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Agenda Item FA 18-37

Submitted by the Faculty Affairs Committee

Faculty Behavioral Misconduct and Bullying Policy

05/10/18: Passed

09/18/18: Approved


Faculty Behavioral Misconduct and Bullying Policy   


I. Objective and Purpose

The University of North Florida (“University” or “UNF”) is committed to providing all faculty an environment where they can work and interact with each other in a safe and dignified community free from any form of behavioral misconduct or bullying.


II. Definition
Workplace bullying is repeated, unwelcome severe and pervasive behavior that intentionally threatens, intimidates, humiliates or isolates the targeted individual(s), or undermines their reputation or job performance. It may take, but is not limited to, one or more of the following forms:

  • Verbal abuse
  • Malicious criticism or gossip
  • Unwarranted monitoring
  • Unwarranted physical contact
  • Exclusion or isolation in the workplace
  • Work interference or sabotage
  • Cyberbullying
  • Other offensive conduct/behaviors (including nonverbal) which are threatening, humiliating, harassing or intimidating

 III. Addressing Bullying
The formal process for accusing a faculty member of bullying is in the UNF Faculty Handbook. The process of investigation, which may result in a recommendation to the Provost and Vice
President of Academic Affairs of disciplinary action against a faculty member accused of bullying, is outlined there as well.

IV. Retaliation

Retaliation, or otherwise taking adverse employment or educational action, against a member of the University community because they in good faith reported bullying, or participated in an investigation or review regarding a complaint, is strictly prohibited. Those found to have violated this prohibition against retaliation will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination for employees.