From time to time, in the workplace there are differences of opinion, miscommunications, and misunderstandings. These difficulties may occur between employees, and sometimes between management and one or more employees. Employees and managers are encouraged to resolve differences at the earliest possible date, and approach resolution in a way that supports resolutions.

All Research Foundation employees are free to use and are encouraged to seek out our “open doors” in making management aware of your concerns. Research Foundation Human Resources stands ready to assist in addressing and resolving complaints and concerns. We encourage each employee to take advantage of this “Open Door” philosophy without fear of retaliation.

Complaint Procedure and Form

Employees are asked to submit their complaints, in writing, to Research Foundation Human Resources.

This complaint form [pdf] may be used to report any concerns or complaints, or concerning alleged discrimination or harassment that involves Research Foundation employees, including staff, students, or volunteers, or any such incidents that occur involving anyone in Research Foundation programs.

Standards of Conduct: In General

The Research Foundation expects each of its employees to conduct themselves in a courteous, safe, and professional manner at all times while on the Research Foundation’s premises and/or conducting Research Foundation business, irrespective of location. The exercise of good judgment, consideration of fellow workers, and respect for the safety and efficiency of the Research Foundation should govern your conduct on the job.

Any behavior or conduct by an employee in violation of the policies, rules, and procedures of the Research Foundation, including, but not limited to, conduct which may result in harm to the Research Foundation, its reputation, or in potential harm to an employee, or which interferes with the rights of other employees or customers, or conduct considered to be an act of harassment in any form, may subject the offender to appropriate corrective action, up to and including termination of employment. This includes, but is not limited to, violations of the Research Foundation’s Harassment and Discrimination policy.

Please Note: All Research Foundation employees assigned to work in non- Central Office locations, including, but not limited to, state-owned facilities (examples: MLML; NASA AMES; Fish & Game ) are subject to all site owner workplace policies and procedures in addition to Research Foundation policies and procedures. Where a conflict exists, site workplace policies and procedures may take precedence.

Research Foundation employees may interact with or be supervised by non-Research Foundation employees, including SJSU faculty or staff, in their research, assignments, or activities.

In compliance with federal and state laws, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, San José State University (SJSU) does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, or sexual orientation in education programs, services, or activities. SJSU is committed to maintaining a safe education and working environment free of discrimination, harrassment, or retaliation on the basis of a protected category. The President of SJSU has designated a Title IX Officer who will oversee the activities associated with Title IX.