Respectful Workplace 2017

February 16, 2017


To: Campus Community

From: Nancy Resnick, Chief Human Resources Officer and Associate Vice President
Doug Blandy, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Susan Anderson, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Re: Respectful Workplace

The University of Oregon is committed to diversity and inclusion and providing an environment free of discrimination and harassment in which all students, staff and faculty may contribute and thrive. Hostile, intimidating, or abusive behavior damages the strong sense of community valued at UO. Please join us in working to ensure that each member of our community benefits from a respectful and inclusive working and learning environment.

We recognize the demands of our jobs and stressful challenges in our work and personal lives can occasionally lead to moments of impatience and irritability.  However, we want to take this opportunity to remind you that regardless of the provocation or reason, it is never appropriate or acceptable to vent frustrations or conduct workplace business by yelling, using profanity, or acting in a demeaning or verbally abusive way. 

If you are a supervisor, administrator, or unit head, we ask that you pay close attention to the quality of interactions in your unit. We expect that you will make a conscious effort to model the behavior necessary to create an inclusive and respectful climate for all. If you have questions, or need advice in ways to create a more respectful environment for all of your colleagues and coworkers, please contact the HR Employee Labor Relations team. Annie Bentz, Senior Employee Relations Coordinator, is also available to assist with workplace climate issues. Annie can be reached at 6-2972.

In addition to the contacts listed above, UO provides resources that support respectful and inclusive learning and working environments. The Office of Human Resources offers three training opportunities specifically promoting more effective and respectful communications: “Crucial Conversations,” “Crucial Accountability,” and “Influencer.”  Information about these and other relevant courses is available on the Professional Development website.

If you believe you have been the target of inappropriate behavior, we urge you to report the incident to your supervisor or unit head. You may also consult with staff members in the Office of Human Resources, the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, or the Ombuds Office. In addition, if you are represented by SEIU, Teamsters, GTFF, or United Academics, you have the option of contacting your union steward. 

It is important to note, all employees – faculty, staff, and supervisors – have a specific responsibility to report to their supervisors or to the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity if they have credible evidence that prohibited discrimination is occurring. The university encourages all members of the UO community to contact the AAEO office to discuss concerns or make a report of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation.

Your commitment to fostering an inclusive and respectful working and learning environment at the University of Oregon is deeply appreciated