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Policy Addressing Campus Violence

Introduction

In recent years, the subject of violence on college and university campuses and in the workplace has received increasing attention as violent events have been widely reported in the news media. This policy is intended to guide members of the Johns Hopkins community both in preventing acts of violence and in responding to them when they occur on or in relation to the University's campuses.

Policy

The Johns Hopkins University is committed to providing a learning and working environment that is safe to all members of the University community. The University will not tolerate violent acts on its campuses, at off-campus locations administered by the University, or in its programs. This policy of "zero tolerance" extends not only to actual violent conduct but also to verbal threats and intimidation, whether by students, faculty, staff, or visitors to the University.

The University urges individuals who have experienced or witnessed incidents of violence to report them to Campus Security. Alternatively, students are urged to report concerns about violence to the divisional office responsible for student matters, faculty to the divisional office responsible for faculty matters, and staff to the applicable human resources offices.

The University will not permit retaliation against anyone who, in good faith, brings a complaint of campus violence or serves as a witness in the investigation of a complaint of campus violence.

Enforcement

Information regarding incidents of violent conduct and threats of violence will be investigated, and, if warranted, disciplinary action will be taken in accordance with applicable procedures. The University will notify law enforcement authorities of criminal conduct. In addition, the University may refer individuals accused of violations of this policy for an assessment of the likelihood that they will carry out violent acts. If the continued presence of an individual on campus threatens or disrupts the conduct of University business, the individual may be suspended from participation in University programs or activities pending the outcome of the assessment.

When advised of circumstances warranting intervention, the University will render assistance by contacting local or federal law enforcement agencies as appropriate. Individual members of the University community who receive threats of bodily harm or who are the targets of harassing or stalking behaviors are urged to contact Campus Security and to avail themselves of the services offered by student counseling offices and the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program.

Every effort will be made to respect the privacy of all individuals involved in the matter. However, the necessity to investigate the matter and to cooperate with law enforcement authorities may require the disclosure of otherwise confidential information.

Individuals accused of engaging in incidents of campus violence may seek legal counsel at their own expense. Individuals and their attorneys are reminded that attorneys do not participate in any internal University hearing.

Campus vendors are reminded that their employees who conduct business on University premises must conform their conduct to the requirements of this policy. The University reserves the right to remove from campus vendor employees who engage in acts prohibited by this policy.

Please follow this link to a list of important phone numbers and contacts if you witness or are the victim of violence or the threat of violence.

Policy adopted December 1, 2001