Safety and Security in the Workplace

DHRM Policy 2.35 – Civility in the Workplace
UMW Policy E.3.3 – Workplace Violence
UMW Policy B.8.1 – Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence

As an employer, the University make every effort to ensure a safe and healthy workplace for its employees as well as for customers, students, colleagues, and visitors. Harassment (sexual or other), threats of violence, and violent acts in the workplace will be promptly addressed.  Violation of policies related to these matters can result in serious disciplinary action including termination.

Workers’ Compensation

DHRM Policy 4.60 – Workers’ Compensation
DHRM Policy 4.57 –  Virginia Sickness and Disability Program
UMW Policy – Workers’ Compensation /Return to Work






All employees are covered by the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act.

If an accident or illness arising from, and occurring in, the course of an employee’s job causes him or her to miss work, the employee may be entitled to compensation to help offset the loss of wages during the period s/he is unable to work.  The employee should report any work-related accident to his or her supervisor immediately.  If the employee requires medical attention, a list of participating workers’ compensation doctors will be provided by the Office of Human Resources.

Hazard Communications Standard Program

The University has adopted the Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board’s “Hazard Communications Standard.” The purpose of this standard is to establish uniform requirements to ensure that (1) the hazards produced by certain substances in the workplace are evaluated and (2) Material Safety Data Sheets relating to these hazards are provided to affected employers and employees.  All departments of the University are included within the program, and written program guidelines are available for review from the Emergency Management and Safety Department.

Departments that use and/or store hazardous substances are required to retain Material Safety Data Sheets and forward them to the Emergency Management and Safety Department for reference and inventory on the items.  A complete set of these sheets is available for review in Brent Hall, Safety Office.

UMW Police Department

UMW Police Department

It is our mission to provide a safe and secure environment for the University of Mary Washington community by promoting community-oriented customer service while maintaining a high level of professionalism. We are committed to the expert development of our officers and the prevention and solving of crimes to improve the quality of the campus community.

UMW Emergency Alerts

UMW Emergency Alerts

UMW’s emergency alert system, UMW Alerts, offers faculty, staff and students to customize their emergency notices the way they want to receive them.  You must register with UMW Alerts to receive the alerts.

When the University issues a notification about a potential emergency, safety hazard or concern, you will receive a message on the voice or text communication methods for which you have registered. Please confirm that you have receive the message and you will not be contacted by subsequent methods regarding that particular notification, If you do not confirm, the system will continue to attempt to reach you through all the paths for which you have registered.

Violence Prevention &  Threat Assessment

Violence Prevention &  Threat Assessment

The University of Mary Washington (UMW) promotes a safe and secure environment in which to learn and work by prohibiting threats or acts of violence by or against members of the University community. In addition, UMW prohibits threats and acts of violence on University property and within University facilities.

The violence prevention and threat assessment process promotes campus safety and aims to prevent violence through comprehensive threat management oversight and the identification and evaluation of possible threats to an individual or to the campus. UMW uses a variety of strategies to accomplish the following objectives:

  • To educate members of the University community about violence prevention and threat assessment.
  • To identify, prevent, and provide consequences for threats and acts of violence.
  • To mitigate the effects of threats and acts of violence on victims and on the campus community.

Emergency Management & Safety

Emergency Management and Safety

The Emergency Management and Safety seeks to identify and correct recognizable hazards to persons or property relating to the methods, processes, and practices that occur during the normal operation of the institution in order to protect the faculty, staff, and students of the University. The staff of Emergency Management and Safety coordinate assigned central programs and provide assistance and guidance to the safety programs operated by other departments and divisions of the University.