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Campus and Work Place Violence

Policy Information

On June 13, 2005, the Board of Visitors approved the Campus and Workplace Violence Prevention Policy.  The policy specifically addresses the university’s position on the prevention, reduction, and management of violence on campus. 
Violence, as defined by the policy includes, but is not limited to:

  • intimidation
  • threats
  • physical attack
  • domestic and dating violence
  • stalking
  • property damage

The policy addresses acts of violence committed by or against university employees, students, contractual workers, customers, relatives, acquaintances, or other third parties on university facilities.
It is the responsibility of all faculty, staff and students to be vigilant in both prevention efforts and the reporting of violations.

Program Information

Responsibilities for coordinating the Campus and Workplace Violence Prevention efforts are housed within housed within several university offices.  Elements of the program include:

  • Creation of manuals to serve as guides or resources
  • Training (at the request of any department /area or group)/presentations
  • Site/security assessments (in conjunction with the Virginia Tech Police Department)

A number of university departments have assisted with the campus and workplace violence prevention efforts, including:

Responding to a Disruptive Student Manual

In an ideal world, we would not experience misconduct that disrupts or obstructs the educational process. Such behavior undermines instruction and, thereby, negatively impacts student learning. However, the unfortunate reality is that a small number of our students exhibit disruptive behavior in classrooms, lab areas, offices, field sites and other educational settings. The Disruptive Student Manual (link to the pdf for the manual) is intended to offer guidance and support should you need to respond to disruptive or threatening student behavior. 

  • If you need immediate assistance in responding to a threat to your safety, or the safety of others, contact Virginia Tech Police Department at 231-6411 or 911.  The department is staffed 24 hours per day and can dispatch law enforcement personnel to assist you at your campus location.
  • If you need to consult with someone about a student who is disruptive in class or seems to be showing signs of emotional distress, mental illness, or difficulty in adjusting to college life, contact the Dean of Student’s Office at 231-3787.  TheDean of Student’s Office can assess the situation and make the appropriate referrals.
  • If you have questions about whether a student’s disruptive behavior can be addressed through the university judicial system, contact the Office of Judicial Affairs at 231-3790.
  • If you don’t know whether to be concerned about a behavior contact the Dean of Student’s Office at 231-3787 for guidance and referrals.  If after hours contact if needed, the Virginia Tech Police can have the on-call staff person to contact you.

Click below to view or print the entire manual in pdf:

Disruptive Student Manual (PDF | 133KB)

Crisis Management Resource Manual

Administrators, faculty, staff, and students often experience anxiety and confusion over what to do when they encounter potential or actual threats and acts of violence on campus. In an effort to take a proactive approach to preventing violence on campus and to help educate the university community, a manual was created as resource to administrators, faculty, staff and students on campus and workplace violence prevention, response, and the availability of resources. 
The manual not only focuses on Virginia Tech’s Campus and Workplace Violence Prevention Policy, but it also recognizes and supports the following university statements and commitments:

Questions may be directed to the Campus and Workplace Violence Coordinator, Debbi Morgan, at or 231-2748. 

Click here to view or print the manual in pdf: 

Crisis Management Resource Manual (PDF | 168KB)


The Principles of Community - are a statement of the university that reiterate the values it feels should be reflected on our campus and in our community.  While the Principles are not a policy, there are many university policies that can be used to support and enforce these values.  While the list of supporting policies/guidelines provided here is not all-inclusive, there is a common thread that runs within them-RESPECT.

Campus and Workplace Violence Prevention Policy - can be used to address violence that affects the workplace climate.  This policy identifies and defines behaviors that should be reported to the appropriate university office.  This policy cane be used to support the Principle’s of Community.

Anti-Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Policy - Virginia Tech policies prohibit discriminatory harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Standards of Conduct - These are established documented standards of conduct for faculty, staff, and students.  These standards can be found at Human Resources: 

Virginia Tech Employee Handbook - Booklet Layout (PDF | 1MB)

Resource Services
Human Resources
The Department of Human Resources provides services and information to employees such as the Employee Assistance Program, leave, discipline, and policies.
Office for Equity and Access
The Office for Equity and Inclusion envisions a university where the commitment to building a community of excellence through the affirmation of difference is seen in the composition of its leadership, faculty, staff, and students; through its policies, procedures, and practices; within its organizational structures; across its curricula; integrated into its co-curricular services and programs; and woven into the fabric of its interpersonal relationships. To that end, our mission is to promote, sustain, and advance an environment that supports principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, and community.
Virginia Tech Police
The Virginia Tech Police respond to and investigate criminal incidents or suspicious activities on campus.  The communication center also dispatches the Virginia Tech Rescue Squad and the Blacksburg Fire Department as needed.
Women’s Center
The Virginia Tech Women’s Center provides crisis intervention, counseling, and advocacy services to any student, staff, or faculty member who is a victim of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and/or harassment.
Thomas E. Cook Counseling Center
Thomas E. Cook Counseling Center provides individual counseling and group counseling for enrolled undergraduate and graduate students at Virginia Tech. Consultation and outreachservices are provided for Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and student organizations.
Student Life Office
The Student Life Office assists the university with its mission of fostering a welcoming climate for all students. It is responsible for providing support for transition to college life, fostering an inclusive campus community, coordinating response to student emergencies and providing advocacy support for students. Faculty may use this office as a liaison for student related incidents.
Office of Judicial Affairs
Handles the adjudication of all violations of the code of conduct, including incidents that happen in academic classrooms, residence halls, and off campus, where the perpetrator is a Virginia Tech student.
RAFT, a program of New River Valley Community Services, is dedicated to providing crisis hotline counseling services to the community. Raft listens to problems and suggests alternatives, provides Mental Health and Substance Abuse Crisis referrals and provides information and access to support groups and other services in the community.
Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley
The Women’s Resource Center is committed to serving all victims of domestic and sexual violence, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, or veteran status.  Services include: 24-hour hotline, counseling, shelter, transitional housing, rape companion services, support groups, court advocacy, criminal justice support, emergency financial assistance, community education.
Office of Multicultural Programs
The Office of Multicultural programs works collaboratively with other university units to build a capacity to recognize and value difference, encourage and support positive interactions between and among diverse populations.
Cranwell International Center
The Center responds to the specific needs of the international community, and encourages interchange between the international guests and their U.S. colleagues, including members of the local community.
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