Additional Resources & Information

“In matters of style, swim with the current, in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” — Thomas Jefferson

University Policies & Links:

Day of Dialogue

Hoos making a Safer Community at the University of Virginia

Faculty & Employee Assistance Program

Office of Equal Opportunity Programs

University Ombudsman Office

University Threat Assessment Team and Violence Prevention Committee

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Preventing and Addressing Discrimination and Harassment

Preventing and Addressing Retaliation

Preventing and Addressing Threats or Acts of Violence

University Code of Ethics

Health System Compliance Code of Conduct

Department of Human Resources Management Employee Standards of Conduct (applicable to University Staff and classified staff only)

Medical Center Human Resources Policy Manual

Faculty Handbook-Professional Ethics

External Respectful Workplace Resources

The Baltimore Workplace Civility Study (2003)

The Baltimore Workplace Civility Study began as collaboration between the University of Baltimore’s Jacob France Institute, the John Hopkins University, and local business leaders. A survey was designed and in the spring of 2000, a random sample of 400 employees from four Baltimore area industries participated in the study (Non-Profit, Manufacturing, Business Services, Bio-Sciences). A total of 130 surveys were received; a return rate of 32.5%. Respondents were asked to consider uncivil behavior they had encountered over the year preceding the survey and respond accordingly. Uncivil behavior was defined as “actions or verbal exchanges you would consider rude, disrespectful, dismissive, threatening, demeaning, or inappropriate”.

The Baltimore Workplace Civility Study webpage

Dr. P.M. Forni’s Civility Website

Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. P.M. Forni, a professor at Johns Hopkins University, co-founded the Johns Hopkins Civility Project in 1997. An aggregation of academic and community outreach activities, the JHCP aimed at assessing the significance of civility, manners and politeness in contemporary society. The JHCP has been reconstituted as The Civility Initiative at Johns Hopkins, which Dr. Forni now directs. This Web site is designed to introduce Dr. Forni’s work on civility and to offer links to related material.

Dr. Forni works to illustrate the connections among civility, ethics and quality of life. In his lectures and workshops he frequently talks about the rewards of fostering a culture of civility in today’s workplace. He has published two books, Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct (2002) and The Civility Solution: What to Do when People Are Rude (2008) as well as numerous articles on civility.

Dr. P.M. Forni’s Civility Website

Johns Hopkins University

Principles for Ensuring Equity, Civility and Respect for All policy ?

Edmonds Community College

Lynnwood, Washington

Workplace Civility and Respect Policy

Because It Matters Civility Initiative

Gulf Coast Community Foundation (Venice, FL)

Because It Matters is a community-wide initiative to promote civility in workplaces, neighborhoods and civic organizations, and schools. It is a campaign to encourage citizens to communicate in a more respectful way, improving public discourse. In partnership with the Collins Center for Public Policy (Florida), the Because It Matters advisory committees developed a Fair Campaign Practice Pledge that supports the premise of the Because It Matters civility project and the Civility in Democracy series.

Because It Matters is all about: Improving quality of life by increasing civic participation, civil discourse, and social capital. Those are all stylish words for politeness, good manners, and making connections to the community, and those behaviors are the glue for creating the social network we need to live happy, healthy lives.

Because It Matters website