Respectful Workplace 2018

February 13, 2018

To: Campus Community
From: Nancy Resnick, Chief Human Resources Officer and Associate Vice Preisdent Scott Pratt, Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affair
Date: February 13, 2018
Re: Respectful Workplace

We recognize the demands of our jobs and challenges in our personal lives can occasionally lead to stress. However, it is never appropriate by acting in a demeaning, threatening, or verbally abusive manner. Yelling or cursing at others, or engaging in intimidating behaviors are examples of violations of our respectful workplace expectations. Use good judgement and do not act in ways likely to diminish others' sense of safety, inclusion, and respect in the workplace as highlighted in the Community Standards Affirmation and in applicable collective bargaining agreements.The University of Oregon is committed to equity, inclusion, and providing an environment free from discrimination and harassment in which all students, staff, and faculty may contribute and thrive. We are writing to remind all faculty, staff, graduate employees, and supervisors about our expectation that we all work together to create a respectful working and learning environment.

If you have witnessed or been the target of inappropriate behavior, we urge you to talk with your supervisor or unit head, and/or contact one of the resources listed below.

If you are a supervisor or unit head, pay close attention to the quality of interactions in your unit. We expect you to model behavior that creates an inclusive and respectful climate for all. We also expect that you will swiftly address inappropriate behavior that occurs in your unit. Concerns raised by SEIU employees should be addressed as soon as possible, but no later than 30 days from the occurrence of the incident as outlined in Article 69: Mutual Respect in the SEIU collective bargaining agreement. If you have questions, or need advice about addressing problematic behaviors or want to learn more about creating a respectful environment, please see the resources below.

It is important to note that the University of Oregon prohibits unlawful discrimination. Contact the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity to discuss concerns or make a report of discrimination, harassment, or related retaliation. All employees - faculty, graduate employees, staff, and supervisors - have specific obligations to report prohibited discrimination and should understand these responsibilities by reviewing these webpages: 

Thank you for helping to foster an inclusive and respectful working and learning environment at the University of Oregon. Again, if you have questions or concerns, please contact the resources listed below.


Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity (AAEO)
Contact AAEO to report discrimination or harassment based on protected status.

Respect website

Unit Contacts

GTFF: 541-344-0832

SEIU: 541-346-0832

United Academics: 541-636-4714

Teamsters: 503-251-2344


Learning opportunities that support a respectful workplace are available in the MyTrack learning module. Search the learning library for courses that target the competencies of communication and leadership and supervision.