Your Right to Know: Public Safety

 

Bucknell University is committed to providing faculty, staff and students with an environment that is safe, secure, and free from threats, intimidation, and violence. The University recognizes that violence can manifest itself on a University campus in many ways. To promote an environment that supports the mission of the University and encourages learning and productive employment, the Public Safety Department has developed policies and response procedures to address stalking and harassment. The scope of these policies and procedures is all faculty, staff, students and visitors to the University and applies to any and all acts of stalking, harassment or inappropriate aggression.

The University will not tolerate any acts of intimidation, threatening behavior, stalking, or harassment. Public Safety will respond immediately to any such activity, remove the danger or dangerous person(s) from campus immediately, and conduct an investigation, the results of which include, but are not limited to, banning from University property, termination of a business relationship, suspension or termination of employment, University judicial action and / or criminal prosecution.

All Bucknell University staff are encouraged to notify their supervisor, one of the contact resources listed herein, or the Department of Public Safety of any threats which they have witnessed, received, or have been told that another person has witnessed or received. Even without an actual threat, staff should report any behavior they have witnessed which they regard as threatening or violent when that behavior is work-related or is connected to the University. Students are also encouraged to report any such activity to the Dean of Students. Individuals who apply for or obtain a protective or restraining order which lists University locations as being protected areas, are encouraged to provide to their supervisor or Public Safety a copy of any temporary protective or restraining order which is granted and a copy of any protective or restraining order which is made permanent.

Public Safety understands the personal nature associated with some problems that may occur on campus. It will investigate all complaints in a sensitive and confidential manner to protect the rights of the victim and the accused. All investigations and sensitive information will be treated confidentially. All supervisors on campus are informed as to the correct procedure for reporting stalking or harassment problems or activities. Refer to the contact information below. Copies of Public Safety’s policies and response procedures for handling such problems are available on the Public Safety Web page and, in writing, upon request.

Resources for confidentially reporting such activities include, but are not limited to, Public Safety 570-577-3333, Human Resources 570-577-1631, The Dean of Students 570-577-1601, The Women’s Resource Center 570-577-1375, Psychological Services 570-577-1604, Student Health Services 570-577-1401, Work Supervisor, Employee Assistance Program (1-800-252-4555).

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