Policy StatementThe Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is committed to providing a positive working and learning environment free from violence and threatening behavior. Individuals should be treated with courtesy and respect at all times.
Reason for PolicyThe Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is committed to providing a positive working and learning environment free from violence and threatening behavior. Individuals should be treated with courtesy and respect at all times.
Reason for Policy
*Legal, chemical dispensing devices sold commercially for personal protection (i.e. pepper sprays) are not prohibited by this policy provided they are being carried for the express purpose of self-defense and are not being used in an instigative, aggressive or threatening manner.
WHOI Hotline: 1-866-868-0920
The information provided through the WHOI Ethics Hotline noted above will be shared with the Institution’s EEO Officer/Title IX Coordinator by EthicsPoint on a completely confidential and anonymous basis. Unless the individual allows differently, personal contact information will not be shared. Means of communication between individual filing a report and the Institution’s EEO Officer/Title IX Coordinator will facilitated entirely through EthicsPoint.Although not mandatory, individuals are encouraged to report situations that occur outside of the Institution that may affect Institution safety, i.e., instances involving individuals affiliated with the Institution when law enforcement has been involved in a dispute, orders of protection have been issued, etc.
Investigation and Enforcement
The Institution will promptly and thoroughly investigate all reports of threats of (or actual) violence and of suspicious individuals or activities. The identity of the individual making a report will be protected as much as is practical and reasonably possible. Any individual determined to be responsible for conduct that is in violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment or appointment, arrest and prosecution
Risk Reduction Measures
Information regarding warning signs and risk reduction measures may be found at http://www.whoi.edu/HR/page.do?pid=22079.
The Institution provides the services of an outside, independent, confidential Employee and Student Assistance Program (ESAP) for all employees, postdocs and students. You are encouraged to use these services should you feel the need for guidance .Up to five (5) visits are covered at no cost to the employee, postdoc, student or family member. The ESAP may be contacted directly at (800) 828-6025 or (508) 842-2780.