Staff Handbook

The Staff Handbook has been prepared to answer some of the questions employees may have concerning the College and its policies. The policies stated in this handbook are subject to change at the sole discretion of the College.

Below please find some common topic of interest below and their corresponding section in the Staff Handbook.

Staff Handbook – August 2021

Topic Chapter  Page #
CHAPTER 1 –INTRODUCTION 1 1
CHAPTER 2 – COMMUNITY STANDARDS & POLICIES 2 4
Community Expectations 2 4
Equal Employment Opportunity 2 4
Non-Discrimination Policy 2 4
Prohibition of Improper Conduct, Bias, Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation 2 5
Prohibition of Sexual Misconduct 2 5
Complaint Process and Procedures 2 6
Policy Statement on Substance Abuse 2 8
Personal and Professional Conduct 2 9
Social Media Guidelines 2 11
Weapons Prohibition 2 11
Whistleblower Policy 2 11
CHAPTER 3 – OPERATIONAL POLICIES 3 13
Safety and Security Policy 3 13
Key and Access Control Card Security 3 14
Violence or Threats on Campus 3 14
Media Contacts & Comments on Behalf of the College 3 15
Hazardous Chemical Safety Program 3 16
Inclement Weather Policy and Procedures 3 16
Smoking and Tobacco Use 3 16
Animals in the Workplace 3 17
Campus Parking 3 18
IT Policy 3 19
Privacy of Student Records / FERPA 3 19
E-Mail Appropriate Use Policy 3 19
Conflict of Interest Policy 3 21
Misrepresentation Policy 3 21
Internal Communications 3 21
Intellectual Property Rights – Administrative Staff 3 22
Copyright Policy 3 23
CHAPTER 4 – EMPLOYMENT POLICIES 4 24
Employment 4 24
Definitions of Employment Status 4 24
Adjustment Period for New Hires or Transferring Employees 4 25
Disability Accommodations 4 25
Religious Accommodation 4 26
Probationary Periods 4 26
Performance Evaluation 4 26
Years of Service 4 27
Breaks in Service 4 27
Promotions and Transfers 4 27
Personnel Records and Files 4 28
Employment of Relatives 4 28
Outside Employment 4 29
Solicitation 4 29
CHAPTER 5 – COMPENSATION POLICIES 5 30
Pay Policy 5 30
Importance of Time Records 5 30
Absenteeism and Tardiness 5 31
Overtime 5 31
Pay Dates 5 31
Errors in Pay 5 32
Inclement Weather Pay Policy 5 32
CHAPTER 6 – TIME OFF BENEFITS 6 35
Paid Holidays 6 35
Vacation 6 35
Sick and Personal Leave 6 36
Family and Medical Leave 6 38
Funeral Leave 6 41
Domestic Violence Leave 6 42
Election Leave 6 42
Military Leave 6 42
Unpaid Leaves of Absence 6 43
Leave of Absence for Study Purposes 6 43
CHAPTER 7 – BENEFITS 7 45
Short Term Disability Benefits 7 46
Long Term Disability Insurance 7 46
Continuing or Converting Your Insurance Coverage 7 47
Retirement Plan 7 47
CHAPTER 8 – DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES 8 52
CHAPTER 9 – DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROCESS 9 54
CHAPTER 10 – SEPARATION OF EMPLOYMENT 10 57
CHAPTER 11 – SUMMARY AND CLOSING WORD 11 59
APPENDIX
APPENDIX A-Organizational Chart 60
APPENDIX B- Bias, Harassment and Discrimination Policy 61
APPENDIX C- Tuition Remission Policy 65
APPENDIX D- Drug-Free Workplace 67
APPENDIX E- Policy Regarding Post Retirement Benefit 71
APPENDIX F- Conflict of Interest Policy 72