UW-Whitewater University Handbook
UW-W Campus Violence Policy
SOURCE: Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs
Members of the UW-Whitewater community have a responsibility to promote
and a right to expect an organized community where individuals accept their
obligations to the group and where well-defined policies and procedures
guide behavior for the common good.
-UW-Whitewater Guide to Citizenship
Acts of violence are prohibited by law. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
is firmly committed to providing a campus environment based on civility,
respect and the free expression of ideas. Consequently, the university
has a policy of "zero tolerance" for acts of violence, fear, harassment,
and other forms of aggressive or intimidating behavior. Any threat or incident
of campus violence must be reported and all reports will be taken seriously
and thoroughly investigated.
Violence and threats of violence are always prohibited on campus, especially
Examples of campus violence could include, but are not limited to:
the act, behavior or communication is abusive and could cause another person
physical, emotional or psychological harm
the act, behavior or communication damages or threatens to damage property
of the university or of an individual
Responding to Incidents of Campus Violence
threats of harm to a person or their property
brandishing a weapon or an object that appears to be a weapon
intimidating, threatening or directing abusive language toward another
stalking as defined by Wisconsin statute
physical attacks on another person such as slapping, punching, pushing
putting a fist close to another person's face or other such intimidating
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Police Department will respond
promptly to all acts of campus violence or threats of imminent violence.
Dial 9-911 from any university phone without delay. Other disruptive, aggressive,
or threatening behavior that could lead to violence should also be reported
to the University Police for intervention at 4660. Involved employees may
also be referred to the Employee Assistance Program on campus by calling
Additionally, all incidents of actual or potential campus violence are
to be reported immediately to an appropriate person which could include
one's supervisor, department chair, faculty member, residence hall director,
or Student Life staff member. The employee who receives such a report is
obligated to channel the complaint through the appropriate university procedures.
In addition to this policy, there are a number of existing campus policies
and procedures that will be used in dealing with campus violence. These
include work rules for classified employees, the sexual harassment policy,
the academic staff and faculty complaint procedures, and Student Nonacademic
Misconduct Procedures (UWS 17).
Any person who exhibits violent, aggressive or threatening behavior
will be held accountable for their actions under University policy and
rules, as well as local, state and federal laws. Violators are subject
to disciplinary action, including suspension or dismissal, and are further
subject to criminal prosecution.
Violent Incident Reporting Procedures
If at any time there is an immediate threat of danger or physical violence,
contact the police at 9-911.
Acts of violence or threatening, aggressive or disruptive behavior should
be immediately reported to the immediate supervisor, department chair or
Assistant Dean of Student Life (if students are involved). If for any reason
an incident of violence cannot be reported to the immediate supervisor,
report it to the next line supervisor, a Human Resource representative,
the Employee Assistance Coordinator, or a union representative. Campus
police may be contacted at any time by any of the parties involved in the
incident if they have continued concerns. These resource people can help
ensure that your concerns are properly reported and investigated.
The immediate supervisor should prepare a campus violent incident report.
Contact Human Resources and Diversity (1024), the Employee Assistance Program
(1490), or University Police (4660) for a copy of the form to assist in
The person receiving the report of the incident will investigate, or arrange
to investigate, the complaint. As soon as possible after receiving the
complaint, University Police should be contacted. The police officer will
advise whether police action is appropriate at that time, and may consult
with the person investigating as to what corrective or preventive measures
should be taken. The person receiving the complaint will then interview
witnesses, gather the facts, and assess the situation. The investigator
will decide whether the complaint can be resolved within the unit without
disciplinary or other action.
|If resolved in the unit and no disciplinary
action is required...
||If disciplinary or other action is considered...
|The investigator will take whatever action is deemed appropriate,
list the action(s) taken on the Campus Violent Incident Report form and
forward copies to University Police and Human Resources & Diversity,
and the Assistant Dean of Student Life (if students are involved).
||The investigator should confer with Human Resources &
Diversity, the appropriate division head, and the Assistant Dean of Student
Life (if students are involved) to determine the most responsive disciplinary
action to be taken.
Information obtained in the investigation, as well as information about
disciplinary action that has been taken, will be held confidential and
distributed on a need-to-know basis only.
These reporting procedures do not replace any formal grievance process
established in agreements with collective bargaining units and governance
groups. Nor does the use of this process cause an employee to forfeit the
right to file a grievance. If an employee is represented by a bargaining
unit, he or she may request the assistance of a union representative at
any step in this process.
University Police Officers who are acting within the scope of their legal
authority are exempt from claims of violation of this policy. Complaints
of this nature are to be directed to the Director of University Police.
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