Employee Relations and Equal Opportunity
The University of South Carolina Upstate is committed to promoting a productive and positive work environment for all employees. In support of this, the Office of Employee Relations and Equal Opportunity serves a dual purpose.
Employee Relations assists departmental supervisors and managers with workplace problem prevention by fairly and effectively managing staff employees according to University policy.
The role of Employee Relations includes:
- providing guidance to supervisors in addressing matters related to corrective action and/or disciplinary issues.
- providing coaching and training regarding the University's performance management system.
- coordinating Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services.
- facilitating the University's staff administrative grievance appeal process.
If you, as the staff employee, need help solving a work-related problem, the first step is to speak with your immediate supervisor. If talking with your supervisor is not a valid option, we encourage you to voice your concern to higher levels of authority in your line of supervision. You may also seek advice on ways to deal with workplace problems by contacting the Employee Relations Director or referring to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
Faculty concerns may be addressed through the Faculty Ombuds. The Faculty Ombuds serves as a confidential, neutral, informal and independent resource for faculty concerns and conflicts.
Equal Opportunity monitors the University's compliance with federal and state regulations and university policies related to Affirmative Action. The office also supports a non-discriminatory and harassment-free learning and working environment. Applicants for employment, employees and prospective and enrolled students of the university are protected against discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation and genetics.
If you wish to discuss any matter in confidence, we will maintain confidentiality to the extent possible. Some issues may require further investigation or consultation with other campus departments. In such cases, information will only be shared with other individuals on a need-to-know basis.