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Physical Violence

Violence is any action that:

  • Threatens the safety of faculty, staff, students, patients, or visitors
  • Impacts their physical or psychological well-being
  • Causes damage to the institutions’ property

Actions may include:

  • Physical assault (e.g., pushing, hitting, slapping, choking, kicking, or biting)
  • Threatening behavior towards another person, child, animal, or oneself
  • Display of physical force against a person or property
  • Behavior that results in personal injury or destruction of property

Zero Tolerance for Violent Behavior

Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Health System have adopted policies that call for zero tolerance of violent behavior, threats, bullying, and intimidation. Johns Hopkins will not permit employment-based retaliation against anyone who, in good faith, brings a complaint of workplace violence or who speaks as a witness in the investigation of a complaint of workplace violence. 

The only effective response is to report the violence immediately. Contact your supervisor, manager, academic advisor, human resources professional or security who should notify a member of the multidisciplinary Risk Assessment Team either in person, by phone, or using the Report a Threat or Risk form.

If at any time you are concerned for your safety and require an immediate response, contact Security or dial 911.