ERIC Number: ED394532
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Workplace Violence, Hate Crime and Free Speech: A Proactive Approach.
Romas, Ted; Parmer, Harry
For community colleges, crime on campus is a complex and pressing issue since most maintain open campuses with no physical security features, such as entry control points or fencing. Workplace crimes can take the form of robbery or other violent crimes, domestic and misdirected affection cases, employer-directed situations, terrorism, and hate crimes. Hate crimes, or acts or threats against individuals based on race, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, gender, or ethnicity, can have an impact on campus life much greater than other violent crimes. Further, it can often be difficult to distinguish hate crimes from constitutionally protected rights to free speech. To achieve a safe campus, it is important to understand how to manage threats and recognize the different levels of destructive anger that individuals might display, from feelings of being upset to blind rage. In any threat management effort, it is also important that a proactive approach be taken and that individuals do not try to simply ignore potentially violent situations. In addition, campuses should develop a policy and plan for all employees to help them recognize and respond to workplace violence. Recommended emergency response procedures are included. Contains 14 references. A sample board policy and regulations for workplace violence are appended. (TGI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Chancellor's Conference of the California Community Colleges (5th, San Jose, CA, March 27-29, 1996).