Bullying in the workplace

To: UC Santa Cruz community

From: Chancellor George Blumenthal

Work is a big part of our lives, and it can be difficult enough without having to cope with challenging behavior from colleagues or associates. Abusive conduct and bullying in the workplace are completely unacceptable, and I am pleased to share that University of California President Janet Napolitano has issued guidelines regarding UC expectations.

Status often plays a role in these dynamics, but no one is immune: Abusive conduct can be an issue among faculty, staff, and student employees.

Everyone is entitled to work in an atmosphere free from bullying and abuse.

If you feel you are the target of workplace bullying or abusive conduct, please contact one of the following individuals:

For staff: Jennifer Schiffner at (831) 459–1930 or jschiffn@ucsc.edu For academic employees: Susan Fellows at (831) 459–5032 or sfellows@ucsc.edu For student employees: Barbara Silverthorne at (831) 459–4590 or bsilver@ucsc.edu For everyone: Nancy Heischman at (831) 459–2290 or nheischm@ucsc.edu

In addition, UC Santa Cruz has compiled online resources, including a website with information on identifying workplace bullying, as well as procedures and resources for employees affected by bullying at work.

Staff Human Resources offers training in how to respond to bullying—for managers and supervisors, as well as those who are experiencing abusive conduct; details are available in the “Interpersonal Workplace Skills” section of the Training and Development website.

Additional information and resources are available on the UC Santa Cruz Problem and Complaint Resolution website.

I strongly encourage all managers and supervisors to review the workplace bullying website and to attend the workplace bullying training for managers and supervisors.

Bullying damages morale and erodes productivity. If you have concerns, please reach out for support. It will benefit the entire campus community.