The Respectful Workplace initiative provides the UVA community with resources, training, and an incident reporting system. University Human Resources (UHR) is committed to tracking and sharing data annually on both the recommended training and the incident reporting system. Selected results of both surveys are below. These data will be shared with the University community via posting on the Respect@UVA web site and through the presentation of the Respect@UVA Annual Report to the Executive Cabinet.


In 2014-15, 1,680 academic division faculty and staff participated in one of the Respectful Workplace training programs, an increase of 123% from the 754 faculty and staff trained in 2013. A survey was recently administered to all 1,680 participants. Of the 310 respondents

  • 62% participated in instructor-led Respect@ training; 38% received online training
  • 92% were staff, 7% faculty, and 1% temp/wage
  • 39% were supervisors
  • 78% were required to take the training
  • 55% learned about the Respect@UVA program through a department initiative (an increase from 49% in 2013), 31% learned of it via website, and 23% learned of it from an HR contact
  • 74% said they have used strategies presented in the Respect@ training
  • 22% reported noticing a change in the culture of their organization since the Respect@ training
  • 26% said the training was exceptional or highly effective; 36% said it was effective; 28% said it was somewhat effective; 10% thought it was not effective
  • The most valuable aspects of the training cited by respondents included the examples of respectful/disrespectful behavior, bystander intervention training, and facilitated group discussions

Incident Reporting

There were a total of 38 complaints filed through the Respect@UVA reporting system from 34 individual complainants. Of those, two complaints were filed anonymously. During the previous year, 52 complaints were received from 37 individual complainants.

Of the 34 individual complainants, the 17 identifiable complainants who remained employed by the University were surveyed. Of the 8 respondents

  • 2 were A&P faculty, 2 University Staff, 2 Classified Staff, 1 from the Medical Center; and 1 student
  • 38% learned about Respect@ from the UVA or HR website; 25% learned of the program from Respect@ training; 25% were referred by FEAP
  • 100% said the reporting system was easy to find and to use
  • 100% were contacted in a timely manner
  • 63% attempted to resolve their concern informally before using the Respect@UVA system (a decrease from 90% in 2012)
  • 43% described their overall experience with Respect@ as effective; 14% believed it to be highly effective; 14% thought it was somewhat effective; and 29% said it was not effective
  • The most helpful aspects of the Respect@UVA process included getting the complaint documented, providing a full assessment of the situation that included action items, being taken seriously, and having an HR professional confirm that participants had been treated improperly
  • Aspects of the process that complainants felt were least helpful include not being able to remain anonymous and not being contacted about the results

Training Survey Comments

“I’m proud to work for a University that considers this important.”

“I think it is a worthwhile program, in that it articulates what behavior is wanted and what behavior should not be tolerated. It leaves no way to say ‘I didn’t know.’”

“Recognizing that it’s the perception of the other person that determines respect has caused me to be more thoughtful.”

“I actively look out for any hurtful comments from others and to be ready to say when someone says something that’s inappropriate. In the past, I wouldn’t have felt it was my place to say something, now I know it’s my responsibility.”