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Appendix 1: Behavioral Standards and Expectations
The following are University Staff’s expectations for acceptable personal conduct. These standards are very basic.
Appendix 2: Bullying
A respectful campus environment is a necessary condition for success in aspects of the University’s mission and values and the University is committed to providing a respectful campus, free of bullying in all of its forms. Bullying is unacceptable in all working, learning, and service interactions.
2. Definition of Bullying
Bullying is unwanted offensive and malicious behavior which undermines an individual or group through persistently negative verbal or psychological abuse. There is typically an element of vindictiveness and the behavior is calculated to threaten, undermine, patronize, humiliate, intimidate, or demean the recipient.
Bullying is not about occasional differences of opinion, conflicts and problems in workplace relationships as these may be part of working life. Bullying can adversely affect dignity, health, and productivity and may be grounds for corrective disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal. Examples of behaviors that meet the definition of bullying above include, but are not limited to:
Cyberbullying is defined as the use of electronic devices to convey a message in any format (i.e. text, image, audio, video) that defames, intimidates, harasses, frightens, stalks or is otherwise intended to harm, offend or humiliate another individual or group of individuals in a deliberate, repeated, hostile or unwanted manner under the perpetrator's true or a false identity.
2.2. Physical Bullying
Physical bullying is pushing, shoving, kicking, poking, and/or tripping; assault or threat of physical assault; damage to a person’s work area or property; damage to or destruction of a person’s work product or personal property.
2.3. Verbal Bullying
Verbal bullying is repeated slandering, ridiculing, or maligning of a person or persons, addressing abusive and offensive remarks to a person or persons in a sustained or repeated manner; or shouting at others in public and/or in private where such conduct is so severe or pervasive as to cause or create a hostile or offensive educational or working environment or unreasonably interfere with the person’s work or school performance or participation.
2.4. Nonverbal Bullying
Nonverbal bullying can consist of directing threatening gestures toward a person or persons or invading personal space after being asked to move or step away.
2.5. Anonymous Bullying
Anonymous bullying can consist of withholding or disguising identity while treating a person in a malicious manner, sending insulting or threatening anonymous messages, placing objectionable objects among a person’s belongings, leaving degrading written or pictorial material about a person where others can see.
2.6. Threatening Behavior Toward a Person's Job or Well-Being
Making threats, either explicit or implicit to the security of a person’s job, position, or personal well-being can be bullying. It is not bullying behavior for a supervisor to note an employee’s poor job performance and potential consequences within the framework of University policies and procedures, or for a professor or academic program director to advise a student of unsatisfactory academic work and the potential for course failure or dismissal from the program if uncorrected.
3. Reporting Bullying Actions
An individual who believes he or she has been the subject of bullying, or an individual who believes a staff member has engaged in bullying behavior should report the behavior to his or her supervisor or manager, the Department Director or Dean of the School or College or to the appropriate Vice Chancellor or Provost.
Individuals may also report acts of bullying to the University Staff Committee though one of its members.
The individual should select the reporting method he or she is most comfortable with and that is most appropriate to the situation.
Bullying behavior will be investigated and handled in the same manner as misconduct, and may result in a variety of possible sanctions up to and including termination.