Violence in the Workplace
The Evergreen State College is committed to the safety and security of its students, faculty, staff and visitors. To support this effort, Evergreen has adopted the following workplace violence policy:
The Evergreen State College will not tolerate violent or threatening behavior directed at students, faculty, staff, visitors, oneself or property. This includes any acts of violence, harassment or threats made on Evergreen property, or at Evergreen sponsored events; and refers to acts or threats of violence made directly or indirectly, by words or gestures or symbols.
Evergreen State College is committed to maintaining a work environment that is as free as possible from acts or threats of violence or intimidation. The safety and security of Evergreen State College students, faculty, staff and visitors are of vital importance.
Violent or threatening behavior directed at students, faculty, staff, visitors, oneself, or property will not be tolerated by Evergreen State College.
This applies to any acts of violence or threats made on Evergreen property, at Evergreen events, or under other circumstances that may negatively affect Evergreen's ability to conduct business. Included in this prohibition are such acts or threats of violence whether made directly or indirectly, by words, gestures, or symbols that infringe on the college's right or obligation to provide a safe workplace for its employees, students and visitors.
Evergreen State College defines violence as follows and prohibits:
- The use of physical force with the intent to commit harm
- Acts or threats in any manner or form, which are intended to intimidate, coerce, or cause fear of harm
- Acts or threats of violence made directly or indirectly by words, gestures or symbols
- Property crimes that would reasonably be anticipated to have the effect of intimidating or causing fear of harm
Employees and visitors may not possess, carry, or store firearms, edged weapons, martial arts weapons, or blunt force weapons on college property, to include privately owned vehicles parked on college property. These items are also prohibited at college events and functions that take place off campus. Students may possess weapons only as provided in Evergreen policies, which can be found in the Residential and Dining Contract and Student Handbook. This restriction shall not apply to college-issued weapons carried by police officers in the performance of their duties and any other exceptions as authorized by Washington Administrative Code 106-124-700. It shall not apply to tools that are used by employees in the performance of work duties, or otherwise, legal items such as a small penknife or pocketknife carried or possessed without the intent of injuring, threatening or intimidating others.
Workplace Violence Procedures
As stated in the policy, violators of the policy who are employees or students are subject to disciplinary action, in accordance with college policies, up to and including termination, suspension or expulsion and may also be subject to arrest and/or prosecution. If this policy is violated by a member of the general public, the college may bar that individual from the campus, may terminate any business relationship it may have with the individual (or the company they represent) and further prosecute the individual the extent the law permits.
The Evergreen Police Department will provide department training upon request. Human Resource Services provides a brochure in the new employee information.
Pre- and Post- Employment Screening
The hiring department will ensure that employment reference checks of prospective employees are conducted. A criminal background check of candidates to whom an offer of employment is extended may be conducted, provided notice is given on the job announcement. In certain circumstances and with cause, an appointing authority may request that Police Services conduct a criminal background check of any employee thought to pose a threat of violence.
Incident and Pre-Incident Procedures
Any member of the college community observing behavior that is in violation of the workplace violence policy, or that could reasonably be interpreted as a precursor to an act of violence or intimidation, shall make an immediate report to the Evergreen Police Department. In cases of imminent danger, the Evergreen Police Department will intervene. When time and circumstances permit, the supervisor of the employee-victim and/or employee-perpetrator, the Director of Police Services; and, as applicable, the Director of Human Resources, will make a threat assessment and report to the appropriate Vice President or Provost.
Supervisors are critical to the prevention of employee violence in the workplace. By recognizing early signs and intervening prudently and appropriately, supervisors can reduce the chances of eruptive violent behavior. When left unchecked, inappropriate behaviors can escalate to higher levels.
Behavioral warning signs which, in some combination, may indicate a potential for violence, could include but are not limited to:
- Paranoia (e.g. "others are out to get me or my job")
- Frequent angry outbursts, difficulty controlling temper
- Recent isolation of self from co-workers
- Rash or impulsive behavior without apparent forethought
- Failure to accept criticism, blaming others when things go wrong
- Drug/alcohol use or abuse
- Obsession about possessing or collecting weapons
- Co-workers have concerns about, or fear, this person
- Bragging about past acts of violence
- Threats (e.g. "one of these days, they are going to be sorry")
A supervisor, who observes such behaviors in an employee, particularly when they represent behavioral change, should consult with his or her department head to determine whether or not other College resources are required. Human Resource Services should be notified and contacted for assistance. The Student Health and Counseling Center and Police Services can help with this determination.
If a supervisor believes that someone may be in imminent danger, or if the incident in question resulted in anyone being physically harmed, the supervisor must immediately contact the Evergreen Police Department by dialing X 6140 or 911. The Evergreen Police Department will advise the supervisor as to a course of action and will also contact, as applicable, the Director of Human Resources, Dean, or Vice President for Student Affairs.
Under certain circumstances, a supervisor may have to act prior to contacting other College resources. Where appropriate, supervisors should rely on information received in training and related programs. As soon as possible, the supervisor should follow the reporting procedure outlined above.
Action in Response to a Violent, Abusive or Threatening Behavior
During or immediately after any incident, the Evergreen Police Department will be called to establish order and control the area. This can be accomplished by dialing X 6140 from any campus telephone.
A post-incident team consisting of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Director of Police Services, Director of Human Resource Services, Director of the Office of College Relations, and Director of Student Health and Counseling shall ensure that proper attention is given to medical, law enforcement, counseling, employment and public relations issues. If a faculty member is involved, the post-incident team shall include a Dean assigned by the Provost.
For the purpose of this policy, the workplace and college premises are defined as:
- The physical premises of Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, as well as any other premises owned and/or controlled by Evergreen State College;
- Such other properties that may be rented or leased by Evergreen State College;
- Motor vehicles that are owned or leased by Evergreen State College;
- Locations to which an employee is assigned in the performance of his or her duties, e.g., an event at another institution;
- Location in which a student is present at a college-sponsored event or activity, e.g., a study-abroad program or athletic venue at another institution;
- Extensions of the physical workplace in the case of incidents that begin on campus and proceed off-premises, e.g., stalking, harassment.
Violation of this policy by any employee will result in disciplinary action that may result in termination of employment and/or criminal prosecution. Violations by students will result in college grievance action and/or criminal prosecution. Violations by groups or individuals who are neither employees nor students will result in restriction from college property and/or criminal prosecution.
Statistical Disclosure of Reported Incidents
Incidents reported to Evergreen PD that fall into one of the required reporting classifications will be disclosed as a statistic in this annual brochure published by Evergreen PD.
Reporting Methods Available on Campus
Evergreen PD can be contacted from on-campus or by using the free local on campus telephones which are located in the lobbies and corridors of many campus buildings. In addition, approximately 17 "Blue-light" emergency telephones are installed in or adjacent to many parking lots and walking paths throughout the campus. Each phone has an emergency button and a two-way speaker that automatically connects to Police Services when pushed. The reporting person may also come directly to Evergreen Police Department to file a report in person.
If TCSO or OPD are contacted about a criminal activity occurring off-campus involving Evergreen students, TCSO or OPD may notify Evergreen PD. However, there is no official TCSO/OPD policy requiring such notification. Students in these cases may be subject to arrest by TCSO/OPD and campus judicial proceedings through the Campus Grievance Office.
Confidential Reporting Procedures
If you are the victim of a crime and do not want to pursue action within the College system or the criminal justice system, you may still want to consider making a confidential report. With your permission, an Evergreen PD officer can file a report on the details of the incident without revealing your identity. The purpose of a confidential report is to comply with your wish to keep the matter confidential, while taking steps to ensure the future safety of yourself and others. With such information, the College can keep an accurate record of the number of incidents involving students, employees and visitors; determine where there is a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method, or assailant; and alert the campus community to potential danger. Reports filed in this manner are counted and disclosed in the annual crime statistics for the institution.
CRIME STOPPERS Line
Evergreen PD participates in a “Crime Stoppers” line to allow people to anonymously report security and safety related concerns and to provide Evergreen PD with “tips” about criminal incidents, activities or behavior on campus. Call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) to reach this recorded line. The Crime Stoppers line is monitored by the Evergreen Chief of Police. Additionally, tips can be filed on Evergreen PD’s website via our online reporting at www.crimebusters.org .
Access to Campus Facilities in Tacoma
The Academic/Administrative building for the Tacoma Campus resides in the City of Tacoma at 1210 6th Ave., Tacoma, WA 98405. The academic and administrative building is open to the public during normal business hours. During the academic year it is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00am to 10:00 pm and on Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Most offices have individual hours, and the hours may vary at different times of the year. Access to this building is also controlled by key access after normal business hours. After hours it is patrolled by Pierce County Security.
Access to Campus Facilities in Olympia
The Evergreen Campus is open to the public and is located outside the City of Olympia at 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW, Olympia, WA 98505. The CRC, CAB, Library, Longhouse and Academic Buildings; Labs and Seminar II Pods are typically secured during the evening hours. The schedules for these buildings fluctuate and are available from the Facilities Office and are usually posted by the main doors of each building. The Library hours fluctuate throughout the year, so it is best to check the Library schedule to determine the operating hours. The Library’s Computer Center is located on the 2nd floor of the Library building in the back left side of the lobby. While the students have access to the Computer Center at all open hours, the remainder of the Library building is closed after the posted business hours.
Evergreen students, faculty and staff have access to academic, recreational and administrative facilities on campus. The general public may attend cultural and recreational events on campus, with limited access to the facilities in which these events are scheduled.
Access to residence halls is restricted to residents, their approved guests, and other approved members of the College Community. All residences are accessed by means of a key in-lock system maintained by Residential and Dining Services. Residents are cautioned against permitting strangers to enter the buildings and are urged to require individuals seeking entry to use their access keys. Evergreen police officers patrol the residence halls on a regular basis. Housing Resident Assistants (RAs) and Resident Directors (RDs) also enforce security measures in the residence halls and work with residents to achieve a community respectful of individual and group rights and responsibilities. Residential and Dining Services Staff (RAD), RA’S and RD’S along with Police Services and the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention conduct periodic educational sessions on prevention of various crimes, including sexual assault, acquaintance rape and self defense.
2011 Clery Fire and Safety Report
No residential fires
No residential fires
No residential fires
Maintenance of Campus Facilities
Facilities and landscaping are maintained in a manner that minimizes hazardous conditions. Evergreen Police Officers regularly patrols the campus and reports malfunctioning lights and other unsafe physical conditions to Facilities for correction. Other members of the College community are helpful when they report equipment malfunctions or hazardous conditions to Evergreen PD or to Facilities.