California State University Northridge is committed to creating and maintaining a working, learning, and social environment for all members of the University community which is free from violence.
Civility, understanding, and mutual respect toward all members of the University community are intrinsic to excellence in teaching and learning, to the existence of a safe and healthful workplace, and to maintenance of a campus culture and environment which serves the needs of the many constituencies which support it. Threats of violence or acts of violence not only impact the individuals concerned, but also the mission of the University to foster higher education through open dialogue and the free exchange of ideas. The University prohibits and will take decisive action to eliminate verbal harassment, violent acts, threats of violence, or any other behavior which by intent, action, or outcome harms another person. Such conduct is subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from employment, expulsion from the University, or civil or criminal prosecution as appropriate.
The University has zero tolerance for violence against members of the University community. To fulfill this policy, the University will work to prevent violence from occurring and will ensure that federal and state laws, as well as University regulations prohibiting violence, are fully enforced. In determining whether conduct constitutes a credible threat or act of violence, the circumstances surrounding the conduct will be considered.
Established University faculty, staff, and student and Department of Police Services procedures will serve as the mechanisms for resolving situations of violence or threats of violence. Each allegation of violence or threat of violence will be taken seriously. Individuals are encouraged to report acts of violence, threats of violence, or any other behavior which by intent, act or outcome harms another person.
The Workplace Behavior Consultation Team (WBCT) is part of a multilevel strategy for responding to critical campus situations, including behaviors of concern to members of the university community, and is composed of representatives from several disciplines/campus departments who can assist in resolving, or have administrative responsibility for directly responding to, situations brought to its attention. Utilizing a consultative and systems approach to problem solving, team members assess and recommend strategies for appropriate campus response to these situations.
The WBCT typically addresses non-student situations, but the team may also sometimes be called upon by the chair of the Student Behavior Intervention Team (SBIT) to discuss a student case or student situation. The WBCT may also work in concert with the Department of Police Services’ Threat Assessment Unit in assessing potentially dangerous behavior. Where appropriate, the WBCT may additionally help coordinate communications on a case by involving Public Relations.
The WBCT serves as a resource for managers, supervisors and faculty to assess potential or actual threats and violence. Further, the team may suggest possible strategies to respond to behaviors of concern. The WBCT may also make recommendations for or review existing training on the subject of workplace violence.
The WBCT is chaired by Gregory Murphy, Chief of Police and Director of Police Services.
Student Behavior Intervention Team (SBIT) Formed after the tragic incident at Virginia Tech and headed by the university’s Student Conduct Coordinator, the Student Behavior Intervention Team (SBIT) includes members from Police Services, University Counseling Services, and Judicial Affairs. The purpose of this committee is to discuss students that are of particular concern. This committee seeks to prevent critical or serious incidents from occurring by intervening with students who may be perceived as disruptive or potentially threatening due to behavior that suggests a serious emotional or mental health concern.