Communications and Expectations

Policy no. I-2
Effective date: 01/01/2015
Scope: faculty, executive staff, senior staff, staff, and student employees

Policy Statement

The university believes that the employment relationship is a shared responsibility of the employer and employee and it promotes good employee relations through on-going communications which include periodic campus-wide notices, voice mail, electronic mail, Campus News Center, handbooks, brochures, and policy and procedures. A hallmark of the university's commitment to fair and equitable treatment is the university's policy of dealing directly with employees without the presence of external representatives. In addition, university employees may not record in any manner (including making any video or audio recording via any recording device, phone, or otherwise) the conversations or meetings with supervisors, Human Resources, or other staff, faculty or students within the University community without express written permission of all the individual parties. 

At the same time, the university expects that employees understand that their primary role on campus is to perform their job to the best of their ability and to provide service to the university's mission of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and research. The mutual commitment and responsibility as outlined below will serve the best interests of both the university and its employees.

To demonstrate its sense of community, the university will:

  • Foster and preserve open communications
  • Offer opportunities to develop new ideas and projects
  • Promote standards of excellence of which all employees can be proud
  • Treat all members of the university community fairly, equitably, and courteously
  • Provide employees with the resources and training to maximize productivity
  • Set aggressive but achievable goals
  • Serve employees through a talented team of leaders
  • Provide employees with means to discuss university practices
  • Solicit employee input as necessary on a variety of issues
  • Develop appreciative leadership campus-wide
  • Promote an inclusive environment

As members of the university community, employees will:

  • Treat all members of the community fairly, equitably, and courteously
  • Value the different perspectives of team members, departments, and support groups
  • Practice individual leadership to foster positive relationships among diverse cultures
  • Emphasize a service orientation throughout the university community
  • Utilize the resources and training provided to maximize productivity
  • Promote high standards of performance in themselves and among their peers
  • Conduct themselves in a professional and productive manner
  • Comply with all approved policies and procedures
  • Recognize the university's proprietary interest in all work, research, materials, projects and information, where appropriate
  • Raise issues of ethics, conflict, and concern with the proper personnel, as necessary

Policy Administration: Vice President for Human Resources

Reference: Faculty Handbook, Patent Policy, and Copyright Policy