Policy 7.01


Zero Tolerance for Violence


Part 1. Purpose 

In accordance with Minnesota State Statute 15.86, Minneapolis College values an environment free from threats, intimidation, and acts of violence. The College strictly prohibits and will not tolerate violence or intimidation of any type from any source. This includes intimidating or violent words or actions by employees, students, or visitors.

Part 2. Definitions 

Violence: "Violence is the unjust exercise of power, intimidation, harassment and/or the threatened or actual use of force which results in or has a high likelihood of causing fear, injury, suffering, or death." (Minnesota Violence Prevention Task Force, 1994) 

Behavior prohibited by this policy includes, but is not limited to name-calling, obscene language and gestures, throwing objects, pushing, stalking, bullying, hazing, negative racial or sexual comments, acts of hate directed at another because of a personal characteristic, assaults, inappropriate touching, carrying weapons, ridiculing or showing disrespect for others, threats of violence, and all actions intended to produce physical or emotional harm in another.

Part 3. Penalties for Violating Policy

Minneapolis College employees and students who violate this policy are subject to sanctions from Minneapolis College and Minnesota State, as well as legal sanctions under local, state and federal law.

Subpart A. Students

Students found to have violated this policy may be disciplined according to the Student Code of Conduct specified in College Policy 4.04 and Procedure 4.04.01. 

Disciplinary sanctions include warning, restitution, probation, discretionary sanction, loss of college privileges, suspension, long-term suspension, summary suspension and expulsion, and referral for prosecution.

Subpart B. Employees

Employees found to have violated this policy may be subject to discipline including oral and written reprimand, suspension, termination, and referral for prosecution.

Part 4. Reporting Criminal Behavior

Reporting criminal behavior to local law enforcement agencies such as the Minneapolis Police Department or the Hennepin County Sheriffs' Department should normally be done with the assistance of the Minneapolis College Public Safety Department to insure appropriate documentation, case numbering and follow-up.

Owner(s) Title: Vice President of Finance and Operations

Date of Adoption: 7/1/1999

Date of Implementation (if different from adoption date): N/A

Date Last Amended: 6/23/2022 (Comprehensive)

History and Subject of Revisions: 6/23/2022 (Comprehensive), 7/1/1999 (Adopted)

Regulatory Authority (e.g. Minnesota State policy, federal or state law): State of Minnesota Statute 15.86