Faculty and staff reminded of maintaining a respectful workplace

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The Office of Human Resources and the Office of the Provost reinforce the University of Oregon’s respectful workplace expectations through an annual reminder. 

“It is important that employees review the respectful workplace notice and the community standards affirmation as a reminder of UO’s expectations,” said Mark Schmelz, chief human resources officer. “It is through our shared commitment and collective effort that we maintain a respectful working and learning environment.”

The 2021 respectful workplace notice published on the human resources website includes resources about how to create a respectful environment and how to report inappropriate behavior or prohibited discrimination.

“Respect is fundamental to the University of Oregon,” said Patrick Phillips, provost and senior vice president. “We each have an important role in promoting a campus culture that is welcoming, safe and respectful.”

Schmelz also reminds faculty and staff that it is up to each of us to recognize harassment and discrimination, know our reporting obligations and speak up to reinforce the institution’s values.

The Office of Investigations and Civil Rights Compliance is responsible for investigating and responding to incidents of prohibited discrimination and harassment, including those based on gender, race, age or any other protected class. The OICRC website provides important information about reporting processes and obligations.