Workplace Violence/Criminal Behavior

Workplace Violence
Individuals who become violent at work or threaten to become violent have usually displayed behaviors long before they take any action. Individuals prone to workplace violence may:

  1. Be chronically disgruntled;
  2. Be inflexible;
  3. Cause trouble on the job;
  4. Frequently changing jobs;
  5. Be quick to perceive unfairness or malice in others;
  6. Be unwilling to take responsibility for problems – it’s always someone else’s fault;
  7. Often challenging management's requests, either passively or actively;
  8. Have a deep sense of entitlement;
  9. Have a past history of violent acts or threats;
  10. Have complaints that often appear to be of a paranoid nature; i.e., blown out of proportion and taken personally, especially when action was not intended that way;
  11. Have recently experienced stressful events;
  12. Have access to weapons or fascinations with weapons (They will often mention this to others.);
  13. Abuse alcohol or other substances;
  14. If there have been allusions to violent acts committed by others and an expression of empathy with those who resort to violence.

On- the- Spot Managing of Violence

  1. Remain calm.
  2. To the extent that you can, try to continue to communicate with the individual calmly and confidently.
  3. Call the University Police at EXT. 3103. If you cannot call, instruct others to call. Report your name and location and information on "who, what, where and when."
  4. Do not physically attempt to get the suspects to leave. Do not touch them.
  5. If violent behavior is occurring, escape, hide if not already seen, or cover up if injury is likely.
  6. Make every possible effort to get others out of the immediate area.
  7. Never attempt to disarm or accept weapons from suspects.
  8. If weapons are involved, calmly ask suspects to put weapons in neutral locations.
  9. Don't argue, threaten, or block suspects’ exit.

Criminal Behavior
Immediately call the University Police at EXT. 3103 from any on-campus phone and be prepared to report information that may include:

  1. Your name and present location;
  2. Nature of incidents;
  3. Locations of incidents;
  4. Descriptions of persons involved;
  5. Description of property involved; and
  6. Where suspects were last seen and their direction of travel.