Chapter 12: Policies Regarding Conduct in the Workplace

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12.1 Ethics and Conduct

Emory has several policies regarding ethics and conduct that faculty should be familiar with including Equal Opportunity and Discriminatory Harassment Policy, Standards of Conduct, Sexual Misconduct Policy, and Code of Business Ethics and Conduct. Further, Emory has established a grievance procedure to provide timely resolution of employee problems, misunderstandings, and complaints while providing sufficient time for fact finding and clarification.

12.2 Policy on Consensual Teacher-Student Relationships (Full policy)

The relationship between teacher and student is the foundation of the academic mission of the university. This relationship vests considerable trust in the teacher who, in turn, bears the responsibility to serve as mentor, educator, and evaluator. In discharging this responsibility, each teacher is accountable for behaving in a manner that reflects the highest levels of professional responsibility, recognizes the dignity and worth of each person at the university, and protects the integrity of the student-teacher relationship. Faculty-student relationships carry risks of conflict of interest, breach of trust, abuse of power, and breach of professional ethics. For these reasons, a teacher must not engage in any consensual sexual relationship(s) with a student while the teacher is in a position of supervisory academic authority with respect to the student. Nor may a teacher assert any supervisory academic authority with respect to a student who was the subject of a previous consensual sexual relationship. This prohibition extends (1) to consensual sexual relationships between a faculty member and any student or trainee; (2) to a graduate or professional student and an undergraduate student when the graduate or professional student has some supervisory academic responsibility for the undergraduate, (3) to consensual sexual relationships between department chairs and students in that department, and (4) to consensual sexual relationships between graduate advisors, program directors, and all others (each of whom is considered a teacher) who have supervisory academic responsibility for a student and that student. When a teacher-student consensual relationship exists, has previously existed, or develops, the teacher must decline to participate in any evaluative or supervisory academic activity with respect to the student.

The Provost, deans, department chairs, and other administrators should respond to reports of prohibited sexual relationships by inquiring further, and if such reports appear to be accurate, initiating appropriate disciplinary action or remedial measures against the teacher involved. Egregious breach of this policy is adequate cause for termination under Paragraph 12(c) of the Statement of Principles Governing Faculty Relationships.

12.3 Policy on Violence in the Workplace (Policy 4.108)

Emory University is committed to a workplace free from violence and threats of violence. The university will not tolerate threats of violence, acts of violence, harassment, intimidation, and any other form of disruptive behavior. Respect for the safety and welfare of others is an expectation of everyone within the university community. Therefore, any form of violence, whether actual or threatened, will not be tolerated (zero tolerance). This policy gives examples of workplace violence, provides procedures for reporting such acts, and addresses processes to deal with individuals who perpetrate such acts.

12.4 Substance Abuse / Drug-free Workplace (Policy 4.66)

Emory University is committed to the health and well-being of its staff, faculty and students. Emory adheres to the provisions of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1988. Additionally, as an administrator of certain state-funded financial aid programs for students, Emory adheres to Georgia's Drug-Free Postsecondary Educational Act of 1990. Emory has therefore established certain standards for staff, faculty and students pertaining to alcohol and other drugs. These are detailed in this policy. Attention also is paid to the handling of violations of these standards, as well as confidential, professional services available through the Emory Faculty Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) regarding the abusive effects of alcohol and other drugs.

12.5 Tobacco-free Environment Policy (Policy 4.113)

To create an atmosphere that is consistent with Emory's mission and commitment to improve the health and wellness of members of the Emory community, Emory University and Emory Healthcare prohibit the use or sale of tobacco products in or on Emory-owned or Emory-leased property. The policy invites members of the Emory community (faculty, administrators, management, staff, and students) to assist in implementation by respectfully informing tobacco users of the policy.

Emory University recognizes the serious health implications of both direct use of tobacco products and indirect exposure to the use of tobacco products. In order to create an atmosphere that is consistent with Emory's mission and commitment to improve the health and wellness of members of the Emory community, Emory University and Emory Healthcare (collectively "Emory") prohibit the use or sale of tobacco products in or on Emory-owned or Emory-leased property effective January 1, 2012.

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