The University prides itself on fostering a caring community, one that is committed to the personal growth and transformation of its members. Accordingly, the University will not tolerate acts of violence (i.e., assaulting, striking, shoving, slapping, fighting), harassment, verbal threats, intimidation and other similar behavior. Students are expected to handle conflict appropriately. In the event of physical violence, students should pursue every means possible to avoid physical retaliation. Students who commit such acts will be subject to disciplinary action (including suspension or expulsion), removal from campus, and/or criminal prosecution. The University community must do all that it can to eradicate violence on campus and in the surrounding neighborhood. To this end, acts of violence, harassment, verbal threats, intimidation and other similar behavior should be immediately reported to the Department of Public Safety. Acts of retaliation are prohibited against anyone who brings a complaint of violence or serves as a witness in the investigation of a complaint of violence.