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Chapter 9

CHAPTER 9
 
WORKPLACE VIOLENCE AND WEAPONS POLICY
 
9.1 POLICY STATEMENT
 
Amarillo College is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for the benefit of employees, students, and the general public. Employees have the right to work in an environment free of violence.  Amarillo College is also committed to preventing violence against persons receiving College services and participating in College programs. Therefore, Amarillo College has zero tolerance of workplace violence. All employees of the College are expected to treat each other, their customers, clients, and all others with courtesy, dignity, and respect.
 
9.2 VIOLENCE
 
Violence, as the term is used in this policy, includes written or verbal communications, whether direct or indirect, which are of a threatening, intimidating or coercive nature; the use or threat of physical force, including fighting or horseplay, stalking, vandalism or destruction of property. It does not include language used by a supervisor in the reasonable correction of an employee’s failure to follow rules or orders.
 
9.3 WEAPONS
 
It is the policy of Amarillo College that no employee, other than those specifically authorized by the College for a particular work assignment, shall carry on or about their person, on College property or at a College work site, any instrument or weapon that is specifically designed, made or adapted for the purpose of inflicting serious bodily injury or death. This includes, but is not limited to:  clubs, firearms, handguns, illegal knives, explosives, bows and arrows, crossbows, throwing stars, and knuckles. This prohibition includes concealed handguns, even though the employee may be duly licensed by the State of Texas to carry a concealed handgun. This does not include bona fide tools used by an employee in the normal course of his/her duties, when using the tool in the manner that it was designed to be used.
 
9.4 REPORTING RESPONSIBILITY
 
All employees are responsible for promptly reporting violations of this policy to their supervisor and, where appropriate, to law enforcement authorities. The Director of Human Resources is responsible for investigating allegations of violations of this policy.
 
9.5 PENALTY FOR VIOLATION
 
Employees who violate this policy are subject to disciplinary action, up to and including immediate termination.
 
9.6 SEXUAL MISCONDUCT INFORMATION
 
Members of the Amarillo College’s community, guests, and visitors have the right to be free from sexual violence. All members of the campus community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. Amarillo College believes in zero tolerance regarding sexual or gender-based misconduct. When an allegation of misconduct is brought to an appropriate administrator’s attention, and a respondent is found to have violated this plan, serious sanctions will be imposed to reasonably ensure that such actions are never repeated. See Sexual Misconduct Information
 

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