HR issues annual respectful workplace notice

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The Office of Human Resources and the Office of the Provost reinforced respectful workplace expectations through an annual reminder.  

“The University of Oregon is committed to equity, inclusion and providing a respectful environment to work and learn in free from discrimination and harassment. We are writing to remind faculty, staff, graduate employees and supervisors about our expectation that we all work together to create a respectful and inclusive working and learning environment,” said Mark Schmelz, associate vice president and chief human resources officer.

The 2020 respectful workplace noticepublished 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 obligationsand speak up to reinforce the institution’s values. 

“University of Oregon leadership stands united in our resolve to enable every member of our community to flourish and contribute,” said President Michael Schill. “We are a community. Harassment and discrimination divide us—it is our collective responsibility to call it out and stop it.”

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