Domestic Violence in the Workplace

Missouri State University seeks to create a supportive workplace environment in which employees feel comfortable discussing domestic violence and seeking assistance for domestic violence concerns. The purpose of this policy is to increase awareness of domestic violence and to provide guidance to employees and management in addressing domestic violence issues and their effects in the workplace.

Domestic violence, as defined for this policy, is any physically, sexually, and/or psychologically abusive behavior that a household member or dating partner uses to establish and maintain control over another person. Such behavior can be violent or threaten violence and may result in physical or emotional harm or otherwise place a person's safety and productivity at risk. Domestic violence is a serious problem that affects people from all walks of life. It can adversely affect the well-being and productivity of faculty and staff members who are victims, as well as their co-workers.

Missouri State University does not tolerate domestic violence in the workplace, including offices, work sites, vehicles, field locations or other locations where University business is conducted. Domestic violence perpetrators may be removed from the premises and may be subject to arrest and/or criminal prosecution. Employees who engage in domestic violence in the workplace, or who use University facilities, property or resources to engage in domestic violence are subjected to disciplinary action, including termination of employment.

The University is committed to working with faculty and staff members who are victims of domestic violence to prevent abuse and harassment from occurring in the workplace and to reduce its impact on employee well-being and productivity. No faculty or staff member will be penalized or disciplined solely for being a victim of harassment in the workplace. Faculty and staff members who are victims of domestic violence are expected to cooperate with the University in instituting approaches to create a safe working environment for them, as well as their co-workers.

All Missouri State University employees need to take seriously the problem of domestic violence and its effect in the workplace. Missouri State University will take all reasonable measures to foster a safe working environment for all employees and other members of the University community. You may also contact the Family Violence Center, 417-837-7700, 24 hour hotline 417-864-SAFE (7233) or 800-831-6863 or the Missouri Coalition of Domestic Violence, 573-634-4161.