Stance Against Workplace Bullying

It is the policy of Truckee Meadows Community College to maintain a work environment that a reasonable person would consider free from bullying, as described by the provisions, definitions, and procedures of this policy. This stance is consistent with the College’s efforts to maintain equal employment opportunity, equal educational opportunity, and nondiscrimination in programs, services, and use of facilities. It is the responsibility of all Covered Persons to know and apply the provisions of this policy.


Work Environment

Any location owned, leased, rented or occupied by the Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education on behalf of the TMCC, or any location where a college employee is acting in the course or scope of employment. This includes, but is not limited to, buildings, grounds, and surrounding perimeters, including parking lots, field locations, and classrooms. It also includes vehicles when those vehicles are used for college business. This is extended to written or electronic communication, as well as group behavior which has a negative impact on the workplace and/or on others.

Covered Persons

This policy applies to all employees, including but not limited to academic faculty, administrative faculty, and state classified employees, student employees, volunteers, affiliates, and all other persons under the jurisdiction of the College to impose sanctions for behavior in the employment context, including agents, contractors and subcontractors. Student employees who are in violation of this policy are also subject to the procedures detailed in the TMCC Student Conduct Code.


Bullying in the context of the workplace is repeated offensive and malicious behavior by words or actions which undermines an individual or group through persistently negative attacks. The behavior is calculated to undermine, patronize, humiliate, intimidate, or demean the recipient. Bullying, as used in this policy, also includes “cyber-bullying,” meaning bullying that takes place online or is perpetrated using electronic means of communications.

Words or actions that may cause an individual discomfort or distress do not necessarily constitute bullying behavior. Behavior that is unfriendly, dismissive or curt is not bullying unless it is carried to such an extreme that a reasonable person would feel fearful, intimidated, or physically or mentally harmed by it. Criticism, complaints, and negative feedback are not considered bullying when they are reasonable, legitimate, and proportional, and directly address issues of workplace performance and/or conduct. Employees are expected to meet the reasonable performance and behavior standards of their position, and requiring a person to meet those expectations in not bullying under this policy.

TMCC and NSHE have policies that prohibits unlawful discrimination and harassment. While workplace bullying can be intertwined with unlawful discrimination and harassment, bullying behavior can occur apart from these other forms of misconduct. Workplace bullying that does not constitute unlawful harassment or discrimination is prohibited by this policy .