Okefenokee Technical College

Okefenokee Technical College 2013-2014 Catalog

Workplace Violence

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Okefenokee Technical College 2013-2014 Catalog

The Technical College System of Georgia and Okefenokee Technical College are committed to providing all employees, students, volunteers, visitors, vendors, and contractors a safe and secure workplace and/or academic setting free of intimidating, threatening, or violent behavior. To this end, it is the policy of the TCSG that any violent act or threatening or disruptive behavior, language, or communication in any form (including telephone, facsimile, electronic mail or written communication) shall not be tolerated.

No employee, student, volunteer, visitor, vendor, or contractor shall engage in prohibited behavior or conduct against another individual at Okefenokee Technical College (including a satellite campus/location) or at any sanctioned off-site function.

A student, who believes that he/she has been subject to workplace violence should report the matter immediately to an OTC administrator or Chief of Campus Police via an electronic version of the Workplace Violence Incident Reporting Form located on the OTC website.

Any Okefenokee Technical College student who engages in prohibited behavior shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion consistent with the provisions/guidelines of Okefenokee Technical College’s Student Code of Conduct.

Examples of prohibited behavior include, but are not limited to:

  • Physically menacing/threatening behavior or gestures which convey a threat
  • Unlawful harassment, including ethnic, racial, or sexual epithets
  • Physical attack/assault with or without a weapon
  • Stalking
  • Direct or implied verbal threats or abusive, intimidating, or obscene language
  • Intentional damage to personal or System or Technical College property
  • Intentional damage to the personal property of an employee, student, volunteer, visitor, vendor, or contractor or
  • Possession of a weapon on technical college property or at any sanctioned event when such possession is contrary to the provisions of O.C.G.A. 16-11-127.1 and State Board Policy II. C. 10
  • Fighting and/or physical altercations among employees or students is strictly prohibited. Included is any "fighting" that may be characterized as "horseplay."

Students should remain alert to and be familiar with their surroundings to better recognize potentially serious situations. Many acts of targeted workplace violence are preceded by direct or indirect threats; therefore, all threats must be taken seriously and should be reported as soon as possible.

Any complaint registered against an Okefenokee Technical College student regarding a potential violation of this policy will be investigated consistent with the provisions of Okefenokee Technical College’s Student Disciplinary Procedure. (Summary of III.X.Procedure: Workplace Violence. Complete Procedure may be accessed at http://www. tcsg.edu/tcsgpolicy/docs/workplace_violence.htm.)