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Workplace Violence Prevention Policy

Workplace Violence Prevention Infomation

Date Approved: February 28, 2022
Effective Date: February 28, 2022
Date Reviewed: January 2022
Replaces: Workplace Violence Prevention 2015

Purpose

To define Cambrian College’s (‘the College’) commitment to provide a safe and respectful environment and to encourage a culture where all Community Members act with respect and dignity.

Definitions

Community Members: all College staff, students, contractors, tenants and visitors.

Behaviours of Concern: Actions or behaviours either individually or collectively observed in individuals who were later involved in violent incidents. These include, but are not limited to, aggressive, abusive, or intimidating behaviours, harassment, threats, obscene acts, and other socially unacceptable and disruptive behaviours. Refer to Appendix A for more details.

Workplace Violence: refers to the exercise of physical force by a person against a worker, in a workplace, that causes or could cause physical injury to the worker; an attempt to exercise physical force against a worker, in a workplace, that could cause injury to that worker; and, a statement or behaviour that is responsible for a worker to interpret as a threat to exercise physical force against a worker, in a workplace, that could cause physical injury to the worker.

Application/ Scope

All Community Members when on College property or while conducting or participating in College business at any location. This policy also applies to situations arising from College business and of domestic violence where such violence threatens to intrude on the workplace. Further, it addresses a wide range of high risk or Behaviours of Concern which conflict with the College’s values and Code of Conduct.

Policy Statements

  1. All College Community Members share the responsibility to create and maintain a safe and respectful College environment free from violent behaviour.
  2. Violence is not tolerated at the College.
  3. Weapons or replicas (anything used, designed or intended to be used to cause injury) are not permitted on the College property, except where approved and used directly for a permitted educational purpose.
  4. All reports of violent incidents or Behaviours of Concern are taken seriously, investigated and responded to according appropriate procedures and policies where relevant.
  5. Individuals who commit such acts may be subject to disciplinary action, criminal penalties, or both.
  6. The College is committed to providing training and education on violence prevention.

Responsibilities and Accountability

Vice President International, Finance, Administration and Applied Research has the responsibility to

  • Ensuring the development, review and availability of this Policy.

College Members have the responsibility to

  • Be familiar with the requirements of this policy and its associated Workplace Violence Prevention Procedure.
  • Fulfill the responsibilities as identified within the Workplace Violence Prevention Procedure.

Director, Facilities Management

  • Manage the operationalization of this Policy and its associated Workplace Violence Prevention Procedure.