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Jan. 4, 2017

This online version is for convenience; the official version of this policy is housed in the University Secretariat. In case of discrepancy between the online version and the official version held by the Secretariat, the official version shall prevail.

Approving Authority: Board of Governors

Original Approval Date: June 1, 2010

Date of Most Recent Review/Revision: June 23, 2016

Office of Accountability: Vice President: Finance and Administration

Administrative Responsibility: Safety, Health, Environment and Risk Management (SHERM)


1.00 WLU is committed to providing a safe learning and working environment by maintaining a workplace that is free of violence and in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act. With this in mind, harassment and/or violence will not be tolerated, accepted or condoned by Wilfrid Laurier University.

This document formally establishes this commitment, which the University will implement through the workplace violence prevention program.

For situations involving workplace harassment, sexual harassment or discrimination, not covered by this policy, refer to University policy 6.1 Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination Policy.


2.00 Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, “workplace violence” means,

a. The exercise of physical force by a person against a worker in a workplace that causes or could cause physical injury to the worker,

b. An attempt to exercise physical force against a worker in a workplace that could cause physical injury to the worker,

c. A statement or behaviour that it is reasonable for a worker to interpret as a threat to exercise physical force against the worker, in a workplace, that could cause physical injury to the worker.

Workplace violence includes domestic violence that could cause physical injury to a worker in a workplace.


3.00 This policy applies to all employees, contractors, volunteers, students and visitors at all Laurier campuses. It also applies at other locations where employees perform work for the University (i.e. work-related activities occurring off-campus).


4.0 Wilfrid Laurier University will not tolerate any type of workplace violence.

4.01 No person shall engage in violent conduct or make threats of violence, implied or direct, on Laurier property or in connection with Laurier business or the workplace.

4.02 Wilfrid Laurier University will ensure that all workers and supervisors are provided with the appropriate information and instruction regarding the contents of Laurier’s policy and program for workplace violence.

4.03 Every worker must work in compliance with this policy and the supporting program.

4.04 All workers are encouraged to raise any questions or concerns regarding workplace violence with their supervisor.

4.05 To summon immediate assistance contact:

Waterloo Campus
Special Constable Service
232 King Street North, Waterloo
519-885-3333 or ext. 3333

Brantford Campus
Special Constable Service
45 Market Street, Brantford
519-756-8228 ext. 5888

Kitchener Location
Special Constable Service
232 King Street North, Waterloo
519-885-3333 or ext. 3333, and
Emergency Services – 911

Toronto Location
130 King Street West, Toronto
City of Toronto Emergency Services – 911

4.06 Any community member that becomes aware of violence or the threat of violence towards an employee must report that behaviour to a supervisor or Special Constable Service immediately.

4.07 All incidents of violence or threatening behaviour shall be investigated immediately after the report is made. Investigations may involve the Threat Assessment and Prevention Team, Special Constable Service, Behavioural Intervention Team, local Regional Police, management and other appropriate resources.

4.08 Every effort will be made to ensure reports remain confidential; however there may be instances where confidentiality may be compromised where it is believed that imminent danger exists or where an investigation requires disclosure to ensure the safety of the Laurier community. Collection, use and disclosure of personal information and records gathered shall be in accordance with university policy and/or legal obligations.

4.09 Individuals who are found to have engaged in threats, intimidation or violence will be subject to disciplinary action which may result in termination of employment, expulsion from educational programs, and a ban from University property. In doing so, Laurier will act in accordance with the rights and obligations established by collective agreements and Laurier policy.

4.10 This policy will be reviewed by the Wilfrid Laurier University Joint Health and Safety Committee and approved by the Board of Governors on an annual basis.

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