Workplace Anti-Violence Policy

SFAI promotes a safe and secure working environment for all students and employees. Acts or threats of physical violence, whether express or implied, including intimidation, harassment and/or coercion, which involve or affect SFAI or which occur on SFAI property, will not be tolerated. This prohibition against threats and acts of violence (including domestic violence) applies to all enrolled students and persons involved in the operation of SFAI, including but not limited to, SFAI personnel, contract and temporary workers and anyone else on SFAI property. Violations of this policy, by any individual, will lead to disciplinary and/or other legal action as appropriate.

Examples of workplace violence include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Threats or acts of violence occurring on Institute premises, regardless of the relationship between SFAI and the parties involved in the incident.
  • Threats or acts of violence occurring off Institute premises involving someone who is acting in the capacity of a representative of SFAI.
  • Threats or acts of violence occurring off Institute premises involving an employee of SFAI if the threats or acts affect the business interests of SFAI.
  • Threats or acts of violence occurring off Institute premises of which an employee of SFAI is a victim if SFAI determines that the incident may lead to an incident of violence on Institute premises
  • Threats or acts resulting in the conviction of an employee, agent of SFAI, or of individual performing services for SFAI on a contract or temporary basis, under any criminal code provision relating to violence or threats of violence (including domestic violence) which adversely affect the legitimate business interests of SFAI.

Specific examples of conduct which may be considered threats or acts of violence under this policy include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Threatening physical or aggressive contact directed toward another individual or engaging in behavior that causes fear of such contact.
  • Threatening an individual or their family, friends, associates or property with physical harm.
  • The intentional destruction or threat of destruction of Institute property or another’s property
  • Harassing or threatening physical, verbal, written or electronic communications, including verbal statements, phone calls, emails, letters, faxes, website materials, diagrams or drawings, gestures and any other form of communication that causes a reasonable fear or intimidation response in others.
  • Surveillance
  • Stalking is defined as a course of conduct over a period of time that is directed at a specific person and would cause a reasonable person to feel fear; includes physical presence, telephone calls, emails and any other type of correspondence sent by any means.
  • Intimate Partner Violence is defined as violence or abuse between those in an intimate relationship to each other. Where the abuser’s tactics include any of the above-described conduct on SFAI premises, this policy applies. Where such tactics include any of the above-described behaviors off SFAI premises, this policy applies where the abuser is someone who is acting as an employee or representative of SFAI at the time, where the victim is an employee who is exposed to the conduct because of work for the SFAI, or where there is a reasonable basis for believing that violence may occur against the victim or others in the workplace. The term “intimate partner” includes people who are legally married to each other, people who were once married to each other, people who have had a child together, people who live together or who have lived together, and people who have or have had a dating or sexual relationship, including same sex couples.

Any person who engages in a threat or violent action on Institute property may be removed from the premises as quickly as safety permits and may be required, at SFAI’s discretion, to remain off Institute premises pending the outcome of an investigation into the incident.

When threats are made or acts of violence are committed by a SFAI student or employee, a judgment will be made by SFAI as to what actions are appropriate, including possible medical evaluation and/or possible disciplinary action. Once a threat has been substantiated, it is SFAI’s policy to put the threat-maker on notice that they will be held accountable for their actions and then follow through with the implementation of a decisive and appropriate response.

Under this policy, decisions may be needed to prevent a threat from being carried out, a violent act from occurring, or a life-threatening situation from developing. Decisions under this policy will be made by a team comprised of the President, Vice President for Operations and Facilities, and a Human Resources representative. No existing Institute policy or procedure should be interpreted in a manner that prevents the above from occurring.

SFAI encourages employees or students who have a restraining or other type of no contact order against an individual to inform campus security.

Additionally, where an employee is convicted of a crime of violence or threat of violence under any criminal code provision, SFAI reserves the right to determine whether the conduct involved may adversely affect the legitimate business interests of SFAI, and may implement corrective action up to and including discharge as a result. Any employee convicted of such a crime must report the conviction to SFAI absent a court order to the contrary. Failure to do so is a violation of this policy and subjects the employee to disciplinary action, including termination from employment.