Workplace Violence Prevention Policy Statement

The University at Buffalo is committed to providing a safe work environment for all employees and will respond promptly to threats, acts of violence, and acts of aggression by employees or against employees by coworkers, members of the public, students, or others.

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Policy Statement

The University at Buffalo (UB, University) is committed to providing a safe work environment for all employees and has a zero tolerance policy with regard to any act or threat of violence made in the workplace, on university property, or by an employee while conducting university business. The university will respond promptly to threats, acts of violence, and acts of aggression by employees or against employees by coworkers, members of the public, students, or others. Violent conduct or any threat of violence implied or direct, is prohibited on university property or in connection with university business. This includes but is not limited to:

  • The use of force with the intent to cause harm, e.g., physical attacks, any unwanted contact such as hitting, fighting, pushing, or throwing objects
  • Behavior that diminishes the dignity of others through unlawful harassment, including harassment based on sex, race, national origin, religion, disability, age, or sexual orientation
  • Acts or threats which are intended to intimidate, harass, threaten, bully, coerce, or cause fear of harm whether directly or indirectly
  • Acts or threats made directly or indirectly by oral or written words, body language, gestures, or symbols that communicate a direct or indirect threat of physical or mental harm
  • Stalking a person with the intent of causing fear

An individual may not carry, possess, or use any dangerous instrument or weapon on university property or in university buildings without legal authority to carry a weapon in the performance of his or her duties.

This policy is designed to meet the requirements of NYS Labor Law 27b and highlights some of the elements that are found within our Workplace Violence Prevention Program. Management, along with authorized employee representatives, were involved with this program and we will work together to keep the University at Buffalo a safe place to work.

All employees will be provided information on workplace violence during the new hire orientation program and annually thereafter.

University Police Escort

Employees who are victims of violence, receiving threats, or have a specific cause to be concerned for their safety, can request a police escort by calling University Police at 716-645-2227.

Report Concerns

University at Buffalo employees have a responsibility to report all incidents and concerns regarding potential workplace violence to University Police at 716-645-2222.

UB Alert Emergency Information

In the event of a workplace safety issue, University Police will alert the campus via email and text message, and post the alert on the University Police website.

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716-645-2222
University Police Escort 716-645-2227

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