The stated purpose of the workplace bullying policy, contained in the manual’s “Violence in the Workplace” chapter, is: ”To provide a workplace that is free from violence, harassment, intimidation, and other disruptive behavior.” The manual defines “intimidating behavior” as: “Threats or other conduct that in any way create a hostile environment, impair Agency operations, or frighten, alarm or inhibit others.Verbal intimidation may include making false statements that are malicious, disparaging, derogatory, disrespectful, abusive, or rude.” And, “workplace violence” is defined as: “An action, whether verbal, written, or physical aggression, that is intended to control, cause, or is capable of causing injury to oneself or other, emotional harm, or damage to property.”.Additionally, an updated policy memorandum from the NIH Deputy Director on maintaining a safe work environment was issued on February 18, 2000.
The policy is contained in a 278-page document, the OSHA Field Health and Safety Manual, which was released on May 23, 2011.
Harassment becomes unlawful where 1) enduring the offensive conduct becomes a condition of continued employment, or 2) the conduct is severe or pervasive enough to create a work environment that a reasonable person would consider intimidating, hostile, or abusive.
Anti-discrimination laws also prohibit harassment against individuals in retaliation for filing a discrimination charge, testifying, or participating in any way in an investigation, proceeding, or lawsuit under these laws; or opposing employment practices that they reasonably believe discriminate against individuals, in violation of these laws.
This policy applies to all Staff and Temporary employees and all university premises and university-sponsored events as well as off-campus sites should an incident occur that is shown to have an adverse impact on the university.
Back to top Back to top Those who believe they are a victim of threatening or violent behavior, whether workplace or not, may also contact the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to obtain advice in dealing with the situation.