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Haskell Indian Nations University students endure while Haskell employees can’t fulfill their duties?
Memo from Chris Redman:
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT of the INTERIOR BUREAU OF INDIAN EDUCATION HASKELL INDIAN NATIONS UNIVERSITY Office of the President Lawrence, Kansas 66046-4800 Phone (785) 749-8497 Fax: (785) 749-8411 -Building our future…preserving our traditions…through academic excellence”
Date: 7/1/1 To: All Haskell Indian Nations University Employees From: James C. Redman, President Subject: Chain of Command and Proper Adjudication of Employee Issues
This memorandum serves to inform all employees to follow the supervisory line of authority for all matters, including following established procedures or protocol for seeking resolution or relief on complaints and grievances.
All employees have avenues to seek resolution or relief if they have any complaint, grievance, appeal, or any issue of discontent, believed to warrant action; this requires following the appropriate protocol and/or procedure. Regardless of the issue, at no time is it ever appropriate for any employee to air their issues publicly through the email or any means of mass communication, while on government time or using government resources, to individuals not directly or specifically a party to the possible resolution of the issue.
This includes emailing management at the highest levels of the organization, and circumventing the chain of command.
Employees are also discouraged from actions considered defaming, slanderous, damaging, and inflammatory towards others. Opinions of employees regarding coworkers, colleagues, and supervisors or administration is not protected under “academic freedom” and will be addressed accordingly, should such information result in unwarranted harm toward another. Time management, schedules, and performance of employees, is the responsibility of their supervisors. After lengthy discussion, it is the conclusion of the administration that employees that commit considerable time policing the actions of other employees-peers and administrators alike-are not only usurping authority and misusing official government time, but are also creating and perpetuating animosity and discord within the university that we have worked so hard to remove from prior years. It is and should remain to be the goal of all of us to move away from actions that adversely affect Haskell, its students, and employees. Leadership at Haskell is committed to foster in an era of collaboration, support, and unity that moves this university forward. It is also our expectation that that the above (and past) practices of individuals that unnecessarily damage this university’s reputation and exploit our challenges become the exception rather than the rule. Positive and productive remedies to issues and concerns of employees are in place. Please join us in supporting this endeavor. Signed:James C. Redman, President,Venida Chenault, VPAA: Mother to Joshua Arce, CIO, Clyde Peacock, VPUS,Michael Lewis, CFO,Joshua Arce, CIO: Son of Venida Chenault, VPAA, Mona Gonzales, HR.
Haskell Indian Nations University students endure while Haskell employees can’t fulfill their duties? On July 1, 2012 a memo was put out by Haskell’s President James C. Redman informing employees that they need to stop policing each other and airing Haskell’s dirty laundry in public. That “academic freedom” will not protect them. That’s seems to be a matter of opinion and written by someone who apparently does not understand the full meaning of “academic freedom.” Mr. Redman here are some thoughts and maybe improvements to your memo. Employees are not allowed to leave their duty stations without coverage.They are also not allowed to sleep at their duty stations. Employees are not allowed to drive students around unless it is a true emergency I.E. The hospital. Emergencies do not include a certain male employee driving female students to Wal-Mart, etc. This looks bad on the face of it and is strictly against Haskell policy. University Council meetings need to be used to discuss what can be done to improve educational and residential life for Haskell students and not as a time for campus department heads to sit there patting each other on the back. Supervisors need to do everything they can to enhance the safety and welfare of the students by talking proper procedures as outlined in the employees’ handbook. Employees who fail to do their jobs according to the employee handbook can be permanently dismissed.
Harassment: At least one person who signed your memo has herself sent harassing emails to employees, hasn’t she? Maybe you could start cleaning up your employee base with the VPAA? Harassment is illegal on the Haskell campus.
Mr. Redman you need to seriously consider moving yourself and your family to Lawrence Kansas. When you were hired the expectations were that you would be a full time president. Having several “actings” running Haskell every week is NOT in the university’s best interests and shows little if any leadership. Mr. Redman you seem to be heading in the direction of no confidence as far as employees and students are concerned. Obviously people are wondering about your full commitment to the university.
haskellnews commentary 09/10/2012