Palmer College of Chiropractic is committed to maintaining a safe working and learning environment for all members of the Palmer community. Paramount to achieving Palmer’s strategic vision is a climate that utilizes constructive methods of conflict resolution and in which violence is strictly prohibited.

Scope

This policy applies to the entire College community and 3rd parties.

Definitions

Violence - includes, but is not limited to, any act, behavior, conduct or statement that:
  • Carries an expressed or implied threat or intent to endanger the safety of an individual and/or cause harm to a person or property;
  • Is negligent behavior that threatens or endangers the health or safety of an individual and/or causes harm to a person or property;
  • Is physically assaultive; including, but not limited to, sexual assault
  • Is obsessively directed, e.g., intensely focused on a grudge, grievance or romantic interest in another person and reasonably likely to result in harm or threats of harm to persons or property;
  • Is bias-motivated, e.g. focused on a bias toward one’s race, color, religion, national origin, sexual
    orientation, gender or disability and reasonably likely to result in intimidation or harm to person or property;
  • Involves carrying or displaying weapons;
  • Involves destroying property, blocking paths for the purpose of intimidation or throwing or pounding objects in a threatening manner;
  • Is unreasonably disruptive to one’s job performance or Palmer’s ability to execute its mission.

Administrative Rules

Prohibited Conduct

Palmer College of Chiropractic does not tolerate violence toward or by any of its employees, students or others conducting business or otherwise associated with the organization. Violence on College property, during College sponsored activities, programs and events, including those that take place at off-campus locations, is prohibited. It is a violation of this policy for any employee, student or third party to exhibit violence toward any employee, student or any other individual associated with or conducting business with Palmer College of Chiropractic.

Violence directed at or exhibited by a College community member via telephone, fax, electronic or conventional mail or any other communication medium as a result of association with the College is in violation of this policy.

Additionally any unlawful violent actions committed by College community members or third parties while on College premises or in the course of their employment, academic or business endeavors with the College may be referred to legal authorities.

Protective or Restraining Orders

Any employee or student who has been granted a protective or restraining order which lists College-owned or leased premises as a protected area is required to provide a copy of such order to Security, Adjudication and/or Human Resources.

In An Emergency

Employees, students or visitors are to take any actual or implied threat or violent act seriously and immediately bring violent behavior or conduct to the attention of the Office of Security.

Essential Elements Applicable to all Institutional Policies

Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of all employees and students to know and comply with this policy and all applicable laws and public ordinances. Further, employees and students are expected to review the proscribed conduct set forth in this policy, as well as, any associated division or department-specific procedures that describe policy implementation practices to ensure a clear understanding of the College’s expectations.

Disciplinary Action

Violent behavior is considered serious misconduct. Employees or students found to have conducted themselves in a manner prohibited by this policy may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment and/or dismissal as a student.

Reporting Noncompliance

Filing a Report

Employees And Students 

Employees, students or any other member of the College community should report allegations of noncompliance with this policy to the Office of Institutional Compliance and Quality Assurance through one of the designated individuals named below.

College Officials 

Supervisors, administrators or any other College officials who witness; are directly advised of; or become aware of allegations of noncompliance with this policy are to immediately advise one of the designated individuals named below.

Palmer College of Chiropractic
Earlye Adams Julien, PHR, M.S. Ed., CQIA
Senior Director for Institutional Compliance & Organizational Development
1000 Brady Street
Davenport, IA 52803-5214
phone: (563) 884-5476 or
earlye.julien@palmer.edu 

Palmer College of Chiropractic
Lori Larsen, B.A., Lead Coordinator
Also Serving as Compliance Coordinator
Office of Adjudication
1000 Brady Street
Davenport, IA 52803-5214
(563) 884-5246 or (800) 722-2586
lori.larsen@palmer.edu 

Palmer College of Chiropractic
William DuMonthier, D.C., Dean of Student Academic Affairs
Also Serving as Compliance Coordinator
Office of Student Academic Affairs
90 E. Tasman Drive
San Jose, CA 95134-1617
(408) 944-6062
william.dumonthier@palmer.edu 

Palmer College of Chiropractic
Cheryl Shaw, B.S., Human Resources Manager
Also Serving as Compliance Coordinator
4777 City Center Parkway
Port Orange, FL 32129-4153
(386) 763-2665
cheryl.shaw@palmer.edu 

Confidentiality 

The College shall maintain the confidentiality of the information they receive, except where disclosure is required by law, policy or is necessary to facilitate legitimate College processes, including the investigation and resolution of allegations.
The identity of participants in an investigation shall be maintained in confidence subject to the same limitations above.
Individuals who have reported questionable behavior or who have initiated or participated in the complaint procedures available are advised their identity may be known for reasons beyond the control of college officials or investigators.

Anonymity 

Because of the inherent difficulty in investigating and resolving allegations from unidentified persons, the College discourages individuals from making anonymous reports of improper conduct. However, should the College receive an anonymous report, such report will be reviewed to determine the appropriateness and/or feasibility of a response.

Retaliation 

The College strictly prohibits retaliation or reprisal of any kind against an individual who has reported questionable behavior or who has initiated or participated in the complaint procedures available. Allegations of retaliation shall constitute separate grounds upon which a complaint may be raised under this policy.

Reporting False Claims 

Any individual who makes a claim under this policy in bad faith, or knows or has reason to know that such claim is false or materially inaccurate, shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination.

Investigations

The College may determine an allegation of noncompliance with this policy requires an investigation. No one other than the appointed investigator will be allowed to conduct an investigation on behalf of the College. The College may impose any appropriate measures on an interim basis where there is a reasonable cause to believe that such action is needed for the health, safety or welfare of members of the College community or to avoid disruption to the work/educational environment including student suspension or employee administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

Violation of Law and College Policies

Noncompliance with the College’s policies includes any behaviors covered under applicable laws. Individuals engaging in illegal activities may subject themselves to criminal penalties under the law.

Disciplinary proceedings may be instituted against an individual that potentially violates both the criminal law and the College’s policies (that is, if both possible violations result from the same factual situation) without regard to the pendency of civil or criminal litigation. Proceedings under this policy may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following a civil or criminal proceeding at the discretion of the Chief of Compliance or designee. Determinations made or disciplinary actions imposed under this policy shall not be subject to change because criminal charges arising out of the same facts giving rise to violation of the College’s policies were dismissed, reduced or resolved in favor of or against the criminal law defendant.

When a student or employee is charged by federal, state or local authorities with a violation of law, the College will not request or agree to special consideration for that individual because of his or her status as a student or employee with the College. If the alleged offense is also being processed under College policy, the College may advise legal authorities of the existence of the College’s policies and how such matters are typically handled within the College community.

Important Contacts Davenport Campus:

Call (563) 884-5555 or Ext. 5555

Important Contacts West Campus: 

Call (408) 944-6147 or Ext. 6147

Important Contacts Florida Campus: 

Call (386) 763-2777 or Ext. 2777

Contact Us

Davenport, Iowa, Campus
Student Services
(563) 884-5857

San Jose, Calif., Campus
Student Services
(408) 944-6020

Port Orange, Fla., Campus
Student Services
(386) 763-2724

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