5090 - Work Practices and Rules of Conduct for Faculty and Staff Members


These rules are published for faculty and staff members’ information in order to minimize the likelihood of any employee, through misunderstanding or otherwise, becoming subject to any disciplinary action. Violation of any College rule cannot be ignored. It is only fair that the faculty and staff members should be familiar with those rules that the College considers to be of importance.

It would be impractical to set forth a list of all activities that are considered to be contrary to the smooth and efficient operation of the College and good employee-employer relations. This is intended only as a guide. It is emphasized, however, that any act or omission, which is not consistent with this policy, shall be grounds for disciplinary action.

Disciplinary sanctions may range from oral or written reprimands or warnings to suspension or dismissal from employment. It is intended that discipline be essentially corrective rather than retributive. Where disciplinary sanctions are provided for in any master agreement or any contract between the College and an employee’s bargaining representative or with an employee directly, then such disciplinary sanctions and the procedure provided therefore would be followed.

The following conduct may result in disciplinary action:

  1. Repeated absenteeism, tardiness, or failure to observe established class, office or work hours.
  2. Failure to notify the proper supervisor at least one half (1/2) hour prior to the employee’s scheduled reporting time for any absenteeism or lateness, except where unusual or unavoidable circumstances prevent such notification, in which case notification shall be given as soon as possible thereafter. The reason for late notification must be submitted in writing to the employee’s immediate supervisor.
  3. Failure to report absences to the immediate supervisor on proper forms within one day of return from an absence.
  4. Soliciting or collecting contributions on College premises for any purpose unless authorized by the College.
  5. Soliciting sales of products on College premises unless authorized by the College.
  6. Performing unauthorized personal work on College time. Personal work is defined as work not related to the usual operation and purpose of the College or work which benefits the employee’s interest solely.
  7. Committing any act which, due to negligence or intent, endangers the life, safety, or well-being of others.
  8. Refusing to perform work within the individual’s scope of employment which is properly assigned by a supervisor.
  9. Negligently or intentionally falsifying any College records, expense reports, or records of financial transactions involving College funds.
  10. Negligently or intentionally abusing, destroying, damaging, defacing, misusing, or misappropriating the property, tools, equipment, or money of the College or of others when such items are on College premises.
  11. Gambling or organizing gambling of any kind on College premises.
  12. Actively participating in, or instigating, a course of conduct which knowingly involves the use of violence or threats of violence, the obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, or other College activities; which knowingly involves unauthorized occupancy of buildings, including offices, classrooms, hallways, entryways, conference rooms, reception rooms or the blocking of ingress or egress to such areas and other College facilities; or which knowingly involves sustained or repeated interruptions of the functions or activities described above by shouts, chants, whistles or mechanically or electrically created or amplified noises. This rule shall not affect the right of employees to exercise their rights to peaceful work stoppages and picketing where permitted by law.
  13. Fighting on College premises except in legitimate self-defense.
  14. Consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages on College premises, except as provided for under the provisions of Board policy, Use of Alcoholic Beverages, dated April 24, 1979. Transportation in original sealed container is permitted if the person in possession has attained the age of 21.
  15. Using, possessing, or distributing narcotic or dangerous drugs on the College premises in violation of drug laws.
  16. Reporting for work under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.
  17. Possession or use of firearms, firecrackers, gunpowder, explosive or incendiary devices or other materials which endanger health or safety on College premises except for use in supervised laboratory situations when educationally purposeful.
  18. Disclosing of confidential College information to unauthorized persons.
  19. Dogs, cats, or other animals owned by or in the possession of an individual are not permitted in any College building or facility. This restriction shall not apply to a leader or guide dog when used for the assistance of a handicapped person.
  20. Willful violation or disregard of safety, health, fire, security, or employment regulations, signs, and notices.
  21. Falsification of applications for employment and/or accounting, personnel, or other records, including the omission of pertinent data.

Adopted: March 28, 1972
Revised: July 27, 1982
Administrative Review: May 2002

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