In August 2014, the University adopted a revised Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment and Related Misconduct, Including Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment, Sexual Violence, Interpersonal Violence and Stalking  (Policy). The University also adopted revised procedures for reports against students as the responding parties. The Policy and procedures were adopted at the recommendation of a large task force with representatives from across campus.

As a next step, the University committed to reviewing employee procedures under the Policy.  An Employee Procedure Working Group was convened to examine the following procedures:

  • Procedures for Reports by Students Regarding the Conduct of Employees
  • Procedures for EPA Faculty and Non-Faculty Employees
  • Procedures for SPA Employees

The Working Group was asked to identify areas for improvement in the procedures with respect to clarity, efficiency, organization, and consistency with the Policy and procedures for reports against students that were adopted last year.  As part of its efforts, the Working Group considered the requirements of state and federal laws and regulations.  The Working Group also received feedback from the community, focus groups, and national experts to help guide its work.

The faculty, staff, and student members of the Working Group collaborated to develop recommendations for revised employee procedures to address reports under the Policy.  Recommendations have been submitted to Becci Menghini, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Workforce Strategy, Equity, and Engagement, and drafting of new procedures based on the recommendations is underway.