Annual Respectful Workplace Notice

To: Campus Community
Nancy Resnick, Chief Human Resources Officer and Associate Vice President
Scott Pratt, Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Date: February 13, 2018
RE: Respectful Workplace

The University of Oregon is committed to equity, inclusion, and providing an environment free from discrimination and harassment. 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.

We recognize the demands of our jobs and challenges in our personal lives can occasionally lead to stress. However, it is never appropriate to vent frustrations 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 judgment 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 collect bargaining agreements.

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 Equality Opportunity to discuss concerns or make a report of discrimination, harassment, or related retaliation. All employees – faculty, graduate employees, staff, and supervisors – have a 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 question or concerns, please contact these resources.


HR Employee and Labor Relations Team

Ombuds Program

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

Respect website

Contacts for union members:



United Academics



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.