In compliance with New York State law and CUNY policy, special training programs are provided to help address and prevent acts of violence within the University. Under the Workplace Violence Prevention Program, campus teams charged with addressing issues of violence at the colleges and at Central Office locations receive training that instructs them in their responsibilities under CUNY’s workplace violence prevention policy, and that identifies resources to assist them in executing their responsibilities. An online training program also assists campus trainers in instructing their employees in the University’s policy and in specific campus hazards and prevention procedures. Domestic Violence Prevention training is available for campus domestic violence liaisons through the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV).

Workplace Violence prevention

The City University of New York has a long-standing commitment to promoting a safe and secure academic and work environment. All members of the University community are expected to maintain a working and learning environment free from violence, threats of harassment, intimidation, or coercion. Specific courses offered as part of the CUNY Professional Development Program (CPDP) have been selected to equip members of the University with skills for preventing incidents of workplace violence. Courses are conducted at the Central Office and at several CUNY colleges.

CUNY campuses also are engaged in assessing prevention needs and providing information and training in workplace violence prevention. Interested employees should contact their campus WVAT Coordinator (WVAT = Workplace Violence Advisory Team) for information about workplace violence prevention activities on their campuses.
A copy of CUNY’s Workplace Violence Policy and Procedures is available at the following site:

workplace violence prevention training administrators

Campus Workplace Violence Prevention Training Administrators are responsible for communicating information on CUNY’s WVP Policy & Procedures to all campus employees charged with college workplace violence prevention responsibilities. The current Workplace Violence Prevention Training Administrators are:

Workplace Violence Prevention Training Administrators
Baruch CollegeMonique Brown George/Raquel De Leon
Borough of Manhattan CCRobert E. Daiz/Maria Deckinger
Bronx CCGrisselle Nadal-Arroyo
Brooklyn CollegePatrick Croff/Jennifer DePalma
Central OfficeSonia Pearson
City CollegeJohn Siderakis/Tamara Smalling
College of Staten IslandHope Berte/Toni Gill
Graduate School/School Prof Stud/School Pub Health/Grad Sch Jrnlsm/Macaulay Honors CollegeElla Kiselyuk/Yvonne NoriegaAnastasia Koutsidis
Guttman CCShirley Shevach/Keisha Pottinger-Moore/Gissette Forte
Hostos CCHunter CollegeJohn Rose/Galia Galansky
John Jay CollegeLorraine Belasco
Kingsborough CCMicheline Driscoll/Tyrone Forte
LaGuardia CCCheryl Still
Law SchoolElizabeth Johnston/Steve Katz
Lehman CollegeEzequiel Pagan/Arthur McHugh
Medgar Evers CollegeHeather Grant
NYC College of TechnologyAngela Marshall-Jackie
Queens CollegeMary Aboki
Queensborough CCGlenna Lash
York CollegeOlga Dais/Geraldine Powell

domestic violence IN the workplace

The City University of New York disapproves of violence against women, men, or children in any form. Domestic violence can spill over into the workplace, compromising the safety of both victims and co-workers. CUNY is committed to full compliance with all applicable laws governing domestic violence in the workplace.

New York State requires employees designated as Domestic Violence Liaisons to complete a one-day Domestic Violence and the Workplace “orientation” course conducted by The New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV). Campus domestic violence prevention training liaisons also are required to complete the half-day OPDV train-the-trainer course entitled, Program Implementation: Tools and Techniques for Trainers.

A copy of CUNY’s Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy is available at:

Registration for campus liaisons and trainers

Registration for courses presented by the OHRM Professional Development and Learning Management Office (PDLM) requires completion of the PDLM E-Application (“E-App”). Completed E-Apps should be received in the Professional Development Office at least 10 days before the start of a course. The Professional Development Office generally confirms an applicant’s registration for a course five to seven days before the start of the course. The E-App is available under the REGISTRATION link on the PDLM web site at or click here.

Information on courses conducted by The New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) is available at:

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