Bullying and Workplace Interference

Proposed* St. Cloud State University Policy on Bullying, Mobbing, Harassment, and Work Interference

Bullying, mobbing, harassment, or work interference of any kind is not acceptable behavior at St. Cloud State University; it is inconsistent with the commitment to excellence and opportunity that characterizes SCSU's activities. SCSU is committed to creating an environment in which every individual can work, study, and live without interference in the form of bullying, mobbing, or harassment.  These activities may therefore lead to sanctions up to and including termination of employment or student status.

Work interference in the form of bullying, mobbing, or harassment is any conduct, verbal or physical, on or off campus, by an individual or by a group, that has the intent or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual or group's educational or work performance at St. Cloud State University or that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational, work, or living environment.

The University is committed under this policy to stopping bullying, mobbing, and harassment and associated retaliatory behavior. All SCSU supervisors have a responsibility to act to stop these behaviors in the areas under their supervision.

Any member of the SCSU community who feels bullied, mobbed, or harassed is encouraged to seek assistance and resolution of the complaint. SCSU provides a variety of avenues by which one may proceed, so each person may choose an avenue appropriate to his or her particular situation. University procedures are intended to protect the rights of both complainant and respondent, to protect privacy, and to prevent supervisory reprisal. For advice and a list of resources for dealing with bullying, mobbing, or harassment, see SCSU's Guidelines for Dealing with Bullying, Mobbing or Harassment at the Mediation Program's website: http://www.stcloudstate.edu/mediation/resources.aspx.

Note: Some kinds of harassment are prohibited by civil laws or by SCSU or MnSCU policies on conflict of interest and nondiscrimination. See the MnSCU Code of Conduct (http://www.mnscu.edu/board/procedure/1c0p1.html) and in particular the MnSCU policy on nondiscrimination http://www.mnscu.edu/board/policy/1b01.html) in addition to the SCSU policy against workplace violence (http://www.stcloudstate.edu/humanresources/policies/workplaceviolence.asp).

Harassment on the basis of race, color, sex, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or age includes harassment of an individual in terms of a stereotyped group characteristic, or because of that person's identification with a particular group. Sexual harassment may take many forms. Sexual assault and requests for sexual favors that affect educational or employment decisions constitute sexual harassment. However, sexual harassment may also consist of unwanted physical contact, requests for sexual favors, visual displays of degrading sexual images, sexually suggestive conduct, or offensive remarks of a sexual nature.

(Note: This statement grew from a template based on a similar policy at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology. We wish to acknowledge that source and to thank MIT)

*Proposed by the SCSU Mediation Program