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UPPS 04.05.20 - Workplace Violence

Workplace Violence

UPPS No. 04.05.20
Issue No. 1
Effective Date: 10/15/2015
Next Review Date: 9/01/2017 (E2Y)
Sr. Reviewer: Director, University Police Department


    1. This policy is designed to assist members of the campus community to understand and comply with workplace violence policies at Texas State University. To the extent this policy interferes with or conflicts with the Texas State University System (TSUS) Sexual Misconduct Policy, the TSUS Sexual Misconduct Policy prevails.

    2. Workplace violence includes any act of physical, verbal, or psychological threat or abuse, assault, or trauma on an individual that results in physical or psychological harm. This term also includes all prohibited acts defined in the TSUS Sexual Misconduct Policy. This term also includes intentional damage to property.


    1. Prohibited conduct in the Texas State workplace includes, workplace violence as defined in Section 01.02. Prohibited conduct does not encompass lawful acts of self-defense or the defense of others (see TSUS Sexual Misconduct Policy).

    1. All members of the Texas State community should:

      1. be alert to behaviors or attitudes that may be indicators of disruptive, threatening, or violent behaviors such as: recent changes in behavior, appearance, or demeanor; work or personal crisis; withdrawal from normal activities or contacts; substance abuse; threats or references to violence or self-harm; possession of or fascination with weapons; and expressions of being wronged, humiliated, or degraded;

        1. Any such behaviors or attitudes observed should be reported immediately as noted in Sections 04.01 and 04.02;
      2. ensure awareness of this policy by faculty and staff, as well as by postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate student employees;

      3. participate in planning and response efforts to mitigate the risk of workplace violence;

      4. work with employees in at-risk areas to develop safety plans; and

      5. encourage a safe and secure workplace.


    1. Reports of workplace violence related to sexual misconduct should be made in accordance with Section 4., Reporting Policies and Protocols, of the TSUS Sexual Misconduct Policy.

    2. Reports of workplace violence not governed by the TSUS Sexual Misconduct Policy should be made to the University Police department.


    1. Reviewers of this UPPS include the following:

      Position Date
      Director, University Police Department September 1 E2Y
      Sergeant, Criminal Investigations Division September 1 E2Y
      Assistant Vice President for Human Resources September 1 E2Y
      Title IX Coordinator September 1 E2Y

    This UPPS has been approved by the following individuals in their official capacities and represents Texas State policy and procedure from the date of this document until superseded.

    Director, University Police; senior reviewer of this UPPS

    Vice President for Student Affairs