WPI promotes the principle that every person brings unique qualities and talents to the community and that every individual should be treated in a respectful manner. All members of the WPI community are expected to conduct themselves with professionalism, personal integrity, and respect for the rights, differences, and dignity of others. These standards of personal conduct apply to all communications, whether oral, written, or in gestures. Community members are also expected to treat the property of both WPI and other community members with appropriate care and respect.
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Discrimination & Harassment
WPI is committed to providing a living, working and learning environment that is free from discrimination and harassment.
WPI will promptly and equitably investigate any complaint of unlawful discrimination or harassment and take appropriate action. Discipline for discrimination or harassment may include, but is not limited to reprimand, suspension, demotion, transfer, and termination. If WPI determines that harassment or discrimination occurred, corrective action will be taken to effectively end the harassment. As necessary, WPI may monitor any incident of harassment or discrimination to ensure the inappropriate behavior has stopped.
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WPI prohibits and will not tolerate any form of retaliation against persons who have complained about, or participated in, an investigation of a complaint related to business ethics and conduct. This may include, for example, a complaint concerning a violation of a WPI policy (e.g., WPI’s Policies on Faculty Conduct, Research Conduct, discrimination and harassment, or Title IX & Sexual Misconduct). In all cases, WPI will follow up as necessary to ensure that no retaliation occurs for persons who have complained about, or participated in an investigation of a complaint about, discrimination or harassment.
Responsibilities of Supervisors
Employees have the responsibility to review and understand all applicable policies and procedures with respect to their business conduct. Furthermore, supervisors must fairly administer WPI and departmental policies concerning employees, setting work standards, and providing an inclusive environment that fosters open communication regarding work-related issues. Supervisors are expected to oversee their employees’ performance – managing and evaluating work, providing feedback, recognizing work well done and addressing unsatisfactory performance – and to provide opportunities for professional growth and development.