(1) Purpose - Central Washington University is committed to maintaining a work environment that is as free as possible from acts or threats of violence or intimidation. The safety and security of Central Washington University students, faculty, staff and visitors are of vital importance.
(2) Policy - Violent or threatening behavior directed at students, faculty, staff, visitors, oneself, or property will not be tolerated by Central Washington University. This applies to any acts of violence or threats made on CWU property, at CWU events, or under other circumstances that may negatively affect CWU's ability to conduct business. Included in this prohibition are such acts or threats of violence whether made directly or indirectly, by words, gestures, or symbols that infringe on the university's right or obligation to provide a safe workplace for its employees, students and visitors.
(3) Prohibited Behaviors - Central Washington University defines violence as follows and prohibits:
1. The use of physical force with the intent to commit harm;
2. Acts or threats in any manner or form, which are intended to intimidate, coerce, or cause fear of harm;
3. Acts or threats of violence made directly or indirectly by words, gestures or symbols;
4. Property crimes that would reasonably be anticipated to have the effect of intimidating or causing fear of harm.
Employees and visitors may not possess, carry, or store firearms, edged weapons, martial arts weapons, or blunt force weapons on university property, to include privately owned vehicles parked on university property. These items are also prohibited at university events and functions that take place off campus. Students may possess weapons only as provided in CWU policies, which can be found in the Residence Hall Contract and Student Handbook. This restriction shall not apply to university-issued weapons carried by police officers in the performance of their duties and any other exceptions as authorized by Washington Administrative Code 106-124-700. It shall not apply to tools that are used by employees in the performance of work duties, or otherwise, legal items such as a small penknife or pocketknife carried or possessed without the intent of injuring, threatening or intimidating others.
[PAC: 03/06/02, PAC: 09/05/07]