Preventing Workplace Bullying Within the CSU Community 

AS-3246-16/EX (Rev)

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) reaffirm its commitment to the “states of mind” that “Differing perspectives must be tolerated and respected” and “All members of the university community must treat one another with respect and honesty.”1; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU commend the CSU Chancellor’s Office and campuses that have, through survey-based policy and/or practice, addressed the “intimidation, humiliation, and isolation”2 that workplace bullying creates for faculty, staff,
students, and administrators; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU urge CSU campus senates and administration to develop and implement strategies to redress, remedy, and mediate workplace bullying and promote inclusive workplace environments throughout the CSU; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU distribute this resolution to the following stakeholders: CSU Board of Trustees, CSU Chancellor, CSU campus Presidents, CSU campus Senate Chairs, CSU campus Athletic Directors, CSU campus Human Resources, CSU campus Title IX Officers, CSU Provosts/Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs, CSU Vice Presidents of Student Affairs, California Faculty Association (CFA), California State University Employees Union (CSUEU), Campus Public Safety Departments, CSU Human Resources, CSU Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation (DHR) Administrators, California State Student Association (CSSA) and CSU Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association (ERFA).

RATIONALE: When the ASCSU created a position paper in 1985 on“Collegiality in the California State University System,” one of their goals was to illuminate the distinction between shared governance as a “process” and a “state of mind” characterized by honesty, respect, and trust. This resolution seeks to reaffirm the ASCSU’s commitment to honesty, respect and trust within the workplace. It also seeks to ensure that work place bullying, defined by American Association of University Professors (AAUP) spotlight author Clara Wajngurt, as actions intended “to threaten, to intimidate, to humiliate or isolate members of the working university environment”3 that impacts both reputation and job performance, is prevented within the California State University system. Further support for the relevance of this resolution can be seen in the rationale for the CSU Workplace Environment Survey and proactive campus-based policies and practices that attempt to reduce barriers to inclusivity and cultivate best practices for addressing the dishonesty, disrespect and mistrust that arises from faculty, student, and staff experiences with antagonism, bigotry, false accusations of mistakes, humiliation, intimidation, and misplaced codes of civility that reduce campus morale and marginalize CSU community members (please see below for links to policies, best practices, and model programs). These proactive best practices have drawn upon the exemplary efforts and ideals of consultation, local expert partnerships, and raising of collective awareness that we, as the largest public university system in the United States, have cultivated overtime to promote the dignity of all.

References: in-academe

Campus & System Based Models:

CSU Channel Islands -
Chico State - uploads/2014/10/BP_CSU-Chico-Policy-on-Campus-Behaviorand- Violence-Prevention.pdf
CSU East Bay -
CSU Fullerton -
CSU Northridge -
Sacramento State University -
San Francisco State -
San Jose State -
CSU Workplace Environment Survey -

    Approved Unanimously –  March 3-4, 2016
1 (see Introduction)



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