Violence in the Workplace

Introduction Managing the Aftermath of an Incident
Policy Employee Responsibilities
  Examples of Prohibited Behavior Supervisor Responsibilities
  Warning Signs Management Responsibilities
  De-Escalating Threatening Behavior
Quick Reference Sheet
  Behavioral Intervention Team Online Training
  Being Prepared

Management Responsibilities

All UC Santa Cruz management employees are required to adhere to this policy and to ensure that those they manage are aware of and accountable for adhering to this policy.

The issues surrounding employee workplace violence can be complex and difficult to assess. Therefore, department managers are encouraged to consult with available UC Santa Cruz resources including, but not limited to, the University Police Department, Labor Relations, Staff or Academic Human Resources, Counseling and Psychological Services, the Behavioral Intervention Team, the Ombudsman, the Title IX/Sexual Harassment Officer, and/or the Employee Assistance Program. Consultation with these resources will greatly assist management in identifying intervention strategies that may minimize or avert potentially violent situations. Such intervention(s) may include:

  • Supervisory action to address performance problems and inappropriate conduct
  • Corrective action or dismissal
  • Professional employee counseling through the EAP and other available referral services
  • Medical and/or psychological evaluation to determine fitness for duty.

Managers are also responsible for developing and implementing departmental safety plans to be included as part of the department Disaster Preparedness Plan. (See Being Prepared for elements to include.) The UC Santa Cruz Police Department is available for office security evaluation and to assist in developing a departmental safety plan.