L&S Climate Committee - How to address climate concerns

Principles of Community for the College of Letters and Science

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, the College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison strives to maintain a climate of fairness, cooperation, and professionalism. These principles of community are vital to the success of the College and the well‐being of its constituents. Letters and Science community members (faculty, staff, and students) are expected to practice these basic principles as individuals and as participants in groups. 

The L&S Academic Planning Committee has endorsed Principles of Community for the College of Letters and Science.

If you are experiencing a difficult workplace environment, the L&S Climate Committee and L&S have outlined resources below to help address those concerns.

What should I do if I am experiencing a negative work environment?

1.) First, discuss the issue with someone you trust. Getting another perspective from someone you trust can help you determine if the situation comes from various behaviors that are bound to happen at work from time to time, or if this is an ongoing climate issue that needs to be addressed. Often it’s difficult to gain this outside perspective on your own, so asking for another opinion may help.

2.) Discuss with your supervisor or department chair. Your supervisor or chair of the department may not be aware of what’s going on, or your concerns. Talking to them about your concerns will give you both the chance to discuss the problem and potential ways to address concerns. If you do not feel comfortable discussing the issue with your supervisor or department chair (for example, if the issue involves him or her), you could proceed to one of the L&S Administration contacts below or request assistance from one of the other offices listed below as campus resources.

3.) If, after discussing with your supervisor or department chair, you need additional resources or assistance, L&S Administration contacts are available to help. 

What are campus resources that can help?
Suggestions or Comments for the Climate Committee
Please click here to send your comments and suggestions to the L&S Climate Committee. All submissions through this link are anonymous and will not receive a reply. If you would like to contact the committee and receive a reply, please send an email to lsc<at>ls<dot>wisc<dot>edu

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