University of Minnesota
Office of Human Resources

Rule 2 Code of Conduct, Discrimination, Harassment, Nepotism and Political Activity

2.1 Discrimination

2.1.1 Discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, public assistance status, disability, age, national origin, or veteran status are forbidden by the University of Minnesota. Additionally, discrimination on the basis of political opinions or affiliation with any union or other organization representing the interest of public employees is forbidden by the University of Minnesota.

2.1.2 It is unlawful for any person in the University of Minnesota service, on the basis of prohibited discrimination, to (1) refuse to hire an individual; (2) maintain a system of employment that unreasonably excludes an individual from employment; (3) discharge an individual; or (4) discriminate against an individual with respect to hire, employment terms, promotion, or privileges of employment. A person in the University of Minnesota service may not encourage or compel, or attempt to encourage or compel, any action covered by this section.

2.2 Political Activity

No employee of the University Civil Service shall be required to pay or be allowed to solicit or receive any assessment, contribution, or subscription for political purposes whatsoever during work hours. No officer or employee of the University shall directly or indirectly use the officer's or employee's authority or official influence to compel any officer or employee in University Civil Service to apply for membership in or become a member of any political organization; or to pay or promise to pay any assessment, subscription, or contribution; or to take part in any political activity.

2.3 Employee Rights and Responsibilities

Employees shall be granted all rights, benefits, and considerations under the policies and procedures referenced in these Civil Service Rules and exercise all rights not denied them or otherwise prohibited by these Rules or other applicable policies and procedures.

2.4 Regents’ Code of Conduct

Employees must not engage in, nor permit harassment and are entitled to a respectful and safe work environment consistent with the Regents' Code of Conduct. Current policy can be accessed at or from the Office of Human Resources,

2.5 Nepotism

The Regents’ policy on nepotism covers all University employees. Current policy can be accessed at or from the Office of Human Resources,