A colleague sent an email to our immediate supervisor (not the Dean, but the person with the powers of a Dean) on which I was CCd. Or, I should say: she forwarded an email exchange we had had for the past few days.
Rule #1: Don't CC people's bosses unless you are crystal clear on your intent and 100% sure that you are not misinformed.
Earlier example: At the beginning of the year, a colleague sent me this email, CCing a series of higher-ranking people:
I am searching for you and you do not appear to be on campus. I want to remind you that you may only have two courses, but you are required to be on campus during normal working hours."
What a shitty thing to send anyone, let alone while CCing a management person. I was with one of my bosses at a conference in Boston during this particular moment, so we were together when we received the email, and she lost points in both of our books. As a new member of our team, this was not a good move for her. And as I out-rank her, the advice was not great.
Rule #2: Do not use forwarded or CC'd emails as a way to "dig in" to someone for not doing what you want.
I have been working with Dr Monkey for days now trying to achieve [belittled goal]. She has refused repeatedly to cooperate with me. Either her task load is too difficult for her, or she has access to information that I do not. Can you do something to encourage Dr Monkey to do her job?"
Passive Aggressive emailer is about to lose her job. She does not know this. She will not know this until the end of term, when her adjunct contract is up. In the meantime, she is being assigned a "mentor" to help her finish this term without screwing the students. The mentor doesn't arrive until next week.
None of this is my business, except it prevents me from doing a handful of administrative things for this poor excuse of a teacher.
Rule #3: Forwarding other people's emails is a terrible thing to do.
Stop doing it unless there is a true reason, ie, forwarding emails that
contain sexual or racial offensive material to HR. What she forwarded is her idea of me stonewalling her. But in it, I am short, curt, to the point, and refusing to cooperate because of instructions from the top.
Now, could this all be easier if my bosses decided how to handle regretful hires? Of course. Is that my fault or my job to rectify? No.
Can we all agree that Forwarding emails is usually a shitty thing to do, and using email for passive aggressive digs makes the person an asshole? Learn to internet.