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Tips for Recognizing and Responding to Workplace Violence (PDF)

All members of the Johns Hopkins community are responsible for creating and maintaining a safe academic environment and workplace. In order to reaffirm their commitment to a safe learning and working environment, Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System adopted policies that call for zero tolerance of violent behavior, threats, and intimidation. Human Resources, Security, the Office of General Counsel for JHU, the Legal Department for JHHS and JHM, and the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program work together closely to develop and implement policies and procedures that minimize the risk of violence. All employees at every level should be committed to treating people with dignity and respect and resolving conflicts peacefully.

What to Look For

Workplace violence is any action that threatens the safety of faculty, staff, employees, residents, or students, impacts their physical or psychological wellbeing, or causes damage to the institution's property. Actions can include physical assault, threatening behavior, verbally abusive remarks, cyber bullying, and other conduct that can threaten the academic and work environments. You may notice a range of disruptive behaviors such as harassment, discrimination, intimidation, bullying, stalking, and domestic violence that has entered the workplace. The path towards violence is often evolutionary with sign posts along the way. And, we're learning the signposts fall on a spectrum of workplace violence that includes:

  • Behaviors of concern (inappropriateness, disrespect, and mild bullying)
  • Stalking, bullying, threats, domestic violence
  • Physical injury
  • Death

Awareness means understanding that behaviors left unchecked can escalate into violence. If there is a behavior that makes you feel uncomfortable, you should not dismiss it. The time for taking action is well before the point at which violence occurs.

What to Do

If you are concerned about behaviors that might escalate into violence, talk with your supervisor, manager, or academic advisor or chair. Share with him or her the events you observed and how they impacted your job or academic responsibilities. If your supervisor or manager is not available, you can make a report to HR (see below). If your program advisor or director is not available, you may report to the appropriate dean for faculty or student affairs. Another option is to email If at any point safety is a concern, Security should be contacted immediately.

After talking with your supervisor, manager, or academic advisor or chair, he or she will contact the Risk Assessment Team (RATeam) - a multidisciplinary group of representatives from Human Resources and/or the Deans' Offices, Security, JHU and JHHS Legal, and the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program. The supervisor or manager will complete the Management Intake Form which includes:

  • Description of the event
  • Work history
  • Stressors
  • Work environment/management style
  • Baseline and acute "at-risk" behaviors

The RATeam will assist management in determining if certain behaviors indicate that someone is "at risk" for:

  • Violating policies that address violence in the workplace
  • Becoming violent
  • Behaving in ways that interferes with a safe, healthy, and secure work environment

Typically, conducting a comprehensive multidisciplinary assessment of risk is the best way to assist management in protecting everyone's safety.

Who to Contact

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. Reported acts of violence will be responded to and handled in a manner that respects the privacy of all involved. If you have questions regarding safety, contact Security. If at any time you are concerned for your safety and require an immediate response, contact Security or dial 911.

  • JHU Faculty - report incidents to the Department Chair, Dean for Faculty Affairs, members of the Risk Assessment Team: George Economas (East Baltimore) or Mark Long (Homewood), Security; Michelle Carlstrom, FASAP; Patricia McLean, Office of the General Counsel.
  • JHU Staff - report incidents to Supervisor, HR and/or Employee Relations or Security at 410-516-7777.
  • JHU Residents and Fellows- report incidents to the residency or program director, or the Dean of Academic Affairs or Postdoctoral Affairs or Security at 410-955-5585.
  • JHU Students - report to the Dean or Director of Student Affairs or Security at 410-516-7777.
  • JHH and JHHS sites other than those listed below - report incidents to HR Consulting and Labor Relations at 410-955-6783 or Security at 410-955-5585.
    • JHHC-HR, Joe Rammacca at 410-424-4615
    • JHCP-HR, Leslie Rohde at 410-338-3500
    • JHHCG-HR, Denise Lannon at 410-288-8135 or Security at 410-550-0333
  • JHBMC-HR, Evelyn Oberender at 410-550-0433 or Security at 410-550-0333


If you or someone you know has difficulty with angry outbursts or violent behaviors, there are skills you can develop to help you respond appropriately and with better resolution and satisfaction. Anger management, conflict resolution, assertive communication, positive self-talk, and stress management techniques can assist you in being more in control, more effective in your interpersonal communication, and more positive about yourself and others.

If you are the victim of violence, there are workplace and community resources to assist you in whatever way you need. Contact the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FASAP) at 443-997-7000 for more information.