Cal Poly Pomona President Michael Ortiz

Cal Poly Pomona is committed to creating and maintaining a working, learning, and social environment that is free from violence. The university has zero tolerance for threats or acts of violence against members of the campus community.

Civility, understanding, and mutual respect are intrinsic to excellence in teaching, learning and maintaining a productive work environment. The university is also committed to providing a safe and healthy campus culture, which serves the needs of its many constituencies.

The university prohibits and will take decisive action to eliminate:

  • verbal or written harassment  
  • acts which can be interpreted as physical assault  
  • hazing  
  • threats to harm someone or endanger the safety of others  
  • behaviors or actions interpreted by a reasonable person as carrying the potential for violence and/or acts of aggression 
  • threats to destroy or the actual destruction of property  
  • possession of a firearm, knife or any dangerous weapon.  

Such conduct is subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from employment, expulsion from the university and/or civil or criminal prosecution as appropriate.

To fulfill this policy, the university will work to prevent violence from occurring and will ensure that federal and state laws, as well as university regulations prohibiting violence, are enforced. In determining whether conduct constitutes a credible threat or act of violence, the circumstances surrounding the conduct will be considered.

It is the responsibility of every administrator, faculty member, staff member and student to take any threat of violence seriously. All threats must be reported to the appropriate authority. Failure to report any threat is subject to disciplinary action.  Managers/supervisors can also be held responsible for civil and personal liability.  When confronted by an imminent or actual incident of violence, call 9-1-1 immediately. When presented with a threat of possible violence, the following action is recommended.

  • Threats by a student should be reported immediately to the Police Department at (909) 869-3070 and the Judicial Affairs office, David Johnson at (909) 869-3257. 
  • Threats by a staff or student employee should be reported immediately to the Police Department at (909) 869-3070 and the reporting employees supervisor, who will contact Diversity, Human Resources & Employee Services, Ray Inge at (909) 869-3016 for assistance. 
  • Threats by a faculty member should be reported immediately to the Police Department at (909) 869-3070 and the appropriate deans office for consultation with the Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs Barbara Hacker at (909) 869-2629, or her designee. 
  • Threats from others not affiliated as a student or employee of the university should be reported immediately to the Police Department at (909) 869-3070. 

University Violence Prevention Program administrators and/or staff assigned to conduct investigations shall maintain confidentiality to the fullest extent possible, depending on the circumstances and the actions to be taken for resolution.  However, in most cases, complainants will need to be identified in order for appropriate action to be taken.

No person who files a complaint, testifies, assists or participates in any manner in an investigation, proceeding or hearing, shall be intimidated, threatened, coerced or discriminated against by any other person within the university community.

Cal Poly Pomona has a committee to address campus violence.  The program administrator is Ray Inge, associate vice president for Diversity, Human Resources & Employee Services. Members of the committee are prepared to offer programs for faculty, staff and students and can tailor these presentations to the needs and time limits of those requesting the presentation. Suggestions and requests for on-site education programs should be directed to Debbi McFall, emergency services coordinator at (909) 869-6981 or Inge at (909) 869-3016.

Our goal is to establish a proactive program and a climate in which individuals know how and when to respond to the threat of violence. Your support is anticipated and appreciated.

Michael Ortiz