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Violence Prevention Policy

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It is the policy of the Commonwealth of Virginia and Virginia Highlands Community College to promote a safe environment for its employees, students and visitors. VHCC is committed to working with employees and students to maintain a campus environment free from violence, threats of violence, harassment, intimidation, and other disruptive behavior; however, no workplace is immune.

Therefore, Virginia Highlands Community College (VHCC) prohibits threats and acts of violence on college property, within VHCC facilities, at any VHCC-sponsored event; while engaged in College office business, educational, or athletic activities; and while traveling in state vehicles. Prohibited conduct includes but is not limited to:

  • injuring another person physically;
  • engaging in behavior that creates a reasonable fear of injury to self or another person;
  • engaging in behavior that would subject a reasonable person to, and does subject another individual to, extreme emotional distress;
  • intentionally damaging property;
  • threatening to injure an individual (including oneself) or to damage property;
  • committing injurious acts motivated by, or related to, domestic violence or sexual harassment; and  retaliating against any employee or student who, in good faith, reports a violation of this policy.
  • oral or written statements, gestures, or expressions that communicate a direct or indirect threat of physical harm.
  • violating the Weapons Regulation.

All reports of incidents will be taken seriously and will be dealt with appropriately. Such behavior can include Individuals who commit such acts may be removed from the premises and may be subject to disciplinary actions and/or criminal penalty.

Everyone’s cooperation is needed to implement this policy effectively and maintain a safe campus and working environment. Do not ignore violent, threatening, harassing, intimidating or other disruptive behavior. If you observe or experience such behavior by anyone on campus, whether he or she is an employee, student or visitor, report it immediately to a supervisor or to Campus Police. Supervisors who receive such reports should seek advice from the Human Resource Office regarding investigating the incident and initiating appropriate action.

PLEASE NOTE: Threats or assaults that require immediate attention by police should be reported immediately to Campus Police at office phone 276-739-2448 or cell phone 276-614-8282 or local police at 911.