Workplace and Classroom Violence Prevention

Download Campus Violence Prevention Plan

Violence in the workplace/classroom can have many sources. It may be a current or former disgruntled employee or student. It may be an angry customer, spouse or relative of an employee or student. The violence could be a random act such as robbery or a hate crime to the discipline or firing of an employee or an academic dispute between an instructor and student.

The following guidelines are designed to reduce the likelihood of workplace/classroom violence and provide information for all employees to use as methods of prevention and intervention of violence.

  • If possible, call 911 from campus or cell phones when there is an imminent threat to life. When appropriate students, staff and faculty should report threatening activities to the University Police by dialing x6666.
  • Notify those around you.
  • Try to flee or hide if not directly confronted.
  • If confronted, remain calm, speak calmly and clearly and attempt to establish personal rapport with the offender.
  • Do not challenge, bargain or make promises you cannot keep with the person.
  • Let the person have his or her say.
  • Listen attentively.
  • If it can be done safely, clear the area of other personnel and students.
  • Take shelter in place if you are unable to evacuate the building safely.
  • Do not sound the fire alarm to evacuate the building. Persons may be placed in harm's way when they are attempting to evacuate the building.

While violent crime is rare on college and university campuses, recent local and national events have brought into focus the need to prepare for violent situations. No single plan can assure ultimate safety, or address every eventuality.

Benedictine University is committed to assisting students in need. The Early Alert Team (EAT) further supports Benedictine students outside of the student's immediate peer network. The goals of this team are to identify students who may have academic, social or personal troubles and to direct students to the necessary assistance they may need during their troubles. The intent is to head off any potential violence or disruptive behavior that could occur because of something going on in the student's life.

Students, staff and faculty can download the Early Alert Referral Form. The form asks for contact information, relationship to the student and the specific concerns about the student. You may also contact Vice President for Student Life Marco Masini by telephone at (630) 829-6124. In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the system is designed to allow referrals to be viewed only by those individuals who have a need to know. The information shared will not become part of the student's permanent record.