Workplace violence can be generally defined at acts of violence, or threats of violence, directed towards persons while on duty or at the workplace. Workplace violence can come from strangers, clients/customers, co-workers, or domestic violence spillover into the workplace.
There is no one formula for determining if workplace violence will occur. While there is no specific way to determine if workplace violence will occur, there are general traits employees may exhibit to be indicative of potential for violence.
In addition to general traits someone may exhibit, and of the following warning signs may also indicate a potential for violence.
If you see someone who is in crisis and you feel in danger you should immediately flee from the area and contact the University Police. If you can not escape for a potentially dangerous situation the following crisis management techniques may be helpful. As in all crisis situations there is no one way to deal with every crisis and good judgment and common sense should be applied. The following suggestions may be of assistance.
If you suspect someone may pose a threat to the safety and security of the campus it is your obligation to report this to competent authority. In cases were there appears to be a potential for violence you should notify your immediate supervisor or the University Police. If for any reason you feel threatened by someone else, you should flee the area and immediately contact the University Police by dialing 911 or utilizing a campus emergency phone.
If you are confronted with a weapon (firearm, knife, or other weapon) you should attempt to flee from the area to a place of safety. Once you are safe you should contact the university police immediately.
If you can not flee from the area and are confronted with weapons in the workplace please keep the following in mind.