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 2020

Topic Chapter  Page Number
CHAPTER 1 –INTRODUCTION 1 1
CHAPTER 2 – COMMUNITY STANDARDS & POLICIES 2 4
Community Expectations 2 4
Equal Employment Opportunity 2 4
Prohibition of Unlawful Conduct, Discrimination, Harassment, Retaliation 2 5
Prohibition of Sexual Misconduct 2 6
Complaint Process and Procedures 2 7
Policy Statement on Substance Abuse 2 9
Personal and Professional Conduct 2 10
Social Media Guidelines 2 12
Social Media Policy For College-Related Sites 2 14
Whistleblower Policy 2 15
CHAPTER 3 – OPERATIONAL POLICIES 3 16
Safety and Security Policy 3 16
Violence or Threats on Campus 3 18
Media Contacts & Comments on Behalf of the College 3 19
Hazardous Chemical Safety Program 3 19
Inclement Weather Policy and Procedures 3 19
IT Policy 3 22
Privacy of Student Records / FERPA 3 22
E-Mail Appropriate Use Policy 3 22
Conflict of Interest Policy 3 24
CHAPTER 4 – EMPLOYMENT POLICIES 4 28
Employment 4 28
Definitions of Employment Status 4 28
Orientation 4 29
Adjustment Period for New Hires or Transferring Employees 4 29
Disability Accommodations 4 30
Religious Accommodation 4 30
Probationary Periods 4 31
Performance Evaluation 4 31
Years of Service 4 31
Breaks in Service 4 31
Promotions and Transfers 4 32
Personnel Files 4 32
Employment of Relatives 4 33
Outside Employment 4 33
Solicitation 4 33
CHAPTER 5 – COMPENSATION POLICIES 5 35
Pay Policy 5 35
Importance of Time Records 5 35
Absenteeism and Tardiness 5 36
Overtime 5 37
Pay Dates 5 37
Errors in Pay 5 37
Inclement Weather Pay Policy 5 38
CHAPTER 6 – TIME OFF BENEFITS 6 40
Paid Holidays 6 40
Vacation 6 40
Sick and Personal Leave 6 41
Family and Medical Leave 6 43
Funeral Leave 6 46
Unpaid Leaves of Absence 6 48
CHAPTER 7 – BENEFITS 7 50
CHAPTER 8 – DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES 8 58
CHAPTER 9 – DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROCESS 9 60
Process Not Applicable for EEO, Unlawful Conduct or Sexual Misconduct Complaints 9 60
Procedure 9 60
Eligibility and Use of Dispute Resolution Process 9 61
Process 9 61
CHAPTER 10 – SEPARATION OF EMPLOYMENT 10 64
Voluntary Separations 10 64
Involuntary Separations 10 65
Exit Interview 10 65
CHAPTER 11 – SUMMARY AND CLOSING WORD 11 66
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