In a letter to campus chancellors, Napolitano wrote:
UC has a number of current policies that could be used to address bullying, but there is some confusion among employees about what bullying is and how to address it. Consistent with the recommendations, I would like to start by moving us towards a systemwide definition of bullying and abusive conduct. Fortunately, the State legislature helped lead the way on the formulation of such language and I believe it suits the purposes of the University, as well. Assembly Bill 2053, which requires training on the prevention of abusive conduct, defines abusive conduct as “conduct of an employer or employee in the workplace, with malice, that a reasonable person would find hostile, offensive, and unrelated to an employer’s legitimate business interests.”Provided with the letter is more specific guidance statement and a report from an ad hoc working group. (Napolitano Letter; UCOP Guidance & Report on Bullying.)
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