College of Staten Island
 The City University of New York

Public Safety
 Workplace Violence Prevention Program
 Campus Specific Training Supplement

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High Risk Locations/Risk Factors
This section was completed by the College of Staten Island, based on the results of the most recent physical site evaluation. It lists the risk factors identified during the physical site evaluation and recommends appropriate measures to address these risks.

Description of Identified Risk Factors
The College of Staten Island invited representatives from each union to participate in a physical site evaluation of the campus starting in November 2011. Factors that might place an employee at risk include but are not limited to:

  • Campus grounds consist of 204 acres of park like property connected by over 10 miles of roads and walkways. The quality of exterior lighting increases employee risk. In particular, inadequate lighting on the walkways leading from the buildings to the parking lots and the lighting in the parking lots themselves. Exterior building lighting was also a concern because of the potential of assault and injuries sustained from trip hazards that can’t be seen.
  • Offices that handle the exchange of money, including cash, checks, money orders and credit card receipts.
  • Offices that handle issues stressful to students, such as the Counseling Center, Admissions Office, Financial Aid Office, Registrar, Child Care Center, Public Safety Office, Office of Parking & DolphinCard Services, Center for Advising and Academic Success, Center for Student Accessibility  and the Student Affairs Office.
  • Offices that handle issues stressful to faculty and staff, such as the Public Safety Office, the Office of Human Resources, Legal Affairs and Office of Diversity & Compliance.
  • Work sites containing employees who work alone or in small groups: academic offices, faculty offices, entire campus for custodial staff, Public Safety, parking enforcement and OIT support.
  • Work sites centered on parking lots, and vehicle roadways where incidents stressful to the entire campus community may occur. These sites include employees involved in traffic accidents and parking disputes as well as employees responsible for driving buses, directing traffic and enforcing parking regulations.
  • Work sites containing employees who work late at night, early in the morning or on weekends: Entire campus for custodial staff and Public Safety staff, Library faculty and staff, faculty.

How the identified risk factors have been/are being addressed
In response, the College utilizes or is in process of upgrading the following control measures to eliminate or reduce workplace violence hazards:                          

     a. Engineering Controls.

i. Campus wide outdoor lighting projects have been approved and are in various stages of completion. Included will be a building down lighting project, replacement of roadway lighting, walkway lighting and parking lot lighting with new high efficiency fixtures.
ii. Bullet Proof Glass (Bursar)
iii. Safes (In all areas that handle money).
iv. Card Access in various labs and other high risk locations, OIT facilities, faculty & staff parking lots and turnstiles in 1L Library. (Note: card access is scheduled to be added to exterior doors of academic and administrative buildings)
v. Outside Events – Metal Detectors.
vi. Security Cameras – Bursar’s Office, Cyber Café, OIT facilities, outside perimeter. (Note: system is scheduled to be replace and upgraded).
vii. Public address system in academic and administrative buildings. (Note: system is scheduled to be replace and upgraded).
viii. Talk-a Phone Blue Light System consists of one functioning emergency communications tower in Parking Lot #4 (Note: system is scheduled to be replace and upgraded)

     b. Administrative or Work Practice Controls.

i. Public Safety Officer controls main gate for off-hour access.
ii. Public Safety Office located in strategic area.
iii. Public Safety is notified in advance by Human Resources and Student Affairs when they are meeting with a particular student or employee that they believe may present a higher risk of confrontation.
iv. Public Safety conducts lighting surveys of every outdoor fixture on our 204 acre campus and reports results to Building and Grounds for timely repair.
v. Customer Management System (One-Stop Service Center) similar to the system used by the Department of Motor Vehicles was added to student services hub.
vi. Authorization required and Public Safety notification needed for off-hour access.
vii. Campus and buildings are patrolled by Public Safety 24/7.
viii. Daily deposit required at Bursar’s for all areas that handle money.

     c. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

i. Walkie-Talkies (Public Safety, Buildings & Grounds,Parking & DolphinCard Services and Operational Services). 
ii. Public Safety - bulletproof vests, collapsible batons, pepper spray and handcuffs.
iii. Cell Phones (Emergency Management Team, OIT).
iv. Emergency Button with direct line for Public Safety from office phones.
v. Emergency Phones in the lobby of every building.
vi. Panic Buttons in Bursar’s office.

Campus Office of Public Safety
Incidents of workplace violence and behavior that you believe may lead to potential workplace violence must be reported promptly to a supervisor and/or the Office of Public Safety.

In order to maintain a safe working environment, incidents of workplace violence must be reported promptly to a supervisor and/or the Office of Public Safety.  The phone number of the College’s Office of Public Safety is 718-982-2111.  Members of the College community are also encouraged to report other behavior they believe may lead to potential workplace violence.  After an incident occurs or upon receipt of a complaint, an investigation will be conducted by the Office of Public Safety. Complaints involving the Office of Public Safety will be investigated by the Office of Human Resources.

     a. The College will use a form developed by the University’s Office of Public Safety to record incidents of workplace violence.  As set forth therein, investigative reports must include:

i. Workplace location where the incident occurred;

ii. Time of day/shift when the incident occurred;

iii. A detailed description of the incident, including events leading up to the incident and how the incident ended;

iv. Names and job titles of employees involved;

v. Name or other identifier of other individual(s) involved;

vi. Nature and extent of injuries arising from the incident; and

vii. Names of witnesses.


Workplace Violence Advisory Team (WVAT)
Mr. Robert Wilson
(Co-Chair) Director,Office of Public Safety
Ms. Hope Berte
(Co-Chair) Director Human Resources
Ms. Kathleen Galvez
Special Counsel/Labor Designee
Ms. Kathleen Collins
Director Environmental Health & Safety  
Ms. Danielle Dimitrov
Chief Diversity Officer
Dr. Kimberly Montagnino
Counseling Center
Dr. Andrew Poje
Mathematics Department  


Instructions on accessing your College’s Workplace Violence Prevention Program
The City University of New York’s Campus and Workplace Violence Prevention Policy can be found on the Public Safety web site located at:

The College of Staten Island’s Workplace Violence Prevention Program can be found on the Public Safety web site located at:

Domestic Violence Prevention Resources
Concerns about domestic violence entering or affecting the workplace may be reported to your Domestic Violence Liaison, a supervisor or to Public Safety.

Hope Bette – Director, Human Resources
718-982-2676 –

Robert Yurman – Public Safety
718-982-2114 –

Winnie Eng – Counselor, Counseling Center
718-982-2738 –                                                                                           


If you have questions about the information provided in your campus workplace violence prevention training, please contact the following representative(s) at the College.

Mr. Rob Yurman
(Co-Chair) Office of Public Safety
Monday 9am to 11am                                           718-982-2110

Ms. Hope Berte                       
(Co-Chair) Director Human Resources
Wednesday 2pm to 4pm                                            718-982-2676