Workplace Violence

Identification and Training

OHSU policy defines workplace violence as any behavior, communication or conduct that would cause a reasonable person to fear violence. 

Violence and threats of violence in the workplace will not be tolerated. OHSU seeks a safe environment for its community, including employees, patients, visitors, students, affiliates and guests, and is committed to maintaining an environment free from violence and threats of violence.

Resources and training are available from Public Safety. We can provide an assessment of your work area for workplace violence hazards. To schedule an appointment, call our dispatch center at 503 494-7744 and ask for the Community Safety Coordinator or designee.


Early reporting of potential unsafe situations can be key to preventing a tragedy. If violence is taking place now or when violence appears to be likely: 

  • On Marquam Hill or at the South Waterfront, call Public Safety at 503 494-4444 and request that "Dr. Strong" come to your area. Tell the dispatcher the exact location. Stay on the line if it is safe to do so. Get yourself and your co-workers to safety. 
  • At West Campus dial 9 911. Get yourself and your co-workers to safety.
All incidents of workplace violence should also be immediately reported to a supervisor and to Human Resources at 503 494-8060.

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In Case of Emergency

For on-campus emergencies, including crimes in progress, call 503 494-4444.