To establish campus policy for domestic violence in the workplace and related issues in accordance with New York State Executive Order No. 19. The college takes a proactive approach through education and training to prevent domestic violence in the workplace.
For purposes of this policy, related terms will be defined as follows:
Domestic Violence: a pattern of coercive tactics, which can include physical, psychological, sexual, economic and emotional abuse, perpetrated by one person against an adult intimate partner, with the goal of establishing and maintaining power and control over the victim
Intimate Partner: persons legally married to one another; persons formerly married to one another; persons who have a child in common (regardless of whether such persons are married or have lived together at any time), couples who live together or have lived together, or persons who are dating or who have dated in the past, including same sex couples
Abuser: a person who perpetrates a pattern of coercive tactics which can include physical, psychological, sexual, economic and emotional abuse against an adult intimate partner, with the goal of establishing and maintaining power and control over the victim
Victim: The person against whom an abuser directs coercive and/or violent acts.
Empire State College shall ensure that personnel policies and procedures do not discriminate against victims of domestic violence and are responsive to the needs of victims of domestic violence.
Contact the Office of Human Resources for questions regarding leave that must be granted to victims or subpoenaed witnesses.
By means of a domestic violence workplace-safety response plan, Empire State College shall make employees aware of their options and available resources and help employees safeguard each other and report domestic violence to designated officials.
Empire State College will hold employees accountable for engaging in the following behavior: (1) using state resources to commit an act of domestic violence; (2) committing an act of domestic violence from or at the workplace or from any other location while on official state business; or (3) using their job-related authority and/or state resources in order to negatively affect victims and/or assist perpetrators in locating a victim and/or in perpetrating an act of domestic violence.
Pursuant to New York state and federal law, a person convicted of a domestic violence-related crime or subject to an order of protection, under certain circumstances, forfeits the right to legally possess a firearm or long gun. Additionally, federal law contains prohibitions relating to shipping, transportation, or receiving firearms or ammunition.
The OPDV’s one-day training on domestic violence and the workplace will be completed by the affirmative action officer and campus safety liaisons who provide support for those in need of assistance. All other appropriate administrators, supervisors, human resources personnel, union representatives and security personnel are encouraged to attend OPVD’s 90-minute training on Domestic Violence and the workplace. Additionally, the college will provide staff training on domestic violence and its impact on the workplace with materials provided by OPDV through the campus, OPDV and/or a local domestic violence service provider.
Online training on domestic violence in the workplace has been created for state employees. The one-hour program is accessed through the New York state learning management system (SLMS) [login required].
Information to be Included in campus postings regarding domestic violence and the workplace
At a minimum, the following information shall be provided to current employees and new employees and included in posters posted in areas where employment information is ordinarily posted:
Additionally, Empire State College shall integrate information on domestic violence and this policy: Domestic Violence and the Workplace, into existing materials and literature, policies, protocols and procedures, including the Public Employer Workplace Violence Prevention Programs 12 NYCRR pt. 800.16 Public Employer Workplace Violence Prevention Programs as appropriate.
New York State Executive Order #19