Personnel Discipline

It is the policy of the College that personnel are expected to carry out their assigned tasks and responsibilities as instructed and to conduct themselves in accordance with reasonable rules and expectations for the workplace. Corrective action is taken when such is not the case. Disciplinary action, including discharge, is taken only for cause. College policy does not require that discipline be taken in any formal steps or order and recognizes that the determination of appropriate discipline will depend upon the facts and circumstances of the particular situation.

It is the responsibility of the supervisor to inform the supervisee of the expectations and requirements of the job and to give the individual the opportunity to meet these requirements and expectations. It is also the responsibility of the supervisor to provide appropriate coaching, which is the process of communication between a supervisor and a supervisee for the purpose of assuring that the individual learns and understands the job duties, performance expectations, and rules of conduct in the workplace.

Except in cases of gross misconduct, it is important that the supervisee not performing satisfactorily or not conducting him or herself properly be made aware of the seriousness of the situation so that he or she can make corrections. It is important that the individual be made to understand that, unless improvement takes place, his or her work is in jeopardy. When such warnings are oral, it is important for the supervisor to keep a record documenting the times and substance of the warnings. If oral warnings are not effective or the situation is sufficiently serious, it may be necessary to emphasize the significance of the situation to the supervisee in writing. Copies of the written warnings are placed in the individual’s personnel file.

Investigatory Suspension: An investigatory suspension is a temporary removal of an individual from work with or without pay pending completion of investigation and fact-finding. An investigatory suspension may be converted to a disciplinary suspension or termination after investigation and consultation.

Disciplinary Suspension: A disciplinary suspension—sending an individual home without pay for a period of time—is imposed in order to emphasize to the individual the seriousness of the situation and the fact that her or his job is in jeopardy.

Discharge: Attempts to correct problems may not always yield the desired results. In cases where such attempts fail to produce the necessary corrections, or in cases of gross misconduct, it may be necessary to consider discharge for just cause.