5555 for response by Notre Dame Security/Police or Fire Departments
  • from off-campus telephone or off-campus cell phone – dial 911 for response by local community emergency response agencies
  • call boxes are located in parking lots around campus for use in case of emergency situations. Calls from these locations will connect directly with the Notre Dame Security/Police Department.
  • the Office of Human Resources or the Provost’s Office (or Office of Residence Life & Housing for incidents involving students) should be notified as soon as possible and as appropriate to the situation; generally, such notification will be provided by the Notre Dame Security Police Department.

Non-emergencies – Non-emergency incidents should be reported as soon as possible to a HR Consultant from the Office of Human Resources or the Provost’s Office (or the Office of Residence Life & Housing for incidents involving students) as appropriate, for guidance and assistance and to ensure that proper policies and procedures are followed.


Additional Reporting Requirements

All administrators, faculty, and staff should report to the Notre Dame Security/Police Department any restraining orders that would:

  • effectively prohibit the presence of the restrained individual from any part of the University of Notre Dame’s property or the Workplace or
  • effectively prohibit contact by the restrained individual with any member of the University community.

Visitors

Visitors should report incidents of violence, threats of violence, or intimidation to the Notre Dame Security/Police Department.

Investigations

The University will investigate all reports of violence, threats of violence, or intimidation. Depending on the circumstances, the Office of Human Resources or the Provost’s Office (or the Office of Residence Life & Housing for incidents involving students) will generally conduct the investigation. All investigations will be conducted in a discreet and confidential manner to the extent that is legally possible. Victims and witnesses will be advised as appropriate of the outcome of the investigation and what they should expect in the future.

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