February 2014 Feedback

In February 2014, SAC received the following feedback, which has since been addressed:

Frustration with feeling compelled to come to work in dangerous weather conditions

This is a department concern.

Status Log

Date

Action

Comment

2014-02-05 Submitted [form]
2014-02-05 Logged [Issue #02-01]
2014-02-06 Assigned [JB] Owner: Joseph Browne
2014-02-20 Scheduled [2014-02-25]
2014-02-25 Discussed [2014-02-25] Needed more time for discussion.
2014-02-25 Scheduled [2014-03-11]
2014-03-11 Discussed [2014-03-11]
2014-03-11 Closed Recommendation approved.

Related Topics

Intradepartmental Communication; University Weather Related Closings

Background

Similar concerns have been brought up in the past. The University has stood behind the Principles and Communications Regarding Weather Related Closings as published on its website.

Submitter Request

Staff member asked for a discussion about the rationale behind weather-related closings.

Recommendation

Given the following excerpt from the Environmental Health and Safety website:

“...if the University is operating normally and an employee determines that travel to campus is too hazardous, he or she may, in consultation with his or her supervisor, elect to stay home and use a vacation day or other arrangement approved by the supervisor consistent with Human Resources Policy 20.052…”

SAC urges that each department discuss with their staff members how and when they should communicate their concerns about their ability to travel to campus safety in advance of severe weather.

To better encourage this communication, SAC recommends:

  • Human Resources circulate a memo to department managers and other leaders on campus urging managers to have these discussions with their staff. This memo could also include helpful suggestions that work with other departments such as direct communication from managers to their teams the day before a storm is anticipated.

  • SAC itself reminds staff via Brown Morning Mail or Facebook to discuss the departments weather-related procedures with their managers in advance of an anticipated storm.

Concern regarding the lack of communication for the most recent snow storm

This is a department concern.

Status Log

Date

Action

Comment

2014-02-05 Submitted [email] Email to sac@brown.edu
2014-02-06 Logged [Issue #02-02]
2014-02-06 Assigned [CG] Owner: Chris Gilbody
CG responded to submitter directly.
2014-02-11 Assigned [JB] Owner: Joseph Browne
JB to write-up issue (given similarity to issue #02-01)
2014-02-20 Scheduled [2014-03-11]
2014-03-11 Discussed [2014-03-11]

2014-03-11 Closed Recommendation approved

Related Topics

University Communication; University Weather Related Closings

Background

In the past, especially in light of several very severe storm systems, the University has been very communicative around weather-related closings, tracking storm systems closely and providing frequent updates on the state of the University’s decision. This time, even though the University remained open, no communication was sent out regarding the parking ban, conditions, etc.

Submitter Request

No specific recommendation was made---submitter was disappointed with the lack of communication.

Recommendation

SAC’s recommendation for issue #02-01 also address this concern.

Frustration with perception that RISD staff and faculty have free access to the Brown Athletic Facilities

A staff member expressed frustration with the perception that RISD staff and faculty have free access to the Brown Athletic Facilities according to the payment schedule on http://www.brownrec.com/brownmembership, even though Brown staff and faculty do not. This is a department concern.

Status Log

Date
Action
Comment
2014-02-11 Submitted [email] Emailed to sac@brown.edu
2014-02-11 Logged [Issue #02-03] Logged by Joseph Browne
2014-02-12 Assigned [AD] Owner: Ashley Dufour
2014-03-06 Scheduled [2014-03-11]
2014-03-11 Discussed [2014-03-11]
2014-03-11 Closed Recommendation approved

Related Topics

Benefits; Athletics

Background

Many Brown staff have voiced their discontent at having to pay for access to the Brown Recreational Facilities. The University has maintained that all community members are required to pay for membership (students through a general activities fee) and that the prices are comparable to community gym memberships.

Submitter Request

The submitter is looking for an explanation of why RISD staff and faculty appear to pay less (or not at all) for use of the Brown gym although Brown’s own faculty and staff are required to pay.

Recommendation

SAC recommends that Athletics clarify wording on the website to reflect that RISD staff and faculty memberships are covered by an institutional membership paid for by RISD, whereas the fees for Brown staff and faculty are the rates for individual membership.

Outcome

Athletics has clarified its website in accordance with SAC's recommendation.

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