Board of Trustees Approved

Religious Accommodation Policy

Title: Religious Accommodation Policy
Policy Owner: Office of Institutional Equity
Applies to: Faculty, Staff, Graduate Assistants, Students
Campus Applicability: All Campuses
Effective Date: August 1, 2018
For More Information, Contact Office of Institutional Equity
Contact Information: Storrs/Regionals: Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) (860) 486-2943 or equity@uconn.edu

UConn Health: Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) (860) 679-3563 or equity@uconn.edu

Official Website: http://www.equity.uconn.edu

A printer friendly copy of this policy is available at: https://policy.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/243/2018/09/2018-08-01-Religious-Accommodation-Policy-Printable-Copy.pdf

Reason for Policy

The purpose of this policy is to set forth the University’s processes for responding to requests from students and employees for religious accommodations.  This policy is in accordance with relevant laws and regulations regarding religious beliefs.

Applies to

All faculty, staff and students on all Campuses.

Definitions

Essential Function: A fundamental job duty of an employment position for staff and faculty, or a fundamental academic element of a course or program of study for a student.

Religious Accommodation: A reasonable change in the work or academic environment that enables a student or employee to practice or otherwise observe a sincerely held religious practice or belief without undue hardship on the University. A religious accommodation may include, but is not limited to: time for prayer during a work day; the ability to attend religious events or observe a religious holiday; or any necessary modification to University policy, procedure or other requirement for a student’s or employee’s (or prospective employee’s) religious beliefs, observance or practice; provided such accommodation is reasonable and does not cause undue hardship.

Religious Practice or Belief: A sincerely held practice or observance that includes moral or ethical beliefs as to what is right and wrong, most commonly in the context of the cause, nature and purpose of the universe. Religion includes not only traditional, organized religions, but also religious beliefs that are new, uncommon, not part of a formal religious institution or sect, or only subscribed to by a small number of people. Social, political, or economic philosophies, as well as mere personal preferences, are not considered to be religious beliefs.

Undue Hardship: More than a minimal burden on the operation of the University. For example, an accommodation may be considered an undue hardship if it would interfere with the safe or efficient operation of the workplace or learning environment and/or would result in the inability of the employee or student to perform an essential function of the position or course of study. The University will not be required to violate a seniority system; cause a lack of necessary staffing; jeopardize security or health; or expend more than a minimal amount. The determination of undue hardship is dependent on the facts of each individual situation, and will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Policy Statement

The University of Connecticut is committed to providing welcoming and inclusive learning and workplace environments. As part of this commitment, the University will make good faith efforts to provide reasonable religious accommodations to faculty, staff and students whose sincerely held religious practices or beliefs conflict with a University policy, procedure, or other academic or employment requirement, unless such an accommodation would create an undue hardship.

Consistent with state law, any student who is unable to attend classes on a particular day or days or at a particular time of day because of the tenets of a sincerely held religious practice or belief may be excused from any academic activities on such particular day or days or at such particular time of day.[1] Additionally, it shall be the responsibility of course instructors to make available to each student who is absent from academic activities because of a sincerely held religious practice or belief an equivalent opportunity to make up any examination, study or work requirements which has been missed because of such absence.

In keeping with the University’s commitment to building and maintaining a welcoming and inclusive work environment, the University will consider religious accommodations requests by employees, including faculty and staff, based on the totality of the circumstances.

The University of Connecticut prohibits discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of religion. For more information, refer to the University Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment and Related Interpersonal Violence.

Enforcement

Violations of this policy may result in appropriate disciplinary measures in accordance with University By-Laws, General Rules of Conduct for All University Employees, applicable collective bargaining agreements, and the University of Connecticut Student Code.

Policy History

Adopted 08/01/2018 [Approved by the Board of Trustees]

 

Procedures for Students

The University grants students excused absences from class or other organized academic activities for observance of a sincerely held religious practice or belief as a religious accommodation, unless the accommodation would create an undue hardship.

Students whose religious holidays are not recognized by the University’s calendar should provide the instructor or academic activity organizer with the dates they will be absent in advance of the absence.

Students requesting a religious accommodation should make the request directly to their instructor with as much notice as possible. Students anticipating an absence or missed coursework due to a sincerely held religious practice or belief should use best efforts to inform their instructor in writing no later than the third week of class, or one week before the absence if a conflict occurs during the first three weeks of class. Being absent from class or other educational responsibilities does not excuse students from keeping up with any information shared or expectations set during the missed class(es). Students are responsible for obtaining the materials and information provided during any class(es) missed. The student can work with the instructor to determine a schedule for making up missed work.

Procedures for Faculty / Course Instructors in Responding to Student Requests

Course instructors are strongly encouraged to make reasonable accommodations in response to student requests to complete work missed by absence resulting from observation of religious holidays.  Such accommodations should be made in ways that do not dilute or preclude the requirements or learning outcomes for the course.

Course instructors should bear in mind that religion is a deeply personal and private matter and should make every attempt to respect the privacy of the student when making accommodations (for example, it is not appropriate to announce to the class that a student is doing a presentation or making up an exam at a later date because of their religious observance). Course instructors should not ask a student for proof that their religious practices or beliefs are sincerely held or for determining a religious accommodation.

Examples of religious accommodations include: rescheduling of an exam or giving a make-up exam for the student in question; altering the time of a student’s presentation; allowing extra-credit assignments to substitute for missed class work or arranging for an increased flexibility in assignment due dates; and releasing a graduate assistant from teaching or research responsibilities on a given day.

The student should be given the opportunity to complete appropriate make-up work that is equivalent and intrinsically no more difficult than the original exam or assignment. Students who receive an exemption on religious grounds cannot be penalized for failing to attend class on the days exempted. The instructor may, however, appropriately respond if the student fails to satisfactorily complete any alternative assignment or examination.

If there are concerns about the requested accommodation, the instructor should consult their department head (or dean in non-departmentalized schools) for assistance and determination of whether a reasonable accommodation can be provided. If an agreement cannot be reached after consulting with the department head (or dean in non-departmentalized schools), the department head will advise the dean and refer the matter to the provost or designee, who will make the final determination following consultation with the Office of the General Counsel.

Procedures for Faculty and Staff Requesting Religious Accommodation

Employees requesting a religious accommodation should make the request directly to their supervisor with as much notice as possible. Employees may be required to use accrued time (vacation or personal) as part of the religious accommodation. If the supervisor determines that the request may pose an undue hardship for the department and/or interfere with the employee’s essential job functions, or if the supervisor otherwise has questions or concerns about the accommodation request, the supervisor should contact the Office of Employee Relations within the Department of Human Resources at 860-486-8807.

Contacts:

Students, Faculty and Staff who have questions or concerns regarding the University of Connecticut Religious Accommodations Policy may contact the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE):

Storrs and Regionals: equity@uconn.edu or (860) 486-2943

UConn Health: equity@uconn.edu or (860) 679-3563

Related Policies and Guidance:

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Religious Accommodations

Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment, and Related Interpersonal Violence

Religious Holidays: Faculty and Staff Resource Guide

[1] Connecticut General Statutes, section  10a-50 provides in relevant part:

Absence of students due to religious beliefs. Any student in an institution of higher education who is unable [due to religious beliefs] to attend classes on a particular day or days or at a particular time of day shall be excused from any examination or any study or work assignments on such particular day or days or at such particular time of day. It shall be the responsibility of the faculty and of the administrative officials of each institution of higher education to make available to each student who is absent from school because of such reason an equivalent opportunity to make up any examination, study or work requirements which he has missed because of such absence on any particular day or days or at any particular time of day. No special fees of any kind shall be charged to the student for making available to such student such equivalent opportunity. No adverse or prejudicial effects shall result to any student because of his availing himself of the provisions of this section.

Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment, and Related Interpersonal Violence

Including Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment, Sexual Assault, Sexual Exploitation, Intimate Partner Violence, Stalking, Complicity, Retaliation and Inappropriate Amorous Relationships

 

Title: Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment, and Related Interpersonal Violence
Policy Owner: The Office of Institutional Equity
Applies to: Students, All Employees, Contractors, Vendors, Visitors, Guests and Other Third Parties
Campus Applicability: All
Effective Date: August 1, 2018
For More Information, Contact Office of Institutional Equity
Contact Information: (860) 486-2943 & (860) 679-3563
Official Website: http://www.equity.uconn.edu and http://titleix.uconn.edu/
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Related Documents:

  1. STATEMENT OF POLICY
  2. TO WHOM THIS POLICY APPLIES
  3. APPLICABLE PROCEDURES UNDER THIS POLICY
    A. WHERE THE RESPONDENT IS A STUDENT
    B. WHERE THE RESPONDENT IS AN EMPLOYEE
    C. WHERE THE RESPONDENT IS BOTH A STUDENT AND AN EMPLOYEE
    D. WHERE THE RESPONDENT IS A THIRD PARTY
    E. WHERE THE RESPONDENT IS A UCH STUDENT, EMPLOYEE OR THIRD PARTY
  4. TITLE IX COORDINATOR
  5. UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY
  6. EMPLOYEE REPORTING RESPONSIBILITIES
    A. TITLE IX REPORTING OBLIGATIONS
    B. CLERY REPORTING OBLIGATIONS
    C. CHILD ABUSE REPORTING OBLIGATIONS
  7. COMPLAINANT OPTIONS FOR REPORTING PROHIBITED CONDUCT
    A. REPORTING TO LAW ENFORCEMENT
    B. REPORTING TO THE UNIVERSITY
  8. ACCESSING CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY RESOURCES
    A. REMEDIAL AND PROTECTIVE MEASURES
    B. INTERIM ACTIONS
  9. PROHIBITED CONDUCT UNDER THIS POLICY
    A. DISCRIMINATION
    B. DISCRIMINATORY HARASSMENT
    C. SEXUAL OR GENDER-BASED HARASSMENT
    D. SEXUAL ASSAULT
    E. SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
    F. INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE
    G. STALKING
    H. RETALIATION
    I. COMPLICITY
  10. INAPPROPRIATE AMOROUS RELATIONSHIPS
    A. INSTRUCTIONAL/STUDENT CONTEXT
    B. EMPLOYMENT CONTEXT
  11. PREVENTION, AWARENESS AND TRAINING PROGRAMS
  12. OBLIGATION TO PROVIDE TRUTHFUL INFORMATION
  13. RELATED POLICIES
    A. STUDENTS
    B. EMPLOYEES
  14. POLICY REVIEW

I. STATEMENT OF POLICY

The University of Connecticut (the “University”) is committed to maintaining a safe and non-discriminatory learning, living, and working environment for all members of the University community – students, employees, and visitors. Academic and professional excellence can exist only when each member of our community is assured an atmosphere of safety and mutual respect. All members of the University community are responsible for the maintenance of an environment in which people are free to learn and work without fear of discrimination, discriminatory harassment or interpersonal violence. Discrimination diminishes individual dignity and impedes equal employment and educational opportunities.

The University does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its education or employment programs and activities on the basis of an individual’s race, color, ethnicity, religious creed, age, sex, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability (including learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and past or present history of mental illness), veteran’s status, prior conviction of a crime, workplace hazards to the reproductive system, gender identity or expression, or membership in any other protected classes as set forth in state or federal law. To that end, this Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment and Related Interpersonal Violence, Including Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment, Sexual Assault, Sexual Exploitation, Intimate Partner Violence, Stalking, Complicity, Retaliation and Inappropriate Amorous Relationships (the “Policy Against Discrimination” or “Policy”) prohibits specific forms of behavior that violate state and federal laws, including but not limited to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (“VAWA”), and related state and federal anti-discrimination laws. Such behavior may also require the University to fulfill certain reporting obligations under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (the “Clery Act”), as amended by VAWA, and Connecticut state law regarding reporting suspected child abuse and neglect.

The University prohibits discrimination, as well as discriminatory harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, intimate partner violence, stalking, sexual or gender-based harassment, complicity in the commission of any act prohibited by this Policy, retaliation against a person for the good faith reporting of any of these forms of conduct or participation in any investigation or proceeding under this Policy (collectively, “Prohibited Conduct[1]”). These forms of Prohibited Conduct are unlawful and undermine the mission and values of our academic community. In addition, engagement in or pursuit of inappropriate amorous relationships with employees in positions of authority can undermine the University’s mission when those in positions of authority abuse or appear to abuse their authority.

The University adopts this Policy with a commitment to: (1) eliminating, preventing, and addressing the effects of Prohibited Conduct; (2) fostering a safe and respectful University community; (3) cultivating a climate where all individuals are well-informed and supported in reporting Prohibited Conduct; (4) providing a fair and impartial process for all parties in the investigation and resolution of such reports; and (5) identifying the standards by which violations of this Policy will be evaluated and disciplinary action may be imposed. In addition, the University conducts ongoing prevention, awareness, and training programs for employees and students to facilitate the goals of this Policy.

A student or employee determined by the University to have committed an act of Prohibited Conduct is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including separation from the University. Third Parties who commit acts of Prohibited Conduct may have their relationships with the University terminated and/or their privileges of being on University premises withdrawn.

It is the responsibility of every member of the University community to foster an environment free of Prohibited Conduct. All members of the University community are encouraged to take reasonable and prudent actions to prevent or stop an act of Prohibited Conduct. The University will support and assist community members who take such actions.

Retaliation against any individual who, in good faith, reports or participates in the reporting, investigation, or adjudication of Prohibited Conduct is strictly forbidden.

This Policy applies to all reports of Prohibited Conduct occurring on or after the effective date of this Policy. Where the date of the Prohibited Conduct precedes the effective date of this Policy, the definitions of misconduct in effect at the time of the alleged incident(s) will be used.

II. TO WHOM THIS POLICY APPLIES

This Policy applies to: students as defined in UConn’s Responsibilities of Community Life: The Student Code and students enrolled at UConn Health (“Students”); University employees, consisting of all full-time and part-time faculty, University Staff (including special payroll employees), UConn Health employees (including residents and fellows), professional research staff, and post-doctoral research associates (“Employees”); and contractors, vendors, visitors, guests or other third parties (“Third Parties”). This Policy pertains to acts of Prohibited Conduct committed by or against Students, Employees and Third Parties when:

    1. the conduct occurs on campus or other property owned or controlled by the University;
    2. the conduct occurs in the context of a University employment or education program or activity, including, but not limited to, University-sponsored study abroad, research, on-line, or internship programs; or
    3. the conduct occurs outside the context of a University employment or education program or activity, but has continuing adverse effects on or creates a hostile environment for Students, Employees or Third Parties while on campus or other property owned or controlled by the University or in any University employment or education program or activity.

III. APPLICABLE PROCEDURES UNDER THIS POLICY

The specific procedures for reporting, investigating, and resolving Prohibited Conduct are based upon the nature of the respondent’s relationship to the University (Student, Employee, or Third Party). Each set of procedures referenced below is guided by the same principles of fairness and respect for complainants and respondents. “Complainant” means the individual who presents as the victim of any Prohibited Conduct under this Policy, regardless of whether that person makes a report or seeks action under this Policy[2]. “Respondent” means the individual who has been accused of violating this Policy.

The procedures referenced below provide for prompt and equitable response to reports of Prohibited Conduct. The procedures designate specific timeframes for major stages of the process, provide for thorough and impartial investigations that afford the Complainant and Respondent notice and an opportunity to present witnesses and evidence, and assure equal and timely access to the information that will be used in determining whether a Policy violation has occurred. The University applies the Preponderance of the Evidence standard when determining whether this Policy has been violated. “Preponderance of the Evidence” means that it is more likely than not that a Policy violation occurred.

A. WHERE THE RESPONDENT IS A STUDENT

Except as noted in Section IIIE, below, the procedures for responding to reports of Prohibited Conduct committed by Students are detailed in Responsibilities of Community Life: The Student Code (“The Student Code”) (http://community.uconn.edu/the-student-code-preamble/).

B. WHERE THE RESPONDENT IS AN EMPLOYEE

The procedures for responding to reports of Prohibited Conduct committed by Employees are detailed in OIE’s Complaint Processes (https://equity.uconn.edu/policiesprocedures/).

C. WHERE THE RESPONDENT IS BOTH A STUDENT AND AN EMPLOYEE

Each situation will be evaluated for context and the University will determine which of the procedures applies based on the facts and circumstances (such as which role predominates in the context of the alleged Prohibited Conduct). The Student-Respondent procedures typically will apply to graduate students except in those cases where the graduate student’s assistantship role predominated in the context of the Prohibited Conduct. Further, where a Respondent is both a Student and an Employee (including but not limited to graduate students), the Respondent may be subject to any of the sanctions applicable to Students or Employees.

D. WHERE THE RESPONDENT IS A THIRD PARTY

The University’s ability to take appropriate corrective action against a Third Party will be determined by the nature of the relationship of the Third Party to the University. The University will determine the appropriate manner of resolution consistent with the University’s commitment to a prompt and equitable process under federal law, federal guidance, and this Policy.

E. WHERE THE RESPONDENT IS A UCONN HEALTH STUDENT, EMPLOYEE OR THIRD PARTY

Parties should contact the UConn Health Office of Institutional Equity by calling (860) 679-3563 or email: equity@uconn.edu. UConn’s Responsibilities of Community Life: The Student Code does not apply to students enrolled in MD or DMD/DDS degree programs at UConn Health.

IV. TITLE IX COORDINATOR

Under Title IX:

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

The Title IX Coordinator is charged with monitoring the University’s compliance with Title IX, ensuring appropriate education and training, coordinating the University’s investigation, response, and resolution of all reports under this Policy, and ensuring appropriate actions to eliminate Prohibited Conduct, prevent its recurrence, and remedy its effects. The Office of Institutional Equity oversees reports involving Students, Employees, and Third Parties. The University has also designated Deputy Title IX Coordinators who may assist the Title IX Coordinator in the discharge of these responsibilities. The Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinators receive ongoing appropriate training to discharge their responsibilities.

Concerns about the University’s application of Title IX may be addressed to the Title IX Coordinator. Additionally, concerns about the University’s application of Title VII and/or other federal and state anti-discrimination laws may be addressed to the Office of Institutional Equity.

The Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinators can be contacted by telephone, email, or in person during regular office hours:

Elizabeth A. Conklin
Associate Vice President, Office of Institutional Equity
Title IX Coordinator
Storrs: Wood Hall, First Floor
UConn Health: Munson Road, Fourth Floor
elizabeth.conklin@uconn.edu
(860) 486-2943

Sarah Chipman
Director of Investigations, Office of Institutional Equity
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Storrs: Wood Hall, First Floor
UConn Health: Munson Road, Fourth Floor
sarah.chipman@uconn.edu
(860) 486-2943

Kevin O’Connell
Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Office of Institutional Equity
Storrs: Wood Hall, First Floor
UConn Health: Munson Road, Fourth Floor
kevin.o’connell@uconn.edu
(860) 486-2943

External reporting options include the United States Department of Education, Clery Act Compliance Team (at clery@ed.gov); the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (at OCR@ed.gov or (800) 421-3481); the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (at info@eeoc.gov or (800) 669-4000); and/or the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities ((800)-477-5737).

V. UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY

The University is committed to protecting the privacy of all individuals involved in the investigation and resolution of a report under this Policy. The University also is committed to providing assistance to help Students, Employees, and Third Parties make informed choices. With respect to any report under this Policy, the University will take reasonable efforts to protect the privacy of participants, in accordance with applicable state and federal law, while balancing the need to gather information to assess the report and to take steps to eliminate Prohibited Conduct, prevent its recurrence, and remedy its effects.

Privacy and confidentiality have distinct meanings under this Policy.

Privacy: Privacy means that information related to a report of Prohibited Conduct will be shared with University Employees who need to know the information in order to assist individuals identified as having been impacted by the alleged conduct in the assessment, investigation, and resolution of the report. All Employees who are involved in the University’s response to reports of Prohibited Conduct receive specific training and guidance about sharing and safeguarding private information in accordance with state and federal law.

The privacy of Student education records will be protected in accordance with relevant privacy laws including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”), as outlined in the University’s FERPA policy. (http://policy.uconn.edu/2011/05/24/ferpa-policy/).

Confidentiality: Confidentiality exists in the context of laws that protect certain relationships, including with medical and clinical care providers (and those who provide administrative services related to the provision of medical and clinical care), mental health providers, counselors, and ordained clergy, all of whom may engage in confidential communications under Connecticut law. The University has designated individuals who have the ability to have privileged communications as “Confidential Employees.” When information is shared by an individual with a Confidential Employee or a community professional with the same legal protections, the Confidential Employee (and/or such community professional) cannot reveal the information to any third party except where required or permitted by law. For example, information may be disclosed when: (i) the individual gives written consent for its disclosure; (ii) there is a concern that the individual will likely cause serious physical harm to self or others; or (iii) the information concerns conduct involving suspected abuse or neglect of a minor under the age of 18.

VI. EMPLOYEE REPORTING RESPONSIBILITIES

A. TITLE IX REPORTING OBLIGATIONS

Most University employees are required to immediately report information about certain types of Prohibited Conduct involving any Student to the University’s Office of Institutional Equity[3]. An Employee’s responsibility to report under this Policy is governed by their role at the University. The University designates every Employee as either a Confidential Employee or a Responsible Employee.

Confidential Employee: Any Employee who is entitled under state law to have privileged communications. Confidential Employees will not disclose information about Prohibited Conduct to the University without the permission of the Student or Employee (subject to the exceptions set forth in the Confidentiality section of this Policy). Confidential Employees at the University of Connecticut include:

  • Student Health Services
  • Counseling and Mental Health Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

Responsible Employee: Any Employee who is not a Confidential Employee, and certain categories of student employees. Responsible Employees include (but are not necessarily limited to) Faculty and Staff, Resident Assistants, Post-Doctoral Research Assistants, Graduate Teaching Assistants, Graduate Research Assistants, and any student-employees serving as Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) when disclosures are made to any of them in their capacities as Employees.

Responsible Employees are required to immediately report to the University’s Office of Institutional Equity all relevant details (obtained directly or indirectly) about an incident of Sexual Assault, Intimate Partner Violence and/or Stalking (as defined in Section IX, below) that involves any Student as a Complainant, Respondent, and/or witness, including dates, times, locations, and names of parties and witnesses[4]. Reporting is required when the Responsible Employee knows (by reason of a direct or indirect disclosure) of such Sexual Assault, Intimate Partner Violence, and/or Stalking. Reporting is required when a student is reported to have been involved in such an incident, regardless of the date, location (on or off campus) or identities of other parties alleged to have been involved in the incident. This manner of reporting may help inform the University of the general extent and nature of allegations of Prohibited Conduct on and off campus so the University can track patterns, evaluate the scope of the problem, formulate appropriate campus-wide responses, and ensure that impacted students are provided with information about reporting options and support resources.

Responsible Employees are not required to report information disclosed (1) at public awareness events (e.g., “Take Back the Night,” candlelight vigils, protests, “survivor speak-outs” or other public forums in which Students may disclose incidents of Prohibited Conduct; collectively, “Public Awareness Events”); (2) during a Student’s participation as a subject in an Institutional Review Board-approved human subjects research protocol (“IRB Research”); or (3) as part of coursework submitted to an instructor in connection with a course assignment. Even in the absence of such obligation, all Employees are encouraged to contact the Title IX Coordinator if they become aware of information that suggests a safety risk to the University community or any member thereof. The University may provide information about Students’ Title IX and/or other civil rights and about available University and community resources and support at Public Awareness Events, however, and Institutional Review Boards may, in appropriate cases, require researchers to provide such information to all Student subjects of IRB Research.

Dean, Director, Department Head, and Supervisor Responsibility to Report Prohibited Conduct Where Either the Complainant or the Respondent is an Employee. Under this Policy, Deans, Directors, Department Heads and Supervisors are required to report to the Office of Institutional Equity all relevant details about an incident of Prohibited Conduct[5] (including but not limited to discrimination, discriminatory harassment, sexual harassment, and/or retaliation) where either the Complainant or the Respondent is an Employee. Reporting is required when such Deans, Directors, Department Heads and Supervisors know (by reason of direct or indirect disclosure) or should have known of such Prohibited Conduct.

All University Employees are strongly encouraged to report to the law enforcement any conduct that could potentially present a danger to the community or may be a crime under Connecticut law.

B. CLERY REPORTING OBLIGATIONS

Under the Clery Act, certain University employees are designated as Campus Security Authorities. CSAs generally include individuals with significant responsibility for campus security or student and campus activities. Based on information reported to CSAs, the University includes statistics about certain criminal offenses in its annual security report and provides those statistics to the United States Department of Education in a manner that does not include any personally identifying information about individuals involved in an incident. The Clery Act also requires the University to issue timely warnings to the University community about certain reported crimes that may pose a serious or continuing threat to Students and Employees. Consistent with the Clery Act, the University withholds the names and other personally identifying information of Complainants when issuing timely warnings to the University community.

C. CHILD ABUSE REPORTING OBLIGATIONS

All University Employees except student employees are mandated reporters of child abuse or neglect as defined by Connecticut General Statutes Section 17a-101(b) and must comply with Connecticut’s mandated reporting laws. See Connecticut General Statutes Sections 17a-101a to 17a-101d. All University Employees should refer to UConn’s Protection of Minors and Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect Policy (http://policy.uconn.edu/?p=6754) for detailed definitions and reporting information.

VII. COMPLAINANT OPTIONS FOR REPORTING PROHIBITED CONDUCT

A Complainant may choose to report to the University and/or to law enforcement when alleged Prohibited Conduct may also constitute a crime under the applicable laws. These two reporting options are not mutually exclusive. Therefore, Complainants may choose to pursue both the University process and the criminal process concurrently. The University will support Complainants in understanding, assessing and pursuing these options.

The first priority for any individual should be personal safety and well-being. In addition to seeking immediate medical care, the University encourages all individuals to seek immediate assistance from 911, UConn Police, and/or local law enforcement. This is the best option to ensure preservation of evidence. The University also strongly urges that law enforcement be notified immediately in situations that may present imminent or ongoing danger.

A. REPORTING TO LAW ENFORCEMENT

Conduct that violates this Policy may also constitute a crime under the laws of the jurisdiction in which the incident occurred. For example, the State of Connecticut criminalizes and punishes some forms of Sexual Assault, Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Exploitation, Stalking, and Physical Assault. See Title 53a of the Connecticut General Statutes for the State of Connecticut’s Penal Code (https://www.cga.ct.gov/current/pub/title_53a.htm). Whether or not any specific incident of Prohibited Conduct may constitute a crime is a decision made solely by law enforcement. Similarly, the decision to arrest any individual for engaging in any incident of Prohibited Conduct is determined solely by law enforcement and not the University. Such decisions are based on a number of factors, including availability of admissible evidence.
Complainants have the right to notify or decline to notify law enforcement. In keeping with its commitment to take all appropriate steps to eliminate, prevent, and remedy all Prohibited Conduct, the University urges Complainants (or others who become aware of potential criminal conduct) to report Prohibited Conduct immediately to local law enforcement by contacting:

  1. 911 (for emergencies)
  2. University Police (for non-emergencies):
    1. Storrs and Regional Campuses (860) 486-4800
    2. UConn Health (860) 679-2121
  3. State Police (for conduct occurring off campus in Connecticut) (800) 308-7633

Police have unique legal authority, including the power to seek and execute search warrants, collect forensic evidence, make arrests, and assist in seeking protective and restraining orders. Although a police report may be made at any time, Complainants should be aware that delayed reporting may diminish law enforcement’s ability to take certain actions, including collecting forensic evidence and making arrests. The University will assist Complainants in notifying law enforcement if they choose to do so. Under limited circumstances posing a threat to health or safety of any University community member, the University may independently notify law enforcement.

B. REPORTING TO THE UNIVERSITY

Complainants (or others who become aware of an incident of Prohibited Conduct) are encouraged to report the incident to the University through the following reporting options:

By contacting the Office of Institutional Equity by telephone, email, or in person during regular office hours (8am-5pm, M-F):

Office of Institutional Equity (Storrs and Regionals)
Wood Hall, First Floor
241 Glenbrook Road
Storrs, Connecticut
(860) 486-2943
equity@uconn.edu
www.titleix.uconn.edu
www.equity.uconn.edu

Office of Institutional Equity (UConn Health)
16 Munson Road, 4th Floor
Farmington, Connecticut
(860) 679-3563
equity@uconn.edu
www.equity.uconn.edu

There is no time limit to report Prohibited Conduct to the University under this Policy[6]; however, the University’s ability to respond may diminish over time, as evidence may erode, memories may fade, and Respondents may no longer be affiliated with the University. If the Respondent is no longer affiliated with the University, the University will provide reasonably appropriate remedial measures, assist the Complainant in identifying external reporting options, and take reasonable steps to eliminate Prohibited Conduct, prevent its recurrence, and remedy its effects.

The University will not pursue disciplinary action against Complainants or witnesses for disclosure of illegal personal consumption of drugs or alcohol where such disclosures are made in connection with a good faith report or investigation of Prohibited Conduct.

VIII. ACCESSING CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY RESOURCES

The University offers a wide range of resources to provide support and guidance to Students and Employees in response to any incident of Prohibited Conduct. Comprehensive information on accessing University and community resources is contained online at the following sites:

  • Sexual assault, sexual exploitation, intimate partner violence, sexual or gender-based harassment, and stalking: www.titleix.uconn.edu
  • Discrimination and discriminatory harassment where the Respondent is an Employee or Third Party: www.equity.uconn.edu
  • Related violations of The Student Code where the Respondent is a Student: www.community.uconn.edu

Available resources include: emergency and ongoing assistance; health, mental health, and victim-advocacy services; options for reporting Prohibited Conduct to the University and/or law enforcement; and available support with academics, housing, and employment.

The University offers a wide range of resources for Students and Employees, whether as Complainants or Respondents, to provide support and guidance throughout the submission, investigation, and resolution of a report of Prohibited Conduct. The University will offer reasonable and appropriate measures to individuals impacted by an allegation of Prohibited Conduct in order to facilitate their continued access to University employment or education programs and activities. These measures may be both remedial (designed to address a Complainant’s safety and well-being and continued access to educational opportunities) or protective (designed to reduce the risk of harm to an individual or community). Remedial and protective measures, which may be temporary or permanent, may include no-contact directives, on-campus residence modifications, academic modifications and support, work schedule modifications, suspension from employment, and pre-disciplinary leave (with or without pay). Remedial measures are available regardless of whether a Complainant pursues a complaint or investigation under this Policy and may continue regardless of the outcome of an investigation if reasonable and appropriate.

The University will maintain the privacy of any remedial and protective measures provided under this Policy to the extent practicable and will promptly address any violation of the protective measures. The University has the discretion to impose and/or modify any remedial or protective measure based on all available information.

The University will provide reasonable remedial and protective measures to Third Parties as appropriate and available, taking into account the role of the Third Party and the nature of any contractual relationship with the University.

IX. PROHIBITED CONDUCT UNDER THIS POLICY[7]

Conduct under this Policy is prohibited regardless of the sex, sexual orientation and/or gender identity/expression of the Complainant or Respondent. Prohibited Conduct includes the following specifically defined forms of behavior: Discrimination, Discriminatory Harassment, Sexual or Gender-Based Harassment, Sexual Assault, Sexual Exploitation, Intimate Partner Violence, Stalking, Complicity, and Retaliation.

A. DISCRIMINATION

Discrimination is any unlawful distinction, preference, or detriment to an individual that is based upon an individual’s race, color, ethnicity, religious creed, age, sex, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disabilities (including learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, past/present history of a mental disorder), veteran status, prior conviction of a crime, workplace hazards to reproductive systems, gender identity or expression, or membership in other protected classes set forth in state or federal law and that: (1) excludes an individual from participation; (2) denies the individual the benefits of; (3) treats the individual differently; or (4) otherwise adversely affects a term or condition of an individual’s employment, education, living environment or participation in a University program or activity.

Discrimination includes failing to provide reasonable accommodation, consistent with state and federal law, to persons with disabilities. The University of Connecticut is committed to achieving equal educational and employment opportunity and full participation for persons with disabilities. See Policy Statement: People with Disabilities (http://policy.uconn.edu/2011/05/24/people-with-disabilities-policy-statement/).

B. DISCRIMINATORY HARASSMENT

Discriminatory Harassment consists of verbal, physical, electronic, or other conduct based upon an individual’s race, color, ethnicity, religious creed, age, sex, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disabilities (including learning disabilities, intellectual disability, past/present history of a mental disorder), veteran status, prior conviction of a crime, workplace hazards to reproductive systems, gender identity or expression, or membership in other protected classes set forth in state or federal law that interferes with that individual’s educational or employment opportunities, participation in a University program or activity, or receipt of legitimately-requested services or benefits. Such conduct is a violation of this Policy when the circumstances demonstrate the existence of either Hostile Environment Harassment or Quid Pro Quo Harassment, as defined below.

Hostile Environment Harassment: Discriminatory Harassment that is so severe, persistent or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with, limits, deprives, or alters the conditions of education (e.g., admission, academic standing, grades, assignment); employment (e.g., hiring, advancement, assignment); or participation in a University program or activity (e.g., campus housing, official University list-servs or other University-sponsored platforms), when viewed from both a subjective and objective perspective.

Quid Pro Quo Harassment: Discriminatory Harassment where submission to or rejection of unwelcome conduct is used, explicitly or implicitly, as the basis for decisions affecting an individual’s education (e.g., admission, academic standing, grades, assignment); employment (e.g., hiring, advancement, assignment); or participation in a University program or activity (e.g., campus housing).

Discriminatory Harassment may take many forms, including verbal acts, name-calling, graphic or written statements (including the use of cell phones or the Internet), or other conduct that may be humiliating or physically threatening.

C. SEXUAL OR GENDER-BASED HARASSMENT

Sexual Harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. This may include, but is not limited to, unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, inappropriate touching, acts of sexual violence, or other unwanted conduct of a sexual nature, whether verbal, non-verbal, graphic, physical, written or otherwise. Such conduct is a violation of this Policy when the conditions for Hostile Environment Harassment or Quid Pro Quo Harassment are present, as defined above.

Gender-Based Harassment includes harassment based on gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, which may include acts of aggression, intimidation, or hostility, whether verbal or non-verbal, graphic, physical, written or otherwise, even if the acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature. Such conduct is a violation of this Policy when the conditions for Hostile Environment Harassment or Quid Pro Quo Harassment are present, as defined above.

D. SEXUAL ASSAULT

Sexual Assault consists of (1) Sexual Contact and/or (2) Sexual Intercourse that occurs without (3) Consent.

  1. Sexual Contact (or attempts to commit) is the intentional touching of another person’s intimate body parts, clothed or unclothed, if that intentional touching can reasonably be construed as having the intent or purpose of obtaining sexual arousal or gratification.
  2. Sexual Intercourse (or attempts to commit) is any penetration, however slight, of a bodily orifice with any object(s) or body part. Sexual Intercourse includes vaginal or anal penetration by a penis, object, tongue or finger, or any contact between the mouth of one person and the genitalia of another person.
  3. Consent is an understandable exchange of affirmative words or actions, which indicate a willingness to participate in mutually agreed upon sexual activity. Consent must be informed, freely and actively given. It is the responsibility of the initiator to obtain clear and affirmative responses at each stage of sexual involvement. Consent to one form of sexual activity does not imply consent to other forms of sexual activity. The lack of a negative response is not consent. An individual who is incapacitated by alcohol and/or other drugs both voluntarily or involuntarily consumed may not give consent. Past consent of sexual activity does not imply ongoing future consent.

Consent cannot be given if any of the following are present: A. Force, B. Coercion or C. Incapacitation.

  1. Force is the use of physical violence and/or imposing on someone physically to gain sexual access. Force also includes threats, intimidation (implied threats) and/or coercion that overcome resistance.
  2. Coercion is unreasonable pressure for sexual activity. Coercion is more than an effort to persuade, entice, or attract another person to have sex. Conduct does not constitute coercion unless it wrongfully impairs an individual’s freedom of will to choose whether to participate in the sexual activity.
  3. Incapacitation is a state where an individual cannot make rational, reasonable decisions due to the debilitating use of alcohol and/or other drugs, sleep, unconsciousness, or because of a disability that prevents the individual from having the capacity to give consent. Intoxication is not incapacitation and a person is not incapacitated merely because the person has been drinking or using drugs. Incapacitation due to alcohol and/or drug consumption results from ingestion that is more severe than impairment, being under the influence, drunkenness, or intoxication. The question of incapacitation will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Being intoxicated or incapacitated by drugs, alcohol, or other medication will not be a defense to any violation of this Policy.

E. SEXUAL EXPLOITATION

Sexual Exploitation is taking advantage of a person due to their sex and/or gender identity for personal gain or gratification. It is the abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust for sexual purposes. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Recording, photographing, disseminating, and/or posting images of private sexual activity and/or a person’s intimate parts (including genitalia, groin, breasts, or buttocks) without consent;
  • Threatening to disseminate sensitive personal materials (e.g. photos, videos) by any means to any person or entity without consent;
  • Allowing third parties to observe private sexual activity from a hidden location without consent (for example through a hidden location (e.g., closet) or through electronic means (e.g., Skype or livestreaming of images);
  • Fetish behaviors including stealing articles of clothing for personal gain and/or satisfaction;
  • Manipulation of contraception;
  • Peeping or voyeurism;
  • Prostituting another person; or
  • Intentionally or knowingly exposing another person to a sexually transmitted infection or virus without the other’s knowledge.

F. INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE

Intimate Partner Violence includes any act of violence or threatened act of violence that occurs between individuals who are involved or have been involved in a sexual, dating, spousal, domestic, or other intimate relationship. Intimate Partner Violence may include any form of Prohibited Conduct under this Policy, including Sexual Assault, Stalking(as defined herein) and/or physical assault. Intimate Partner Violence may involve a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation, or may involve one-time conduct. A pattern of behavior is typically determined based on the repeated use of words and/or actions and inactions in order to demean, intimidate, and/or control another person. This behavior can be verbal, emotional and/or physical.

G. STALKING

Stalking means engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific individual that would cause a reasonable person to fear for their safety or the safety of others, or for the individual to suffer substantial emotional distress.
Stalking includes unwanted, repeated, or cumulative behaviors that serve no purpose other than to threaten, or cause fear for another individual.

Common stalking acts include, but are not limited to: harassing, threatening or obscene phone calls, excessive and/or threatening communication, following, vandalism of personal property, and/or leaving/giving unwanted gifts or objects. Stalking includes cyberstalking.

H. RETALIATION

Retaliation means any adverse action taken against a person for making a good faith report of Prohibited Conduct or participating in any proceeding under this Policy, including requesting remedial and/or protective measures. Retaliation includes threatening, intimidating, harassing, coercing, interfering with potential witnesses or a potential proceeding under this Policy, or any other conduct that would discourage a reasonable person from engaging in activity protected under this Policy. Retaliation may be present even where there is a finding of “no responsibility” on the allegations of Prohibited Conduct. Retaliation does not include good faith actions lawfully pursued in response to a report of Prohibited Conduct.

Retaliation can include, but is not limited to, actions taken by the University, actions taken by one Student against another Student, actions taken by an Employee against another Employee or Student, or actions taken by a Third Party against a Student or Employee. See the University’s Non-Retaliation Policy [http://policy.uconn.edu/2011/05/24/non-retaliation-policy/].

I. COMPLICITY

Complicity is any act taken with the purpose of aiding, facilitating, promoting or encouraging the commission of an act of Prohibited Conduct by another person.

X. INAPPROPRIATE AMOROUS RELATIONSHIPS

For the purposes of this Policy, “amorous relationships” are defined as intimate, sexual, and/or any other type of amorous encounter or relationship, whether casual or serious, short-term or long-term.

A. INSTRUCTIONAL/STUDENT CONTEXT

All faculty and staff must be aware that amorous relationships with students are likely to lead to difficulties and have the potential to place faculty and staff at great personal and professional risk. The power difference inherent in the faculty-student or staff-student relationship means that any amorous relationship between a faculty or staff member and a student is potentially exploitative or could at any time be perceived as exploitative and should be avoided. Faculty and staff engaged in such relationships should be sensitive to the continuous possibility that they may unexpectedly be placed in a position of responsibility for the student’s instruction or evaluation. In the event of a charge of Sexual Harassment arising from such circumstances, the University will in general be unsympathetic to a defense based upon consent when the facts establish that a faculty-student or staff-student power differential existed within the relationship.

1. Undergraduate Students

Subject to the limited exceptions herein, all members of the faculty and staff are prohibited from pursuing or engaging in an amorous relationship with any undergraduate student.

2. Graduate Students

With respect to graduate students (including but not limited to Master’s, Law, Doctoral, Medical, Dental and any other post-baccalaureate students), all faculty and staff are prohibited from pursuing or engaging in an amorous relationship with a graduate student under that individual’s authority. Situations of authority include, but are not limited to: teaching; formal mentoring or advising; supervision of research and employment of a student as a research or teaching assistant; exercising substantial responsibility for grades, honors, or degrees; and involvement in disciplinary action related to the student.

Students and faculty/staff alike should be aware that pursuing or engaging in an amorous relationship with any graduate student will limit the faculty or staff member’s ability to teach, mentor, advise, direct work, employ and promote the career of the student involved with them in an amorous relationship.

3. Graduate Students in Positions of Authority

Like faculty and staff members, graduate students may themselves be in a position of authority over other students, for example, when serving as a teaching assistant in a course or when serving as a research assistant and supervising other students in research. The power difference inherent in such relationships means that any amorous relationship between a graduate student and another student over whom they have authority (undergraduate or graduate) is potentially exploitative and should be avoided. All graduate students currently or previously engaged in an amorous relationship with another student are prohibited from serving in a position of authority over that student. Graduate students also should be sensitive to the continuous possibility that they may unexpectedly be placed in a position of responsibility for another student’s instruction or evaluation.

4. Pre-existing Relationships with Any Student

The University recognizes that an amorous relationship may exist prior to the time a student enrolls at the University or, for amorous relationships with graduate students, prior to the time the faculty or staff member is placed in a position of authority over the graduate student. The current or prior existence of such an amorous relationship must be disclosed to the Office of Institutional Equity by the employee in a position of authority immediately if the student is an undergraduate, and prior to accepting a supervisory role of any type over any graduate student.

All faculty and staff currently or previously engaged in an amorous relationship with a student are prohibited from the following unless effective steps have been taken in conjunction with Labor Relations and the applicable dean or vice president to eliminate any potential conflict of interest in accordance with this Policy: teaching; formal mentoring or advising; supervising research; exercising responsibility for grades, honors, or degrees; considering disciplinary action involving the student; or employing the student in any capacity – including but not limited to student employment and internships, work study, or as a research or teaching assistant.
Similarly, all graduate students currently or previously engaged in an amorous relationship with another student are prohibited from serving in a position of authority over that student.

5. If an Amorous Relationship Occurs with Any Student

If, despite these warnings, a faculty member, staff member, or graduate student becomes involved in an amorous relationship with a student in violation of this Policy, the faculty member, staff member, or graduate student must disclose the relationship immediately to the Office of Institutional Equity. Absent an extraordinary circumstance, no relationships in violation of this Policy will be permitted while the student is enrolled or the faculty or staff member is employed by the University. In most cases, it will be unlikely that an acceptable resolution to the conflict of interest will be possible, and the faculty or staff member’s employment standing or the graduate student’s position of authority may need to be adjusted until they no longer have supervisory or other authority over the student.

In addition to the amorous relationship itself, a faculty, staff or graduate student’s failure to report the existence of an inappropriate amorous relationship with a student is also a violation of this Policy. The University encourages immediate self-reporting, and will consider this factor in the context of any resolution that may be able to be reached.

B. EMPLOYMENT CONTEXT

Amorous relationships between supervisors and their subordinate employees often adversely affect decisions, distort judgment, and undermine workplace morale for all employees, including those not directly engaged in the relationship. Any University employee who participates in supervisory or administrative decisions concerning an employee with whom they have or has had an amorous relationship has a conflict of interest in those situations. These types of relationships, specifically those involving spouses and/or individuals who reside together, also may violate the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials as well as the University’s Policy on Employment and Contracting for Service of Relatives.

Accordingly, the University prohibits all faculty and staff from pursuing or engaging in amorous relationships with employees whom they supervise. No supervisor shall initiate or participate in institutional decisions involving a direct benefit or penalty (employment, retention, promotion, tenure, salary, leave of absence, etc.) to a person with whom that individual has or has had an amorous relationship. The individual in a position of authority can be held accountable for creating a sexually hostile environment or failing to address a sexually hostile environment and thus should avoid creating or failing to address a situation that adversely impacts the working environment of others.

    1.  Pre-existing Amorous Relationships Between Supervisors and Subordinate EmployeesThe University recognizes that an amorous relationship may exist prior to the time an individual is assigned to a supervisor. Supervisory, decision-making, oversight, evaluative or advisory relationships for someone with whom there exists or previously has existed an amorous relationship is unacceptable unless effective steps have been taken to eliminate any potential conflict of interest in accordance with this Policy. The current or prior existence of such a relationship must be disclosed by the employee in a position of authority prior to accepting supervision of the subordinate employee to the Office of Institutional Equity. Labor Relations and the applicable dean or vice president will determine whether the conflict of interest can be eliminated through termination of the situation of authority. The final determination will be at the sole discretion of the relevant dean or vice president.
    2. If an Amorous Relationship Occurs or has Occurred between a Supervisor and their Subordinate EmployeeIf, despite these warnings, a University employee enters into an amorous relationship with someone over whom they have supervisory, decision-making, oversight, evaluative, or advisory responsibilities, that employee must disclose the existence of the relationship immediately to the Office of Institutional Equity. Labor Relations and the applicable dean or vice president will determine whether the conflict of interest can be eliminated through termination of the situation of authority. The final determination will be at the sole discretion of the relevant dean or vice president. In most cases, it will be unlikely that an acceptable resolution to the conflict of interest will be possible. If the conflict of interest cannot be eliminated, the supervisor’s employment standing may need to be adjusted. In addition to the amorous relationship itself, a supervisor’s failure to report the existence of the relationship with a subordinate employee is also a violation of this Policy. The University encourages immediate self-reporting, and will consider this factor in the context of any resolution that may be able to be reached.

XI. PREVENTION, AWARENESS AND TRAINING PROGRAMS

The University is committed to the prevention of Prohibited Conduct through regular and ongoing education and awareness programs. Incoming Students and new Employees receive primary prevention and awareness programming as part of their orientation, and returning Students and current Employees receive ongoing training and related education and awareness programs. The University provides training, education and awareness programs to Students and Employees to ensure broad understanding of this Policy and the topics and issues related to maintaining an education and employment environment free from harassment and discrimination.

For a description of the University’s Prohibited Conduct prevention and awareness programs, including programs on minimizing the risk of incidents of Prohibited Conduct and bystander intervention, see the University’s annual Clery reports (found online at: http://publicsafety.uconn.edu/police/clery/about-clery/uconn-and-the-clery-act/ ).

XII. OBLIGATION TO PROVIDE TRUTHFUL INFORMATION

All University community members are expected to provide truthful information in any report, investigation, or proceeding under this Policy. Submitting or providing false or misleading information in bad faith or in an effort to achieve personal gain or cause intentional harm to another in connection with an incident of Prohibited Conduct is prohibited and subject to disciplinary sanctions under The Student Code (for Students), The Code of Conduct (for Employees), and any other applicable and appropriate University policy or policies. This provision does not apply to reports made or information provided in good faith, even if the facts alleged in the report are not later substantiated.

XIII. RELATED POLICIES

A. STUDENTS

Responsibilities of Community Life: The Student Code: http://www.community.uconn.edu/student_code.html

B. EMPLOYEES AND THIRD PARTIES

Policy Statement: People With Disabilities: http://policy.uconn.edu/?p=419
Protection of Minors and Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect Policy: http://policy.uconn.edu/?p=6754
Non-Retaliation Policy: http://policy.uconn.edu/?p=415
Policy Statement: Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity: http://policy.uconn.edu/?p=102
Age Act Policy: http://policy.uconn.edu/?p=2007
Code of Conduct (employees): http://policy.uconn.edu/?p=140
Code of Conduct for University of Connecticut Vendors: http://policy.uconn.edu/?p=2718
Policy on Employment and Contracting for Service of Relatives: http://policy.uconn.edu/?p=357

XIV. POLICY REVIEW

This Policy is maintained by the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE). The University will periodically review and update this Policy and will evaluate, among other things, any changes in legal requirements, existing University resources, and the resolution of cases from the preceding year (including, but not limited to, timeframes for completion and sanctions and remedies imposed).

[1] Definitions for all forms of Prohibited Conduct can be found in Section IX of this Policy.

[2] UConn recognizes that an individual may choose to self-identify as a victim or a survivor.  For consistency in this Policy, the University uses the term Complainant to maintain the neutrality of the Policy and procedures.

[3] Although this Policy is directed primarily to disclosures by Students, as explained herein certain supervisory employees are obligated to report disclosures about all types of Prohibited Conduct involving a University employee.

[4] While Employees are encouraged to report any form of Prohibited Conduct, only Sexual Assault, Intimate Partner Violence and Stalking must be reported under this Policy.

[5] These supervisory employees are required to report all forms of Prohibited Conduct where the Complainant or Respondent is an Employee.

[6]  This statement does not relieve Responsible Employees of their obligation to report Sexual Assault, Intimate Partner Violence and/or Stalking involving a Student immediately to the Office of Institutional Equity.

[7] These definitions may overlap with Connecticut criminal statutes in some cases, and provide greater protection in other instances.  Connecticut’s Penal Code may be found in Title 53a of the Connecticut General Statutes.  (https://www.cga.ct.gov/current/pub/title_53a.htm)

The University of Connecticut Sustainable Design and Construction (LEED Policy)

Title: The University of Connecticut Sustainable Design and Construction Policy
Policy Owner: Office of Environmental Policy
Applies to:  Any building construction or renovation project entering the predesign phase, whenever estimated project cost exceeds $5 million
Campus Applicability:  All Campuses
Effective Date: June 29, 2016
For More Information, Contact  Richard Miller
Contact Information: (860) 486-8741
Official Website: http://ecohusky.uconn.edu

 

The University of Connecticut shall plan, design, construct, renovate and maintain sustainable, energy- and water-efficient buildings that:

  • Yield cost savings through lowered lifetime costs,
  • Provide enhanced learning atmospheres for students and healthier environments for all building occupants and visitors, and
  • Realize the University’s commitment to responsible growth and environmental stewardship.

Accordingly, for any building construction or renovation project entering the pre-design planning phase, and whenever the estimated total project cost exceeds $5 million, excluding the cost of equipment other than building systems, the University shall establish the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold rating as a minimum performance requirement.

The University shall comply with all applicable LEED protocols, including registering the project with the US Green Building Council at the beginning of the design phase and applying for LEED certification at project completion. Provided, however, if the administrative costs of LEED certification, including project registration fees, and documentation and monitoring costs, incurred exclusively for the purpose of achieving certification, are reasonably expected to exceed $50,000 for any project, the University shall inform the University’s Board of Trustees (acting through its Building, Grounds & Environment Committee) and seek approval to pursue certification.

The University may exempt a project from the minimum performance requirements of this policy only with the approval of the University’s Board of Trustees (acting through its Building, Grounds & Environment Committee). To attain such exemption, and in addition to complying with procedures specified for a similar exemption pursuant to any applicable state law or regulation, the University shall prepare a written analysis substantiating that the costs of achieving LEED certification would significantly outweigh the benefits.

Policy Created: March 13, 2007*

Policy Revised: June 29, 2016*

*Approved by the Board of Trustees

Policy on Scholarly Integrity in Graduate and Post-Doctoral Education and Research

Title: Policy on Scholarly Integrity in Graduate and Post-Doctoral Education and Research
Policy Owner: The Graduate Faculty Council
Applies to: Graduate Students
Campus Applicability:
Effective Date: March 26, 2014
For More Information, Contact The Graduate School
Contact Information: (860) 486-2182
Official Website: http://grad.uconn.edu/

 

 

Scholarly activity at the graduate and postdoctoral level takes many forms, including, but not limited to, classroom activity, laboratory or field experience, writing for publication, presentation, and forms of artistic expression. Integrity in all of these activities is of paramount importance, and The Graduate School of the University of Connecticut requires that the highest ethical standards in teaching, learning, research , and service be maintained.Scholarly integrity encompasses “both research integrity and the ethical understanding and skill required of researchers/scholars in domestic, international, and multicultural contexts.” It also addresses “ethical aspects of scholarship that influence the next generation of researchers as teachers, mentors, supervisors, and successful stewards of grant funds” (Council of Graduate Schools, Research and Scholarly Integrity in Graduate Education: A Comprehensive Approach, 2012).

The Graduate Faculty Council, in accordance with the provisions of its By-Laws, has adopted this policy concerning scholarly integrity in graduate education and research and has approved the procedures set forth herein for addressing alleged violations. The Dean of The Graduate School shall coordinate the reporting, investigation, and determination of alleged breaches of scholarly integrity by graduate students in accordance with this policy.

Members of the Graduate Faculty have primary responsibility to foster an environment in which the highest ethical standards prevail. All members of the University community have a responsibility to uphold the highest standards of scholarship, which encompasses activities of teaching, research, and service, and to report any violation of scholarly integrity of which they have knowledge. Instructors have a responsibility to take reasonable steps to prevent scholarly misconduct in their courses and to inform students of course-specific requirements.

Note: Student misconduct other than scholarly misconduct, as defined herein, is governed by the University’s Student Code, which is administered under the direction of the Office of the Provost. Enforcement of its provisions is the responsibility of the Director of Community Standards. At the Health Center, student misconduct other than scholarly misconduct is governed by the Health Center Rules of Conduct.

DEFINITIONS OF SCHOLARLY MISCONDUCT

Scholarly misconduct is broadly defined as a failure to uphold standards of scholarly integrity in teaching, learning, research, or service.

For the purpose of this Policy, scholarly misconduct shall be deemed to include, but not be limited to, the following types of misconduct. The list is not intended to be exhaustive, but does identify major categories of scholarly misconduct, and provides illustrations where appropriate.

  • Cheating involves dishonesty during a course, on an examination required for a particular degree, or at other times during graduate study, e.g., copying the work of another student.
  • Plagiarism involves using another person’s language, thoughts, data, ideas, expressions or other original material without acknowledging the source. (adapted from Council of Writing Program Administrators, Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism: The WPA Statement on Best Practices, 2003).
  • Distorted reporting involves “any omission or misrepresentation of the information necessary and sufficient to evaluate the validity and significance of research, at the level appropriate to the context in which the research is communicated” (D. Fanelli, Nature 494:149; 2013).
  • Fabrication or Falsification of Grades involves any form of falsification of coursework or tampering with grades, e.g., a student making unauthorized changes to her/his own grades or an instructor consciously misreporting grades of students.
  • Misrepresentation involves taking an examination for another student, submitting work done by another individual as one’s own, submitting the same work for evaluation in two or more courses without prior approval, unauthorized use of previously completed work or research for a thesis, dissertation, or publication, or making false, inaccurate, or misleading claims or statements when applying for admission to the Graduate School or in any scholarly or research activity, including publication.
  • Academic or Research Disruption involves unauthorized possession, use, or destruction of examinations, library materials, laboratory or research supplies or equipment, research data, notebooks, or computer files, or it might involve tampering with, sabotage of, or piracy of computer hardware, computer software, or network components.
  • Fabrication or Falsification in Research involves falsification of, tampering with, or fabricating results or data.
  • Research Violations include violation of protocols governing the use of human or animal subjects, breaches of confidentiality, obstruction of the research progress of another individual, or disregard for applicable University, local, State, or federal regulations.
  • Professional Misconduct involves violation of standards governing the professional conduct of students in particular fields (e.g., pharmacy, nursing, education, counseling, therapy).
  • Deliberate Obstruction involves hindering investigation of any alleged act of scholarly misconduct.
  • Aiding or Abetting involves actions that assist or encourage another individual to plan or commit any act of scholarly misconduct.

A version of this policy was first approved and adopted by the Board of Trustees on November 10, 1998. It was amended on April 24, 2013. This version was approved and adopted by the Board of Trustees on March 26, 2014.

Reimbursement of Moving Expenses Policy and Procedures

Title: Reimbursement of Moving Expenses Policy and Procedures
Policy Owner: Committee formed by the Office of the Provost
Applies to: Faculty
Campus Applicability:  All Programs at all Campuses except UConn Health
Effective Date: November 21, 2014
For More Information, Contact Workforce Solutions / Office of the Provost
Contact Information: (860) 486-3034
Official Website:  http://hr.uconn.edu/

This policy is currently under revision. While the policy is still in effect, it should be noted that the tax law changed January 1, 2018 and now ALL moving reimbursements are taxable and will be reported by Payroll in your earnings.

Reason for Policy

The University recognizes the competitive nature of the hiring process and therefore grants departments the flexibility to pay for or reimburse moving expenses for faculty or management-exempt administrator positions.

Policy Statement

The hiring process includes three phases: interview, offer and acceptance, and move.

The final phase, the move, begins the date of the final one-way trip of the selected candidate and their family to their new residence. The move phase ends upon the day of arrival.  As stated in more detail below, expenses incurred in connection with the move phase are reimbursable to the employee.

Individuals should refer to the Reimbursement of Recruitment Expenses Policy for guidance regarding appropriate payment or reimbursement of expenses related to the interview and offer and acceptance phases.

Consistent with IRS regulations the following are considered Nontaxable Expenses that are eligible for reimbursement, up to the amount authorized in advance by the hiring department in accordance with the limitations set forth in this policy.

  1. Moving of household goods and personal effects (packing, crating and transporting);
  2. Actual expenses for gas and oil OR Standard IRS moving mileage rate based on most direct route;
  3. Parking fees;
  4. Tolls;
  5. Lodging for the employee and their immediate family while traveling from former residence to new residence, including the day of arrival (please refer to the Travel and Entertainment Policies and Procedures for guidelines regarding accommodations).
  6. Storage of household goods after arrival; not to exceed 30 consecutive days after the day your things are moved from the former residence;
  7. Airfare (please refer to the Travel and Entertainment Policies and Procedures for guidelines regarding approved class of travel);
  8. Shipping of car;
  9. Shipping of household pets;
  10. Car rental through and including the day of arrival

The following are considered Taxable Expenses that are eligible for reimbursement, up to the amount authorized in advance by the hiring department in accordance with the limitations set forth in this policy.  Reimbursement of Nonqualified Expenses is subject to withholding of applicable income, social security and Medicare taxes; these expenses are included in taxable income and reported on the annual Form W-2.

  1. Meals;
  2. Lodging outside of the nontaxable time frame;
  3. Storage of household goods outside of the nontaxable time frame;
  4. Car rental outside of nontaxable timeframe.

The following expenses will not be reimbursed by the University:

  1. Entertainment;
  2. Side trips, sightseeing;
  3. Violations (parking tickets, moving violations, etc.);
  4. Return trips to former residence;
  5. Expenses related to prior residence;
  6. General repairs or maintenance of vehicle resulting from self-move.

If employment with the University ends prior to working at least 39 weeks full-time in the first year after arriving, he/she will be required to pay back the University for all moving expense reimbursements received.

Moving expenses are weighted by the rank of the position and the distance of the move (see table below).

The allowance for a particular move constitutes the maximum commitment for reimbursement of University and/or Foundation funds, rather than an entitlement of the employee.

Procedure

All requests for moving expenses will identify the fund source, including any commitment to use private funds.

Reimbursements using UConn Foundation funds, or other private sources, will be remitted to the University and paid to the employee as if they were University funds and in accordance with this policy. Department funds may also be used to pay for moving expense reimbursements.

Payments exceeding the reimbursement schedule, or for purposes other than those herein specified, may be granted upon recommendation of the President or Provost. The President will recommend payment of any moving expenses for another Officer of the University to the Board, and the Chairman of the Board will make such recommendations for the moving expenses of the President.

The formula for determining the amount to be reimbursed is based on the rank of the position and on the distance of the move. The sum of these two represents the maximum reimbursement allowed.

Rank Weight Base Rank Total
Assistant Professor 1 x $1000 $1000
Associate Professor 2 x $1000 $2000
Professor 3 x $1000 $3000
Dept. Head/Director/Assoc. VP 4 x $1000 $4000
Dean/Vice President 5 x $1000 $5000

The distance factor is calculated on the mileage of the move as follows:

Mileage Base
< 500 Miles $350
< 1,000 Miles $700
< 1,500 Miles $1,050
< 2,000 Miles $1,400
< 2,500 Miles $2,100

 

After identifying a valid account number, department heads should sign and forward a written request for moving expenses to the dean/director for approval and signature.

Once Dean, Director or Department Head approval has been received, the department should notify the candidate of the approval and amount authorized.

The candidate may then proceed in either of the following ways:

A. Direct Payment by the University

The University has a contract with a moving broker (with access to 10 different moving companies) who bills the University directly up to the approved amount. See the UConn Landing Page   for more information.

Departments wishing to use one of the movers provided through the moving broker should follow the procedure below:

1. The department should provide the employee with the moving broker’s name, telephone number, and landing page and instruct them to obtain and select a written and signed quotation. The moving broker can provide up to three quotations from which the employee can select. The selected quotation must include a statement of the departure and destination points for the move. A “not to exceed” quote can be provided with some limitations.

2. The employee should forward the quotation to their department, indicating their vendor preference. (The University assumes no liability for damage or loss, and because the employee is personally responsible for expenses exceeding the amount approved by the University, vendor selection is the employee’s decision).

3. The department should obtain a signed copy of the quotation, a signed copy of the Moving Expense Request Form (ME13), and enter a requisition into KFS identifying the moving broker, the amount the University will pay, the moving date, and the departure/destination points.  Once Procurement Services receives all required information, a purchase order will be issued.

4. A purchase order will be sent to the moving broker authorizing it to invoice the University up to the amount approved. All charges in excess will be the employee’s responsibility.

B. Reimbursement

The employee may, if so desired, make arrangements with a moving company of his/her choice or self-move. Employees may request reimbursement of out of pocket expenses up to the amount authorized by this policy and for other permissible items. A Request for Reimbursement of Moving Expenses and Moving Expense Reimbursement form (ME13) should be completed by the Department for approval by the Dean, Director or Department Head.  The Department Head’s signature acknowledges that the expenses requested are reimbursable under this policy. Departments should forward these forms and original receipts to the appropriate office to obtain the second approval signature.  Reimbursement requests that do not have the required two signatures will not be processed.

The Dean, Director or Department Head will forward the approved package to the Payroll Department, which will review the documents to ensure compliance with this policy. Taxes will be applied for any portion of the authorized reimbursement that is taxable as described in this policy.

NOTE: As described in this policy, employees will be reimbursed for the shortest, most direct route available. Travel incurred for side trips or vacations en route, etc. may proportionally reduce the amount reimbursed.

Approval

The Board of Trustees originally approved the Reimbursement of Recruitment and Moving Expenses Policy on July 1, 2003. The Board of Trustees approved the Reimbursement of Moving Expenses Policy and Procedures on August 7, 2013.

Revisions: November 21, 2014

Separation Policy for Unclassified Board of Trustees Exempt Managers and Confidential Employees

Title: Separation Policy for Unclassified Board of Trustees Exempt Managers and Confidential Employees
Policy Owner: Board of Trustees
Applies to: June 26, 2013
Campus Applicability: All Campuses
Effective Date: June 26, 2013
For More Information, Contact Office of Faculty and Staff Labor Relations
Contact Information: (860) 486-5684
Official Website:   http://lr.uconn.edu/

 

 

POLICY STATEMENT

This policy applies to the University of Connecticut at Storrs, all regional campuses including the Schools of Law and Social Work and the University of Connecticut Health Center. Managerial and Confidential employees of the University of Connecticut who do not have academic tenure are generally employed at-will and may be separated from employment for any lawful reason without advance notice. Management and Confidential employees who are involuntarily separated from the University of Connecticut for reasons  unrelated to their job performance such as lay off, position elimination, or management reorganization  may, at the sole and exclusive discretion of the University, be eligible for  separation benefits in accordance with this policy. This policy does not apply to: (i) separation of an employee due to voluntary resignation or retirement; (ii) separation of an employee as the result of disciplinary action or for misconduct; or (iii) separation of an employee due to job performance.

SEPARATION BENEFITS

The separation benefits, if offered, will be in accordance with the guidelines provided below.
1.  Release

In order to receive separation benefits, the employee must execute a separation agreement and general release in a form acceptable to the University.  Typically, the University will require a non-disparagement provision.
2. Notice and/or Lump Sum Payment
At the discretion of the employer, the University may offer one of the following:
(a)     written notice in advance of the effective date of separation, based on years of credited service at the University as shown below;
OR
(b)     lump sum payment of salary in lieu of notice according to years of credited service at the University as shown below;
OR
(c)    a combination of written notice and lump sum payment up to the maximum allowable limit, based on years of credited service at the University as shown below.

Less than
Years of Service

1 year
Notice Period or Lump Sum Payment

–0–
Minimum

1 year

2 months

Minimum

2 years

3 months

Minimum

4 years

4 months

Minimum

6 years

5 months

Minimum

8 years

6 months

3.  Health Insurance:
If the separating employee is receiving health insurance through the University, the  University may extend the employee’s health insurance beyond the date of separation until the earlier of (a) up to six months (or such shorter time as the University specifies) or  (b) when the separated employee becomes employed with an employer who offers health insurance.
Upon expiration of University-subsidized health insurance, the separated employee may elect to purchase additional health insurance continuation by paying the employee and employer share of the premium as provided by relevant state and/or federal law.
4.  Outplacement Counseling
The University may choose, in its discretion, to offer job search assistance, career counseling or outplacement services.

EXCEPTIONS

Compensation or benefits in excess of this Policy may only be extended for good cause and only with the written approval of both the relevant Vice President or Vice Provost and the Director of Labor Relations.
Policy Created: 6-26-2013 (BOT Approved)

Selection of Outside Legal Counsel

Title: Selection of Outside Legal Counsel
Policy Owner: General Counsel’s Office
Applies to: Legal Counsel
Campus Applicability:  All Campuses, including UConn Health
Effective Date: January 27, 2016
For More Information, Contact General Counsel
Contact Information: (860) 486-5796
Official Website: http://generalcounsel.uconn.edu/

REASON FOR POLICY

When state agencies and constituent units require outside legal counsel (“Outside Counsel”), it has been the general practice of the Office of the Attorney General to select, and contract with, Outside Counsel.

The University of Connecticut 2000 Act (“UConn 2000”), General Statutes §§10a-109a through 10a-109y, authorizes the University to select outside, private legal counsel, in consultation with the Attorney General, in connection with the construction, operation and maintenance of any UConn 2000 project.  The UConn 2000 Act specifies that the Board of Trustees shall determine the effective and efficient method or methods of obtaining legal services. Sections 10a-109d(a)(5) and 10a-109n(e)(4)(F). This policy defines the method approved by the Board of Trustees for the selection of Outside Counsel pursuant to statute and in other circumstances where the University may select Outside Counsel on its own behalf. Other circumstances include when the required legal services are in conjunction with labor relations matters.

APPLIES TO

This policy applies to the University’s selection of Outside Counsel in connection with any UConn 2000 project and in other situations where the University has the ability to select Outside Counsel.

POLICY STATEMENT

It is the policy of the University of Connecticut that when the University seeks Outside Counsel,  the determination of whether to engage Outside Counsel and the selection of counsel shall be made by the University’s Vice President and General Counsel in consultation with the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer or their respective successors in function.

The process for the selection of Outside Counsel shall be consistent with applicable statutory requirements for the procurement of professional services. Cost of services shall be considered as one of the criteria, but cost shall not be the sole consideration.

ENFORCEMENT

Violations of this policy may result in appropriate disciplinary measures in accordance with University Laws and By-Laws, General Rules of Conduct for All University Employees, applicable collective bargaining agreements, and the University of Connecticut Student Conduct Code.

Policy Created: July 1995*

Policy Revised: August 8, 2012*

January 27, 2016*

*Approved by the Board of Trustees

Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) Policy

Title: Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) Policy
Policy Owner: Office of the Executive Vice President for Administration & Chief Financial Officer
Applies to: Faculty, Staff
Campus Applicability: Storrs, Regionals, and School of Law
Effective Date: May 11, 2012
For More Information, Contact Finance/Planning
Contact Information: (860) 486-2434
Official Website: http://finance.uconn.edu/

Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) Policy

REASON FOR POLICY

The University of Connecticut By-Laws indicate that the Executive Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer (EVP Admin &CFO) is responsible for overseeing long-range financial planning and management of the operating and capital budgets for all units of the University.  Working closely with the Provost and the other Vice Presidents, the EVP Admin & CFO oversees capital and operating budget development, monitoring and reporting; and coordinates operating and capital budgets in conformity with policies set forth by the Board of Trustees.  The CIP policy ensures that these responsibilities may be accomplished.

APPLIES TO

The CIP policy applies to all faculty and staff at the Storrs, Law School and Regional Campuses.

POLICY STATEMENT

The CIP and budget for the Storrs, Law School and Regional Campuses must be developed annually.  It will identify the physical improvements necessary to maintain and upgrade the campuses, prioritize these investments, and provide a timeline for implementation.  The CIP will be managed jointly by the Executive Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer and the Executive Vice President and Provost.

PROCEDURES/FORMS

Procedures and forms may be found at: http://finance.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/1118/2015/08/CIP.pdf

 

Reimbursement of Recruitment Expenses Policy and Procedures

Title: Reimbursement of Recruitment Expenses Policy and Procedures
Policy Owner: Committee formed by the Office of the Provost
Applies to: Faculty
Campus Applicability:  All Programs at all Campuses except UConn Health
Effective Date: August 7, 2013
For More Information, Contact Workforce Solutions/ Office of the Provost
Contact Information: (860) 486-3034
Official Website: http://hr.uconn.edu/

Reason for Policy

The University recognizes the competitive nature of the recruitment and hiring process, and, therefore, grants departments the flexibility to pay for or reimburse recruitment expenses for faculty or management-exempt administrator positions.

The hiring process consists of three phases: the interview phase, the offer and acceptance phase, and the move phase. The interview and offer and acceptance phases constitute the recruitment process.  For expenses incurred in connection with the move phase, please see the Reimbursement of Moving Expenses Policy. Depending on the phase, payments vary and are subject to different tax rules.

This policy allows for reimbursement and/or direct pay of one trip per recruitment phase.  Reimbursements for additional visits must be authorized by the President and/or Provost.

The Interview Phase Policy Statement

The interview phase commences upon the first interview and ends upon extension of a written offer to the candidate.  The date the request to hire is submitted is considered the extension of a written offer.

Any department seeking to recruit for a position of sufficient importance may, with the approval of the Dean, Director or Department Head, pay full or partial travel expenses of candidates who must travel to interview for the position. All costs of the interview are the responsibility of the department.

Following approval by the Dean, Director or Department Head, the department may proceed with arrangements for interviews. All candidates should be advised of allowable expenses prior to the interview.  Payments or reimbursements for companions during the interview phase are not permitted.

The University’s Travel and Entertainment Policies and Procedures apply to candidate searches. Costs for airline tickets may be charged to the University contracted travel agency. Please refer to the University’s Travel and Entertainment Policies and Procedures for additional information regarding approved class of travel.

Procedure

Prior to the candidate’s visit to the University, or as soon as feasible, the sponsoring department should set up the candidate as a vendor using the Vendor Create process in the Kuali Financial System (KFS).  After the vendor has been created and the trip has been completed, a Disbursement Voucher needs to be initiated by the department.  Payment will disbursed by the Accounts Payable Department after appropriate routing and approval through KFS.  Claims for reimbursement must be itemized and original receipts supporting all claims must be included. The following information should also be included in the Disbursement Voucher:

  1. Vendor Number
  2. Date of interview
  3. Title of position
  4. Search number
  5. Itemization of expenses
  6. KFS Account Number and Object Code to be charged
  7. All supporting receipts must be scanned and attached to the Disbursement Voucher in KFS

The Offer and Acceptance Phase Policy Statement

The offer and acceptance phase occurs between the date of the extension of a written offer and the move phase, which is defined as the final one-way trip of the selected candidate and their family to the primary duty station.

Once the job offer has been extended, and with the approval of the Dean, Director or Department Head, the following offer and acceptance related expenses may be requested for reimbursement for the employee and one immediate family member defined as a spouse or child:

  1. Transportation (please refer to Part 2 and Part 3 of the Travel and Entertainment Policies and Procedure.
  2. Lodging (please refer to Part 4 the Travel and Entertainment Policies and Procedures for guidelines regarding accommodations)
  3. Meals (please refer to Part 5 of the Travel and Entertainment Policy and Procedure)

Such expenses incurred in connection with the offer and acceptance phase are considered Nonqualified (Taxable) Expenses subject to withholding of applicable income taxes, social security and Medicare taxes.  Reimbursements are included in taxable income and reported on the annual Form W-2. Any expenses incurred through any direct pay vendor, including Nathan Hale Inn or any contracted University booking agencies for air travel, need to be properly classified and reported to the Payroll Department as taxable income by the University department incurring the cost for the expenses or sponsoring the search.

Procedure

Requests for reimbursement of expenses incurred during the offer and acceptance phase should be submitted to the Payroll Department on the Recruitment Expense Reimbursement- RE form.  The Payroll Department will review the request to ensure compliance with this policy.  Reimbursement requests that do not have the required two signatures will not be processed.

All claims for expense reimbursement must be supported by original receipts. Payment will be included in the employee’s paycheck.

Please Note: Reimbursements using UConn Foundation funds, or other private sources, will be remitted to the University and paid to the employee as if they were University funds. Departments are permitted to supplement the cost of recruitment expenses from their own departmental funds.

Approval

The Board of Trustees originally approved the Reimbursement of Recruitment and Moving Expenses Policy on July 1, 2003. The Board of Trustees approved the Reimbursement of Recruitment Expenses Policy and Procedures on August 7, 2013.

Public Participation at Board of Trustee Meetings

Title: Public Participation at Board of Trustee Meetings
Policy Owner: Board of Trustees
Applies to: Faculty, Staff, Students, Others
Campus Applicability:
Effective Date: January 5, 2004
For More Information, Contact Board of Trustees
Contact Information:  (860) 486-2333
Official Website: http://boardoftrustees.uconn.edu/

Under the conditions described below, the Board shall hear brief oral presentations from members of the public who wish to express their views on matters pending before the Board or on other issues of concern to the University.

  1. The agenda for each regular open meeting shall allot time for the Board to hear brief oral presentations from members of the public who request such opportunity.
  2. Requests to address the Board shall be made to the Chairman or the Executive Secretary of the Board preferably at least 24 hours before the beginning of the meeting, but in no case after the meeting has been called to order.  In signing up to address the Board, each speaker shall specify the subject to be addressed.
  3. The Chairman of the Board shall recognize each speaker in the order of signing up, request proper identification, maintain proper order, and require adherence to time limits.
  4. In public participation period, the Board shall not hear public comment regarding individual University employees, matters in litigation, or other subjects properly to be considered in executive session as specified under the statutes.
  5. At a special meeting of the Board, comment by members of the public shall be limited specifically to the purpose for which the meeting has been called.
  6. The Board will give due attention to all oral presentations from the public, but is neither required nor expected to respond immediately to questions or issues.