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USF creates new position for employee sexual harassment and discrimination

The new team will be led by Alexis Mootoo, who will leave her role as assistant vice president of Resource Management & Development at USF. SPECIAL TO THE ORACLE

A new USF group called the Employee Experience Team (EET) will be created within Central Human Resources, according to a universitywide email sent by President Rhea Law on Tuesday.

The team will investigate and provide conflict resolution for all types of incident reports, such as sexual harassment, discrimination, ethical violation and misconduct, according to USF’s Human Resources webpage.

EET’s mission is to “ensure the best experience” for USF employees by providing guidance, investigating and resolving conflicts and guaranteeing they adhere to the university’s core values.

Alexis Mootoo will lead the EET and serve in the newly created role of Associate Vice President for Employee Experience, according to Law.

Mootoo joined USF in 2005 and manages financial and organizational portfolios as the assistant vice president of Resource Management & Development. She also employs organizational behavior theories to maximize administrative resources and talent.

Law said EET will guarantee every USF employee feels “valued, connected and inspired.”

The three areas EET will cover, according to USF’s Human Resources webpage, are:

  • Equal Opportunity: monitors the university’s equal opportunity employment practices and oversees protected class discrimination, harassment and retaliation.
  • Employee Relations: provides education, training, mentoring and guidance, works with individual employees, supervisors, managers and administrators and addresses questions and workplace issues for non-faculty employees.
  • Culture: ensures that decisions and activities align with USF’s commitment to the core values of inquiry, innovation, integrity and inclusion.

USF employees will utilize the EET team as the single place for reporting employment-related issues they want addressed, according to the email.

This “holistic” approach will modernize USF’s intake process, provide better communication and take steps to resolve matters more efficiently, Law wrote.

Law wrote the EET will continue to work with other units at the university, including but not limited to the President’s Office, Office of General Counsel and the Office of Compliance & Ethics.

Additional updates will be provided as the EET takes shape under Alexis’ leadership, according to Law.