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Vanderbilt University Lists Stressful Incidents as a Form of ‘Workplace Violence’

Vanderbilt University Lists Stressful Incidents as a Form of ‘Workplace Violence’

“behavior which create incidents that are stressful or traumatic that interfere with an individual’s or group of individuals’ ability to effectively function in his/her educational work environment”

This seems like a recipe for disaster. Imagine how this policy could be abused.

Campus Reform reports:

‘Stressful’ incidents fall under ‘workplace violence’ at Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University lists “stressful or traumatic” incidents under examples of “workplace violence.” The policy stipulates that faculty whose behavior causes these types of responses may be disciplined or even terminated.

The vague statement regarding workplace behavior on the university’s website is last on the list of various types of behaviors that are not tolerated, located on a page titled “Workplace Violence.”

Examples of “disruptive, threatening or violent behavior” include yelling, making threats, and physical assault along with “behavior which create incidents that are stressful or traumatic that interfere with an individual’s or group of individuals’ ability to effectively function in his/her educational work environment.”

Although there isn’t any clarification regarding what constitutes a “stressful or traumatic” incident, employees in violation of the policy may be disciplined or even terminated.

“Employees who violate this policy may be subject to discipline up to and including discharge,” the website states.

Constitutional lawyer Hans Bader discussed the policy with Campus Reform, explaining that it is too vague: “If it were at a public rather than private university (and thus bound by the First Amendment), it would be unconstitutionally vague, and violate the First Amendment, because it could be used to restrict some speech protected by the First Amendment.” Vanderbilt, however, is a private university.

“Speech doesn’t lose its protection just because it is labeled as ‘workplace violence,'” he added.

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SeekingRationalThought | December 27, 2020 at 1:49 pm

Yet another university that can be added to the list of those whose graduates should not be hired.

But what happens when unwoke students begin claiming that the university is engaging in “workplace violence” by forcing them to endure stressful CRT struggle sessions?

    artichoke in reply to henrybowman. | December 28, 2020 at 10:11 am

    They should do exactly this. Lawfare. Play their game and beat them at it.

    Of course it might not work because the courts have shown themselves to have political agendas, all the way to the top. But it’s worth a good hard try in the name of exhausting all legal remedies.

Vanderbilt, however, is a private university.

So this is a non-story.

Going to one of their mandatory “diversity” brainwashing sessions would be about the most stressful thing I can imagine. I hope some people file Workplace Violence complaints if they are forced to go to sessions where they are stereotyped, belittled, and required to divulge personal information.

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