SECTION DG


PERSONNEL
EMPLOYEE STANDARDS OF CONDUCT

Policy


EMPLOYEE STANDARDS OF CONDUCT


All employees are expected to conduct themselves and behave with professionalism, courtesy, integrity, and with the highest level of ethics. Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • Cooperating with other employees and treating all students, visitors, other employees, and members of cooperating agencies or businesses in a courteous and considerate manner;
  • Reporting to management unethical or illegal conduct, or conduct suspected to be unethical or illegal, by employees or students;
  • Maintaining high standards of honesty and integrity, free from personal considerations, bias, or favoritism.

Employees are expected to perform their assigned duties in accordance with established timelines, standards of quality, and College policies and procedures. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Meeting established quality standards in a timely fashion;
  • Protecting and conserving College property and resources;
  • Communicating with a high degree of integrity and transparency.
  • Employing all appropriate safeguards and practices to ensure the safety of students, employees, and visitors;
  • Reporting ready for work at the assigned starting time and at the proper work location, and notifying the supervisor in advance of any absence from work or the inability to report to work on time.

Employees are required to comply with Federal, State, County, and Municipal laws and regulations as well as the policies and procedures of the College. Conduct that interferes with operations, discredits the College, or violates professional or ethical standards will not be tolerated. The following conduct is prohibited and any employee engaging in such conduct, attempting to engage in such conduct, or aiding another employee is subject to corrective action up to termination of employment.

The examples below are illustrative of the behavior that will not be permitted, but are not intended to be all-inclusive:

  • Reporting to work under the influence of alcohol and/or illegal drugs or narcotics; using, selling, dispensing or possessing alcohol and/or illegal drugs or narcotics on College premises, while conducting College business, or at any time which would interfere with the effective conduct of the employee’s work for the College; using illegal drugs; or testing positive for illegal drugs;
  • Fighting or assaulting a fellow employee, visitor or student; using language, actions, and/or gestures which are threatening, intimidating, abusive, obscene, or profane; engaging in any form of intimidation, bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, or contributing to an offensive, hostile environment; disorderly or disruptive conduct;
  • Refusing to follow College policies, regulations, and procedures or management’s instructions concerning a job-related matter, except in cases where the safety of the employee may be endangered or in cases where the action is illegal or unethical;
  • Possessing firearms or other weapons on College property, except as required by the job or allowed by law;
  • Stealing, destroying, defacing, misusing or using College or another person’s property without authorization;
  • Lying, misrepresenting, or intentionally omitting information with the intent to mislead and/or to benefit themselves, other employees, employee groups, or non-College individuals or organizations. This standard applies to communication as an employee, in any form, including social media, to any member of the College, community, or the public.
  • Failing to notify the College of a felony conviction or the loss of a license or certificate required for the position, or failing to cooperate in a College investigation or audit;
  • Abusing sick leave or demonstrating a pattern of sick leave use without required medical documentation; or having unauthorized absences from work;
  • Using an employee’s official position for personal gain; using confidential information for personal advantage or to further any private interest; accepting or soliciting, directly or indirectly, any gift or item of other than modest monetary value as defined in policy and/or procedure from any person or entity seeking action from, doing business with, or whose interests may be substantially affected by the performance or nonperformance of the employee’s duties;
  • Engaging in outside employment or activities that conflict with official College duties and responsibilities, or that tend to impair the capacity for performance of duties and responsibilities in an acceptable manner, or that create a real or apparent conflict of interest;
  • Failing to wear assigned safety equipment or failing to abide by safety rules and policies;
  • Disclosing information of a confidential nature to unauthorized persons; tape recording or transmitting conversations without the express permission of all parties;
  • Conducting personal business during work hours and/or on College premises;
  • Gambling on College property.

Date Issued: January 22, 2015
Updated: February 27, 2020