Beyond the effort to provide a safe and fostering working and learning environment, UConn’s Board of Trustees and varying offices have established policies and procedures to assist and protect faculty, staff, and students in need relating to workplace violence, sexual harassment, and occupational health and safety.
All official UConn policies are available on the Policy website: policy.uconn.edu.
- Affirmative Action & Equal Employment Opportunity
- General Rules of Conduct
- Code of Conduct
- Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment, and Related Interpersonal Violence
- Non-Retaliation Policy
- Occupational Health & Safety Policies
- People with Disabilities
- Sexual Violence & Awareness Policies
- Workplace Violence Prevention Policy
Affirmative Action & Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of Connecticut is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. In order to ensure that employees and job applicants are not subjected to unlawful discrimination, it is the University’s policy to comply with all laws and regulations that prohibit employment discrimination and mandate specific actions for the purpose of eliminating the present effects of past discrimination. Equal employment opportunity is the purpose and goal of affirmative action. The University has established equal employment opportunity and affirmative action as immediate and necessary objectives because we are committed to its concepts, principles, and goals. more…
General Rules of Conduct
UConn provides employees with a non-exhaustive list of conduct, which employees are forbidden to engage in, and employees may be disciplined or dismissed for doing so.more...
Code of Conduct
In all its endeavors, the University of Connecticut is dedicated to excellence that is demonstrated through national and international recognition. As Connecticut’s public research, land-grant and sea-grant university, through freedom of academic inquiry and expression, we create and disseminate knowledge by means of scholarly and creative achievements, graduate and professional education, and public engagement and service. Through our focus on teaching and learning, the University helps every student grow intellectually and become a contributing member of the state, national and world communities. Through teaching, research, engagement and service we embrace diversity and cultivate leadership, integrity and engage citizenship in our students, faculty, staff and alumni. As our state’s flagship public land and sea grant institution, we promote the health and well-being of Connecticut’s citizens through enhancing the social, economic, cultural and natural environments of the state and beyond. more...
Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment, and Related Interpersonal Violence
The University of Connecticut (the “University”) is committed to maintaining a safe and non-discriminatory learning, living and working environment for all members of the University community – students, employees, and visitors. Academic and professional excellence can exist only when each member of our community is assured an atmosphere of safety and mutual respect. All members of the University community are responsible for the maintenance of an environment in which people are free to learn and work without fear of discrimination, discriminatory harassment or interpersonal violence. Discrimination diminishes individual dignity and impedes equal employment and educational opportunities.
The University does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its education or employment programs and activities on the basis of an individual’s race, color, ethnicity, religious creed, age, sex, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability (including learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and past or present history of mental illness), veteran’s status, prior conviction of a crime, workplace hazards to the reproductive system, gender identity or expression, or membership in any other protected classes as set forth in state or federal law. To that end, this Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment and Related Interpersonal Violence, Including Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment, Sexual Assault, Sexual Exploitation, Intimate Partner Violence, Stalking, Complicity, Retaliation and Inappropriate Amorous Relationships (the “Policy”) prohibits specific forms of behavior that violate state and federal laws, including but not limited to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (“VAWA”), and related state and federal anti-discrimination laws. Such behavior may also require the University to fulfill certain reporting obligations under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (the “Clery Act”), as amended by VAWA, and Connecticut state law regarding reporting suspected child abuse and neglect. more...
The University encourages individuals to bring forward information and/or complaints about violations of state or federal law, University policy, rules or regulations. Retaliation against any individual who, in good faith, reports or who participates in the investigation of alleged violations is strictly forbidden. This policy does not protect an individual who files a report or provides information as part of an investigation that he or she knows is false, files a bad faith retaliation claim or participates in any illegal conduct. The University will take appropriate action, up to and including dismissal, against any employee who violates this policy. more..
Occupational Health and Safety Policies
Occupational Health and Safety’s (OHS) role is to promote and protect the health and safety of University employees, and to promote University compliance with applicable OSHA, EPA, CT DPH, and other worker safety regulations.
Once on the Policy and Procedures page, select “Occupational Health and Safety” to reveal the applicable polices.
OHS provides visitors with Policies and Procedures regarding asbestos, electrical safety, noise, space heaters, workplace hazard assessment, and more: http://www.ehs.uconn.edu/ppp/index.php.
OHS resides within the Division of Environmental Health and Safety, which, in addition to OHS, has information on Biological, Chemical, and Radiation Health and Safety. More information on each of these is available at the main Environmental Health and Safety website: http://www.ehs.uconn.edu/index.php/.
People with Disabilities
The University of Connecticut is committed to achieving equal educational and employment opportunity and full participation for persons with disabilities. It is the University’s policy that no qualified person be excluded from consideration for employment, participation in any University program or activity, be denied the benefits of any University program or activity, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination with regard to any University program or activity. This policy derives from the University’s commitment to nondiscrimination for all persons in employment, academic programs, and access to facilities, programs, activities, and services. more….
Sexual Assault, Intimate Partner Violence and Stalking Awareness
The University of Connecticut is committed to creating and maintaining a campus environment free of all forms of sexual violence, harassment, exploitation, or intimidation. Crimes of sexual violence comprise any form of unwanted, unwelcome, forceful or coercive sexual contact. These behaviors include but are not limited to: sexual harassment, stalking, and sexual assault. Sexual violence can happen to anyone regardless of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, economic status, or profession.
The Office of Institutional Equity has created a website solely addressing Sexual Violence Awareness: http://equity.uconn.edu/title-ix/.
Within that website, visitors can find applicable policies relating to Storrs and the regional campuses and the University of Connecticut Health Center: http://equity.uconn.edu/title-ix/.
Workplace Violence Prevention Policy
The University of Connecticut is committed to providing a workplace that is conducive to a safe and healthy environment supportive of our educational mission. This policy communicates the meaning of “workplace violence”, defines prohibited conduct and establishes potential consequences for violations. Additional resources are cited to provide direction on how to report incidents and offer sources of assistance and support to those impacted by workplace violence. more…