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Employee Relations

The Employee Relations section of Human Resources acts as a resource by providing strategic support to both academic and administrative staff issues.

We are dedicated to the enhancement of a quality working environment for employees by encouraging positive communication between employees and managers.

What Employee Relations Does to Help Supervisors and Employees:

Employee Relations offers consultation, facilitation and resolution strategies for workplace issues. Employee Relations assists in communications between employees and supervisors through the following services:

  • Assists in the interpretation, explanation and clarification of University policies and procedures
  • Advises employees regarding their employment rights
  • Facilitates dialogue on employee/employer issues
  • Provides counsel to supervisors and employees regarding employment-related inquiries such as:
    • Supportable performance-based actions; corrective action and planning, disciplinary actions
    • Performance Appraisal procedures

Employee Relations Contact:

Becca Seamons, MHR
Employee Relations Specialist
Utah State University Human Resources
(435) 797-5652

We’re here to help you with your workplace questions and issues. Just call or send us an e-mail.

Relevant policies accessible via the HR website:

On-Campus Resources:

  • Aggie CARE: (child care) (435) 797-1552
  • Childcare Resource and Referral: (435) 797-3956
  • Family Life Center - Housing and Financial Counseling: (435) 797-7224
  • Family Life Center - Marriage & Family Therapy Program: (435) 797-7430
  • Psychology Community Clinic: (435) 797-3401

Benefits Resources:

Aetna Employee Assistance Program (EAP): Resources For Living

  • Aetna Resources For Living is an employer sponsored program, available at no cost to you and all members of your household. That includes dependent children up to age 26, whether or not they live at home. Services are confidential and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    You can access up to 6 counseling sessions per issue each year. You can also call Aetna 24 hours a day for in-the-moment emotional well-being support. Counseling sessions are available face to face or online with televideo. 

    Program Features

    • Up to 6 face-to-face sessions per issue per year
    • Legal (30-minute consultation per issue/60-minute ID Theft Consultation for victims of ID theft)
    • Financial (30-minute telephonic consultation per issue)
    • Daily life assistance provides personalized guidance and referrals for child care, parenting, elder care, caregiver support, special needs, home repair and improvement, school and financial aid research, etc.
    • Online resources include articles, videos, myStrength, legal/financial tools, webinars, discount center, etc.

Community Resources:

Employees can also use the SafeUT resource:


SafeUT Smartphone App

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

SafeUT: SafeUT answers crisis calls, and chats—about yourself or someone else—24/7. These free services, provided by University of Utah Health, are confidential. Our counseling topics include:

  • Depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues;
  • Suicide prevention;
  • Loss and grief;
  • Bullying and cyberbullying;
  • Drug and alcohol problems;
  • Self-harm;
  • Relationship difficulties;
  • Any life challenge.

SafeUT is free and confidential.

If an “active rescue” is necessary – meaning our crisis counselor believes the user is in immediate danger – the counselor will alert emergency services to attempt a face-to-face safety evaluation based on the information provided by the user.

SafeUT app

Key Features of SafeUT

The SafeUT program and app help youth stay healthy and safe in schools by providing high-quality, confidential counseling services. The app’s key features include:

  • Confidential and password-protected services
  • Free to use and download (standard date usage and rates may apply)
  • Real-time, two-way communication with SafeUT crisis counselors available 24/7
  • Tips can be submitted with picture and/or video
  • Compatibility with Apple & Android devices