Review/Revised Date: 7/1/2020
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is committed to maintaining a safe and secure educational environment and workplace, one which seeks to ensure the well-being and safety of faculty and staff, employees, students and visitors. UAB does not tolerate acts of violence or threats of violence against faculty, staff, students, or visitors, and others conducting UAB official business.
The purpose of this policy is to help to identify and prevent incidents of violence, reduce the effects of violence on victims, and set forth consequences for committing or threatening to commit a violent act.
Violence and threatened violence are prohibited by UAB. Each member of the UAB community has the responsibility to understand, prevent and respond appropriately to campus/workplace violence. It is a violation of this policy to engage in violent behavior. UAB reserves the right to determine when particular conduct constitutes an act of violence for purposes of this policy. This conduct may also be a violation of state and federal law, UAB's Title IX Policy, UAB's Equal Opportunity and Discriminatory Harassment Policy, or other applicable policies. Under these circumstances, the University will endeavor to coordinate the investigation of any violation of this policy with other investigations as appropriate and feasible.
This policy applies to the personal conduct of employees while acting within the scope of their employment on University owned, controlled, or leased property, while conducting university business at any location, including while representing the University at conferences or offsite meetings, or while riding in University-owned or leased vehicles. It also applies to any off-duty violent act or threat of violence that adversely impacts a University employee's ability to perform his or her assigned job duties or responsibilities or brings discredit to UAB.
This policy also applies to students. The personal conduct of students is covered in more depth in the Student Conduct Code.
This policy also applies to UAB volunteers, adjunct/clinical appointees, and others conducting UAB official business.
All members of the UAB community have a duty to report all acts of violence, threats of violence, or indications of possible hostile behavior to the UAB Police or appropriate law enforcement agency. UAB Police coordinates required notifications to Office of HR Employee Relations for matters involving employees or the Office of Non-Academic Student Conduct and/or the Title IX Coordinator for matters involving students. Employees who have been approached by a student relaying a potential incidence of violence must relay the report to the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. An individual who has been issued a protective or restraining order that references or impacts the UAB environment must notify UAB officials and may be required to present appropriate documentation.
All members of the UAB community are encouraged to be alert to the possibility of violence on the part of employees, former employees, students, or other individuals who may be encountered on campus or while conducting official University business. Behaviors of concern can be reported to a manager or supervisor, Office of Provost, Human Resources, the Title IX Coordinator, or the Behavioral Threat Assessment Team.
UAB is committed to ensuring safe options for bystander intervention that may be carried out by an individual to prevent harm or intervene when there is a risk of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking against a person other than themselves.
Department heads, directors, and supervisors are responsible for communicating this policy to all employees under their supervision, for ensuring that facilities are as safe as feasible; for identifying and offering violence prevention training to employees, as appropriate; and for instructing employees what and how to report violence or threatened violence.
For matters involving employees, Human Resources will coordinate employee-related preventive measures, including conducting criminal conviction checks, in accordance with university policy, providing awareness programs to new employees, coordinating referrals to the employee assistance program, advising employees and managers, and coordinating with other university and community resources to support victims of violence.
For matters involving students, the Title IX Coordinator will coordinate student-related supportive measures, including but not limited to issuing a no-contact order, modifying or changing in class schedules, job assignments or on-campus housing arrangements; providing academic support services, escort services; increased security and monitoring of certain areas of the campus or similar measures; referral to counseling services both off campus; resources on and off campus for trained advocates who can provide crisis response; assistance in identifying advocacy support to obtain orders of protection within the criminal justice system; and emergency numbers for on and off campus law enforcement. More information about supportive measures can be found in UAB's Title IX Policy.
Confirmed violations of this policy will result in appropriate consequences commensurate with the offense, up to and including expulsion from the University or termination of employment, appointment, or other relationships with UAB. Interim actions, including emergency removal of a student and/or administrative leave for employees, may be taken by UAB prior to final resolution. Any emergency removal of a student based on allegations of stalking, domestic violence and dating violence will be made pursuant to UAB's Title IX Policy and related procedures. Individuals may also be subject to arrest, criminal prosecution, and/or may be temporarily or permanently barred from campus.
Effort is made to protect the safety of anyone who reports a potential violation of this policy or otherwise raises concerns about a threat or act of campus violence or behavior of concern. As appropriate and feasible under applicable law and UAB policies, UAB will protect the confidentiality of anyone who makes a report under this policy.
UAB is concerned with the health and well-being of its employees. In situations of violence or the potential for violence in the workplace, assistance is available to employees. Assistance may be requested through a faculty member, counselor, supervisor, Title IX Coordinator, UAB Police, Human Resources, or the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Additional resources are available for victims of sexual violence, including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, whether or not the sexual offense is reported, to ensure the victim's well-being (See UAB Title IX Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence Policy).
The Offices of the Vice President for Financial Affairs and Administration, Provost, and Vice President of Student Affairs are responsible for implementation of this policy.
July 1, 2020
(Replaces policy dated November 22, 2016)