H. Respecting Employee Privacy and Dignity
Even though university employees do not have an absolute right to privacy in their work areas, and the university at all times reserves the right to inspect materials and things brought onto and into university property by others, respecting the personal privacy of your employees on a day-to-day basis is important. Similarly, all employees should be treated fairly and professionally. As a supervisor, you are required to handle all encounters with your staff in a dignified, professional, and respectful manner.
If you know in advance that you are going to have a meeting with a staff member regarding any issue that you are not absolutely confident you can handle as the university requires, you should consult with the Human Resources department before proceeding. If you find yourself uncertain of the university's position on any matter, or you are unable to act professionally and in the university's best interest when you are in the middle of a conversation, stop and request assistance.