The Haas School of Business is committed to supporting anyone—students, staff, and faculty—who has experienced any form of harassment or discrimination that impedes one’s right to a safe work or learning environment.
There are resources across campus to help resolve conflicts, ranging from support in helping you to have direct conversations with the person with whom you are in conflict to filing complaints, based on the nature of the problem.
- Having a direct conversation. Berkeley People & Culture has additional Conflict Management Resources, which include some self-help tools and related resources.
- Informal Conflict Management. Campus has a number of resources to help with resolution. You may review each and choose whichever option you are most comfortable with. These options include:
- Employee Relations Consultants, who provide consultation and advice to managers, supervisors, and employees regarding personnel issues, with the goal of improving and maintaining workplace relationships.
- Staff Ombuds Office, which provides confidential, impartial and informal conflict resolution and problem-solving services.
- Restorative Justice Center offers a variety of options for responding to conflict and harm in the workplace including Community Building Circles, Talking Circles, and Restorative Conversations.
- Filing a Complaint: Depending on the type of issue, this chart provides an overview of reporting options, which are also listed below. You do NOT need to utilize the direct or informal conflict management options above before filing a complaint.
- Discrimination, Harassment, or Retaliation: Engaging in any form of discrimination, including harassment or retaliation, that is based on an individual’s protected class status is strictly prohibited. The campus has a description of protected classes, and those who wish to file a complaint can use the form from the Office for Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD) website to submit a report of harassment or discrimination.
- Personnel Policies for Staff Members (PPSM) are system wide policies and procedures issued by the Office of the President. PPSM apply to all staff employees whose positions are not otherwise governed by a collective bargaining agreement (e.g., labor contract). If you feel that a policy has been violated, complaints may be made by filing a PPSM 70 Complaint.
- For represented employees, each union has labor union contract non-discrimination clauses. If you feel that clause has been violated, a grievance may be filed by working with your union representative. You can also find this information on our Employee and Labor Relations page.
- For those who have experienced sexual violence and sexual harassment, the campus has a variety of resources: Reporting and complaint processes can be found, along with more information about support and options. A complaint may be filed directly using the form that is found on the reporting options page.
- Whistleblowing: Employees and others are encouraged to report all known or suspected instances of misuse of University resources and/or known or suspected instances of improper governmental activities by University employees. A report can be done via the EthicsPoint Whistleblower website or through an anonymous (24/7) hotline: (800) 403-4744.
- Bullying is prohibited by campus policy. The Workplace Bullying Prevention Policy defines bullying as a pattern of repeated behavior that a reasonable person would find hostile, offensive, and unrelated to the University’s legitimate business interests. For more information and to file a complaint, please see the What Is Bullying? page.
External Resources. While campus has many supportive resources, it is important to also know your rights to file a complaint with state and federal agencies if you feel that you have been discriminated against in violation of the law. These include:
- The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and
- The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which is the federal agency with a similar complaint process.
Support. Whether you use your option to file a complaint or opt for an informal process, we want to ensure that you have the resources and support that you need. Some options for support follow; please feel free to reach out for additional questions or support:
- Haas HR Team: [email protected]
- Employee Assistance Programs. This is a resource for all employees and offers support in the form of counseling, consultation, training, and educational groups. You can access services directly at the Employee Assistance Program webpage.
Confidentiality: Note that for all of the resources listed above, some are strictly confidential; others may be obligated by law to report information provided. This chart outlines confidential and non-confidential resources. Be assured that even the “non-confidential” offices listed will treat the information with professional discretion, sharing it only as needed.