Faculty Handbook 2016–17
draft in progress

Workplace Violence Prevention &
Domestic Violence and the Workplace

Workplace Violence Prevention Policy
Purchase College is committed to providing a safe workplace and learning environment, both on campus and any of its off-site locations. The college will respond promptly to threats, acts of violence, and acts of aggression against its employees, including those of domestic violence. This policy sets forth standards for employee conduct and guidelines for reasonable precautions. The accompanying procedures outline responses to threats or violence, should they occur in the workplace. This policy shall not act to abridge, modify, or in any way limit the administration of the federal laws and the laws of the State of New York.

The full text of this policy is available on the Human Resources site under Policies & Procedures.

Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy
Domestic violence permeates the lives and compromises the safety of thousands of New York State employees each day, with tragic, destructive, and often fatal results. Domestic violence occurs within a wide spectrum of relationships, including married and formerly married couples; couples with children in common; couples who live together or have lived together; gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender couples; and couples who are dating or who have dated in the past.

Domestic violence is defined as a pattern of coercive tactics, which can include physical, psychological, sexual, economic, and emotional abuse perpetrated by one person against an adult intimate partner, with the goal of establishing and maintaining power and control over the victim. In addition to exacting a tremendous toll from the individuals it directly affects, domestic violence often spills over into the workplace, compromising the safety of both victims and coworkers and resulting in lost productivity, increased health care costs, increased absenteeism, and increased employee turnover.

Purchase College, to the fullest extent possible without violating any existing rules, regulations, statutory requirements, contractual obligations, or collective bargaining agreements, will take all appropriate actions to promote safety in the workplace and respond effectively to the needs of victims of domestic violence.

The full text of this policy is available on the Human Resources site under Policies and Procedures.

New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence
In 1992, New York State created the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, the country’s only executive-level state agency dedicated to the issue of domestic violence. Its mission is to improve New York State’s response to and prevention of domestic violence with the goal of enhancing the safety of all New Yorkers in their intimate and family relationships. Its primary office is located in Albany, New York, with a satellite office in New York City.

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