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Northwest Missouri State University is concerned about the safety of its employees and is committed to maintaining a work environment that is secure and free from incidents of violence or threats of violence. The University will not tolerate incidents of violence because such incidents are contrary to and interfere with University objectives. Acts of aggression are often precursors to actual violence so the University will give immediate attention and serious consideration to all reports of incidents of aggression and will initiate appropriate actions.
Our policy defines aggression broadly as any of the following: unwelcome forceful physical touching; intimidating, threatening or hostile actions; intimidating, threatening or hostile communications, whether oral, written, or nonverbal, made in person or communicated by or any other means; vandalism; arson; sabotage; throwing objects; unauthorized possession or use of a weapon on University property; or any other acts or communications of a similar menacing nature. This policy also covers interpersonal conflicts occurring off campus that may create the risk of aggression resulting from such conflicts being carried out on campus.
The Vice President of Human Recourses and Organizational Effectiveness (VPHROE) is responsible for the overall implementation and oversight of Northwest's work place aggression plan. After University Police responds to a threat or act of aggression, the VPHROE will determine whether further investigation is required and if so the manner of that investigation and then will oversee any such investigation of the incident. The VPHROE, the Counseling Center Director, and University Police Chief shall also be charged with reviewing incidents of aggression to identify ways in which similar incidents can be prevented. The VPHROE shall also coordinate all critical incident debriefings of students, staff or faculty that are affected by the incident.
All Northwest employees are required to immediately report any acts or threats of aggression occurring at Northwest:
All employees and students who apply for or obtain a protective or restraining order (Ex Parte, Full Order of Protection, Child Protection Order) which lists Northwest property as being a protected area must provide University Police with a copy of the order.
Recognizing Early Warning Signals
Recognizing early warning signals can help prevent acts of aggression from escalating to a more serious level or to actual acts of violence. Such signals include but are not limited to the following:
Each of the above could cause concern, but a combination of these items requires action.
Suggested Guidelines "Dos" and "Do Nots"
When confronted with an act of aggression consider the following guidelines: