The University’s Statement on Work/Life Flexibility
It is a constant challenge to manage the many facets of our lives. The University of Connecticut is committed to providing an educational and working environment for students, faculty, and staff that recognizes the demands of study, work, and personal life, and promotes flexibility in meeting these demands. While the University must fulfill its mission of striving for excellence, it also is committed to fostering an environment that is responsive to employees’ and students’ personal obligations and commitments. Flexibility that does not diminish operating standards and the achievement of academic goals is not only possible, but desirable. The University benefits in improved recruiting and retention, reduced absenteeism, and increased levels of productivity, motivation, and morale, all of which contribute toward excellence.
The University demonstrates its support for work-life flexibility through the implementation of established policies, procedures, practices, and contractual agreements, as found in union contracts and at www.policy.uconn.edu. Faculty and staff in managerial or supervisory positions should be familiar with such contracts and policies, as well as with programs and procedures available to assist employees, including student employees, and should, to the extent possible, implement these policies and procedures. Additionally, faculty should be aware of the work-life demands upon graduate assistants and, where to the extent possible, provide flexibility, while maintaining academic standards.
Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic
Executive Vice President for Administration
and Chief Financial Officer