Resources for Faculty and Staff Members

Faculty members at the Jacobs School.

We expect our staff and faculty members to maintain high professional standards in all interactions with colleagues, staff, learners and members of our community.

We create safe and inclusive learning and research environments free of mistreatment, harassment and discrimination in order to attract and retain the best and most talented students and faculty and staff members.

Our environment needs to be conducive to teaching and learning. Mutual respect is paramount among community members representing multiple and diverse backgrounds (i.e., age, race, creed, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, military status, disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, familial status, marital status, pregnancy, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction, and all other protected categories under federal and state laws).

To achieve excellence, we must all do our part to foster an inclusive research and learning environment.

We encourage you to participate in safe learning workshops, report incidents of harassment or discrimination, and educate yourself on safe learning policies.

Who is Considered a Faculty or Staff Member?

Faculty member

An individual who instructs, mentors, evaluates or supervises learners as a regular part of their duties.

Staff member

An individuals without a faculty appointment who manages, serves, implements and carries out work that helps our institution achieve its mission and overall purpose.

Our Expectations for Faculty and Staff Members

If you are a staff or faculty member, we expect you to:

  • ensure that all components of your educational program for learners are of a high quality
  • maintain high professional standards in all interactions with colleagues, staff, learners, members of the community and those we serve
  • respect all learners as individuals, regardless of their protected status; we do not tolerate anyone who manifests disrespect or who expresses biased attitudes toward any learner
  • ensure that learners have sufficient time to fulfill personal and family obligations, enjoy recreational activities and to obtain adequate rest
  • monitor and, when necessary, reduce the time required to fulfill educational objectives, including (in medicine) the time required for ‘‘call’’ on clinical rotations, and/or time spent in the laboratory, to ensure learners’ well-being
  • nurture both the intellectual and the personal development of learners, and celebrate expressions of professional attitudes and behaviors, as well as achievements of academic excellence
  • reject any abuse and exploitation of learners
  • encourage any learner who experiences mistreatment, or who witnesses unprofessional behavior, to report the facts immediately and treat all such reports as confidential, rejecting reprisals or retaliation of any kind

Reporting Options

Reporting discrimination or harassment is not always easy for a person who is experiencing it. However, you should be aware that reporting inappropriate situations is welcomed by the university as a way for us to remedy behavior that violates our policies.

That’s why we need your help. Please report any incident in which you have experienced harassment, discrimination or mistreatment. Additionally, if you have witnessed another person being victimized by harassment, discrimination or mistreatment, please report the incident.

All reporting is confidential, and retaliation is prohibited.

Workshops and Learning Resources

Our safe learning workshops help everyone gain a fuller understanding of how a number of issues — including unconscious bias, microaggressions and lack of cultural competence — undermine diversity and inclusion, as well as collaboration.

We encourage you to attend multiple workshops.

Safe Learning Policies

Our policies reflect our commitment to excellence through diversity and inclusion. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with all our guidelines and policies on diversity, inclusion and specific misbehaviors such as harassment, discrimination and mistreatment.