Section 04: Personnel
The University strives to maintain a work environment that
is based upon mutual respect for all individuals and, in turn,
expects from each individual a commitment to the diligent
performance of the job for which each is employed.
To help establish a positive work environment, certain general
work rules are established by the University. New and reasonable
rules affecting the general welfare and working relationships
of employees may be issued as necessary.
To maintain a productive work environment, general work rules
prohibit the following behaviors which, if committed, will
be considered inappropriate workplace conduct and which may
be cause for disciplinary action up to and including termination
- Possession of firearms, explosives, or other lethal materials
on University property or during University activities,
unless the employee falls within certain categories of employees
who must carry weapons in the course of their employment
(e.g., police officer).
- Possessing, drinking, or being under the influence of
intoxicants in the workplace; unlawful possession, use,
or distribution of alcohol on University property or during
University activities; illegally using, manufacturing, possessing,
distributing, dispensing, or being under the influence of
controlled substances on University property or during University
- Disorderly conduct, to include but not limited to, using
discriminatory, abusive or threatening language, fighting,
provoking a fight, or attempting bodily harm or injury to
another employee or to any other individual, or threatening
physical action or injury on University property or during
University activities; or other conduct which threatens
or endangers the health, safety or well-being of any person.
- Sexual harassment of employees, students, donors, customers,
visitors, vendors, or any other person on University property
or during University activities.
- Willful or negligent damage to University property.
- Theft or dishonesty.
- Tampering with or wantonly destroying University data,
records or other information; gaining unauthorized access
to such information; disclosing confidential information;
or otherwise misusing University data or information.
- Falsification of University records.
- Unauthorized use of University vehicles, mail services,
identification or credit cards, telephones, computers, or
other University equipment or materials. (Computers and
computer accounts are provided to employees to assist them
in the performance of their jobs. The University has the
right to monitor, for business reasons, any and all aspects
of the computer system.)
- Tape recording work conversation(s) without the consent
of everyone who is a party to the conversation(s).
- Behavior or conduct unacceptable to the University or
the community at large.
- Insubordination or refusal of an employee to follow instructions,
to perform designated work, or to comply with directives
of authorized University officials.
- Refusal to obey security officials or other proper authorities
- An absence without proper notification or satisfactory
reason. (An absence for five consecutive days without notification
or without satisfactory reasons is considered a voluntary
- Repeated tardiness. Tardiness is defined as arriving
at work past the appointed starting time without supervisory
- Failure to comply with safety rules, regulations, or
common safety practices.
- Failure to wear proper uniform or identification in the
prescribed manner as may be required by the University.
- Sleeping on the job.
- Violation of Federal government regulations as outlined
- Any violation of State or Federal law affecting ability
to perform assigned work.
- Failure or refusal to maintain or obtain required licensure,
certification or registration.
- Gambling on University property or during University
- Failure to report an accident or incident involving damage
to University property.
- Instigating or participating in deliberate low productivity
and/or willfully obstructing, hindering, or interfering
with another employee’s work.
- Failure to report to the work place at the beginning
of the work period; leaving work prior to the end of the
work period; failure to inform the supervisor when leaving
the work area.
- Smoking in non-designated areas.
- Soliciting on University property at any time without
permission of the President or designee.
- Flagrant violation or failure to observe traffic or parking
- Violating University policies, procedures, and/or regulations.
The foregoing work rules do not constitute an exhaustive
list of the employee’s work-related obligations to the
University, nor do they represent a limitation of the University’s
right to take appropriate disciplinary action in response
to conduct not expressly described or included within the
work rules set forth above. Complaints of inappropriate workplace
behavior should be reported to a Division Head or to the
Director of Human Resources and Risk Management.