Respectful Workplace Commitment

Our Commitment to You, to Our Campuses, to Our Students, to Our Community.

We are committed to building and maintaining a workplace that is respectful and professional towards all employees, volunteers, contractors, students, and other persons visiting the work place and public service environment.

Respect for one another is fundamental to working in an effective, efficient and innovative manner.  Disrespectful or unprofessional communications and behavior can disrupt the proper functioning of work units.  The Human Resources Team ensures a respectful workplace free of disrespectful and unprofessional communications or behavior by providing effective and non-retaliatory problem solving processes that address concerns.

Employees are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that demonstrates professionalism and respect for others in the workplace.  Employees can support a respectful workplace by reporting incidents that may violate this policy to the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), Megan Zothman, or their supervisor.  The CHRO and supervisor are expected to take timely and appropriate action when a complaint (informal or formal) is made alleging violation of this policy.  Retaliation is prohibited against any employee who initiates a complaint.

Together we can ensure our workplace environment is a safe place for all of our employees to thrive professionally, mentally, emotionally, and physically.
We are committed.

HR/LR Policy #1432 – Respectful Workplace Policy

Minnesota Management & Budget (MMB), the state agency charged with developing and implementing workplace policies for the executive branch of state government, takes the position that HR/LR Policy #1432 Respectful Workplace applies to all executive branch employees, including employees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

MMB’s Respectful Workplace Policy makes concrete the standards of workplace conduct that most college and university employees already assumed applied and that Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College previously expected of its employees.  The policy is MMB’s codification of these standards of conduct in a written policy.

A policy specific to Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is currently being developed by the Human Resource division of the System Office and being shared through the meet and confer process at the local and statewide levels.  Until such time as the final policy is promulgated, Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College employees will continue to observe the general standards of work place decorum and respect that are stated in MMB’s Respectful Workplace Policy.

The process for filing formal and informal Respectful Workplace complaints are listed here:

To submit a Respectful Workplace Complaint or if you have qusetions about the process, please contact:

Megan Zothman
Chief Human Resources Officer
Bemidji State University/Northwest Technical College
218.755.2502/218.333.6664

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