Department Policy on Professional Conduct

The following principles are designed to ensure that the environment in the department meets the highest standard of professionalism and is one in which all members feel welcome and respected.    

Respect and support department members:

  •  Be courteous in your interactions
  • Respect the professional, physical, and personal boundaries of colleagues
  • Give colleagues a chance to voice their thoughts
  • Work to ensure that all colleagues have equal access to opportunities, including networking that happens in a social context
  • Ensure that, when offered, criticism is constructive and aims to create positive discussion
  • Avoid judging, discriminating, or making unwelcome jokes or disparaging remarks based on stereotypes
  • Support those who report violations of departmental or university policy

Commit to openness:

  • Be receptive to discussions of ways to improve the work environment and work relationships
  • Challenge your own assumptions about people and the sources of those assumptions
  • Take it upon yourself to eliminate particular challenges or barriers to success that colleagues may face as members of under-represented groups

Take initiative:

  • Intervene when others are exhibiting conduct unbecoming of a community member
  • Speak up when colleagues are disrespectful of a group or class of people (even when members of that group are not present)
  • Seek opportunities for education/training on diversity, inclusivity, reporting, and bystander intervention techniques, and encourage others to do the same
  • Acquaint yourself with university policy as set forth in the Rights, Rules, and Responsibilities document


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