Avenues to Raise Concerns

Issues of concern may arise that need to be addressed through the appropriate means. Employees wishing to raise a concern have several avenues to consider depending upon the type of concern. Whenever possible, employees are encouraged to use their chain of command. Ultimately, employees should utilize the method that best fits their situation. Employees can contact Human Resources to help them determine the best options for seeking resolution.


Informal mechanisms: used for such concerns as conflict with a peer, direct report or supervisor; clarification on a procedure or policy; request for training

  • Direct conversation with the other party
  • Talk to the immediate supervisor
  • Talk to the departmental leadership


Formal mechanisms: used for such concerns as reporting harassing behaviors; disclosing policy violations; violating federal, state or local laws.