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Exercising Professionalism in the Workplace

Expectations for Workplace Professionalism

CSULB takes pride in its tradition of maintaining civility and mutual respect toward all members of the University community. All members of the CSULB community are expected to adhere to these same standards of conduct at all times

What Constitutes Unprofessional Conduct in the workplace

Some examples of unprofessional conduct are listed below. Please note that this is not and all-inclusive list:

  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Bullying
  • Retaliation

Employees exhibiting unprofessional conduct are in violation of the California Education code.

What is Harrassment? What is Bullying

What is Harrassment?

Unwanted, offensive, and intrusive verbal or physical behavior that is perceived to be linked to a legally protected category such as race, sex, sexual orientation, or disability.

Bullying can appear to be similar to harassment, but is further defined by a pattern of aggressive behavior.

A bully’s motivation generally comes from his or her own feelings of insecurity, and manifests itself in the exploitation of the perceived weakness of others.

Remember: It is not the intent of the harasser or bully that matters, rather the perception of the person who is being harassed or bullied that makes the difference.

Examples of Harassment and Bullying

Some examples of harassment and bullying are listed below. Please note that these are not all-inclusive lists:

Examples of Harassment

  • Unwanted sexual advances
  • Derogatory comments, jokes, or slurs
  • Physical touching or assault
  • Display of offensive objects, posters, or pictures

Examples of Bullying

  • Spreading of malicious rumors (disparaging comments/remarks)
  • Ridiculing/demeaning others
  • Deliberate undermining of others
  • Indirect or passive physical intimidation
  • Deliberate exclusion of others from group activities

Harassing and bullying behavior is unacceptable in the workplace, and will not be tolerated.

Resources for Victims of Harassment of Bullying

We urge employees who have witnessed or experiences an instance of harassment or bullying, to come forward and report it. Employees can contact any of the entites listed below:

Tier 1: Department Resources

  • Immediate Supervisor/Manager
  • Department Chairperson

Tier 2: Confidential Resources

  • Faculty/Staff Assistance Program (562) 985-7434

Tier 3: Office of Record

  • Office of Equity & Diversity – (562) 985-8256
  • Staff Human Resources – (562) 985-4031
  • Office of University Ombuds – (562) 985-5983

Tier 1 and Tier 3 Resources will investigate all employee reports, and take appropriate action as necessary. All investigations will be conducted in a discrete manner, and retaliation against employees involved will not be tolerated.

The Tier 2 Resource is a confidential means for employees to discuss any concerns that they may have. Employee concerns are not investigated, and confidentiality is strongly protected, except where legally limited.

Additional Questions or Concerns

Contact Staff Human Resources:

  • Nancy Torres, Director
    Phone: (562) 985-4031
  • Neil Iacono, Associate Director,
    Phone:(562) 985-7161