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Workplace Violence

Johns Hopkins is dedicated to protecting the safety and security of its faculty, staff, employees, students, patients, and visitors. Everyone has a responsibility to behave professionally and foster a safe workplace and academic environment, whether you just started your time at Johns Hopkins, have moved up to the ranks, or are in a leadership role.

You may notice a range of disruptive behaviors such as inappropriate actions, disrespectful behavior targeted to another person, intimidation, bullying, stalking, and domestic or intimate partner violence that has entered the workplace. While not all disruption leads to workplace violence, these behaviors have been recognized as precipitants when looking back at an incident of workplace violence. The path towards violence is often progressive with cautionary signs along the way.

Know Your Resources

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It's important that you know your resources, including Safe at Hopkins and the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FASAP).

Safe at Hopkins encompasses prevention and early identification of disruptive workplace behaviors and the workplace risk assessment process. The Safe at Hopkins website is organized round the following topics:

  • Recognize When Something is Not Right: All members of the Johns Hopkins community are responsible for creating and maintaining a safe academic environment and workplace.
  • Prevent Further Incidents: Awareness means understanding that behaviors left unchecked can escalate into violence.
  • Respond to an Incident: If you are concerned about behaviors that might escalate into violence, talk with your supervisor, manager, or academic advisor or chair.
  • Refer Others to Resources: Members of the Johns Hopkins community are urged to report all observed or experienced acts of violence to an appropriate campus authority in a timely manner.
  • Communicate with Your Team: once a disruptive workplace event has been managed by the Risk Assessment Team, victims, bystanders, and managers need resources to properly deal with the aftermath and proactively respond

To learn more, visit or email You may also submit an online reporting form, with or without your contact information.


Updated 10/29/2018