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HRM - Workplace Violence


Subject Area: Workplace Policies
Policy Title: Workplace Violence
Policy / Procedure No: HRM
Responsible Office: HRM

PURPOSE: To define a workplace violence policy.

SCOPE: All University departments.

Northeastern University is committed to promoting a safe workplace for all faculty, staff, students and visitors. It is the University’s goal to create a workplace free from violence, threats of violence, harassment, intimidation and other disruptive behavior.
Northeastern University will not tolerate violence or the threat of violence in the workplace. The University expressly prohibits violence, threats of violence, hostile behavior, harassment, intimidation, on or off campus, or damage to University property.  Violence or threatening behavior can include physical acts of violence, gestures, intimidating presence, oral, written or electronic statements, sexual assaults and weapons possession.

The University will take appropriate action in response to reports of such incidents, which may include, but is not limited to, disciplinary action up to and including termination and /or criminal prosecution.  


Faculty and staff play a major role in the University’s efforts by complying with this policy and treating all threats seriously and reporting incidents immediately.

It is the responsibility of all Managers and Supervisors to report acts of workplace violence, including violent, threatening, harassing, intimating or other disruptive behaviors. Faculty and Staff are expected to report any conduct that is inappropriate and/or causes concern.

Imminent threats, violent incidents, or dangerous or emergency situations should be reported immediately to Northeastern University Police at 617-373-3333. 

Verbal abuse, perceived intimation, harassment or other non-emergency situations should be reported immediately to the immediate supervisor, manager, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity and/or Human Resources Management.  For all other situations, or if you are not sure, call Human Resources Management, x2230, or Northeastern University Police at x2121.