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Proposed UC Abusive Conduct-Bullying Presidential Policy

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Academic Personnel Office

Campus Human Resources

Health Human Resources

To: UCLA Employees

As you may recall, UCLA has had guidelines in place since September 2016 to ensure that abusive conduct or bullying behavior in the workplace are not tolerated (PDF) and that such allegations are appropriately reviewed and addressed.

We are writing to let you know that the Office of the President has recently invited campuses to comment on a proposed Presidential Policy related to Abusive Conduct/Bullying in the Workplace. The proposed policy covers abusive conduct/bullying and retaliation by and against members of the University community.

The proposed policy includes the following key provisions:

  • Affirms UC’s commitment to promoting and maintaining a healthy working and learning environment in which each individual is treated with civility and respect;
  • Identifies examples of abusive conduct/bullying, as well as examples of reasonable actions that do not constitute abusive conduct/bullying;
  • Prohibits retaliation against any person who, in good faith, reports abusive conduct/bullying, assists someone with a report of abusive conduct/bullying, or participates in an investigation or other process under the policy;
  • Addresses free speech and academic freedom; (The proposed policy is intended to protect members of the University community from abusive conduct/bullying, and not to regulate protected speech. The proposed policy recognizes that freedom of speech and academic freedom are not limitless and do not protect speech or expressive conduct that violates federal, State, or University policies.)
  • Outlines the consequences of noncompliance, which may include remediation, educational efforts, and/or employment consequences including informal counseling, adverse performance evaluations, corrective action/discipline, and termination.

The draft policy is available for review on UCnet (PDF). If you wish to comment, please send your feedback to Kathleen Shiroma, Manager, Staff Personnel Policy at or Jane Miller, Sr. Manager, Health Human Resources at by January 21, 2022. Comments from faculty and other academic appointees may be sent to


Kathleen Komar
Interim Vice Provost
Academic Personnel

Lubbe Levin
Associate Vice Chancellor
Campus Human Resources

Susi Takeuchi
Chief Human Resources Officer
UCLA Health