The Cape Fear Community College Faculty & Staff Handbook is available on-line (below) and in PDF format. Changes are made to the handbook periodically upon approval by the CFCC Board of Trustees
Updated: April 22, 2016
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Cape Fear Community College issues this FACULTY AND STAFF HANDBOOK for the purpose of furnishing relevant information to all employees. Announcements, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures contained herein are subject to change without notice and may not be regarded in the nature of binding obligations on the College or the State. Efforts will be made to keep changes to a minimum, but changes in policy by the State Board of Community Colleges, the North Carolina Community College System, the State Legislature, the Board of Trustees, and/or local conditions may make some alterations necessary.
The administration is receptive to and encourages suggestions for the improvement of this HANDBOOK; suggestions should be submitted in writing to the Chief Human Resources Officer.
In the belief that a well-informed faculty and staff is essential to the success of Cape Fear Community College, this HANDBOOK is revised, when necessary, and such revisions are presented to each faculty and staff member as early as possible. It is approved by the Board of Trustees at a regular meeting and becomes official and remains in force until additional revisions are necessary and approved by the Board. No publication can cover every aspect of the College’s operation, but an attempt has been made to cover those most essential.
Each employee should become familiar with the HANDBOOK as well as the CATALOG and the STUDENT HANDBOOK in order to contribute to the continued success of the College. A copy of the North Carolina Community College System Policy Manual and a copy of relevant administrative memorandums are available to all College personnel in the Library.
Cape Fear Community College is an open door, multi-campus, comprehensive community college that strengthens the academic, economic, social and cultural life of the citizens of New Hanover and Pender counties.
As a member of the North Carolina Community College System, Cape Fear Community College fully supports the system mission and fulfills its purposes by:
- Focusing on vocational, technical, pre-baccalaureate, literacy education, and continuing education programs and services;
- Recruiting, enrolling, advising and retaining a diverse student body;
- Recruiting, retaining and developing a highly qualified and diverse faculty and staff who are dedicated to quality education and service to the College and the community;
- Evaluating existing programs and implementing new curricula and instructional strategies to serve the changing needs of the service area;
- Providing support services that help students succeed;
- Enhancing student life through clubs, cultural activities, leadership opportunities, and athletics; and
- Interacting and cooperating with others to encourage, promote and facilitate economic and community development.
Approved by the CFCC Board of Trustees, March 23, 1995; revised January 18, 1996; revised November 19, 2003; reaffirmed January 26, 2006; reaffirmed September 2010.
“Cape Fear Community College: Building a future-oriented world-class workforce and a community of lifelong learners in partnership with regional businesses and agencies. Imagine the possibilities!”
Approved by the CFCC Board of Trustees March 26, 1998
Prior to 1963, state-supported industrial education in North Carolina was administered through the public school system with boards of education having local policy responsibility. In 1963, the Community College System was established by the North Carolina Legislature. This was the beginning of a completely new educational era in North Carolina. Provision for the establishment, organization, and administration of a system of educational institutions throughout the state is spelled out in Chapter 115-D of the General Statutes of North Carolina.
The mission of the North Carolina Community College System is to open the door to high-quality, accessible educational opportunities that minimize barriers to post-secondary education, maximize student success, develop a globally and multi-culturally competent workforce, and improve the lives and well-being of individuals by providing:
- Education, training and retraining for the workforce, including basic skills and literacy education, occupational and pre-baccalaureate programs.
- Support for economic development through services to and in partnership with business and industry and in collaboration with the University of North Caroline System and private colleges and universities.
- Services to communities and individuals, which improve the quality of life.
Adopted by the State Board of Community Colleges, 10/93. Revised 3/10/94, 4/15/94.
Cape Fear Community College operates under policies as prescribed by the state of North Carolina, the State Board of Community Colleges, the NC Community College System, and the local Board of Trustees.
Cape Fear Community College, its faculty and staff, and the Board of Trustees are fully committed to the principles and practice of equal employment and educational opportunities. The College does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees in any programs and activities provided on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation or any other protected status as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and any other applicable statutes and CFCC policies.
This statement applies to all students and employees at Cape Fear Community College. The Dean of Student Affairs serves as CFCC’s Title IX Coordinator and has primary responsibility for coordinating the College’s efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in all the operations of the College, as well as any other protected status as delineated above and retaliation for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege.
Cape Fear Community College represents rich diversity among its faculty, staff, and students. The College and the Board of Trustees promote and support a student body, faculty, staff, and an administration that is multicultural and diverse. To meet these goals, the College supports policies, curricula and co-curricular activities that encourage understanding, respect, and appreciation of all the various groups who are members of our community.
Cape Fear Community College is a comprehensive community college that offers education and training services through numerous TECHNICAL/VOCATIONAL CURRICULA in such broad areas as health care, business, engineering technologies, computer sciences, architecture/construction/interior design, law enforcement and numerous other fields; COLLEGE TRANSFER/UNIVERSITY PARALLEL studies in the freshman and sophomore years of baccalaureate programs; and a host of CONTINUING EDUCATION programs that can be broadly clustered into such categories as Basic Skills (including Adult High School and GED, among other programs), Occupational Extension (custom-designed training related directly to the in-service training needs of various professions), and Community Services/Self-Supporting classes that may include a wide range of vocational interests.
The core of the College’s mission is world-class workforce development.
CFCC is one of fifty-eight institutions comprising the North Carolina Community College System. The North Carolina Community College System and its constituent institutions operate in accordance with legislation enacted by the North Carolina General Assembly and as contained in Chapter 115D of the North Carolina General Statutes. Governance of Cape Fear Community College is further defined by policies, rules, and procedures as promulgated in accord with state and federal laws by the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges, the Cape Fear Community College Board of Trustees, and College officials.
The service area of Cape Fear Community College includes New Hanover and Pender counties with campuses located in Wilmington, and Castle Hayne, with centers at Burgaw and Surf City. Several CFCC technical and vocational programs are unique to southeastern North Carolina and to the state as a whole, and the College therefore serves as a regional provider of workforce training. CFCC serves approximately 25,000 citizens in our service area (New Hanover and Pender Counties) in curriculum and continuing education courses.
The School Calendar governs students and teaching faculty. All other personnel are governed by College leave and holiday policies. (Academic Calendar)
Upon request to the President, at least four weeks in advance, religious holidays for non-Christians may be granted. Total holiday days may not exceed the twelve-day holiday schedule. Non-Christians may be asked to fill College roles and responsibilities during Christian holidays.
|Dr. James “Jimmie” C. Williamson||North Carolina Community College System|
|Dr. Amanda K. Lee, President||Cape Fear Community College|
|Board Member Name||Appointment||Term Exp.|
|Scott Shook, Chair||Region 6||6/30/2019|
|Clyde Higgs, Vice Chair
|Governor, At Large,
|Dr. Breeden Blackwell||Senate||6/30/2021|
|The Honorable Janet Cowell||State Treasurer||1/10/2016|
|Lisa Estep||Governor, At Large||6/30/2021|
|Jimmie Ford||Region 5||6/30/2017|
|The Honorable Dan Forest||Lieutenant Governor||1/10/2017|
|J. Wesley Fricks, III||At-Large||6/30/2021|
|Wade Bryan Irwin, Jr.||Region 2||6/30/2017|
|Ernest C. Pearson||House||6/30/2019|
|Dr. Samuel Powell||Governor, At Large||6/30/2021|
|Edward Lynn Raye||Senate||6/30/2019|
|James Rose||Governor, At Large||6/30/2021|
|Dr. Darrell Saunders||Senate||6/30/2017|
|Jerry Vaughn||Region 4||6/30/2019|
|Dr. Candler Willis||Region 1||6/30/2019|
|Board Member Name||Appointment||Term Exp.|
|John R. Babb||Board of Education||6/30/2019|
|Jonathan Barfield||NH County Commissioners||6/30/2020|
|Louis A. Burney, Jr.||Governor||6/30/2016|
|Ann M. David||Board of Education||6/30/2017|
|A.D. “Zander” Guy||Pender County Commissioners||6/30/2017|
|Jason C. Harris||NH County Commissioners||6/30/2019|
|Samuel R. Ibrahim||NH County Commissioners||6/30/2016|
|Charles R. Kays||Governor||6/30/2018|
|John F. Melia||Board of Education||6/30/2016|
|David L. Ray||Governor||6/30/2017|
|Mary Lyons Rouse, Vice Chair||NH County Commissioners||6/30/2018|
|William R. Turner, Jr., Chair||Board of Education||6/30/2018|
|Mat F. White||Governor||6/30/2019|
|Blaine Pugh, SGA President||Ex-officio||6/30/2016|
The Board of Trustees shall:
- A) Elect a president or chief administrative officer of the College for such term and under such conditions as the Trustees may fix, subject to the approval of the State Board of Community Colleges.
- B) Apply the standards and requirements for admission and gradation of students and other standards established by the State Board of Community Colleges.
- C) Receive and accept donations, gifts, bequests, and the like from private donors and to apply them or invest any of them, and apply the proceeds for purposes under the terms which the donor may prescribe and which are consistent with the provisions of Chapter 115D and the regulations of the State Board of Community Colleges.
- D) Provide all of the instructional services for the College including contracting with other public or private organizations or institutions in accordance with regulations and standards adopted by the State Board of Community Colleges.
- E) Perform such other acts and do such other things as may be necessary and proper for the exercise of the foregoing specific duties, including the adoption and enforcement of all reasonable rules, regulations, and bylaws for the government and operation of the College under Chapter 115D and for the discipline of students.
- F) Establish and discontinue programs of instruction within the College when necessary.
- G) If the Board of Trustees provides access to the buildings, campus, or student information directory to persons or groups which make students aware of occupational or educational options, the Board of Trustees shall also provide access, on the same basis, to official recruiting representatives of the military forces of the United States for the purpose of informing students of educational and career opportunities available in the military.
- H) Adopt and recommend current expense and capital outlay budgets.
- I) Review the performance of the President annually and report to the State Board of Community Colleges.
- J) The Board reserves for itself all other duties, responsibilities, and powers, not inconsistent with Chapter 115D or the regulations of the State Board of Community Colleges, in addition to those enumerated in this Section.
The College authorizes travel within the regulations mandated by the North Carolina Community College System. These regulations apply to all College employees and members of the Board of Trustees. Travel requests are approved contingent upon the availability of funds.
Policy – The Chairman of the Board will designate trustees to represent the College at in-state and out-of-state meetings and seminars. In addition, the Chairman will approve all travel for Trustees after review of funds available for such travel.
Trustee travel arrangements are made through the President’s Office, in accordance with State travel regulations, well in advance of the travel. A Travel Request Form must be completed and processed through the College Business Office before the travel takes place. The following procedures apply to Trustees only:
- After approval from the Chair, notify the President’s Office that you plan to attend a meeting/seminar. Hotel registration, transportation, and other arrangements can be made through that office.
- Please observe the following allowances:
- Transportation – includes air, mileage at approved state rate), automobile rental and taxi. (Must be the most economical mode by the usually-traveled route.)
- Lodging – actual amount for single occupancy.
- Meals – Meals will be paid at the approved rate determined by the state for in-state as well as out-of-state travel. STATE FUNDS CANNOT BE USED FOR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES.
- A Travel Advance can be obtained for travel expenses exceeding $100, calculated at a maximum of 90% of the total estimate. Please inform the President’s Office if you will need an advance. Most travel arrangement costs will be paid by the college credit card.
- Receipts are required for all expenses to be reimbursed, with the exception of meals reimbursed at the State rate.
Upon return from meeting/seminar, submit receipts within two weeks to the President’s Office for completion of a Travel Reimbursement Form. The form will be signed by the traveler and the President before being submitted to the Business Office for reimbursement.
Cape Fear Community College is organized into four functional units: Instruction, Student Development, Fiscal, and Institutional Services. These areas cover a wide range of services, which provide College-wide assistance and/or direction. Organization Chart
Faculty and staff involvement in academic matters and in the governance of Cape Fear Community College occurs as a result of their participation in standing committees. Accordingly, participation by faculty and staff named as members of standing committees is required.
Committee on Committees
Purpose of the Committee – To review the purpose(s), structure, composition and annual report of all standing committees, and make recommendations to the President.
Purpose of the Committee – To make recommendations for administrative consideration of 1) changes in curriculum course titles and course descriptions; 2) addition or deletion of courses; and 3) addition or deletion of a curriculum. Moreover, the Curriculum Committee shall ensure that all curricula and any proposed changes to curricula are consistent with the Criteria of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the North Carolina Community College System.
Online Learning Committee
The Online Learning Committee works collaboratively with the Department of Online Learning to evaluate current practices, tools, technologies, and to make recommendations for improvement in order to support the College’s mission by providing high quality distance learning courses enabling students to achieve their career and educational goals through technology-enhanced delivery.
Purpose of the Committee – The purpose of the Diversity Committee is to promote awareness and understanding of the importance and benefits of diversity by supporting programs, which encourage inclusiveness and respectful, open discussion on multi-cultural issues.
General Education Committee
Purpose of the Committee – To monitor and review the following: the mission of the committee, the general education core competencies, the methods of assessment, the list of courses being assessed, and the data resulting from the assessment instruments, thus creating a more unified process of evaluating student learning outcomes in the core general education curriculum.
Global Education Committee
Purpose of the Committee – The purpose of the Global Education Committee is to increase awareness of global issues by supporting programs, which build knowledge and skills for understanding world events, cultures and social institutions.
Information Technology Committee
Purpose of the Committee – To provide a means for CFCC faculty and staff to review, discuss and make recommendations regarding campus-wide IT policies, procedures and initiatives. In addition, the Committee may assist in reviewing the campus IT Plan and making recommendations on technology goals of the college.
Institutional Effectiveness and Planning Committee
Purpose of the Committee – The Institutional Effectiveness and Planning Committee is a standing committee within the structure of the college. The team develops and monitors planning and evaluation processes, which are designed to ensure the effectiveness of the educational programs, services, and operations of the institution. The team ensures that the CFCC planning and evaluation processes are in accordance with the requirements of the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) and the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
Purpose of the Judicial Board – To ensure the right of appeal to all students. The Judicial Board will hear appeals concerning academic suspension, conduct suspension, and charges of discrimination and/or denial of service based on race, color, national origin, age, religion, handicap, or sex. The Judicial Board’s subcommittees (Academic, Financial Aid, Residency Status) will act on other categories of student appeals.
Learning Resources Committee
Purpose of the Committee – To serve as a medium, through which CFCC instructors, staff, and students may collaboratively discuss matters concerning the Library and the Media Center. This Committee may advise and make recommendations for the LRC related to the College’s goal of enhancing the teaching and learning process through the provision of up-to-date learning resources and equipment suitable to the college’s needs and goals.
Professional Development Committee
Purpose of the Committee – To assist the administration, faculty, and staff in identifying and developing professional development opportunities that emphasize student success and critical thinking and advance the college’s teaching, learning, and service missions.
Purpose of the Committee – To guide the implementation of CFCC’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). The QEP Committee coordinates the activities of individuals, departments, and other committees, particularly Student Success, Professional Development, and General Education, toward meeting the goals and objectives of the QEP. The committee meets regularly to review the status of the QEP and provides progress reports to CFCC’s College Council.
Purpose of the Committee – To promote a safe and secure learning and working environment for students, faculty, and staff through awareness and training opportunities. The Safety Committee is also responsible for making recommendations regarding safety rules, regulations, and campus security to the CFCC authority having jurisdiction over campus safety.
Purpose of the Committee – To 1) coordinate and plan approved social and recreational events for CFCC personnel and boards; 2) recognize significant events in the lives of CFCC personnel and board members; and 3) recommend a faculty and staff member to receive the President’s Award for Outstanding Service to the College.
Student Services Committee
Purpose of the Committee – To review and recommend policies and procedures as they concern services to students to include, but not limited to:
- financial aid;
- career and testing services;
- student government, student activities, and publications;
- student grade appeals;
- conduct and discipline;
- food services;
- intramural and intercollegiate athletics; and
- College calendar
CFCC Athletic Sub-Committee
Purpose of the Committee – To evaluate the intercollegiate athletic program regularly and systematically to ensure that it is an integral part of the education of student-athletes and is in compliance with the educational purpose of Cape Fear Community College. To oversee and monitor academic, admission and financial aid policies consistent with the college as they relate to athletics. Facilitate athletic administration and staff with the policies and procedures in the athletic program. Additionally, approve Sea Devil Club expenditures (over $10,000) as recommended and submitted by the Athletic Director.
Student Success Committee
Purpose of the Committee – To develop and promote activities that foster students’ achievements of college success and development as critical thinkers. This committee coordinates its efforts with counselors, developmental and basic skills instructors, LRC staff, Learning Lab staff, and testing and career services. This committee provides regular reports on the progress of student success initiatives to the QEP Committee.
Purpose of the Committee – To promote and facilitate the development of sustainable practices and policies through the collaborative efforts of faculty, students and staff.
Veterans Coordinating Committee
Purpose of the Committee – To advise the Veterans Coordinator; and to review and recommend policies and procedures as they concern student veteran academic and support services.
CFCC Institutional Effectiveness and Planning functions include institutional effectiveness, planning, research, and educational program auditing.
The term “institutional effectiveness” is derived from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges Criteria for Accreditation (see Section III of the Criteria) and is at the heart of the Commission’s philosophy of accreditation. Institutional Effectiveness is a term synonymous with CFCC’s planning, assessment, and budgeting process. The College systematically engages in planning and the assessment of its programs and services to demonstrate how well it is fulfilling its stated Mission. Employees of Cape Fear Community College participate in this process through annual college and department level planning, program and services assessment, and budgeting. A complete description of the process is outlined in the published document “The Cape Fear Community College Institutional Effectiveness Program” and a copy is available upon request. Faculty and staff should contact their immediate supervisor or the Institutional Effectiveness and Planning Office for more information.
Cape Fear Community College is not a research institution; however, there is an institutional research function to support planning and assessment. The Executive Director for Institutional Effectiveness and Planning has been assigned administrative responsibility for institutional research and performs a coordinating function. The primary objectives of the Institutional Effectiveness and Planning Office are to (a) coordinate campus-wide assessment by assisting individuals with developing annual assessment plans, survey design and methodology, and in the selection of other means of assessment; (b) to conduct and/or coordinate research activities to support planning such as environmental scanning, program and services reviews, focus groups, and economic impact studies, for example; to respond to requests from faculty and staff for assistance with research projects that support the Mission of CFCC, (c) to respond to external agencies, such as SACS and NCCCS, when requesting information for accountability purposes.
A few examples of the publications supporting institutional research are the CFCC Fact Book, Annual Program Review Reports, Critical Success Factors Report, reports of survey results, environmental scanning and focus group reports, and the Economic Impact Study.
Every invention, discovery, material, work, product, or any part thereof, that results from the efforts of a full or part-time employee, student, or outside consultant carried out while in the employment of, or under contract or agreement of any kind with, the College and that is produced or brought about in any fashion with the aid of the College’s facilities, staff, or through funds administered by the College shall, as between the College and the full or part-time employee, student, or consultant, be the property of the College. Any patents, trademarks, trade names, and/or trade secrets shall belong to the College and any legal protection applied for shall be applied for by the College or through an authorized agent, assignee, or licensee in the name of the College.
As a general rule, all rights to copyrightable material are the property of the creator. The creator shall be deemed to be the College where a specific contract so provides, where a full or part-time employee, student, or outside consultant is employed for the purpose of producing a specific copyrightable work, or where necessary to reflect the contribution of the College to the work, as in the case of software or audiovisual material of any kind.
As between the College and The State Board of Community Colleges, ownership of any of the above-described items shall be determined in accordance with applicable regulations of the state Board of Community Colleges.
The College may charge a reasonable rental fee for use of any of the above-described items and, further, if such items are a learned journal, work of art, book, publication, textbook, library book, form, bulletin, or instructional supply, then it may, as allowed by the Umstead Act, be offered for sale by the College.
This policy shall be deemed to be a part of any existing and/or future employment or consulting agreements of the College.
(approved by the CFCC Board of Trustees, March 17, 1994, amended July 20, 2006)
In accordance with North Carolina State Board of Community College (SBCC) Code, Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) seeks to maintain reaffirmation of accreditation and retain membership in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
1B SBCCC 400.96 ACCREDITATION BY THE SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION All colleges shall obtain and maintain regional accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The System President, when requested, will provide assistance to colleges seeking regional accreditation.
History Note: Authority G.S. 115D-1; 115D-5;
Eff. February 1, 1976;
Readopted Eff. January 5, 1978;
Amended Eff. September 1, 1993; December 1, 1984; July 1, 1980.
As a SACSCOC member institution, CFCC is eligible to provide federal funding for qualifying students and preserve the transferability of CFCC courses to other regionally accredited institutions. As a SACSCOC requirement for membership and accreditation, Cape Fear Community College must comply with SACSCOC’s policy statement Substantive Change for Accredited Institutions of the Commission on Colleges by taking the appropriate measures to ensure timely, accurate, and complete notification to SACSCOC whenever the college proposes 17 to make a significant modification or expansion in its nature and scope. SACSCOC’s policy statements may be reviewed at www.sacscoc.org.
The Cape Fear Community College Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation under North Carolina law and section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation receives gifts of money and property to support educational programs and the Mission of the College. The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of community leaders who volunteer their time in support of CFCC. Funds raised by the Foundation are used for scholarships and other needs of the College.
All gifts to the College (cash and in-kind) must be made through the CFCC Foundation. Faculty and staff are encouraged to identify potential donors. The Executive Director for Institutional Advancement should be notified before any gifts are accepted to ensure appropriate procedures are followed and all necessary paperwork is completed.
The Cape Fear Community College Foundation, Inc. is the designated fund raising unit of the College. To protect the donors and solicitors, all fund raising activities outside the Foundation must be coordinated in consultation with the Executive Director or his/her designee.
Only by permission of the Executive Director or his/her designee may a college employee or student be authorized to solicit funds, goods, or services on behalf of the College.
Exception to this policy may be made for fund raising activities by student clubs and organizations, where no outside donations are sought and where such activities are held within the campus and are approved by the Director of Athletics and Student Activities or appropriate administrator. (approved by the CFCC Board of Trustees, July 18, 1996)
The Cape Fear Community College Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation established to solicit, receive, hold, and administer gifts for the College.
All gifts (cash, real property, stocks, bonds, bequests, equipment, supplies, and in-kind donations) to the College must be recorded through the Cape Fear Community College Foundation, Inc., including those gifts designated by the donor(s) for a specific project, program, department, or division. All private cash gifts will be given to the Foundation, which will serve as the central registry for such gifts to the College, ensuring acknowledgment and accountability to the donor.
Whenever gifts or bequests involving maintenance are made, provisions for such maintenance shall be included in the gift unless the Board of Directors of the Cape Fear Community College Foundation, Inc. waives this requirement.
The Board of Directors of the Cape Fear Community College Foundation, Inc. reserves the right to refuse any proffered gifts. (approved by the CFCC Board of Trustees, May 16, 1996)
Externally funded grants and contracts must be related to the stated purpose of Cape Fear Community College. Prior to any commitment of college resources in seeking grants and contracts, the President must approve all externally funded grants and contracts being sought. The President (or her/his designee) is the only authorized representative of the College who can accept externally funded grants and contracts.
In no case shall externally funded grants and contracts be allowed to interfere with the College’s instructional commitments without prior approval of the President. Externally funded projects shall be conducted and reported in a manner consistent with the operational guidelines required of Cape Fear Community College by the State of North Carolina.
Summer salaries, salary supplements, and fees for consultative services rendered by college faculty and staff in externally funded grants and contracts shall be consistent with the College’s compensation plan (for full-time employees) or with established part-time pay rates, unless particular requirements of funding levels of the project require different rates of compensation.
(approved by the CFCC Board of Trustees, July 20, 1995, amended September 28, 2006)
General Policy Statement: Cape Fear Community College (the “College”) is committed to equality in employment opportunity and does not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on the basis of any legally protected status.
The College supports the protections against discrimination available to applicants and employees under all applicable federal, state, and local laws, including but not limited to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the North Carolina Equal Employment Practices Act, and Chapter 115D of the North Carolina General Statutes, as these and other applicable laws from time to time may be amended.
A full copy of the Cape Fear Community College Faculty and Staff Handbook is available online. A printed copy may be requested from Human Resources.
Employment preference for veterans and their spouses or surviving spouses.
- It shall be the policy of the Cape Fear Community College that, in appreciation for their service to this State and this country during a period of war, and in recognition of the time and advantage lost toward the pursuit of a civilian career, eligible veterans shall be granted preference in employment with CFCC when the qualifications and experience of the final candidates for a position are generally equal.
- As used in this section:
- “A period of war” includes World War I (April 16, 1917, through November 11, 1918), World War II (December 7, 1941, through December 31, 1946), the Korean Conflict (June 27, 1950, through January 31, 1955), the period of time between January 31, 1955, and the end of the hostilities in Vietnam (May 7, 1975), or any other campaign, expedition, or engagement for which a campaign badge or medal is authorized by the United States Department of Defense.
- “Veteran” means a person who served in the Armed Forces of the United States on active duty, for reasons other than training, and has been discharged under other than dishonorable conditions.
- “Eligible veteran” means:
- A veteran who served during a period of war; or
- The spouse of a disabled veteran ; or
- The surviving spouse or dependent of a veteran who dies on active duty during a period of war either directly or indirectly as the result of such service; or
- A veteran who suffered a disabling injury for service‑related reasons during peacetime; or
- The spouse of a veteran described in subdivision d. of this subsection; or
- The surviving spouse or dependent of a person who served in the Armed Forces of the United States on active duty, for reasons other than training, who dies for service‑related reasons during peacetime.
The President or the Board will take into consideration veteran status in accordance with NC state law if two or more candidates are generally equally qualified for the position based upon qualifications and experience
Regular Full-Time – A position established in the budget as a regularly recurring position. Employment must be for nine or more months per calendar year and considered full-time weekly employment. Positions in this category earn all benefits offered by CFCC, including membership in the Retirement System.
Regular Part-Time – A position established in the budget as a regularly recurring position. Employment must be for nine or more months per calendar year and at least 20 hours per week but less than full-time weekly employment. Positions in this category earn holidays, longevity, and pro-rated annual and sick leave.
Time Limited – Full-time – A position established temporarily in the budget to cover for a regular full-time position for a time limited period due to extenuating circumstances related to a disability or military leave for 9 or more months. Positions in this time limited category earn all benefits offered by CFCC, including membership in the Retirement System.
Temporary Part-Time without Benefits – A position not established in the budget as a regular or recurring position. All employees classified as temporary part-time without benefits are limited to no more than 25 hours per week. Student employees are limited to 20 hours per week. Temporary part-time contracts for staff positions are issued on a quarter-by-quarter basis and temporary part-time contracts for faculty positions are issued semester-by-semester. Most employees are paid at an hourly rate. No benefits are earned.
Exempt positions – Positions paid on a salary basis at the executive, administrative, and professional levels that are not subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime requirements.
Non-Exempt Positions – Positions that are paid by the hour and subject to the FLSA overtime requirements.
All employees are expected to conduct themselves professionally and in a manner that positively reflects on the College.
A college attempts to help students enhance their life academically, socially, politically, and economically. In that regard, employees are encouraged to act as role models for students and dress in a professional manner that also observes health and safety requirements for the workplace.
All employees receive their regular paycheck on the last workday of the month, including employees whose employment is terminated during the month.
The following restrictions apply to all employees in the North Carolina Community College System as specified in the State Board of Community Colleges Code (1C SBCCC 200.98 EMPLOYMENT OF RELATIVES)
- The College shall not employ two or more persons concurrently who are closely related by blood or marriage in positions which would result in one person of such family relationship supervising another closely related person or having substantial influence over employment, salary or wages, or other management or personnel actions pertaining to the close relative.
- “Closely related” is defined to mean mother, father, husband, wife, brother, sister, son, daughter, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, grandmother, grandfather, grandson, granddaughter, uncle, aunt, nephew, niece, step-parent, step-child, step-brother, step-sister, guardian or ward.
- With respect to the concurrent service of closely related persons within the same academic department or other comparable College subdivision of employment, neither relative shall be permitted either individually or as a member of a committee, to participate in the evaluation of the other relative.
All secondary employment for the President must be approved in advance by the Board of Trustees.
Full time employees of the College are expected to devote the time, energy, and efforts to their employment with the College that are necessary to fulfill the terms of their contract. All secondary employment must not conflict nor interfere with his/her College duties and responsibilities. Any full time employee who engages in work for pay outside the College must submit a request that includes all secondary employment through his/her supervisors who will make a recommendation to the President. The request must state the hours per week or month and be approved by the President or President’s designee prior to the employee engaging in such employment. Employees must use the Request for Secondary or Outside Employment Form available on the Human Resources website.
Full-time job descriptions are maintained by Human Resources in electronic format and are available upon request. Additional information concerning the office of President may be found in the Board of Trustees By-laws.
The President is elected directly by the Board of Trustees. The President appoints all other employees of Cape Fear Community College, with the exception of senior level administrator positions who are direct reports to the President and must be nominated by the President and approved by the Board of Trustees. Senior level administrators include the Vice President for Business and Financial Services, the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Workforce Development, the Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management, the Executive Director for Institutional Effectiveness and Planning, the Executive Director for Institutional Advancement, the Executive Director of Auxiliary Services, Executive Director of Community Relations, Campus Police Chief, and the Chief Human Resources Officer.
An employee who desires to terminate employment must submit a written notification of resignation to the President, notify his/her supervisor and provide a copy to Human Resources. To be eligible for re-employment, a 30-day notification is required. Curriculum instructional faculty may terminate employment only at the end of an academic term. Under extenuating circumstances, the President may waive either of these requirements. Employees terminating employment complete an electronic Human Resources exit process. An in-person exit interview is available by request and appointment with the Chief Human Resources Officer. The employee is responsible for clearing any outstanding items before the effective date of termination.
Employee evaluations are conducted annually. All employees, including regular full-time, regular part-time, time limited full-time, and temporary part-time employees, employed for 9 or more months participate in the annual performance evaluation. Self-evaluation, peer review, supervisor review, and dean or director review are methods that may be used for evaluation. Blank copies of the Faculty and Staff Evaluation Forms are available on the HR website.
Employee records are maintained in hard copy and electronic formats, and in a secure location within the Human Resources office and HRIS. The following information is maintained for each employee and is available for review to any person during regular business hours from Human Resources: name; age; date of original employment; current position title; duties performed; salary; date and amount of most recent increase or decrease in salary; office to which currently assigned; date of most recent promotion, demotion, transfer, suspension, separation or other change in position classification.
All other information is not made available for inspection except to persons or agencies authorized to have access to such records as allowed by North Carolina General Statute 160A-168. Any person requesting access to confidential information will be required to submit satisfactory proof of identity to the President or the Chief Human Resources Officer. Employees will be notified if restricted information from their personnel file is released and the name of the authorized person to whom the information was released.
Personnel files are subject to the North Carolina Public Records Act and shall be disclosed to third parties when required by Chapter 132 of the North Carolina General Statutes and Cape Fear Community College must comply with requests within the context of these rules.
Employees must secure prior approval of the President (or her/his designee) when participating in any community activity/event where they are representing the college, Requests for College employees to represent the College in community activities should be routed through the President’s office for distribution to the proper department or individual for processing.
College employees are not restricted in exercising the freedom to speak as individuals. However, it is incumbent upon each employee to clearly state that he/she is speaking for him/herself and not the College in situations where there is any possibility that statements, which are made, might be interpreted as College positions.
At the time of hire, an offer is provided and the acceptance acknowledgement is returned to Human Resources by the new hire. As soon as the annual budget is approved after the beginning of the fiscal year (July 1- June 30), each newly hired employee will be given a contract which specifies the salary and terms and conditions of employment for any period remaining in the fiscal year in which the employee is hired.
As soon as the annual budget is approved after the beginning of the fiscal year (July 1- June 30), each employee will be given a contract which specifies the salary, terms and conditions of employment for any period during the fiscal year in which the employee is hired. Each employee will sign the contract and return it to Human Resources.
Continuation of employment is contingent upon job performance, professional improvement, work relationships, program trends, and availability of funds. Persons whose contracts and/or work agreements are not to be renewed will be notified in accordance with the non-reappointment procedure section of the College’s Dismissal, Non-Reappointment, and Grievance Procedure. All positions are contingent upon yearly budget allocations, subject to review, and prior annual contract renewal does not guarantee continued employment and contract renewal in the future.
Academic freedom is essential to an institution of higher learning and should not be cause for dismissal or non-renewal of contract. Within the environment of academic freedom, faculty members are expected to carry out their duties in a professional, ethical and collegial manner that enhances the purpose of the institution.
Positions exempt from the provisions of the Fair labor Standards Act are paid on a salary basis and are not eligible for overtime or compensatory time. Executive, administrative, and professional staff positions are exempt and expected to work the number of hours necessary to fulfill the requirements of their position and no less than 40 hours per week.
Faculty – Faculty work schedules are based on instructors being on campus a minimum of 30 hours per week. Faculty are not generally required to be present when students are away, except for in-service activities or when directed by their supervisor in support of college needs. Full-time regular continuing education faculty members work the class schedule as set in accordance with the needs of the college. Continuing Education faculty are also not generally required to be present when classes are not in session except for in-service activities and when directed by their immediate supervisor. Class schedules will be determined in accordance with college needs.
Non-exempt positions are subject to the overtime requirement of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Employees in this position type submit monthly time cards that reflect actual hours worked. These positions typically work 40 hours per week. Overtime begins after an employee has actually worked 40 hours in a calendar week. For FLSA purposes, CFCC’s workweek begins at 6:00 a.m. on Monday and runs to 6:00 a.m. the following Monday.
Employees whose principal duty stations require them to be at their desks or confined to their offices are entitled to a fifteen (15) minute break in each half of the workday. Supervisors are to schedule the break time, and at no time is a break period to interfere with a service to be provided or completion of an assigned duty.
Lunch Period: The typical employee lunch period for office operations at CFCC should be observed for a one-hour period. However, supervisors may approve alternative lunch periods depending upon employee needs and that, the normal daily-required number of work hours are met, and operational needs are met. Hourly employees may not forego a lunch period for purposes of a later arrival or earlier departure in order to shorten the workday.
The College awards compensatory time off in lieu of payment for overtime to non-exempt employees at the rate of one and one half hours for each hour beyond regularly assigned 40 weekly work hours. If overtime occurs on weekends or holidays, the ratio moves to two to one. Supervisors should make every effort to avoid situations that require a non-exempt employee to exceed the 40-hour workweek. In no case in a non-exempt employee to schedule himself/herself for overtime work.
Compensatory time must be taken in the pay period in which overtime is worked. When the overtime occurs late in the pay period, compensatory time must be taken before other vacation or bonus leave is requested.
The North Carolina Department of Labor has ruled that ship personnel are exempt from overtime compensation. This means that ship personnel will receive compensation of one hour for each hour over 40 hours within a workweek.
When a regular position opens, the senior level administrator of the division in which the vacancy occurs must complete an online “Position Vacancy Form” using the online application tracking system and submit it to the Human Resources office. The information on this form must be consistent with the job description and qualifications. The President has the final approval of the “Position Vacancy Announcement” which is also reviewed and approved using the online application tracking system.
Regular Full-time Non-exempt positions – Regular full-time non-exempt positions must be posted internally for three business days prior to a general external advertisement or posting publicly on the college website. Internal job postings will be placed on the college’s internal job posting site. Employees without access to computer resources to access the Colleges’ internal job site can come to Human Resources and obtain a listing of all current internal postings. Internal candidates include regular full-time, regular part-time, and temporary part-time employees currently on the CFCC payroll at the time the job posting is approved. Eligibility requirements for employees who are in temporary part-time positions are 1) employed at CFCC for at least six months, 2) working a schedule of at least 20 hours per week, and 3) in good job performance standing in the areas of customer service, productivity, quality of work and attendance and punctuality. The search committee for internal postings will consist of the department head and/or designee, supervisor (if different from the department head), and a representative from Human Resources Postings without one or more qualified and recommended internal candidate(s) will be advertised after the three-day internal posting period has closed according to the selection process. Regular full-time non-exempt positions that are not filled by an internal search will be advertised and posted externally in the two-county service area for a period of 15 days. Exception: The President may make changes in a regular full-time employee’s job status through reorganization or reassignment without a search. For an application to be official, a Cape Fear Community College employment application must be fully completed and submitted through the College’s Human Resources Department online application tracking system and by the date listed in the posting. At the end of the posting period, College personnel who have been designated to serve on the search committee for the position will proceed with the selection process as described under Selection Process.
Regular Full-time Exempt positions – All regular full-time exempt positions are advertised in the two-county service area, in other state locations, and as needed outside the state. The opening will be listed with the North Carolina Employment Security Commission, the North Carolina Community College System, appropriate colleges and universities in the state, and with other organizations and agencies as needed for a period of 15 days. Exception: The President may make changes in a regular full-time employee’s job status through reorganization or reassignment without a search. For an application to be official, a Cape Fear Community College employment application must be fully completed and submitted through the College’s Human Resources Department online application tracking system and by the date listed in the posting. At the end of the posting period, College personnel who have been designated to serve on the search committee for the position will proceed with the selection process as described under Selection Process.
Part-time employment will also be submitted using the online application tracking system and will require the same approval process.
Whether a vacancy is being filled internally or externally, the staff member(s) or search committee charged with conducting the search will proceed with the selection process. This will include a review of applicants’ qualifications, appropriate personal interviews and, as needed, consultation with other College employees. Reference checks must be made on all candidates for positions.
Upon completion of their search and interview of candidates, the search committee will normally recommend two or more qualified candidates to the President in a non-prioritized order. In the event the search committee is able to recommend only one qualified candidate, the committee chair will submit written justification that include the circumstances of the search that resulted in a limited field of recommended candidates, the qualifications of candidates in general, and the qualifications of the recommended candidate in particular through the online application tracking system. The President may elect to select a recommended candidate, re-advertise the position or cancel the search.
The findings of the committee and the committee’s evaluation of each recommended candidate is outlined on an online Personnel Recommendation Form via online application tracking system. The President, after evaluating the recommendations of the committee and finding a suitable candidate, will make the final approval for employment, or in the case of senior level administrators who report directly to the President, the President’s nomination will be forwarded to the Board of Trustees for final approval. After approval by the President or Board of Trustees, the applicant selected will be notified of his/her selection. The appointment will be confirmed by an official offer letter or employee change form from Human Resources.
If a candidate who is selected to fill a vacancy declines the offer, the position may be offered to another qualified applicant who had submitted an application within the accepted time frame. If a search is canceled for any reason, any attempt to fill the vacancy at a later date will follow the same procedures as for a new position.
In the rare event that a regular full-time position comes open at such a time that it is in the best interest of the College that no break occur in operations, the vacancy may be filled with a temporary part-time employee without benefits. In all such cases, filling the position with a temporary part-time employee without benefits is possible and the employee may work in excess of 25 hours and no more than 40 hours by completing an Exception to Work Extended Hours Form. This form must be approved in advance by the President, and in most cases requires a full search be conducted within six months in accordance with established policy and procedures. Exceptions to conducting a search will be available to cover for a regular full-time vacancy, for a time limited period, due to extenuating circumstances related to an approved disability or military leave expected to last for 9 months or more. See section 5.2 Definitions of Employment Categories – Time Limited – Full-time. When a full search is conducted to fill the position, a temporary part-time employee may be eligible to apply for the position.
The Human Resources office does not accept unsolicited applications for employment. Resumes and other unsolicited information that are sent to the College are returned to the sender.
Regular and time-limited full-time. All new regular and time-limited full-time employees report to Human Resources on or before the first day of employment for the purpose of orientation to CFCC and completing required forms for payroll processing, employment eligibility, benefits, state and federal tax withholding, NC State Retirement System, and other required forms. All new full-time employees will receive benefits information and an overview of the Faculty and Staff Handbook during orientation. All employees are expected to familiarize themselves with and adhere to all policies and procedures outlined in the Faculty and Staff Handbook.
Temporary part-time. All new temporary part-time employees report to Human Resources on or before the first day of employment, or not more than three (3) business days after the first day worked, for the purpose of orientation to CFCC and completing required forms for payroll processing, employment eligibility, state and federal tax withholding and other required forms.
Any change in an employee’s status must be reported promptly to Human Resources. Senior level administrators are responsible for reporting changes.
The President reserves the right to make changes in an employee’s job status through reorganization or reassignment. All other promotions or transfers of employees will be considered by the President upon request by the employee or appropriate supervisory personnel.
Employees have the responsibility of notifying Human Resources or the Business Office, as appropriate, any time personal information changes which would affect their retirement, insurance, beneficiaries or dependents, or other important matters. Changes, including address and telephone, should be reported as soon as they occur to avoid any problems in mailing official communications and correcting any crediting and coverage for insurance, retirement, and similar purposes. Phone numbers are particularly important in case of an emergency.
Background reviews apply to all new hires and volunteers. Current employees who are changing jobs, will have a background review if the job requires a higher level of review. Former employees who return to employment will have a background review.
Upon receipt of a completed and signed authorization from the finalist, the campus Human Resources representative will initiate the appropriate background review, excluding telephone reference checks, which remain the responsibility of the search chair or their designee. Refusal on the part of a finalist to authorize any part of the background review will make the individual ineligible for employment or volunteer services.
Levels of Background Review. The level and content of background reviews will be determined by the campus Human Resources representative and will be based on the duties and qualifications of the job being filled. At minimum, a standard background review contains a criminal history check, including a sex and violent offender registry check, and verification of identity, employment; and, if required by the position, academic credentials, professional certificates, Department of Motor Vehicle report, etc.
If CFCC has performed any of the above verifications or history checks on an individual within the past year, a new background review will not be required, unless there are areas of review required by the job that were not covered in the previous review.
Review Results. An offer of employment may be withdrawn as a result of the background review. When such withdraw occurs, the campus Human Resources representative will provide a copy of the background review report to the finalist/new hire. S/he works directly with the background review vendor to correct any errors in the report. In all other instances, the Human Resources representative will provide a copy of the report upon request. If a review results in a finalist or new hire no longer being considered for employment, campus Human Resources will notify the hiring department.
If the criminal history check reveals convictions which the candidate disclosed on the employment application, the campus Human Resources representative will review the report, including any additional information the candidate provides, before making a determination regarding hiring. Relevant considerations may include, but are not limited to, the nature and number of convictions, their dates, and the relationship the conviction has to the duties and responsibilities of the job.
Criminal convictions. Candidates are automatically disqualified if they have been convicted for any felony or violent misdemeanor (examples include but are not limited to, crimes against persons, simple assault, assault with deadly weapons, aggravated assault, sex offenses, weapons violations, child abuse, and domestic violence).
Other Convictions. The existence of other convictions does not automatically disqualify a candidate from employment.
If unreported convictions are revealed in the criminal history check, the candidate will not be hired, unless the candidate shows the report is in error. Falsification of information on application materials will result in dismissal from employment or withdrawal of an employment offer.
The salaries of all personnel are paid from State, County, or Institutional funds; therefore, they must be within the guidelines established by the NC Community College System and College policies related to salaries. Beginning salaries for instructors are determined by the applicant’s teaching experience, educational preparation, and business or industrial experience. Beginning salaries for non-teaching staff are based on the pay range assigned to each position and generally will be at entry level. Part-time employees are paid at a rate agreed upon at the time of employment.
The President approves salary increases for all college personnel. These decisions are based on how the salary increase funds are allocated by the North Carolina General Assembly, availability of additional funding, and supervisor recommendations based on job evaluations. The North Carolina General Assembly mandates salary increase distribution in the following ways:
- Across-the-board: This requires all regular full-time, regular part-time and time-limited full-time employees to receive the mandated percentage or lump sum increase unless the General Assembly gives authorization to withhold increases due to poor performance evaluation. Occasionally, the instructional personnel percentage varies from the non-instructional percentage. Part-time employees usually receive similar increases.
- Average across-the-board: The salary increases given equals the average percentage. This gives the College flexibility to give some employees a higher raise than others. The salary adjustments are based on the employee’s job performance. In-lieu-of-merit percentage: This is usually an additional percentage above the mandated across-the-board percentage. The in-lieu-of-merit increase gives the College the flexibility to give employees a higher increase based on job performance. Supervisor recommendations for salary changes are based on job evaluations.
Qualifying employees assigned to full-time and regular part-time positions receive longevity pay after ten or more years of State employment. Longevity pay is determined by multiplying an employee’s annual salary on the date of eligibility by the appropriate rate determined by his/her aggregate service as shown in the table below:
|Years of Aggregate Service||Longevity Rate|
|10 but less than 15 years||1.50%|
|15 but less than 20 years||2.25%|
|20 but less than 25 years||3.25%|
|25 or more years||4.50%|
Regular full and part-time (75% or higher) employees are eligible to participate in the State Health Plan of North Carolina. Employees will be given the opportunity to choose between the currently available plans. Cost and coverage levels will vary depending upon plan selection. The employee is always responsible for the premium for dependent coverage. An employee hired on a nine month basis who does not return to work after the summer break shall repay the college any insurance premiums that have been paid on his or her behalf.
Salaried regular part-time employees designated as half time but less than three-quarter time are eligible, provided they pay the entire cost.
A detailed account of coverage, premiums, and application procedures may be obtained from the Human Resources office.
A voluntary dental health plan and vision insurance are available to full-time employees at their own expense. The employees are eligible to select coverage during the first 30 days of their employment. Information may be obtained from the Human Resources office.
All College employees are covered under the Unemployment Insurance Act. Information may be obtained from the Business Office.
Regular full-time employees are covered under the Disability Income Plan of North Carolina as administered by the State Retirement System. Information may be obtained from the Human Resources office.
A flexible benefit plan (IRS Section 125) is available for regular full-time employees who choose to participate. Enrollment is held annually.
Full-time employees may also choose to enroll in supplemental insurance and deferred compensation plans as offered by various companies during the year or at specified enrollment times.
Employees may participate in the Cape Fear Community College 403(b) deferred compensation plan effective January 1, 2009, however, the College reserves the right to exclude certain employees from participation in accordance with the section 403(b) rules. Employees will be provided detailed information on this benefit at the time of hire and annually beginning in 2009.
All College employees are covered by Social Security. The employee pays a percentage on a maximum wage base. The State pays a matching percent. Percentages and the wage base are subject to change.
Regular full-time and full-time time-limited employees are members of the North Carolina Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System. The employee and the College contribute a percentage of the gross salary of each full-time employee to the retirement fund.
The State policy covering all aspects of the retirement system is provided in the publication “Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement Handbook.” Copies are available in Human Resources and on-line at www.myncretirement.com. The Retirement System web-site allows employees to view their retirement accounts on-line through the ORBIT System.
All employees are covered by Workers’ Compensation. If an employee is injured because of or in the course of his/her employment, or contracts an occupationally related disease, he/she is entitled to medical attention at the College’s expense. In addition, the employee will be paid for lost time as provided for by the Workers’ Compensation Act.
The first responsibility for workers’ compensation lies with the employee. Therefore, it is imperative for the employee to report the accident or occupationally related disease to his/her supervisor. A Workers’ Compensation report must be filed with the Business Office within five (5) working days after the accident occurs. In addition, the supervisor must complete the Supervisor’s Accident Report and submit it to the Business Office within five (5) days after the accident. (For full details see General Statute 115D-23 on file in the Library or in the Business Office).
Employee Lounges have been provided for College employees. Each person using these lounges shares the responsibility for the maintenance and cleanliness.
A special fund has been set aside from the Vending Fund for payment of flowers upon the death of any full-time employee, current Trustee, and the following members of his/her family: spouse, child, parent, brother or sister, including step and in-law relationships. Flowers may also be sent to the funeral of a retired employee or past Board member. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to a charity or to the CFCC Foundation or scholarship fund of choice. Cards may be sent to retired employees, past Board members or part-time employees at the death of an immediate family member.
Flowers will be sent to the hospital for ill employees and Board members only after confinement exceeds three consecutive days.
The Human Resources office has the responsibility, when made aware of death or sickness, to send flowers, cards, or memorial contributions as appropriate.
Generally, the cost of flowers and memorials will range from $40 to $55 for funerals and from $35 to $45 for flowers for other occasions.
Any exceptions to all leave policies must be requested by the employee for approval by the President, in advance if possible.
Sick Leave Credits – Sick leave credits are provided for regular full-time, regular part-time (half-time or over) and full-time time limited employees who are in pay status for one-half or more of the regularly scheduled workdays and holidays in a pay period. Sick leave is earned at the rate of 8 hours per month for regular full-time employees. The rate for regular part-time employees is computed as a percentage of total amounts provided to full-time employees.
In addition, vacation leave in excess of 240 hours on December 31 of each year is converted to sick leave.
Advancement – The College may advance sick leave not to exceed the amount an employee can accumulate during the employee’s current contract. If an employee requires time away from work that is not covered by available sick leave or other paid leave, the unpaid leave taken will be reconciled and the employee’s paycheck reduced accordingly on a pro rata basis or as otherwise required under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Should an employee leave the College’s employment for any reason, sick leave will be prorated on a monthly basis and any sick leave used in excess of what the employee actually earned will be deducted from his/her paycheck.
NOTICE: If an employee’s need for sick leave is foreseeable, the employee must provide his or her supervisor with at least five-(5) business days advance notice of the reason for the leave before the leave is to begin. If five (5) business days’ notice is not practicable because of a change in circumstances or a medical emergency, notice may be provided as soon as practicable (normally within one (1) or two (2) business days of learning of the need for sick leave). The employee must make this notification personally unless physically or mentally incapable, and in this instance, the employee’s representative must make the notice in a timely manner.
If an employee’s need for sick leave is not foreseeable, notification must be made to the employee’s supervisor of the reason for his or her absence as early as possible (and in any event, not later than thirty (30) minutes before the beginning of the scheduled workday). The employee must make this notification personally unless physically or mentally incapable, and in this instance, the notice must be made by the employee’s representative in a timely manner.
Verification – To avoid the abuse of sick leave privileges and in instances where an employee may have a demonstrated pattern of frequent absences, the College may require a medical certification/note from a medical doctor or other acceptable proof that confirms the employee was unable to work due to personal illness, family illness or death in the family. The verification requirement is at the discretion of the supervisor in consultation with Human Resources.
For any absence of three (3) or more consecutive workdays, the employee may be asked to obtain and present a Certification of Health Care Provider or other acceptable medical certification from his or her health care provider or the health care provider of his or her immediate family member attesting to the illness, injury, or medical condition for which sick leave is being taken. For any absence of ten (10) or more consecutive workdays due to an illness, injury, or medical condition for which leave may be taken under this policy, an employee is required without further notice to obtain and present the appropriate medical certification. Presentation of a medical certification by the employee, if required pursuant to this policy, is a condition to the employee’s leave being authorized.
Return to Work Certification – The College may require a return to work certification from his or her health care provider before being allowed to return to work following a personal illness, injury, or medical condition for which sick leave is taken. If a return to work certification is required, it must be provided to the College prior to and as a condition of the employee’s restoration to employment.
Use of Sick Leave – Sick leave may be used for illness or injury which prevents an employee from performing usual duties, including the actual period of temporary disability connected with pregnancy or recovery there from. Sick leave may not be used for purposes other than prescribed by this policy.
Sick leave may also be requested for:
- Medical appointments
- Illness of a member of the employee’s immediate family (For this purpose, immediate family includes a spouse, parent, son or daughter, as defined in the College’s Family and Medical Leave Policy, and also includes step relationships. Sick leave may also be taken for the illness of other dependents living in the employee’s household).
- Death of an employee’s immediate family member (For this purpose, immediate family is defined as spouse, parents, children, brother, sister, grandparents, and grandchildren. Also included are the step, half, and in-law relationships).
Sick Leave Transferable – Unused sick leave may be transferred when an employee transfers to a public school, community college, or other North Carolina governmental agency if the head of the employing agency or school administrative unit is willing to accept it. Sick leave transferred to CFCC cannot have been granted at a higher amount than is allowed for CFCC employees.
Separation – Sick leave is not allowable in terminal leave payments when an employee separates from State service. It may be exhausted prior to participation in the Disability Income Plan.
Leave Charges – Sick leave shall be taken and charged in units of time appropriate and consistent with the responsibility of managing absences in keeping with operational needs. Sick leave will be deducted in full hour units, i.e., a full hour for any part of an hour overdrawn.
Eight (8) hours of sick leave must be deducted for each full-time day missed by any full-time regular or time-limited full-time employee. Part-time regular employees must deduct the number of hours they were scheduled to work on the day(s) missed.
Faculty is charged sick leave using the following formula:
hours absent x 8 hours = hours charged (rounded to the nearest whole hour)
scheduled work hours
1 hour absent x 8 hours = 2 hours charged
4 hours scheduled
2 hours absent x 8 hours = 3 hours charged
6 hours scheduled
absent full day x 8 hours = 8 hours charged
5 hours scheduled
Department Chairs will be responsible to ensure the proper sick leave hours are reported in accordance with this policy.
Reinstatement of Sick Leave – Sick leave shall be reinstated when an employee returns from authorized leave without pay or when reinstated within five years from any type of separation.
Sick leave may be reinstated when an employee accepts College employment within five years after separating from governmental employment in North Carolina.
Retirement Credits – One month of credit is allowed for each 20 days, or any portion thereof, of sick leave to an employee’s credit upon retirement, but not to exceed 12 days for each year of retirement membership.
Unused sick leave is considered creditable service in the NC Retirement System. Therefore, upon notification of retirement, employees are asked to limit use of any sick leave to only extenuating circumstances. The unused sick leave balance is a component of the calculation for an employees’ final retirement benefit.
When Sick Leave is Exhausted – Once sick leave has been exhausted, an employee must use earned vacation leave for any absence due to an illness, injury, or medical condition covered by this policy. Any additional days away from work after sick leave and earned vacation leave have been exhausted will be without pay. Eligible employees shall be granted leave in accordance with the Family and Medical Leave Policy for a period of up to 12 workweeks, regardless of whether sick leave and vacation leave are available. Additional leave without pay up to one year may be granted by the President for the remaining period of disability after the 12-week period. During FMLA periods only FMLA days covered by a medical certification are eligible for paid sick or shared sick leave. Vacation leave, if available, can be used for FMLA days not covered by medical certification.
Leave Records – The College will maintain annual records for sick leave for each employee. The College will notify employees of leave balances at least once each year.
Purpose and Uses – The primary purpose of paid vacation is to allow and encourage employees to renew their physical and mental capabilities and to remain a full productive employee. Employees are encouraged to request leave during each year in order to achieve this purpose. Vacation leave requests must be submitted to the supervisor for approval in advance of taking vacation leave. Vacation leave requests should be submitted to the supervisor in a timely manner to ensure adequate time for review of the request and necessary planning for work to be completed during the period of employee’s vacation leave. The approval of vacation leave requests are at the discretion of the supervisor, division head, or the President.
Vacation leave may also be requested for other periods of absence for personal reasons, for absences due to adverse weather conditions when the school is not closed, and for personal illness or illnesses in the employee’s immediate family in lieu of sick leave.
Time lost for late reporting may be charged to the vacation leave account. Deductions may be made from a non-exempt employee’s pay where excessive tardiness or absenteeism occurs. Any time not covered by paid leave will require an employee to provide a written explanation and request for leave without pay to the President for approval.
Scheduling Leave – Vacation leave shall be taken only upon authorization by the employee’s supervisor, division head, or the President. The College will try to consider employees’ preferences and work out schedules, bearing in mind individual and College needs.
Leave Credits – Vacation leave credits are provided under the terms and conditions of this policy for a regular full-time, time-limited full-time, or regular part-time (half-time or over) employee who is in pay status for one-half or more of the regularly scheduled workdays and holidays in a pay period. The rate is based on length of total State service. Leave for regular part-time employees shall be computed as a percentage of total amounts provided to a regular full-time employee.
|Total Years of
|Less than 5||9.34||14|
|5 but less than 10||11.34||17|
|10 but less than 15||13.34||20|
|15 but less than 20||15.34||23|
|20 years or more||17.34||26|
Accounting for Creditable Service – The College is responsible for informing each employee of the types of prior service, which are eligible to be counted as total State service. If the employee fails to produce evidence of prior service at the time of employment and later produces such evidence, it creates a cumbersome, time-consuming process to adjust leave records. When this occurs, credit will be allowed for the service and the earnings rate will be adjusted; however, retroactive adjustments will only be allowed for the previous twelve months preceding employment at CFCC. Adjustments will not be decreased when the College fails to properly determine prior service once an employee has provided appropriate documentation.
Maximum Accumulation – Leave may be accumulated without any applicable maximum until December 31 of each calendar year. On December 31 of each calendar year any employee with more than 240 hours of accumulated leave shall have the excess accumulation converted to sick leave so that only 240 hours are carried forward to January 1 of the next calendar year. Excess annual leave cannot be converted to sick leave for individuals who leave the College at any time other than at the close of the leave year. Accumulation for regular part-time employees will be pro-rated based on the amount of time worked.
Advancement – Upon request, the President may advance annual leave not to exceed the amount the employee would earn during the remainder of the employee’s current contract. If an employee requires time away from work that is not covered by available vacation leave or other paid leave, the unpaid leave taken will be reconciled and the employee’s paycheck reduced accordingly on a pro rata basis or as otherwise required under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Should an employee leave the College’s employment for any reason, vacation leave will be prorated on a monthly basis and any vacation leave used in excess of what any employee actually has earned will be deducted from his or her final paycheck. Vacation leave will be deducted in full hour units, i.e., a full hour for any part of any hour overdrawn.
Leave Charges – As a rule, leave should be used and charged in increments of one or more hours. However, leave to be paid as terminal leave and leave to be exhausted before disability retirement or leave without pay shall be in units of one hour.
Leave Transferable – Unused leave may be transferred when an employee transfers to another North Carolina governmental agency if accepted by that employing agency. The College does not accept annual leave from any other jurisdiction.
If no leave is transferred, the employee leaving College service will be paid in a lump sum for accumulated leave not to exceed 240 hours (prorated for part-time employees). If the North Carolina governmental agency accepts a part of the leave, the combination of the amount transferred and paid for shall not exceed 240 hours (prorated for part-time employee).
Options During Leave Without Pay – An employee going on leave without pay may exhaust vacation leave or may retain part or all accumulated leave until the employee returns, the only exceptions being:
- If an employee has accumulated vacation leave, all leave must be exhausted before going on leave without pay for vacation purposes; or,
- If an employee requests leave for other personal reasons for a period not to exceed 10 workdays, vacation leave must be used if available; however, if the leave is for a period longer than 10 workdays, the employee may choose to use vacation leave or retain it for future use. Options for use of vacation leave under the Workers’ Compensation Policy, Family and Medical Leave Policy, and Military Leave Policy are included in these respective policies. If leave without pay extends through December 31 of a calendar year, any leave accumulation above 240 hours (prorated for part-time employees) shall be converted to sick leave.
When on paid vacation an employee continues to accumulate leave, is eligible to take sick leave, is entitled to holidays and is eligible for salary increases during that period.
Separation – Lump sum payment for vacation leave is made only at the time of separation. An employee shall be paid in a lump sum for accumulated vacation leave not to exceed a maximum of 240 hours (prorated for part-time employees) when separated from CFCC service due to resignation, dismissal, non-reappointment, reduction in force, or death. An employee is not entitled to any scheduled holiday occurring after the last day of work, except when the last day of the month is a holiday and the employee is in pay status through the last available workday. The employee ceases to accumulate leave and ceases to be entitled to take sick leave. The last day of work is the date of separation.
Employees separating from the College due to service retirement or early retirement may elect to exhaust vacation leave after the last day of work but prior to the effective day of retirement. All benefits accrue while leave is being exhausted. If vacation leave is exhausted, the last day of leave is the date of separation; and any unused leave not exhausted must be paid in a lump sum not to exceed 240 hours. If vacation leave is not utilized, the last day of work is the date of separation.
The College awards compensatory time off in lieu of payment for overtime to non-exempt employees at the rate of one and one half hours for each hour beyond regularly assigned 40 weekly work hours. If overtime occurs on weekends or holidays, the ratio moves to two to one. Supervisors should make every effort to avoid situations that require a non-exempt employee to exceed the 40-hour workweek. In no case is a non-exempt employee to schedule himself/herself for overtime work.
Compensatory leave is earned only after a non-exempt employee has worked 40 hours during the workweek. Use of vacation, bonus, sick leave, furloughs, compensatory leave, holidays, inclement weather days or use of any other leave plan are not considered as time worked and are therefore not included in the computation of compensatory leave. The maximum amount of compensatory leave that may be accrued by an employee is 60 hours, which is the number of hours of compensatory time earned for 40 hours of overtime, unless the employee’s vice-president authorizes additional hours. It is the employee’s responsibility to take compensatory leave as soon as possible after it has been earned.
Scheduling of Compensatory Leave
Employees should make every effort to take all compensatory time before the end of the pay period in which overtime is worked. When the overtime occurs late in the pay period, compensatory time must be taken within the next pay period.
To schedule compensatory leave, an employee must make a written request to his or her supervisor. The employee’s request will be granted within a reasonable time provided that the employee’s absence will not unduly disrupt the College’s operations or impose an unreasonable burden on the College’s ability to provide services of acceptable quality and quantity for students and other recipients of its services during the requested absence period.
The determination of what constitutes a reasonable time within which to grant an employee’s request for compensatory leave will be based on customary work practices of the College and the facts and circumstances surrounding the employee’s request for compensatory time. In addition to other relevant factors, the College may consider the following:
- Whether the employee’s absence will interfere unreasonably with the College’s normal work schedule;
- Whether the employee’s requested absence period coincides with the College’s anticipated peak workloads based on past experience;
- Whether the employee’s requested absence period will occur while the College is experiencing emergency needs for staff or services; and,
- Whether qualified substitute staff is available to perform the employee’s work during his/her requested absence.
Payment in Lieu of Compensatory Time
Employees subject to this policy will not be entitled to cash payment in lieu of compensatory time, except as may be determined in the College’s sole discretion on a case-by-case basis or under the following circumstances:
- Employees will be paid for all overtime hours worked to the extent that such hours exceed the maximum of 60 hours of compensatory time that may be accrued under this policy.
- An employee who has any accrued, unused compensatory time when he or she separates from employment with the College will be paid for the compensatory time at a rate not less than the average regular rate received by the employee during the three years immediately preceding his or her separation or the regular rate received by the employee at the time of his or her separation, whichever is greater.
Ship Personnel Who Qualify as Seamen
Ship personnel who are “seamen,” within the meaning of the FLSA, are exempt from overtime compensation. The College is not obligated to provide them with compensatory time for any workweek in which they work more than 40 hours. However, the College currently provides employees who are seamen with compensatory time in the amount of one hour for each hour over 40 within a workweek. Compensatory time for seamen is administered in the same manner as for non-exempt employees, except that it is earned at a different rate and will not be paid out upon an employee’s separation from employment for any reason. The College reserves the right to limit the availability of compensatory time for exempt ship personnel at any time if, in its discretion, the College determines that the additional time away from work creates a conflict with the College’s operational requirements.
Faculty members are allowed to take two personal leave days per year for personal business or circumstances that cannot be attended to outside the normal working day. Personal leave may not be used for purposes, which would normally be considered vacation or sick leave.
Twelve-month faculty may use their personal leave days anytime, and can be consecutive.
The personal leave day request must be made on the Leave Request Form and be submitted to the employee’s immediate supervisor for approval at least two days in advance of the date the leave is to be used. A verbal request will be considered if an employee is unable to make the request in advance; however, the approved verbal request must be submitted on the Leave Request form to the supervisor for formal approval upon return to work.
Parent involvement is an essential component of school success and positive student outcomes. Therefore, Cape Fear Community College will grant four hours per year for school leave to any faculty or staff member who is a parent, guardian, or person standing in loco parentis of a school-aged child so that the employee may attend or otherwise be involved at that child’s school. However, any leave under this section is subject to the following conditions:
- The school leave shall be scheduled at a mutually agreed upon time between Supervisor and employee.
- The employee will be required to provide the supervisor with a written request for the leave, preferably one week prior, and at least 48 hours in advance of to the time desired for the leave.
- The employee will be required to provide the supervisor with a written verification from the child’s school that they attended and were involved at that school during the time of the leave.For the purpose of this section, “school” means any (i) public school, (ii) private church school, church of religious charter, or nonpublic school described in Parts 1 and 2 of Article 39 of Chapter 115C of the General Statutes that regularly provides a course of grade school instruction, (iii) preschool, and (iv) child care facility as defined in G.S. 110-86(3).
CFCC will not discharge, demote, or otherwise take an adverse employment action against an employee who requests or takes leave under this section. Nothing in this section shall require CFCC to pay an employee for leave taken under this section. Employees who are authorized to take school leave may apply vacation leave toward their school leave absence to the extent permitted upon the College’s policy on vacation leave. Faculty members who are authorized to take school leave may apply personal leave toward their school leave absence to the extent permitted under the College’s policy on school leave. Time away from work for school leave otherwise will be without pay.
Any full-time employee may be granted permission to take educational leave with pay under the provision of the State Board of Community Colleges. Educational leave as defined in this regulation refers to release from the employee’s normal duties or assigned responsibilities. State funds may be used to pay salaries of personnel while on educational leave provided all of the following conditions are met:
- Employees desiring educational leave should submit a request in writing to the appropriate senior level administrator who in turn will evaluate such requests for recommendation to the President. Only the President and the Trustees of the College can approve the educational leave requested.
- The employee is a regular full-time employee who is employed on a nine, ten, eleven, or twelve-month basis and is under contract for the year following the educational leave. Normally the employee must have completed five years of employment with the College to be eligible for such leave. Exceptions to the five-year prerequisite may be recommended by the President when it is in the best interest of the College to do so. An employee must have completed five additional years of employment to be eligible for subsequent educational leave.
- Educational leave is contingent upon availability of other personnel to cover the employee’s duties.
- The educational leave with pay will not exceed a period of one semester per calendar year.
- The studies engaged in during such educational leave are directly related to improving the competence of the employee.
- In the event the employee fails to complete the employment contract for the year following educational leave, the employee will REFUND to the College all salary paid by the College during the period of the educational leave, or pro-rated amount if the employee fulfills a portion of the contract.
- Administrative personnel taking educational leave must do so at the convenience of the College and their particular job responsibilities. Usually no more than three (3) members of the instructional staff will be granted educational leave in any one semester.
- Professional development funds to cover tuition or books will not be granted for use while an employee is on educational leave.
Leave with pay shall be granted to members of Reserve Components of the U.S. Armed Forces for certain periods of active duty training and to members of the State Militia (National Guard) for State military duty as promulgated pursuant to North Carolina General Statute 127A-116 and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994.
Leave shall be granted to employees of the college for certain periods of service in the uniformed services. No agent or employee of the college shall discriminate against any employee of the college or applicant for employment at the college because of their membership, application for membership, performance of service, application for service or obligation for service in Uniformed Services. During a period of reserve active duty, the employee will continue to accumulate sick and vacation leave. If the employee does not return to State employment, vacation leave earned while on reserve duty will be paid in accordance with the Vacation Leave Policy.
An employee shall be granted necessary time off when the employee must undergo a required physical examination relating to military service. For additional information contact the Human Resources office.
When ordered to State or Federal active duty, or as an intermittent disaster-response appointee upon activation of the National Disaster Medical System, the following shall apply for each period of involuntary service:
- Members shall receive up to thirty (30) calendar days of pay based on the employee’s current annual State salary.
- After the thirty-day period, members shall receive differential pay for any period of involuntary service. This pay shall be the difference between military basic pay and the employee’s annual State salary, if military pay is the lesser.
- For periods eligible for military leave with differential pay, the activated State employee is required to provide a copy of their Leave and Earnings Statement or similar document covering the period eligible for differential pay.
When on State Duty, the State continues to pay for health coverage for members for the National Guard. When on Federal active duty, the State will pay for coverage in the State Health Plan for at least 30 days from the date of active service pursuant to the orders. Partial premiums are not accepted; therefore, if a full premium is paid to cover a partial month, coverage will also continue to the end of that month. After that, the employee may choose to continue coverage in the State Health Plan by paying the full premium. If the employee chooses to exhaust vacation leave, the State also pays for coverage while exhausting leave.
Jury Duty – An employee who serves on a jury is entitled to leave with pay and regular compensation plus fees received for jury duty. The employee should report back to work as soon as jury duty is completed. He/she must report back to work the day following completion of the duty. If jury duty occurs on a scheduled day off, he/she is not entitled to additional time off.
Court Attendance – (a) When an employee attends court in connection with official duties, no leave is required. Fees received as a witness while serving in an official capacity shall be turned in to the College. (If court is on a day that would normally be an off day, the time is to be considered as working time and included in the total hours worked per week). (b) When an employee is subpoenaed or directed by proper authority to appear as a witness, civil leave with pay shall be granted. Any fees received shall be turned in to the College. The employee may use vacation leave rather than take civil leave with pay in which case any fees received may be retained. (This is not considered as work time).
Leave provided under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is available to all eligible employees at CFCC. To be eligible for FMLA leave under this policy, an employee must: (A) have worked for the College for at least 12 months, which need not be consecutive months; (B) have been employed for at least 1,250 hours of service during the 12-month period prior to the commencement of FMLA leave; and, (C) be employed at a worksite where 50 or more associates are employed by the College within 75 miles of that worksite.
If an employee is not eligible to receive FMLA leave from the College, any leave taken for medical or other reasons will need to be taken only as permitted by our other leave policies.
Reasons for Taking Leave
If an employee is eligible for FMLA leave, the employee is permitted to take up to 12 weeks of FMLA leave during a calendar year, except that 26 weeks of leave is available for servicemember family leave described in the servicemember Family Leave Section below. A year is defined as a “rolling” 12 month period measured backward from the date a faculty/staff member uses any FMLA leave. FMLA leave is without pay unless otherwise provided by our other policies, such as vacation leave, sick leave, or workers’ compensation.
Leave may be taken: (1) for the birth of a child, and to care for the newborn child; (2) for the placement of a child for adoption or foster care, and to care for the newly placed child; (3) to care for a spouse, child, or parent (but not a parent “in law”) with a serious health condition; (4) due to an employee’s own serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform one or more of the essential functions of the employee’s job; or (5) because of any “qualifying exigency” described in the “Definitions” section, which includes short-notice deployment, military events and related activities, childcare and school activities, financial and legal arrangements, counseling, rest and recuperation, post-deployment activities, and any additional activities to which the College consents arising out of the fact that the spouse, or a son, daughter, or parent of the eligible employee is on covered active duty (or has been notified of an impending call or order to covered active duty) in the Armed Forces.
An employee’s FMLA leave for the birth or placement of a child must conclude within 12
months of the birth or placement.
Servicemember Family Leave
In addition, and subject to the certification provisions set forth below, an eligible employee who is the spouse, son, daughter, parent, or next of kin of a covered servicemember shall be entitled to take up to 26 workweeks of leave during a “single 12 month period,” defined as the period beginning on the first day the eligible employee takes FMLA leave to care for the covered servicemember and ending 12-months after that date, regardless of the method used by the College to determine the employee’s 12 workweeks of leave entitlement for other FMLA-qualifying reasons. If an eligible employee does not take all of his or her 26 workweeks of leave entitlement to care for a covered servicemember during this “single 12-month period,” the remaining part of his or her 26 workweeks of leave entitlement to care for the covered servicemember is forfeited. Leave entitlement to care for a covered servicemember shall be applied on a per covered servicemember, per injury basis. The eligible employee may be entitled to take more than one period of 26 workweeks of leave if the leave is to care for different covered servicemembers or to care for the same servicemember with a subsequent serious injury or illness, except that no more than 26 workweeks leave may be taken within any single 12-month period.
During the single 12-month period described in the immediately preceding paragraph, an eligible employee shall be entitled to a combined total of 26 workweeks of Servicemember Family Leave and leave under paragraphs (1), (2), (3), (4) or (5) in the “Reasons for Taking Leave” Section. Nothing in this paragraph shall be construed to limit the availability of leave under paragraphs (1), (2), (3), (4) and (5) during any other 12-month period.
The term “serious health condition” that qualifies an employee for FMLA leave is an illness, injury, impairment, physical or mental condition that involves:
- inpatient care (i.e. an overnight stay) in a hospital, hospice, or residential medical care facility, and any period of incapacity or any subsequent treatment in connection with such inpatient care; or
- any period of incapacity (inability to work, attend school, or perform regular daily activities due to the serious health condition) of more than three (3) consecutive calendar days involving two (2) or more occasions of treatment, or one (1) occasion of treatment with a continued regimen of treatment, by or under the supervision of a health care provider; provided in all such cases the first visit to a health care provider must occur within seven (7) days of incapacity, and if it is an incapacity involving two (2) or more occasions of treatment, the second must occur within thirty (30) days of the first day of incapacity; or
- any period of incapacity due to pregnancy or prenatal care; or
- any period of incapacity or treatment due to a chronic, serious health condition, by or under the supervision of a health care provider, involving two (2) or more visits to a health care provider per year; or
- a period of incapacity which is permanent or long‑term due to a condition of which treatment may be ineffective and that involves supervision of a health care provider; or
- any period of absence to receive multiple treatments by a health care provider either for restorative surgery after an accident or other injury, or for a condition that would likely result in a period of incapacity of more than three (3) consecutive calendar days in the absence of medical intervention or treatment, such as most forms of cancer, heart attacks, conditions requiring surgery, strokes, severe arthritis, or back conditions requiring extensive therapy or surgery.
Non-serious health conditions not covered by the FMLA: In the absence of complications or a required inpatient hospitalization, the common cold, flu, earaches, upset stomachs, minor ulcers, headaches (other than migraines), routine dental or orthodontia problems, periodontal disease, and cosmetic treatments are not serious health conditions for the purposes of FMLA.
The term “covered active duty” means any deployment of an Armed Service member to a foreign country under a call or order to active duty.
The term “covered servicemember” means a current member or veteran of the Armed Forces, including a member or veteran of the National Guard or Reserves, who is undergoing medical treatment, recuperation, or therapy, is otherwise in outpatient status, or is otherwise on the temporary disability retired list, for a serious injury or illness incurred in the line of duty; provided that, in the case of veterans, the medical treatment triggering the need for leave occurs within five years of the veteran departing the Armed Forces. For the purposes of this definition, a serious injury or illness incurred in the line of duty includes the aggravation by a current member of the Armed Forces or existing or preexisting injuries. Furthermore, for the purposes of this definition, a serious injury or illness incurred in the line of duty by a veteran may manifest itself before or after the Armed forces member became a veteran.
The term “outpatient status,” with respect to a covered servicemember, means the status of a member of the Armed Forces assigned to:
- a military medical treatment facility as an outpatient; or
- a unit established for the purpose of providing command and control of members of the Armed Forces receiving medical care as outpatients.
The term “next of kin of covered servicemember” means the nearest blood relative other than the covered servicemember’s spouse, parent, son, or daughter, in the following order of priority: blood relatives who have been granted legal custody of the covered servicemember by court decree or statutory provisions, brothers and sisters, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and first cousins, unless the covered servicemember has specifically designated in writing another blood relative as his or her nearest blood relative for purpose of military caregiver leave under the FMLA. When no such designation is made, and there are multiple family members with the same level of relationship to the covered servicemember, all such family members shall be considered the covered servicemember’s next of kin and may take FMLA leave to provide care to the covered servicemember, either consecutively or simultaneously. When such designation has been made, the designated individual shall be deemed to be the covered servicemember’s only next of kin.
The term “parent of a covered servicemember” means a covered servicemember’s biological, adoptive, step or foster father or mother, or any other individual who stood in loco parentis to the covered servicemember. This term does not include parents “in law.”
The term “son or daughter“ means a biological, adopted, or foster child, a stepchild, a legal ward, or a child of a person standing in loco parentis, who is either under age 18, or age 18 or older and “incapable of self‑care because of a mental or physical disability” at the time that FMLA leave is to commence.
The term “son or daughter of a covered servicemember” means a covered servicemember’s biological, adopted, or foster child, stepchild, legal ward, or a child for whom the covered servicemember stood in loco parentis, and who is of any age.
The term “son or daughter on covered active duty or call to covered active duty status” means the employee’s biological, adopted, or foster child, stepchild, legal ward, or a child for whom the associate stood in loco parentis, who is in the Armed Forces on active duty or called to active duty status, and who is of any age.
The term “covered family member” means a spouse, children, parents, grandparents, parents-in-law and step children who reside with the employee for more than six (6) months in each year.
The terms “covered military member” means the employee’s, spouse, son, daughter, or parent on covered active duty or call to covered active duty status.
The term “qualifying exigency” includes:
- Short‑notice deployment;
- Military events and related activities;
- Childcare and school activities;
- Financial and legal arrangements;
- Rest and recuperation;
- Post‑deployment activities; and,
- Additional activities, including events which arise out of the covered military member’s covered active duty or called to covered active duty status, provided that the College and employee agree that such leave shall qualify as an exigency and agree to both the timing and duration of such leave.
The term “serious injury or illness,” in the case of a member of the Armed Forces, including a member of the National Guard or Reserves, means an injury or illness incurred by the member in line of duty on covered active duty in the Armed Forces that may render the member medically unfit to perform the duties of the member’s office, grade, rank, or rating.
Employees Who Are Married to Each Other
The combined total FMLA leave of employees of the College who are married to each other may not exceed 12 weeks during the applicable 12-month period if the leave is taken for the birth of a child or to care for the child after birth; for placement of a child for adoption or foster care or to care for the child after placement; or to care for a child with a serious health condition. This limitation does not prohibit either employee from taking additional FMLA leave for which he or she may be eligible, such as leave to care for a parent with a serious health condition or because of a serious health condition of the employee.
The aggregate number of workweeks of servicemember Family Leave to which both a husband and wife may be entitled shall be limited to 26 workweeks during the single 12‑month period if the leave is:
- Servicemember Family Leave; or
- a combination of servicemember Family Leave and leave described in paragraphs (1), (2), (3), (4) or (5) of the “Reasons for Taking Leave” Section above.
FMLA leave may be taken intermittently or on a reduced leave schedule when medically necessary to care for a family member with a serious health condition or because of an employee’s own serious health condition or for servicemember Family Leave; or for Qualifying Exigency Leave. If an employee requires or is permitted to take intermittent leave or leave on a reduced schedule, the employee must try to schedule his or her leave so as not to disrupt the College’s operations. We may require the employee to transfer temporarily to an available alternative position (including a part-time position) for which the employee is qualified and which better accommodates recurring periods of leave than the employee’s regular position.
Designation of FMLA Leave
Leave taken for any purpose by an employee who is eligible for FMLA leave will be designated by the College as FMLA leave, even if the employee has not specifically requested FMLA leave. FMLA leave will run concurrently with any paid leave and will be substituted for FMLA leave, in which case the employee must abide by our policies for the taking of paid leave.
If an employee’s need for FMLA leave is foreseeable, the employee must provide the College with at least 30 days’ advance notice before the FMLA leave is to begin. If 30 days advance notice is not practicable, for example because the employee does not know when the leave will be required to begin, or in the case of changed circumstances or a medical emergency, notice must be given as soon as practicable. It should be practicable for the employee to provide notice either the same day as the need arises or the next business day, but the determination in such cases will take into account the individual facts and circumstances of the case. Notice should be provided by the employee personally, or by the employee’s spouse, an adult family member, or another responsible person, if the employee is unable to provide notice personally. Notice must be received by the Human Resources office in writing.
When the need for leave is not foreseeable, the employee, or the employee’s spouse, an adult family member, or another responsible person, if the employee is unable to provide notice personally, must provide notice as soon as practicable under the facts and circumstances of the particular case. In such cases, the employee should notify his or her supervisor or the Chief Human Resources Officer in writing far in advance of the anticipated leave date as practicable, normally, within two (2) business days of when the need for the leave becomes known to the employee.
The above two types of notice provisions apply in the case of a Qualified Exigency Leave and leave required to care for a covered servicemember with a serious injury or illness.
Supervisors who receive notice from an employee that he or she needs leave that may qualify as FMLA leave are expected to contact the Chief Human Resources Officer immediately, so that a determination as to the employee’s FMLA eligibility and the conditions of the employee’s leave may be made. Copies of all leave requests and medical certifications should be forwarded to the Chief Human Resources Officer.
When planning medical treatment for which FMLA leave will be necessary, you should consult with your supervisor and make every reasonable effort to schedule your leave so as not to disrupt the operations of the College. This ordinarily should occur prior to scheduling treatment so that a treatment schedule which best suits the needs of both you and the College may be worked out. Employees who are out on FMLA leave are expected to report periodically to their supervisor on their status and intent to return to work.
Compensation and Benefits
When an employee takes FMLA leave, he or she is required to apply any available vacation leave toward that employee’s FMLA absence, if the reason for the FMLA leave is a reason for which short‑term disability, long‑term disability, or vacation leave may be taken under the College’s leave policies. Sick leave, vacation, and vacation leave will not be applied toward FMLA leave if the employee is receiving long or short‑term disability or workers’ compensation. Any FMLA leave that is not covered by long or short‑term disability, workers’ compensation, vacation leave will be without pay.
The College will continue providing group health insurance coverage and will continue paying its share of an employee’s group health insurance premiums while the employee is out on FMLA leave (whether paid or unpaid), on the same conditions as the coverage provided by the College at the time the employee’s leave begins, subject to any changes in the plan that take place during the leave. During FMLA leave, the employee is responsible for his or her share of the group health insurance premium. This amount will be deducted from the employee’s paycheck as directed by the employee during any period of paid leave, but must be paid by him or her to the College at the time it normally would be deducted from the employee’s paycheck or as otherwise agreed between the employee and the College during any period of unpaid leave.
If the premium payment for the employee’s share is more than 30 days late, the College may cease maintaining health insurance coverage (after providing 15 days written notice that payment has not been received), or may pay the employee’s share and recover the amount paid from the employee. If the 15-day notice is provided and the employee fails to pay the employee’s share of the premium prior to the specified date on which coverage will be dropped, the employee’s health insurance may be terminated as of the end of the 30-day grace period. If an employee is unable to pay his or her portion of the group health insurance premium during FMLA leave, the College may in its sole discretion agree to pay the amounts owed by an employee to avoid a lapse of coverage. The employee will be required to reimburse the College for any premiums paid on his or her behalf, whether or not an acknowledgment is signed or submitted, and whether or not the employee returns to work.
Initial Certification. At or soon after the time an employee indicates a need for FMLA leave, the College will require the employee to furnish complete and sufficient medical certification from that employee’s health care provider, or the health care provider of the employee’s family member, or the health care provider of the employee’s covered servicemember, as applicable, by completing and submitting a Certification of Health Care Provider form provided by the College or certification in another form acceptable to the College, attesting to the nature of the serious health condition, probable length of treatment, and reasons the employee is required to care for his or her family member.
In the case of leave being taken to care for a covered servicemember, the employee must obtain complete and sufficient medical certification completed by an authorized health care provider of the covered servicemember. The following healthcare providers may complete such a certification: a United States Department of Defense (“DOD”) heath care provider, a United States Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) health care provider, a DOD TRICARE network authorized private healthcare provider, or a DOD non-network TRICARE authorized healthcare provider.
In cases of an employee’s own serious health condition or the serious health condition of a family member, an appropriate member of the College’s Human Resources department (but not the employee’s direct supervisor) may contact the health care provider for purposes of clarification and authentication of any medical certification (or recertification) after the employee who has been given reasonable opportunity to cure any deficiencies fails to do so.
Failure to provide complete and sufficient medical certification may result in a delay of FMLA leave. The College reserves the right to request a second or third medical opinion at its expense. The College will reimburse the employee for reasonable out-of-pocket travel expenses incurred in connection with obtaining a second or third medical opinion. Documentation of these expenses (receipts, mileage information, etc.) should be provided to the Chief Human Resources Officer.
Recertification. The College may require an employee to provide complete and sufficient medical recertifications every thirty (30) days unless the duration of the condition is projected to be longer than 30 days, in which case recertification may be required when the minimum duration expires. The College reserves the right to request complete and sufficient recertification in less than 30 days if the employee requests an extension of leave; or if the circumstances described by the previous certification have changed significantly; or when we receive information that casts doubt upon the employee’s stated reason for the absence or the continuing validity of the certification. In any event, the College may request complete and sufficient recertification every six (6) months.
Return to Work Certification. As a condition of returning to work after FMLA leave that was due to an employee’s own serious health condition, the College will require the employee to obtain and present a complete and sufficient return to work certification from the employee’s health care provider indicating that the employee is capable of returning to work and performing the essential functions of his or her position, with or without reasonable accommodation. Costs associated with any return to work certification will be at the employee’s expense and the employee is not entitled to be paid for the time or travel costs spent in acquiring such certification.
Certification for Leave Due to Covered Active Duty or Call to Covered Active Duty of Covered Military Member. In the case of “qualified exigency leave” arising out of a covered active duty or call to covered active duty status of a “covered military member” defined in the Definitions Section above, an employee must supply a copy of the covered military member’s covered active duty orders or other documentation issued by the military indicating that the covered military member is on covered active duty or has been called to covered active duty status, and the dates of the covered military member’s covered active duty service. This information need only be provided once. A copy of new covered active duty orders or other documentation issued by the military shall be provided if the need for leave because of a qualifying exigency arises out of a different covered active duty or call to covered active duty of the same or a different covered military member. In every case, the employee must provide a complete and sufficient certification.
Certification for Leave Due to Other Qualifying Exigencies. For “qualifying exigency” leave defined in the Definitions Section of the Handbook other than a covered active duty or call to covered active duty status, the employee must provide the College with a complete and sufficient certification in the form of a signed written statement or description of the appropriate facts regarding the qualifying exigency for which FMLA leave is requested, supported by any available written documentation. The facts provided must be sufficient to support the requested leave. In addition to the facts and supporting documentation, a complete and sufficient certification must contain the approximate date on which the qualifying exigency has commenced or will commence and, if the leave requested is because of a qualifying exigency over a single, continuous period of time, the beginning and end dates of such absence. If the leave requested is because of a qualifying exigency which will occur on an intermittent or reduced schedule basis, an estimate of the frequency and duration of the qualifying exigency must be provided. If the qualifying exigency involves a meeting with a third party, the employee must include in the written statement the appropriate contact information for the individual or entity with whom the employee is meeting and a brief description of the purpose of the meeting, which the College, at its sole discretion, may choose to verify.
Failure to Return from Leave (or returns, but fails to stay 30 calendar days). In the event that a faculty/staff member elects not to return to work, or returns but fails to stay at least 30 calendar days upon completion of an approved paid and/or unpaid leave of absence, CFCC may recover the cost of any payments made to maintain the employee’s benefit coverage, unless the failure to return to work is due to the continuation, recurrence, or onset of a new serious health condition that would entitle the employee to leave under the FMLA or was for reasons beyond the faculty/staff member’s control. Decisions to remain with a family member who no longer requires the employee’s care or to remain at home following the birth or placement for adoption or foster care of a child who does not have a serious health condition will not be considered as a reason beyond the employee’s control.
It is expected that, following an FMLA absence, the employee will return to work. As a general rule, when an employee returns to work following FMLA leave, the employee will be restored to the same position that the employee held prior to the beginning of leave, or to an equivalent position with equivalent benefits, pay, and other terms and conditions of employment. The continuation of benefits upon the employee’s return from FMLA leave will be subject to any plan changes in benefits that may have taken place during the period of FMLA leave.
Questions and Employer’s Response to Request for FMLA Leave
Employees are encouraged to direct any questions about their rights under FMLA to Human Resources. Upon request, a Human Resources representative will provide an employee with the publication, Notice of Your Rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act. An employee shall be informed of the College’s decision on requested FMLA leave within five (5) business days of his or her request and submission of complete and sufficient medical certification when required under this policy.
- In cases of a prolonged medical condition a regular full-time, time-limited full-time, or regular part-time employee may apply for or be nominated to become a recipient of leave transferred from the vacation leave account of another employee or from the sick leave or vacation account of an immediate family member defined as spouse, parents, children, brother, sister, grandparent or grandchild (including step, half, and in-law relationships). For purposes of this policy, prolonged medical condition means medical condition that is likely to require an employee’s absence from duty for a period of at least 20 consecutive workdays. If an employee has had previous random absences for the same condition that has caused excessive absences, or if the employee has had a previous, but different, prolonged medical condition within the last 12 months, the agency may make an exception to the 20 day period.
- An employee who receives benefits from the Disability Income Plan of North Carolina (DIPNC) is not eligible to participate in the shared leave program. Shared leave, however, may be used during the required waiting period and following the waiting period provided DIPNC benefits have not begun.
- Participation in this program shall be limited to 1,040 hours, (prorated for regular part‑time employees), either continuously or, if for the same condition, on a recurring basis. However, management may grant employees continuation in the program, month by month, for a maximum of 2,080 hours, if management would have otherwise granted leave without pay.
- An employee on workers’ compensation leave who is drawing temporary total disability compensation may be eligible to participate in this program.
- The employee shall exhaust all available leave before using donated leave.
- Non qualifying conditions: This leave does not apply to short‑term or sporadic conditions or illnesses that are common, expected or anticipated. This includes such things as sporadic, short‑term recurrences of chronic allergies or conditions; short‑term absences due to contagious diseases; or short‑term, recurring medical or therapeutic treatments. These examples are illustrative, not all inclusive. Each case must be examined and decided based on its conformity to the intent of this policy and must be applied consistently and equitably.
The Human Resources department will handle administration of the voluntary shared leave program. The President or his/her designee will approve shared leave donations on a case-by-case basis.
Qualifications to participate in voluntary shared leave program
In order to participate in the Voluntary Shared Leave Program, an employee shall meet the following conditions:
- Employee shall be a regular full-time, time-limited full-time, or regular part-time employee. (The limitation and leave balance for regular part-time employees shall be prorated.)
- A recipient shall apply, or be nominated by a fellow employee to participate in the program.
- The President or his/her designee shall review the merits of all requests and approve or disapprove each.
- A donor may contribute vacation leave to another employee in any agency. A member may contribute vacation or sick leave to an immediate family member in any agency, public school, or community college. Immediate family is defined as spouse, parents, children, brother, sister, grandparents, grandchildren, great grandparents and great grandchildren. Also, included are the step, half, and in-law relationships.
- The minimum amount to be donated is four hours. An employee family member donating sick leave to a qualified family member under the Voluntary Shared Leave program may donate up to a maximum of 1040 hours but may not reduce the sick leave account below 40 hours.
- The maximum amount of vacation leave allowed to be donated by one individual is the amount of the individual’s annual accrual rate. However, the amount donated shall not reduce the donor’s vacation leave balance below one-half of the annual vacation leave accrual rate.
- An employee may not directly or indirectly intimidate, threaten, coerce, or attempt to intimidate, threaten, or coerce, any other employee for the purpose of interfering with any right which such employee may have with respect to donating, receiving, or using annual leave under this program. Such action by an employee shall be grounds for disciplinary action up to and including dismissal on the basis of personal conduct. Individual leave records are confidential and only individual employees may reveal their donation or receipt of leave. The employee donating may not receive remuneration for the leave donated.
Leave Accounting Procedures
The following conditions shall control the accounting and usage procedures for leave donations in the Voluntary Shared Leave program:
- All leave donated shall be credited to the recipient’s sick leave account.
- At the expiration of the medical condition, as determined by a doctor’s release, any unused leave in the recipient’s donated leave account shall be treated as follows:
- The recipient’s vacation and sick leave account balance shall not exceed a combined total of 40 hours (prorated for regular part-time employees).
- Any additional unused donated leave shall be returned to the donor(s) on a pro rata basis and credited to the leave account from which it was donated. Fraction(s) of one hour shall not be returned to an individual donor.
- If a recipient separates due to resignation, death, or retirement from state government, participation in the program ends. Donated leave shall be returned to the donor(s) on a pro rata basis.
The Community College Laws of North Carolina do not permit community college employees to donate sick leave to other non-family member community college employees or state workers.
The rapid rate of change makes it essential for all faculty and staff members to devote part of their time to staying current in their field of expertise. Employees are expected to develop and maintain the administrative skills, such as computer literacy, necessary for successful job performance. Faculty members are expected to further their knowledge within their specialty and to continuously refine their instructional skills.
The College offers many opportunities to help employees in their growth and development. These include conferences, seminars, visits to industry and the opportunity to take classes at little or no cost. The College also provides facilities such as the Learning Resource Center (LRC), the Technology Training Center (TTC) and the Learning Lab which offer faculty and staff training in computer training and other skills.
The College expects employees to use these and other resources to ensure currency and continued growth in their chosen field. It is the responsibility of each employee to provide to his or her supervisors and to the Human Resources office records of growth and development activities such as transcripts and certificates of attendance or completion. Professional growth and development will be considered in faculty and staff annual performance evaluations.
Regular full-time employees will be allowed to attend college on a part-time basis to upgrade or improve their abilities as it relates to their job duties and responsibilities through study or degrees, so long as it does not interfere with their College duties or conflict with NC Community College System regulations. Employees may be allowed to take one course at a time during working hours, providing it is approved by their supervisor with definite consideration being given to increases in workloads to other employees.
As funds are available, full-time Cape Fear Community College faculty or staff members employed for a term of nine or more months may request to take one course per semester to upgrade or improve his/her abilities as it relates to his/her job duties and responsibilities upon approval by his/her supervisor to be paid for by the College. This course can be either a curriculum course or an occupational extension course and is limited to only one per semester. The employee is responsible for all other course related fees.
Cape Fear Community College will pay for tuition only (curriculum course) or registration fee only (occupational extension course) for only approved job related classes.
CFCC furnishes textbooks for use by regular full-time employees who enroll in supervisor approved and job related tuition-free courses at the College, subject to availability of funding and completion of courses. Book vouchers must be requested through the President’s office. Used books are to be purchased with CFCC vouchers when available in the CFCC bookstore.
All textbook packages provided by the College (textbook and any supplementary texts, workbooks, CD’s, etc.) must be returned to the President’s office within 5 workdays of completion of classes in order to increase the availability of used textbooks for the next academic term.
Employees must give serious consideration to their ability to complete courses before requesting textbook vouchers from the College as either failure to complete courses for unexcused reasons or failure to return all textbook packages on a timely basis and in usable condition will require reimbursement from the employee for net textbook expenses incurred by the College. “Net textbook expenses” is defined as the original cost of the new or used book less the buyback value of returned books as determined by the CFCC Bookstore.
The following guidance about prohibited conduct is intended to promote good understanding by College employees about conduct expectations and protection of the rights of all employees. If an employee engages in prohibited conduct, disciplinary actions may include verbal warnings, written warnings, suspension with pay, suspension without pay, disciplinary probation, demotion, and dismissal as noted in CFCC’s 5.11.4 Discipline Procedure. Such disciplinary actions are not necessarily intended to be sequential. A recommendation for dismissal could be the result of an accumulation of minor violations, or for a single serious violation. All disciplinary actions taken will be included in the employee’s personnel file. The guidance provided does not preclude any College department from establishing additional parameters for its employees and necessary for the effective business operations of that department.
What follows is not an all-inclusive list of rules, and the College reserves the right to use appropriate administrative judgment to take disciplinary action against an employee for acts or omissions not specifically stated below. For purposes of this policy, “College premises” shall include the buildings, grounds, and parking lots of the College campus, satellite facilities, or any other location where the business of the College is being performed or carried out, and College equipment and vehicles. “Students” of the College shall include enrolled students, applicants for enrollment, and other participants and applicants for participation in College programs and services.
All CFCC employees are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times.
The following are examples of prohibited conduct:
- Sexual Harassment: Sexual harassment is a form of unlawful gender (sex) discrimination and is not tolerated at Cape Fear Community College. All employees should be familiar with the College’s policy on sexual and other unlawful harassment, available for viewing at: 11.2 Sexual and Other Unlawful Harassment
- Sexual Conduct: Behavior of a sexual nature that is not sexual harassment may, nonetheless, be unprofessional in the workplace, disruptive in the classroom or violate other College policies; and, like other behavior that is unprofessional, disruptive, or violates a College policy or ordinance, it could warrant disciplinary action.
Many types of behavior may constitute sexual harassment or sexual conduct including, but not limited to, the following:
- Sexual assault
- Threats or insinuations that lead the affected individual reasonably to believe that granting or denying sexual favors will affect his/her reputation, education, employment, advancement, or standing within the College
- Sexual advances, sexual propositions, or sexual demands that are not agreeable to both parties
- Unwelcome and persistent sexually explicit statements or stories that are not related to employment
- Sexually explicit e-mails or text messages
- Sexual misconduct such as stalking, cyber stalking, voyeurism, or recording or transmitting sexual images
- Repeated use of sexually degrading language or sounds to describe a person
- Unwanted and unnecessary touching, patting, hugging, or other physical contact
- Comments or questions about an individual’s sexual prowess, sexual deficiencies, or sexual behavior
- Dissemination of sexually explicit materials through the College’s information technology resources
- Creation, dissemination, or display of offensive items or materials that disrupt the work environment including, but not limited to, photographs, graphics, symbols or video or audio recordings
- Other Prohibited Harassment or Inappropriate Conduct : see 11.2 Sexual and Other Unlawful Harassment
Other unlawful harassment may occur when a CFCC community member is subject to unwelcome conduct based on a category based on a protected status. These protected status categories include: age, color, gender, gender identity, genetic information, disability status, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status. Unwelcome conduct that is objectively and subjectively severe, persistent and/or pervasive and creates an unreasonable interference with the individual’s ability to work or pursue their education is considered harassment.
Behavior that is based on a protected category, but does not rise to the level of prohibited harassment under the College’s policy, may nonetheless be unprofessional in the workplace, disruptive in the classroom, or violate other College policies and, like other behavior that is unprofessional, disruptive, or violates a College policy or ordinance, could warrant discipline.
- Misconduct related to the use or possession of alcohol, illegal drugs, or controlled substances: see 12 Drug and Alcohol-Free Workplace Policy
- Unauthorized consumption or possession of alcohol on College premises
- Consuming, distributing or possessing illegal drugs, as determined by state or federal law, on College premises
- Consuming, distributing, or possessing controlled substances on College premises without a prescription
- Selling or conspiracy to possess illegal drugs or controlled substances
- Unlawfully manufacturing, distributing, dispensing or using illegal drugs or controlled substances
- Being under the influence of alcohol when reporting to or while at work
- Being under the influence of illegal drugs (as determined by state or federal law) when reporting to or while at work
- Being under the influence of controlled substances without a prescription when reporting to or while at work
- Failing a required drug or alcohol screen
- Falsifying laboratory test results or samples
- Adulterating or attempting to adulterate a drug screening specimen
- Noncompliance with safety rules and regulations: See 3.1 Safety
- Failing to immediately report all accidents and/or injuries
- Failing to comply with safety rules and regulations established by unit supervisors, the CFCC Police Department, or local, state or federal statute
- Failing to use safety apparel and equipment
- Failing to report unsafe conditions or practices
- Creating or contributing to disorderly, unclean, or unsafe working conditions
- Misuse of College vehicles or equipment
- Improper behavior relating to attendance:
- Excessive absenteeism or tardiness
- Leaving work early or taking extended break periods
- Leaving the work area without permission
- Making preparation to leave work before the lunch period, break period, or the specified quitting time
- Failing to report for overtime work when scheduled
- Failing to start work at the designated time
- Failing to return from an authorized leave of absence or vacation at the designated time
- Improper use of leave time to cover an absence (e.g., sick leave, bereavement leave, Family Medical Leave Act, jury duty)
- Failure to properly and/or promptly report the reason(s) for being absent, if no previous arrangements were made with an appropriate supervisor
- Negligent behavior relating to College property or the property of others:
- Malicious, negligent, or intentional destruction, damage, defacement, waste, or willful neglect of property of the College or another person
- Using/possessing the College’s or another’s property without authorization, including but not limited to, non-business use of College computers and peripheral equipment – see the College’s 13.1 Computer Use Policies
- Theft, unauthorized taking or attempting to take, misappropriate, conceal, or remove property of the College or of an employee, student, customer, supplier, vendor, visitor, patron or guest of the College
- Unauthorized use of the College telephones, computers, electronics, or other equipment during working or nonworking hours
- Knowingly admitting, or providing means of access to, an unauthorized person into any locked or restricted College building and/or area of the campus
- Knowingly providing means of access to the College’s information technology resources to an unauthorized person
- Being on College premises without authorization unless on duty or have business as a member of the public
- Failing to report inappropriate use of College equipment or electronic systems
- Loss of keys, unauthorized use, manufacturing or duplication of any college key, unauthorized sharing or loaning of assigned keys to another person.
- Poor work performance as evidenced by:
- Insubordination, such as refusal or willful failure to carry out job responsibilities or refusal to acknowledge the legitimate authority of the supervisor or the College.
- Neglect of duty and/or lack of due care or diligence in the performance of duties
- Unsatisfactory work performance or failure to maintain reasonable standards of performance, productivity, or professionalism
- Poor customer service, repeated discourtesy to or difficulty in dealing with students, co-workers, visitors, guests, or the public that comes in contact with the College.
- Improper documentation, destruction, falsification, alteration, deletion, or omission related to completion/maintenance of College forms, records, or reports (e.g., production records, time records, employment applications, and medical records), including, but not limited to, false claims for wages, benefits, insurance, leave of absence, and/or providing false information for personal gain
- Recording time for another employee on their time card/swipe card, allowing another employee to record time for you on your time card/swipe card, or altering any time card for any reason whatsoever.
- Breach of confidentiality, unauthorized disclosure or misuse of records or other business information
- Non-work related use of official position and influence for personal gain
- Conducting personal business while on duty
- Unauthorized leave from the College
- Inappropriate behavior or conduct related to the treatment of others:
- Utterance or publication of any threat, threatening, intimidating, obstructing, and/or harassing other persons
- Fighting and/or instigating a fight while engaged in College duties or while in attendance at any College sponsored event.
- Engaging in aggressive, hostile, or violent behavior, such as intimidation of others
- Attempting to instill fear in others
- Engaging in belligerent speech, excessive arguing or swearing
- Sabotage or threats of sabotage
- Other misconduct including but not limited to:
- Using vulgar or obscene language
- Gambling in any form on College time or premises
- Exhibiting immoral conduct on College premises or during work hours.
- Retaliating against an individual who makes a complaint of harassment
- Possessing weapons, ammunition, firearms, firecrackers, hazardous materials or explosives on College premises (unless authorized in the course of employment)
- Engaging in horseplay or practical jokes that endanger or disrupt employees or College property
- Violation of 13 Tobacco-Free Policy
- Sleeping, loitering, or loafing on the job
- Failing to maintain proper personal grooming, dress, cleanliness, or hygiene. Creating or contributing to unsanitary conditions. Dress or appearance should not be distracting to other employees and should be within acceptable standards of health, safety, and professional attire where there is public contact.
- Working for pay at other employment while on leave (e.g., medical or sick leave) from the College without prior authorization
- Failing to disclose outside interests that may conflict with the interests of the College including, but not limited to, financial, employment, or other business interests
- Vending, soliciting, or collecting contributions on College time or premises without prior appropriate authorization
- Making defamatory statements about other College employees, including supervisors, or making disparaging statements to the public concerning College business
- Knowingly making false statements about College business or employees
- Failing to maintain appropriate licensures and/or certifications in accordance with job requirements
- Off duty misconduct, including committing illegal acts, that reflects adversely upon the College or adversely affects the employee’s ability/credibility to fulfill his/her job responsibilities
- Failure to disclose and/or inform the employer of convictions that would result in the inability or restriction to operate College equipment or vehicles
FAILURE to follow the policies and procedures set forth in the College’s Faculty and Staff Handbook or violation of any other policies and procedures applicable to the employees of the College may result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal for just cause and would be administered in accordance with the Discipline Procedure.
All disciplinary actions will be administered in accordance with the Discipline Procedure section of the College’s Discipline, Non-Reappointment, and Grievance Procedure.
Right to Appeal
Employees who wish to appeal any disciplinary action taken against them should refer to the Grievance Procedure section of the College’s Discipline, Non-Reappointment, and Grievance Procedure. Review of the disciplinary action may be requested in accordance with the Discipline, Non-Reappointment, and Grievance Procedure, from the level where the decision to administer discipline was made.
Cape Fear Community College (the “College”) prohibits any form of sexual or other unlawful harassment involving any of its employees in the employment relationship or involving any College employee and a student of the College in the educational relationship, whether it is in the form of a College employee harassing a student or a student harassing a College employee. The College has a firm belief and has established a policy that all employees and students are entitled to work and learn in an environment free of discrimination or intimidation based on race, color, religion, gender, sex, age, national origin, disability, or other legally protected status, or that of an employee’s or a student’s relatives, friends, or associates.
Sexual harassment does not require physical contact but merely has to create an unwelcome environment between employees and between employees and students. It includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when submission to the conduct is made a term or condition of an individual’s employment or education (either explicitly or implicitly), when submission to or rejection of the conduct is used as the basis for employment or educational decisions affecting the individual, or when the conduct in any way interferes with an individual’s work or educational performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment. Occasional compliments of a socially acceptable nature do not constitute sexual harassment.
Other unlawful harassment consists of verbal or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual because of his or her race, color, religion, gender, sex, age, national origin, disability, or other legally protected status, or that of his or her relatives, friends, or associates, and that has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment; has the purpose or effect of interfering unreasonably with an individual’s work or educational performance; or otherwise adversely affects an individual’s employment or educational opportunities.
Any act, comment, or behavior that constitutes sexual or other unlawful harassment is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated of any employee or student, either on or off College premises. This prohibition covers not only the relationships between employees of the College, but also each employee’s relationships with students of the College or with the employees of other companies encountered in the course of performing the duties of his or her job.
Reports by Employees
Employees, without any fear of reprisal, have the responsibility to bring any form of sexual and other unlawful harassment (whether by another employee or by a student of the College) to the attention of their supervisor or department head. Any supervisor, department head, or other College administrator who receives a report from an employee alleging sexual or other unlawful harassment must report the matter to the Chief Human Resources Officer immediately so an investigation may be initiated into the circumstances of the incident and alleged harassment.
If an employee is uncomfortable with reporting such harassment to his or her immediate supervisor or department head, he or she should report it to the Chief Human Resources Officer. If uncomfortable with initially reporting such harassment to the Chief Human Resources Officer, the employee should go directly to the President of the College. Notwithstanding the availability of these alternatives, employees are encouraged to attempt to resolve any incidents of sexual or other unlawful harassment with the designated administrative officer who is most directly concerned, excluding individuals accused of such harassment.
Reports by Students
Students, without any fear of reprisal, have the responsibility to bring any form of sexual and other unlawful harassment by an employee of the College to the attention of the Dean of Student Affairs so that an investigation may begin into the circumstances of the incident and the alleged harassment. Upon receipt of a student complaint alleging sexual or other unlawful harassment, the Dean of Student Affairs will take immediate action, following the internal student complaint procedures under Title IX. In addition, the Dean of Student Affairs will also inform the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Workforce Development of the complaint. If a student is uncomfortable with reporting such harassment to the Dean of Student Affairs, the student should talk to another senior level administrator or go directly to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Workforce Development. If uncomfortable with initially reporting such harassment to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Workforce Development, the student should go directly to the President of the College. Notwithstanding the availability of these alternatives, students are encouraged to attempt to resolve any incidents of sexual or other unlawful harassment with the Dean of Student Affairs, who is the College’s designated Title IX Coordinator.
College’s Response to Reports; Review
The College will investigate allegations of sexual or other unlawful harassment. If the complaint is against an employee of the College, the College will conduct a review of the results of the investigation with that person, and take appropriate corrective disciplinary action up to and including dismissal where violations of the Sexual or Other Unlawful Harassment policy and/or the Prohibited Conduct policy have been found.
If the person alleged to have engaged in sexual or other unlawful harassment is a student of the College, the Dean of Student Affairs will conduct a review of the results of the investigation with that person, and take appropriate corrective disciplinary action up to and including immediate dismissal from the College for violations of the Sexual or Other Unlawful Harassment policy and/or the Student Code of Conduct.
If an initial report of sexual or other unlawful harassment is made by an employee to his or her supervisor or department head or to the President of the College, any review of the decision rendered must follow the Grievance Procedure section of the College’s Discipline, Non-reappointment, and Grievance Procedures, from the step where the decision was rendered; provided, however, that the Grievance Procedure may be modified with the consent of the employee to protect confidentiality. If an initial report of sexual or other unlawful harassment is made by a student to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Workforce Development or to the President of the College, any review of the decision rendered must follow the Student Appeal Procedure approved by the Board of Trustees, from the step where the decision was rendered; provided, however, that the Student Appeal Procedure may be modified with the consent of the student to protect confidentiality.
The College will keep information relating to harassment allegations and investigations as confidential as possible under the circumstances and will take appropriate corrective action, including disciplinary measures when justified, to remedy violations of this policy. Be advised that disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal will be taken against any employee who is determined to have engaged in sexual or other unlawful harassment, conduct approaching sexual or other unlawful harassment, or other conduct that violates any other CFCC policy. Be advised that disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the College, will be taken against any student who is determined to have engaged in sexual or other unlawful harassment, conduct approaching sexual or other unlawful harassment, or other conduct that violates this policy or any other CFCC Policy with regard to employees of the College.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
Cape Fear Community College is committed to providing a learning, and working environment that promotes respect, responsibility, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and accountability in an environment free of sexual misconduct and discrimination. Sexual discrimination violates an individual’s fundamental rights and personal dignity.
Cape Fear Community College considers sexual discrimination in all its forms to be a serious offense. This plan refers to all forms of sexual discrimination, including: discrimination against pregnant and parenting students, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual violence by employees, students, or third parties. (Title 20 U.S.C. Sections 1681-1688)
Cape Fear Community College has a responsibility to ensure compliance by demonstrating that our education programs and other activities are operated in a manner consistent with Title IX regulations and provisions. Throughout the year there are several programs offered to the Cape Fear Community College community that provide knowledge to help prevent, avoid and respond to sexual misconduct.
If you feel you have been subjected to sexual harassment or discrimination, you should seek assistance as soon as possible. Please review the Sexual or Gender Misconduct Plan and the related Plan Explanations listed below.
How Can We Help
Our plan helps to ensure Cape Fear Community College’s community is free from discrimination based on sex or gender behavior. We are here to help assist you in an effective and efficient manner. If you feel you are or have experienced sexual misconduct or discrimination, the most important thing you can do is get help.
Who Should I Contact
If you think you have been a victim of sex or gender discrimination, or if you are aware of its existence in any of our education programs or activities, or you have any questions about the sexual or gender misconduct policy, you can get help from any of the offices/individuals below:
Faculty or Staff: Contact the Chief Human Resource Officer, your supervisor, or Campus Police/Safety;
Students: Contact the Dean of Student Affairs, any Student Services Director, Counseling Staff, Athletic Director, or Campus Police/Safety;
Applicants for employment: Contact the Chief Human Resource Officer or Campus Police/Safety;
Visitors: Contact the Campus Chief of Police and Safety.
SEXUAL/GENDER MISCONDUCT PLAN & PLAN EXPECTATIONS
- Plan Statement
Members of Cape Fear Community College’s community, guests, and visitors have the right to be free from sexual violence. All members of the campus community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. Cape Fear Community College believes in zero tolerance regarding sexual or gender-based misconduct. When an allegation of misconduct is brought to an appropriate administrator’s attention, and a respondent is found to have violated this plan, serious sanctions will be imposed to reasonably ensure that such actions are never repeated.
This plan has been developed to reaffirm these principles and to provide recourse for those individuals whose rights have been violated. This plan is intended to define community expectations and to establish a mechanism for determining when those expectations have been violated.
The College reserves the right to take whatever measures it deems necessary in response to an allegation of sexual misconduct in order to protect students’ rights and personal safety. Such measures include, but are not limited to; modification of class schedule, interim suspension from campus pending a hearing, and reporting the matter to the local police. Not all forms of sexual misconduct will be deemed to be equally serious offenses and the college reserves the right to impose different sanctions, ranging from verbal warning to expulsion, depending on the severity of the offense. The college will consider the concerns and rights of both the complainant and the person accused of sexual misconduct.
In campus hearings, legal terms like “guilt,” “innocence”, and “burden of proof” are not applicable, but the College never assumes a student is in violation of college policy. Campus hearings are conducted to take into account the totality of all evidence available, from all relevant sources.
- Expectations with Respect to Physical Sexual Misconduct
The expectations of our community regarding sexual misconduct can be summarized as follows: In order for individuals to engage in sexual activity of any type with each other, there must be clear, knowing and voluntary consent prior to and during sexual activity. Consent is sexual permission. Consent can be given by word or action, but non-verbal consent is not as clear as talking about what you do and do not want sexually. Consent to one form of sexual activity cannot be automatically taken as consent to any other form of sexual activity. Silence–without actions demonstrating permission–cannot be assumed to show consent.
Additionally, there is a difference between seduction and coercion. Coercing someone into sexual activity is a violation of this plan in the same manner as physically forcing someone into sex. Coercion happens when someone is pressured unreasonably for sex.
Because alcohol or other drug use can place the capacity to consent in question, sober sex is less likely to raise such questions. When alcohol or other drugs are being used, a person will be considered unable to give valid consent. They cannot fully understand the details of a sexual interaction (“who, what, when, where, why, and how”) because they lack the capacity to reasonably understand the situation. Individuals who consent to sex must be able to understand what they are doing. Under this plan, “No” always means “No” and “Yes” may not always mean “Yes.” Anything less than a clear, knowing and voluntary consent to any sexual activity is equivalent to a “No.”
Expectations with Respect to Consensual Relationships
Romantic or sexual relationships between individuals in unequal positions (such as teacher and student, supervisor and employee) may be less consensual than perceived by the individual whose position confers power. The relationship also may be viewed in different ways by each of the parties, particularly in retrospect. Furthermore, circumstances may change, and conduct that was previously welcome may become unwelcome. Even when both parties have consented at the outset to a romantic or sexual involvement, this past consent may not remove grounds for a later charge of a violation of applicable sections of the faculty/staff handbooks.
Sexual Violence – Risk Reduction Tips
Below is a list of suggestions to help avoid and reduce the risk of experiencing a non-consensual sexual act:
- If you have limits, make them known as early as possible.
- Tell a sexual aggressor “NO” clearly and firmly.
- Try to remove yourself from the physical presence of a sexual aggressor.
- Find someone nearby and ask for help.
- Take affirmative responsibility for your alcohol intake/drug use and acknowledge that alcohol/drugs lower your sexual inhibitions and may make you vulnerable to someone who views an impaired person as a sexual opportunity.
- Take care of your friends and ask that they take care of you. A real friend will challenge you if you are about to make a mistake. Respect them when they do.
Sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, is defined as deliberate contact of a sexual nature without the other person’s consent. Sexual misconduct may vary in its severity and consists of a range of behaviors or attempted behaviors that may be grounds for student conduct action under College policy. These behaviors, all of which constitute sexual misconduct include:
- Non-consensual sexual contact: Non-consensual sexual contact is any sexual touching, with any object, by a man or a woman upon another person without consent or making any person touch you or them in a sexual manner. It is defined as engaging in any sexual contact other than intercourse with another person without that person’s consent and/or cognizance. It includes any non-consensual sexual contact, including any improper touching of intimate body parts. It also includes the non-consensual removal of another’s clothing, indecent contact (i.e., the unwanted touching of intimate body parts including, but not limited to; genitals, buttocks, groin, or breasts) or causing another to have indecent contact with them.
- Non-consensual intercourse: Non-consensual intercourse is any sexual intercourse (anal, oral or vaginal), with any object, by a man or woman upon another person without consent. It is defined as engaging in sexual intercourse (oral, anal or vaginal) with another person without that person’s consent and/or cognizance. Non-consensual intercourse may be accomplished by expressly or implicitly forcing or coercing another person to have sexual intercourse against his/her will, including the use or threat of physical force, or any behavior that is designed to intimidate and induce fear in another person. Non-consensual intercourse can also occur when another person is under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, is undergoing physical or emotional trauma, is less than 17 years of age, or is otherwise incapable of denying or giving consent (for example, when an individual is in an unconscious or semi-conscious state).
- Sexual Exploitation: Sexual exploitation occurs when a person takes non-consensual or sexual advantage of another or his/her own advantage or benefit, or to benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited, and that behavior does not otherwise constitute one of the other sexual misconduct offenses. Examples of sexual exploitation include, but are not limited to:
- prostituting another person
- non‐consensual video or audio‐taping of sexual activity
- going beyond the boundaries of consent (such as letting your friends hide in the closet to watch you having consensual sex)
- engaging in voyeurism
- knowingly transmitting an STD or HIV to another
Sex discrimination includes all forms of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and sexual violence by employees, students, or third parties against employees, students, or others on campus. Sex discrimination also includes stalking, dating violence and domestic violence. Students, college employees, and third parties are prohibited from harassing other students and/or employees whether or not the incidents of harassment occur on the college campus and whether or not the incidents occur during working hours.
Sexual and Gender-based Harassment
Sexual harassment is unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or visual, verbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: (1) submission to such conduct is made either implicitly or explicitly, as a term or condition of an individual’s employment or academic status; (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for employment or education
decisions affecting the individual; or (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a student’s or employee’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working, educational, or living environment. While sexual harassment encompasses a wide range of conduct, some examples of specifically prohibited conduct include:
- Promising, directly or indirectly, a reward to an individual if the person complies with a sexually oriented request.
- Threatening, directly or indirectly, retaliation against an individual, if the person refuses to comply with a sexually oriented request.
- Denying, directly or indirectly, an individual employment or education related opportunity, if the individual refuses to comply with a sexually oriented request.
- Engaging in sexually suggestive conversation or physical contact or touching another individual.
- Displaying pornographic or sexually oriented materials.
- Engaging in indecent exposure.
- Making sexual or romantic advances toward an individual and persisting despite the individual’s rejection of the advances.
- Physical conduct such as assault, touching, or blocking normal movement.
- Retaliation for making harassment reports or threatening to report harassment.
Gender-based harassment is also prohibited. It includes, but is not limited to; acts of verbal, nonverbal, or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on sex or sex stereotyping, even if those acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature.
Sexual harassment can involve males or females being harassed by members of either sex. Although sexual harassment sometimes involves a person in a greater position of authority as the harasser, individuals in positions of lesser or equal authority also can be found responsible for engaging in prohibited harassment. Sexual harassment can be physical and/or psychological in nature. An aggregation of a series of incidents can constitute sexual harassment even if one of the incidents considered separately would not rise to the level of harassment.
Coercing someone into sexual activity violates this policy as much as physically forcing someone into sex. Coercion exists when a sexual initiator engages in sexually pressuring and/or oppressive behavior that violates the norms of the community and that application of pressure or oppression causes another individual to engage in unwanted sexual behavior. Coercion may be differentiated from seduction by the repetition of the coercive activity beyond what is reasonable, the degree of pressure applied, environmental factors such as isolation and the initiator’s knowledge that the pressure is unwanted.
Effective consent is the basis of the analysis applied to unwelcome sexual contact. Lack of consent is the critical factor in any incident of sexual misconduct and sexual violence.
- Consent is informed, freely and actively given, and requires clear communication between all persons involved in the sexual encounter.
- Consent is active, not passive. Consent can be communicated verbally or by actions. But in whatever way consent is communicated, it must be mutually understandable. Silence, in and of itself, cannot be interpreted as consent.
- It is the responsibility of the initiator of sexual contact to make sure they understand fully what the person with whom they are involved wants and does not want sexually.
- Consent to one form of sexual activity does not imply consent to other forms of sexual activity.
- Previous relationships or consent does not imply consent to future sexual acts.
- Consent cannot be procured by use of physical force, compelling threats, intimidating behavior, or coercion. Coercion is unreasonable pressure for sexual activity. Coercive behavior differs from seductive behavior based on the type of pressure someone uses to get consent from another.
- Incapacitation is a state where one cannot make a rational, reasonable decision because they lack the ability to understand who, what, when, where, why and how of their sexual interaction.
- Effective consent cannot be given by minors, mentally disabled individuals or persons incapacitated as a result of drugs or alcohol.
- Use of alcohol or other drugs will never function to excuse behavior that violates this policy. When alcohol or other drugs are being used, someone will be considered unable to give valid consent if they cannot appreciate who, what, when, where, why and how of a sexual interaction. Individuals who consent to sex must be able to understand what they are doing.
- If you have sexual activity with someone you know to be‐‐or should know to be—mentally or physically incapacitated (by alcohol or other drug use, unconsciousness or blackout), you are in violation of this policy.
- This policy also covers someone whose incapacity results from mental disability, sleep, involuntary physical restraint, or from the taking of a so‐called “date‐rape” drug. Possession, use and/or distribution of any of these substances, including Rohypnol, Ketamine, GHB, Burundanga, etc. is prohibited and administering one of these drugs to another person for the purpose of inducing incapacity is a violation of this policy. More information on these drugs can be found at http://www.911rape.org/.
If you find yourself in the position of being the initiator of sexual behavior, you owe sexual respect to your potential partner. These suggestions may help you to reduce your risk for being accused of sexual misconduct:
- DO NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS about consent, about someone’s sexual availability, about whether they are attracted to you, about how far you can go or about whether they are physically or mentally able to consent to you.
- Clearly communicate your intentions to your sexual partner and give them a chance to clearly relate their intentions to you.
- Understand that consent to some forms of sexual behavior does not necessarily imply the consent to other forms of sexual behavior.
- Mixed messages from your partner should be a clear indication that you should step back, defuse the sexual tension, and communicate better. Perhaps you are misreading them.
- Do not take advantage of someone’s drunkenness, impaired or drugged state, even if they did it to themselves.
- Realize that your potential partner could be intimidated by, or fearful of you.
Silence and passivity cannot be interpreted by you as an indication of consent. Read your partner carefully, paying attention to verbal and non-verbal communication.
The College strictly prohibits retaliation against any person for reporting, testifying, assisting or participating, in any manner, in any investigation or proceeding involving allegations of discrimination or harassment. Any person who violates this policy will be subject to discipline, up to and including termination if they are an employee, and/or expulsion if they are a student.
Retaliation is any action by any person that is perceived as: intimidating, hostile, harassing, a form of retribution, or violence that occurs in connection to the making and follow-up of the report.
The term “dating violence” means violence committed by a person (a) who is or has been in a social relationship of romantic or intimate nature with the complainant; and (b) where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following: the length of relationship, the type of relationship and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.
The term “domestic violence” includes felony or misdemeanor crimes committed by the current or former spouse of the complainant, by a person whom the complainant has a child with, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the complainant under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from the person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction.
The term “stalking” means engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety or the safety of others; or suffer substantial emotional distress.
The purpose of this Discipline, Non-Reappointment, and Grievance Procedure is to help insure that where appropriate, employees will be afforded adequate notice and an opportunity to respond to any charges that may result in disciplinary action, to inform employees of the College’s procedures relating to non-reappointment, and to help assure employees that their grievances (including those relating to disciplinary action) will be considered fairly, rapidly, and without reprisal.
- A fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30 of the following calendar year.
- A contractual employee is any College employee who has a written agreement with the College to work for all or any portion of a fiscal year.
- A contract period is the period during a fiscal year for which a contractual employee has been hired to work.
- Disciplinary action includes an oral warning, a written warning, disciplinary probation, suspension with or without pay, demotion, and dismissal.
- Dismissal is the termination of a contractual employee’s employment by the College during a contract period.
- Non-reappointment is the administrative decision not to rehire a contractual employee at the conclusion of a contract period.
- A grievance is any matter of concern or dissatisfaction arising from the working conditions of an employee, including any disciplinary action taken against the employee, subject to the control of the College.
- A day is a normal workday during which the administration of the College is open for business, unless otherwise defined.
Employees may be disciplined for any of the reasons described in the College’s policy on 5.11.1 Disciplinary Actions and elsewhere in the College’s Faculty and Staff Handbook. Supervisors must consult with the Chief Human Resources Officer or a Sr. Human Resources Generalist before administering any level of discipline, other than an oral warning. Working closely with a representative from Human Resources will ensure reasonable consistency in the administration of disciplinary actions across the College.
The supervisor has the duty to review and encourage satisfactory job performance by employees of their work unit. A supervisor also has the duty to address cases of prohibited personal conduct.
Disciplinary Action for which a Pre-Disciplinary Conference is Held (Suspension Without Pay, Demotion, Dismissal)
Prior to any proposed disciplinary action involving suspension without pay, demotion, or dismissal, a contractual employee will be provided with written notification of a pre-disciplinary conference. The purpose of the pre-disciplinary conference is to afford an employee with the opportunity to respond to charges of policy violations. In addition, the written notification of a pre-disciplinary conference will include what the supervisor has recommended for disciplinary action, the effective date of the proposed disciplinary action, and the reason(s) for the proposed action. All responses to the charges, provided by the employee during the pre-disciplinary conference, will be considered by the supervisor prior to making a final decision on the recommended disciplinary action against the employee. Participants in the pre-disciplinary hearing typically include the employee’s immediate supervisor, the employee, and a representative from Human Resources. Other members of CFCC may be asked to participate in the pre-disciplinary hearing on a case-by-case basis and at the discretion of the Chief Human Resources Officer. The pre-disciplinary conference is part of Cape Fear Community College’s internal procedures to address matters involving alleged policy violations, ensure due process, and evaluate disciplinary measures. An employee may bring an advocate with them to the pre-disciplinary conference. The advocate must be a regular full-time CFCC employee who is not an attorney. No attorney shall represent either side at the pre-disciplinary conference. Upon completion of the pre-disciplinary conference and after full consideration of the employee’s responses to the charges, the supervisor will make a decision about the disciplinary action and will notify the employee in writing of the decision within 10 business day of the pre-disciplinary conference. A copy of the written decision of the disciplinary action will be placed in the employee’s personnel file. The written decision of the disciplinary action is subject to the North Carolina Public Records Act and shall be disclosed to third parties when required by Chapter 132 of the North Carolina General Statutes. Cape Fear Community College must comply with requests within the context of these rules.
Disciplinary Action for which a Pre-Disciplinary Conference is Not Held (Oral Warning, Written Warning, Disciplinary Probation, Suspension With Pay)
A pre-disciplinary conference is generally not made available to a contractual employee prior to disciplinary action involving an oral warning, a written warning, disciplinary probation, or suspension with pay. When a disciplinary action is taken against an employee that does not require a pre-disciplinary conference, the supervisor will meet with the employee about the alleged offense(s), gather and consider the employee’s response to the alleged offense(s) in advance of administering an oral warning, written warning, disciplinary probation, or suspension with pay. Any written warnings, disciplinary probation or suspension with pay decision must be documented and sent to Human Resources for placement in the employee personnel file.
Emergency Suspension with Pay
An employee may be placed on paid administrative leave prior to any required pre-disciplinary conference in emergency situations (for example, in order to avoid undue disruption of work, to protect the safety of persons or property, or for other serious reasons). The supervisor and the Chief Human Resources Officer will make a determination on whether an emergency suspension with pay is necessary prior to a pre-disciplinary conference. In the event of an employee’s emergency suspension, the employee shall be required to leave the College premises at once. Scheduling of a pre-disciplinary conference then should be initiated and a disciplinary conference held as soon thereafter as practicable (generally, within three days of the suspension).
Right to Appeal
Employees who wish to appeal any disciplinary action taken against them may have the decision reviewed under the College’s Grievance Procedure below.
Any contractual employee may be subject to non-reappointment following a contract period, depending upon program changes, financial exigency, reduced enrollment, and other factors deemed relevant to total institutional interests. All non-reappointment determinations will be based on the best interests of the College and shall be made in accordance with applicable law and applicable College policies. Except in the case where financial information from the State affecting a non-reappointment determination is unavailable, regular contractual employees whose contracts will not be renewed will be notified of their non-reappointment by June 1 of the fiscal year preceding the fiscal year for which they will not be reappointed. Because the need for temporary employees varies from semester to semester and temporary positions are not established in the budget as regularly recurring positions, employees in temporary positions will not be given advance notice of non-reappointment.
The decision not to reappoint a contractual employee at the conclusion of a contract period is committed, without further recourse, to the judgment of the College officials authorized to make the non-reappointment determination, based on the factors described above, and may not be appealed through the College’s Grievance Procedure or otherwise. However, if for some reason the opportunity for a hearing is required by law in connection with a contractual employee’s non-reappointment, any appeal will be conducted in accordance with the College’s Grievance Procedure.
Employees are encouraged to discuss matters pertaining to their employment initially with their immediate supervisors. The College’s goal is to find solutions at the lowest possible level and to keep proceedings relating to employee grievances as informal and confidential as possible. Supervisors and employees are expected to make every effort to resolve any problems as they arise. An employee’s immediate supervisor should be given the courtesy of knowing about his or her grievance and a chance to help resolve it, as the supervisor will be in the best position to handle the employee’s grievance satisfactorily.
The College recognizes that not all grievances will be settled satisfactorily between an employee and his/her supervisor, and for this reason has adopted procedures to assist in the formal resolution of grievances. STEPS 1 and 2 of this Grievance Procedure are open to all College employees, except in the case of non-reappointment. STEP 3 is available to contractual employees who are appealing any disciplinary action taken against them for which a pre-disciplinary conference is required (generally, suspension without pay, demotion, or dismissal).
Supervisors are responsible for helping the employees they supervise to understand the College’s Discipline, Non-Reappointment, and Grievance Procedure and to feel free to use the Grievance Procedure without fear of criticism or action being taken against them affecting the terms and conditions of their employment. All grievances should be given prompt and objective consideration in an atmosphere of mutual assistance.
As to those grievances that cannot be resolved informally, the following procedures are established:
STEP 1 (Supervisor)
Within five (5) days following his or her knowledge of an event giving rise to a grievance, including the receipt of a notice of disciplinary action, an employee must present the grievance to his or her supervisor. The grievance must be in writing, must be signed and dated by the employee, and must include the following:
- A statement concerning the basis for the grievance and the issues to be resolved;
- Information about attempts made to solve the grievance;
- Information about the results of those attempts;
- The remedy or corrective action sought.
Any supervisor who receives a written grievance is responsible for making a careful inquiry into the facts and circumstances of the grievance, including any new information relating to disciplinary action taken against the employee. The supervisor should make every effort to resolve the matter promptly and fairly, generally within ten (10) days of when the grievance is presented. The length of response time will depend in large part upon the nature and extent of the supervisor’s review.
STEP 2 (Senior Level Administrator)
An employee who is dissatisfied with the decision of his or her supervisor may submit the written grievance to the Senior Level Administrator responsible for the employee’s division. This must be done within five (5) days after the decision of the supervisor is made known to the employee or the employee with the exercise of reasonable care could have determined the decision. If a grievance in proper form is not submitted within the specified time period, the subject of the grievance will be considered settled on the basis of the decision made at STEP 1 of this Grievance Procedure.
If further review of a decision made at STEP 1 of this Grievance Procedure is appropriate, the Senior Level Administrator will make such investigations as he or she deems appropriate, will make an independent determination on the merits of the grievance, and will inform the employee in writing of his or her findings and decision, generally within ten (10) days after receipt of the employee’s written grievance. The length of response time will depend in large part upon the nature and extent of the Senior Level Administrator’s review.
If, for some reason, an employee reasonably believes that he or she cannot present a written grievance to his or her supervisor initially, the employee may submit the complaint directly to the Senior Level Administrator responsible for the employee’s division in accordance with this
STEP 2. However, this should be the procedure only in extreme cases (for example, where the employee is alleging sexual or other unlawful harassment by his or her immediate supervisor).
If STEP 3 of this Grievance Procedure is not available to an employee due to the nature of his or her grievance, the decision of the Senior Level Administrator shall be final and binding.
STEP 3 (Appeals Committee/President of the College)
If a contractual employee’s grievance relates to disciplinary action taken against the employee that involves suspension without pay, demotion, or dismissal, or any other disciplinary action for which a pre-disciplinary conference is required to be held, the employee may submit his or her written grievance to the President of the College and request an appeals hearing before an Appeals Committee appointed by the President. This must be done within five (5) days following receipt of the decision of the Senior Level Administrator responsible for the employee’s division.
If a grievance in proper form and the accompanying request for an appeals hearing are not submitted within the specified time period, the subject of the grievance will be considered settled on the basis of the decision made at STEP 2 of this Grievance Procedure. If an appeals hearing following a decision at STEP 2 of this Grievance Procedure is appropriate, the President will appoint an Appeals Committee, which will have authority to conduct the appeals hearing and recommend a decision to the President. The Appeals Committee shall be comprised of five College employees, selected from a pool of seven College employees designated by the President. A written list of the individuals chosen as members of the pool shall be provided to the employee who has requested an appeals hearing, generally with ten (10) days after the President’s receipt of the employee’s written grievance and request. The length of time for informing the employee of those College employees who have been chosen as members of the pool will depend in large part upon the ability of the President to contact and confirm the availability of potential pool members.
If a member of the pool chosen by the President does not believe that he or she can render an impartial decision in connection with an appeals hearing due to his or her involvement in any circumstances leading to the appeals hearing, the member must advise the President so that he or she may be removed from the pool and a substitute member may be designated. The employee who has requested the appeals hearing may object to any one member of the pool, even if the member has had no involvement in the circumstances leading to the appeals hearing, by providing the President with a written request for the member’s removal from the pool within three (3) days of receiving the list of members of the pool provided by the President. If such an objection is made, the member shall be removed from the pool and another College employee shall be designated as a substitute member.
Selection of the five College employees who will serve on the Appeals Committee will be based on the availability of each member of the pool to participate in the appeals hearing. No member of the Appeals Committee shall have any personal interest or be directly or indirectly involved in the matters under consideration.
Unless a request for postponement has been received, the appeals hearing shall be conducted within 30 days of the date on which the final pool of College employees who may participate in the appeals hearing is established, at the date and time and within the parameters established by the Appeals Committee. The employee who has requested the appeals hearing and the College officials who are involved shall have the right to representation, to call and cross-examine witnesses, and to present other evidence. The hearing shall be closed to the public. Any request for postponement of an appeals hearing must be submitted in writing to the President at least five (5) days prior to the scheduled hearing.
Following the appeals hearing, the Appeals Committee shall meet to consider the evidence presented and, by majority vote, shall answer the issues set forth in the written grievance that is the subject of the appeal. A written report containing the Appeals Committee’s recommendation(s) shall be prepared and submitted to the President, generally within ten (10) days after appeals hearing is completed. The length of response time will depend in large part upon the nature and extent of the Appeals Committee’s deliberations. Upon receipt of the Appeals Committee’s written report, the President shall review the report, shall consider the Appeals Committee’s recommendation(s), and shall make a final and binding decision on the matter. The President will inform the employee in writing of this decision, generally within five (5) days after receipt of the Appeals Committee’s report. The length of response time will depend in large part upon the nature and extent of the Appeals Committee’s recommendations.
The Appeals Committee’s report shall be advisory in nature and shall not bind the President’s decision. Failure to request review of a decision relating to disciplinary action or a grievance in accordance with the provisions of this Grievance Procedure shall be deemed to be a waiver of the opportunity to receive such review, unless the College official at the level where review is sought determines that extenuating circumstances have prevented the employee from requesting review in a timely manner, in which case the College official, in his or her sole discretion, may extend the applicable deadline for requesting review.
Other Remedies Preserved
Statement of Policy
The employees of the College are its most valuable resource, and their health and safety are of great importance. The use of illegal drugs and the abuse of alcohol are harmful to health, and the College will not tolerate any drug or alcohol use which imperils the health and wellbeing of its employees, students, or the public at large, or which could result in damage to College property. All employees have the right to work in a drug and alcohol-free environment, and the College is committed to maintaining a safe workplace free from the influence of illegal drugs and alcohol.
This statement of the drug and alcohol-free workplace policy of the College is being provided as part of its good faith commitment to complying with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and to maintain a safe workplace. Employees are required to abide by this policy as a condition of their employment with the College.
For purposes of this policy, the term “prohibited drugs” means any “controlled substances” as defined at 21 U.S.C. 802 and listed on Schedules I through V of 21 U.S.C. 812, as revised from time to time, and as defined by other federal statutes and regulations. Generally, these are drugs, which have a high potential for abuse and include but are not limited to heroin, marijuana, cocaine, PCP, amphetamines, and “crack.” Also included are any other drugs that are illegal under federal, state, or local law, legal drugs that have been obtained illegally or are not being taken as prescribed by a licensed health care provider, and substances that are not intended for human consumption (such as glue). “Alcohol” means the intoxicating agent in beverage alcohol, ethyl alcohol, or other low molecular weight alcohols, including methyl and isopropyl alcohol.
For purposes of this policy, “workplace” includes the buildings, grounds, and parking lots of the College campus, satellite facilities, or any other location where the business of the College is being performed or carried out, and College equipment and vehicles.
Violation of Policy
A violation of this drug and alcohol abuse policy occurs when any employee:
- Engages in the unlawful or unauthorized manufacture, distribution, dispensing of, possession of, sale, purchase, or use of any prohibited drug or alcohol while at the workplace, while traveling to or from the workplace, while using equipment owned or leased by the College, while in a vehicle owned or leased by the College, while at work or during working hours, while engaged in business for the College, or while representing the College away from the workplace, except for the reasonable social use of alcohol in a business/social setting;
- Manufactures, distributes, dispenses, possesses, sells, purchases, or uses prohibited drugs away from the workplace in a manner that adversely affects the employee’s work performance, his or her or others’ safety at work, or the regard or reputation of the College in the community;
- Manufactures, distributes, dispenses, possesses, sells, purchases, or uses alcohol away from the workplace in a manner that adversely affects the employee’s work performance or his or her or others’ safety at work;
- Fails to report to the College a conviction under any federal or state criminal drug statute or conviction of an alcohol-related crime that results from a violation occurring in the workplace more than five (5) calendar days following such conviction; or,
- Stores any prohibited drug or alcohol in a locker, desk, vehicle, or other repository owned or leased by the College or located at the workplace.
Commission of any of the above violations will result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination. Likewise, at its sole discretion and in lieu of or in addition to taking disciplinary action against the employee, the College may require the employee, on his or her own time and at his or her own expense, to participate in and complete satisfactorily a substance abuse assistance or rehabilitation program approved by a federal, state, or local health, law enforcement, or other appropriate agency. The Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 also requires the College to notify any federal agencies with which it contracts of all convictions of employees for workplace drug- related crimes within ten (10) calendar days of receiving notice thereof.
In accordance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the College will take disciplinary action against any employee who is convicted under any federal or state criminal drug statute for a workplace-related violation and/or will require the employee to participate in and complete satisfactorily an approved substance abuse assistance or rehabilitation program.
To assist employees and their families to understand and avoid the perils of drug and alcohol abuse, the College has established a comprehensive awareness program. The College will use the program in an ongoing educational effort to prevent and eliminate drug abuse that may affect the workplace. The awareness program will strive to inform employees of the following:
- The dangers of drug and alcohol abuse in the workplace;
- The College’s drug and alcohol policy and its intention to maintain a drug and alcohol-free workplace;
- The availability of counseling, rehabilitation, and assistance programs for employees who voluntarily seek such assistance; and
- The penalties that the College will impose for violation of this policy.
By unanimous approval of the College’s Board of Trustees, it is the policy of Cape Fear Community College that:
- Use of tobacco is prohibited by students, staff, faculty or visitors:
- in all campus buildings, facilities or property owned or leased by Cape Fear Community Collegeand outside areas of the campus;
- on campus grounds, facilities, or in vehicles that are the property of the college;
- at lectures, conferences, meetings, athletic, social and cultural events held on college property.
- for the purposes of this policy, tobacco is defined as any type of tobacco product including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, pipes, bidis, hookahs, smokeless or spit tobacco or snuff, e-cigarettes or any product simulating smoking instruments.
- The sale or free distribution of tobacco products, including merchandise, on campus or at school events is prohibited.
- Student organizations are prohibited from accepting money or gifts from tobacco companies, including;
- Events sponsored by tobacco companies and/or allowing the on-campus distribution of free, reduced-price, or fully priced tobacco products or products that advertise or promote tobacco use (T-shirts, hats, etc.)
- All tobacco advertising, such as billboards and signs in all campus buildings, facilities or property owned, leased and operated by Cape Fear Community College.
- Tobacco advertisements are prohibited in college-run publications and on grounds and facilities, including athletic facilities, owned or operated by Cape Fear Community College.
- Cape Fear Community College will provide access to tobacco cessation programs on campus.
These tobacco treatment programs shall be publicized regularly in student, faculty and staff publications and academic buildings, through Student Services and through other appropriate means.
- Implementation & Compliance
A campus committee developed and implemented a plan to communicate the policy to students, staff, faculty and visitors upon initial implementation on August 1, 2009. Thereafter, the College provides appropriate signage and other physical indicators of our policy, including this notice. All tobacco waste management products such as ashtrays shall be removed. Violators of the policy shall be issued a verbal reminder of the policy.
Visitors who repeatedly violate the policy shall be asked to leave campus. Staff and faculty who repeatedly violate the policy shall be referred to their supervisor. Repeated violations by staff or faculty can result in further personnel action such as reprimand. In accordance with the Code of Conduct, students who violate the policy shall be referred to the Dean of Student Affairs.
The Reduction in Force Policy of Cape Fear Community College is designed for the termination of employment during a fiscal year pursuant to a written agreement due to a lack of sufficient funding or enrollment to merit continuation of courses, programs, and/or services. Reduction in Force provisions do not apply to non-reappointment following the expiration of a contract period. All decisions made under this policy will take into consideration the needs of the population being served with respect to the mission and goals of the College while attempting to minimize the negative impact on the level and quality of services provided. Primary responsibility for recommending separations due to a reduction in force will rest with the senior level administrators whose decisions will be based on recommendations from supervisors and other management personnel associated with the department where reductions will be made.
An employee who is to be terminated through a reduction in force will be informed in person by his/her immediate supervisor and will be informed in writing by the President. Maximum notice will be given an employee, whenever possible; under no circumstances will a notice be given less than thirty days prior to separation. The letter from the President will state the conditions, which determine the separation, a general description of the procedures followed in making the decision, and the right to appeal by the employee. An employee who wishes to appeal his/her separation from employment resulting from reduction in force may do so beginning at Step 3 of the Grievance Procedure Section of the College’s Discipline, Non-Reappointment, and Grievance Procedure. In the event the matter is not satisfactorily resolved to the employee’s satisfaction, the employee may appeal the matter to the Administrative and Personnel Committee of the Board of Trustees of Cape Fear Community College. The decision of the Administrative and Personnel Committee is final.
An employee who is separated through a reduction in force will be given priority consideration for re-employment during the next twelve months assuming he/she meets the requisite performance standards and qualifications for the position to be filled. He/she will receive all copies of position vacancies during this period.
An employee who is to be separated through a reduction in force may choose a twelve month leave of absence without pay in lieu of separation in order to continue group insurance benefits (to be paid in full by the employee). Choosing a leave of absence does not extend the time or alter the conditions under which priority for re-employment is provided.
OSHA Standard; Exposure Control Plan
Compliance with Standard and Exposure Control Plan – The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has promulgated a standard to eliminate or minimize occupational exposure to hepatitis B (HBV), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and other blood borne pathogens (the “Standard”), and the Standard has been adopted by the State of North Carolina. In compliance with the requirements of the Standard, Cape Fear Community College has established an Exposure Control Plan. Employees who, during the performance of their duties, are reasonably anticipated to have skin, eye, mucous membrane, or parenteral contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials, are deemed to have “occupational exposure” and are required to abide by the Standard and to follow the College’s Exposure Control Plan and the procedures set forth therein. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination. Copies of the Exposure Control Plan are available from the Human Resources office.
Training Programs – To insure that all employees with occupational exposure understand their obligations under the Standard and the Exposure Control Plan, the College will provide an exposure control training program during working hours at the time of the employee’s initial assignment to tasks where occupational exposure may take place and annually thereafter. Additional training will be provided whenever the College institutes new tasks or changes its procedures so as to affect the employee’s occupational exposure. Employees who have been designated as having occupational exposure are required to participate in the College’s training programs and, upon completion thereof, must sign an Exposure Control Training Statement.
HBV Vaccination – As part of its Exposure Control Plan, the College will offer an HBV vaccine and vaccination series to each employee within ten (10) working days of his/her initial assignment to a task involving occupational exposure, unless the employee has previously completed the HBV vaccination series, antibody testing has revealed that the employee or student is immune to HBV, or the vaccine is contraindicated for medical reasons. The HBV vaccination will be provided at no cost to the employees. Employees who decline to accept the
HBV vaccination offered must sign a Hepatitis B Declination.
An employee who initially elects not to receive the HBV vaccination and who continues to be at risk for occupational exposure may later require the College to provide the HBV vaccination and will receive the HBV vaccination free of cost.
Employees and students of the College who may be infected with a reportable communicable disease, as defined by the North Carolina Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources shall not be excluded from employment or enrollment, or restricted in their access to College facilities, services, programs, or activities, unless medically based judgments in individual cases establish that exclusion or restriction is reasonably necessary in the opinion of the College because the infected individual poses a significant risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of him/herself or others at the College that cannot be eliminated or reduced by reasonable accommodation.
Individuals who know or have reason to believe that they are infected with a communicable disease are expected to seek expert medical advice about their health circumstances and are obligated, legally and ethically, to conduct themselves responsibly for the protection of themselves and others. Employees and students who know that they are infected with a communicable disease are encouraged to share that information with their supervisor or advisor, as applicable, so that the College can assist in the appropriate response to their health and employment or educational needs and can make any reasonable accommodations, if necessary. Such information will be kept confidential, unless authorized by the individual in writing to be released, except that appropriate health care providers, supervisors, department heads, administrative staff, and safety and health personnel may be informed regarding any restrictions in participation or work duties and any reasonable accommodations, and government representatives may be provided information in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
Employees of Cape Fear Community College may become a candidate for a public office and be elected or appointed to a public office provided the following conditions are met:
- An employee who wishes to run for public office must send a written notice to the President who in turn will notify the Board of Trustees. The notice must stipulate that the employee will not campaign or engage in any political activities during his/her regular work hours or involve the College in political activities.
- An employee who is elected to a part-time public office will send a written notice to the President certifying that the office will not interfere with his/her carrying out assigned College duties and that leave will not be requested. The President will inform the Board of Trustees.
- An employee who is elected or appointed to a full-time public office or to the General Assembly will be required to take a leave of absence without pay upon assuming that office. The employee must request leave through a written notice to the President who will take the request to the Board of Trustees. The length of the leave of absence will be determined by the Board.
Employees of less than three years longevity with CFCC will not be granted a leave of absence to take a full-time elected or appointed public office.
- An employee who becomes a candidate for public office is prohibited from soliciting support during regular work hours. The employee in question is prohibited from soliciting support on College property unless authorization to do so is granted by the Board of Trustees. To request authorization, a written request must be sent to the Board of Trustees through the President.
Salespersons and solicitors will not be allowed to contact school personnel during work hours except through specific permission from the President or an administrative person designated by the President.
Distribution of home addresses of students, teachers, or staff is prohibited. The only exception will be employers seeking to employ students.
No outside agencies will be allowed to solicit from students or staff unless it is a recognized non-profit organization, which has obtained prior approval from the President of the College or one with the authority to act on the President’s behalf.
Voluntary gift, sickness, and coffee funds will be permitted among the staff. No member of the staff should accept a gift or a loan from a person that he/she supervises.
Children of employees should not be brought into the workplace for prolonged periods of time unless authorized by the immediate supervisor responsible for the area.
Children who are not registered for a class may not be present in the classroom, lab or studio during classroom instruction.
Children cannot be left unattended on campus, in any area including administrative offices, waiting areas, the Learning Resource Center, the cafeteria, employee lounge areas, or parking lots. College employees are expected to be responsible adults and contact campus police when noticing unattended or disruptive children.
To assure accuracy and consistency of news and information concerning CFCC, all news releases must be coordinated and/or released by the Community Relations Office. All media interviews with college personnel must be approved by the Community Relations Office ahead of time. When contacted by members of the news media, employees should notify the Community Relations Office first and respond to questions only when they have sufficient information to give factual, accurate responses. If an employee prefers not to answer media inquiries, or does not feel that he/she is informed, the requests should be referred to the Community Relations Office.
To keep a consistent and professional public image of the College, any college-related promotional materials must follow the official College standards and graphics guidelines.
Standards include correct grammar and spelling, and should include the College logo and should also be duplicated clearly. More details on standards are available on the College’s website at www.cfcc.edu/marketing/standards. Please contact the Community Relations Office with any questions. Exceptions to these guidelines may be approved only by the Community Relations Office.
Official publications include, but are not limited to, materials such as business cards, official reports, promotional displays, banners, signs, letterhead, envelopes, newsletters, catalogs, view books, advertisements, posters, brochures, pamphlets, and flyers. Publications also include electronic publications such as web pages, official College social media sites, promotional videos and audio/video presentations, with the exception of instructional materials for classroom use and promotional materials for student clubs and organizations.
Cape Fear Community College offers a variety of printing, design, and duplication services through the Publications Office to produce official College materials, publications, signs and banners. Faculty/staff are encouraged to use the printing/duplication services available for larger scale/higher volume print jobs and limit the use of the more expensive local printers in offices and computer labs to smaller, day-to-day business needs. Because of the large demand for duplication services, all printing/copying requests must be submitted by using the publications request form located online at myCFCC. Typically, jobs will be completed on a first come, first serve basis. Although the time needed to complete each project will vary according to size and preparation time, departments are encouraged to give as much advance notice as possible to the Publications Office in order to complete the job in the time desired. Failure to give adequate notice may require the requester to use a commercial printing/copying service. All work designed and produced outside of the College must follow College standards.
All promotional advertising (not employment ads) must be approved by the Community Relations Office. All ad copy and design must also be approved by the Community Relations Office before it is submitted to the media.
Children who are not registered for a class may not be present in the classroom, lab or studio during classroom instruction.
Children cannot be left unattended on campus including the Learning Resource Center, the cafeteria, lounge areas, registration sites, administrative offices or parking lots. College personnel will expect responsible adults to remove unattended or disruptive children immediately.
Failure to comply with this policy will lead to disciplinary action as outlined in the College Catalog, Student Handbook, and Faculty and Staff Handbook. Visitors violating this policy will be notified of the violation and continued violation will result in the individual being asked to leave campus.
The College would like to provide educational opportunities to its students and others in the College community and believes that public expressions through display or distribution of handbills, posters, or other materials can play an important role in accomplishing this goal. The College also believes firmly in its obligation to College employees and its students to provide an environment that is conducive to learning. Public expression that enhances this environment by affording students and others in the College community exposure to a variety of ideas is encouraged. Subject to the terms and conditions set forth in these procedures, to any rules or regulations established by the College pertaining to display or distribution, and to other applicable laws, rules, and regulations, an organization or individual may display or distribute handbills, posters, or other materials that are aimed at providing information to students.
The following guidelines apply to materials posted on the campus of Cape Fear Community College, regardless of the source of those materials. They include:
- Posted information shall not contain obscene or libelous information or other information that is not protected by law.
- Information will not be placed over existing notices. Outdated material will be removed to make room for timely information.
- All event items must be removed by the sponsoring organization immediately follow the event.
- All notices to be posted require approval by the Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management (or designee).
- Due to extreme space limitations, information to be posted by student groups, community groups, or individuals in areas other than those reserved for Phi Theta Kappa and academically oriented student clubs will be posted for a maximum of two weeks and must be no larger than 8.5″ x 11.″
- Items not approved in the prescribed manner will be removed and discarded.
- Placement of information on vehicles of others on campus is prohibited.
- The College reserves exclusive rights to re-arrange materials to accommodate the display of additional materials, to establish limits on the amount of information organizations may display, and to deny additional requests when all designated space is being used.
- Failure by any organization or individual to abide by CFCC guidelines will be grounds for denying additional requests from the same organization or individual.
The College will grant access by an eligible organization or individual to areas of College premises designated for public expression on a neutral basis, in accordance with these procedures. A grant of access to any particular organization or individual does not mean that the College endorses the beliefs, practices, or views expressed by that organization or individual, and outside organizations and individuals are expressly prohibited from stating, implying, or suggesting in any manner that they are endorsed by or associated with the College or that any publication, announcement, or other form of expression provided by the organization or individual has been approved by or is associated with the College. Areas of College premises designated for public expression will not be denied to any organization or individual on the basis of the content of information sought to be provided by or the convictions or affiliations of that organization or individual.
Given the varying nature of different organizations and the wide-range of notices that individual students and/or college personnel may wish to post on occasion, additional guidelines apply to certain types of organizations and individuals. (Additional information available from Student Services office)
The full-time vocational and technical programs offered by Cape Fear Community College are designed to prepare individuals to enter the labor market as beginning tradesmen and technicians. The Associate in General Education program is for students who desire to tailor their educational goals to personal interests rather than to specific professional requirements. The College Transfer programs are designed to prepare students to transfer to a four-year college or university.
The Continuing Education Program at Cape Fear Community College offers a wide range of short-term Workforce (non-credit) classes and programs for professional, academic achievement, and personal enrichment. These classes and programs are conveniently offered at multiple Cape Fear Community College campus/center locations and community/business sites throughout New Hanover and Pender Counties.
Instructors’ teaching schedules are determined by Department Chairs/Directors and Deans. Work schedules will take into account the number of preparations, numbers of students taught, nature of the subject, and help available from secretaries and teaching assistants. Any changes in an instructor’s schedule must be approved by the appropriate Dean.
Regular full-time faculty teaching loads generally fall within the following limits: 18 semester hours or 25 contact hours, whichever occurs first. Every effort will be made to ensure loads are not excessive. There may be times when additional teaching loads will be assigned in order to meet College needs. However, over the course of an academic year, loads should average within the guidelines established above. Instructors who teach English Composition exclusively have teaching loads of 15 semester credits plus three (3) hours per week assisting students in CFCC’s Learning Lab.
Regular full-time Continuing Education faculty will teach 30 contact hours per week and are not required to hold office hours.
Regular full-time curriculum faculty must schedule a minimum of five office hours per week. Office hours will be scheduled so that faculty are accessible to students. Hours must be posted and are to be given to students as part of first day handouts. As needed for appointments with students and as required by the College, faculty are expected to schedule additional time on campus for faculty meetings, committee activities, etc. Part-time curriculum faculty members will be accessible to students. If possible, office hours will be provided. If office hours are not possible, instructors will provide contact information in the first day handout. This contact information is to include a telephone number and instructions for making an appointment. Additionally, each part-time instructor has a location assigned for them to pick up mail. Students are to be advised of the location along with instructions on scheduling appointments.
Absences from the campus during the faculty member’s scheduled hours must be cleared with the appropriate department chair/director (or designee). Faculty members are expected to make arrangements in advance with the appropriate department chair/director (or designee) for any absences from regularly assigned duties. The department chair/director (or designee) will notify the appropriate Dean. In case of emergencies, or unavoidable absences, instructors are required to call in and report such directly to the appropriate department chair/director (or designee). If the department chair/director (or designee) is unavailable, the instructor should talk with the appropriate Dean.
Regular attendance and promptness should be emphasized by the staff and required of all students. Faculty must begin and end classes on time. Attendance must be taken during each class or laboratory session.
Every full-time curriculum faculty member is provided with either a private or semiprivate office and is expected to maintain the office space in a professional manner.
The College will from time to time provide upgrading experiences through professional development sessions such as classes, workshops, visits to industry, lecturers, etc. Faculty members are expected to take advantage of these programs when possible. The NC Community College System conducts conferences for faculty. Cape Fear Community College’s faculty are encouraged to participate in these conferences when appropriate.
At various times industries are willing to allow faculty to come to their plants for the purpose of becoming familiar with industrial innovations. Then too, at times industries may need the services of faculty members to work on particular difficulties in their plants. The College encourages such cooperative endeavors when possible.
Students must be under supervision at all times during scheduled classes, labs, or shops to ensure safety of students and protection of College assets.
The Faculty Advisory System is an integral part of the total educational process of the College. Each curriculum student will be assigned a faculty advisor. Department chairs or deans will be responsible for coordinating advising activities in their department. The assignment of a student to an advisor will be made by the Division of Student Services and Enrollment Management in cooperation with the appropriate department chair or dean. The faculty advisor must provide sufficient office hours to meet the needs of advisees and are required to post advising signup schedules during the advising period.
All faculty are expected to inform students of classroom expectations as delineated in the CFCC Catalog and Student Handbook code of conduct as well as including any additional expectations for their students that are necessary to provide a classroom atmosphere conducive to effective learning. These classroom expectations must be explicitly stated in the course syllabus. It is at the discretion of the instructor/chair/director on the allowance of food and beverages in classroom locations. However, no food or beverages are permitted in any computer classrooms or labs at any time.
8.13.1 Faculty Performance Evaluation
All faculty will be evaluated for job performance, professional improvement and assigned duties to ensure consistent professional instructional performance. The administrative staff and academic supervisors will make evaluative judgments and observe to what degree instructors meet these criteria.
Visits to the classroom, laboratory, or shop by appropriate supervisors are an integral part of faculty evaluation. The purpose of such visits is the observation of the teaching-learning process in the particular setting. Following such visits, the faculty member being observed is given written feedback. The faculty member and evaluating supervisor may meet at a convenient time for a discussion of the class visitation.
8.13.2 Student Evaluations
Students have the opportunity to evaluate faculty during each course. A summary of these evaluations are available to each faculty member. A hard or digital copy will be accessible from the appropriate department chair/director.
Course syllabi and/or outlines are available for all courses included in the curricula offered at Cape Fear Community College. Faculty members should review these and develop their lesson plans around the objectives of the course being taught. Faculty members must review or revise these course syllabi and/or outlines annually.
Each instructor is required to provide students with a syllabus on the first day a class meets and additional handouts may also be provided. The syllabus and/or handout should include (a) the most current course description from the NCCCS Combined Course Library, (b) the major objectives of the course (written in terms of what the student will do rather than what the instructor will do), (c) required textbooks and materials, (d) the course requirements (what will be expected or required of the student), (e) the College’s grading scale, (f) the course prerequisites and corequisites, (g) instructors attendance policy, (h) course schedule, (i) cheating/plagiarism statement, (j) children on campus statement, and (k) e-mail account use. In the event of any changes to the original course syllabus during the conduct of the course, all changes must be communicated in hardcopy or digital format to students.
The following is a memorandum from the NC Community College System: It is the opinion of the Attorney General that complimentary textbooks are the property of the colleges and may be disposed of only in accordance with G.S.115D-15 and with the approval of the State Board of Community Colleges. Any proceeds must be used for capital outlay purposes.
The College provides administrative support for the operation of each instructional department which may include faculty support, ordering of supplies and equipment, assisting with equipment inventory, processing employment contracts and requisitions. Instructors must comply with copyright laws regarding duplicating copyrighted material and must not request clerical help to duplicate those types of materials.
Academic freedom is essential to the mission of higher education, which is to allow and promote free inquiry into the total environment of human endeavor. A college exists for the purpose of examining questions and issues arising out of that environment, including the past, the present, and the future. Cape Fear Community College firmly believes in freedom of inquiry, freedom to teach, freedom to share, and freedom to learn from others. All freedoms carry with them responsibility to use them with care and with full consideration for the rights and freedoms of others.
The responsibility for grading students rests with the faculty and will be in accordance with the College’s grading scale as delineated in the current Cape Fear Community College Catalog and Student Handbook.
Well-planned field trips can provide valuable learning experiences. Faculty planning field trips should have the approval of the appropriate department chair/director prior to the trip and a completed fieldtrip form should be given to the following: the appropriate campus/center Switchboard Operator, appropriate dean, the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Workforce Development, the Vice President for Student Services Enrollment Management and the department secretary. The field trip form must include the following: (1) the nature and location of the planned field trip; (2) objectives of the trip and its relationship to the courses being taught; (3) the date and hours students will be off-campus; (4) a roster of students participating in the field trip; and (5) contact cell phone number. A field trip notification should be placed on the classroom door on the day of the scheduled trip. If required, the student conduct/consent form must be completed before the trip commences.
All live projects at Cape Fear Community College should be such that they promote learning for the students and not simply a service to any individual or organization. (See North Carolina Administrative Code 2D.0310 (http://www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/sites/default/files/legal/sbccc/subchapter/subchapter700_general_provisions.pdf)
“(a) Live projects are defined as: (1) educational programs in which students, as part of their educational experiences, repair or remodel equipment not owned by the college; or (2) educational programs that produce goods that are sold or services for which charges are made, such goods or services being the normal and necessary product of learning activities of students.”
All property worked on or constructed in any class sponsored by Cape Fear Community College must be the personal property of the students, the students’ parents, CFCC or its employees, or the property of other public agencies. Proper identification of such equipment will be required by CFCC instructors before work may commence. In the case of automobiles or other vehicles, a registration card will suffice. Other eligibility requirements may apply. All required forms must be completed and department chairs/directors approval is required prior to the start of the live project. These regulations are intended purely as a minimum guideline. Further restrictions may be imposed by the instructor if appropriate.
All materials and supplies used in such projects will be purchased by the owner from private sources. Under no condition will Cape Fear Community College’s materials and supplies be applied to any private vehicle or equipment.
It is not the intent of live projects, nor shall it be the result, that Cape Fear Community College compete with business and industries in the area it serves (See Umstead Act).
Faculty meetings will be scheduled as the need arises. An attempt will be made to schedule meetings when they least interfere with teaching schedules. All faculty members are expected to attend these meetings. A faculty member must notify their supervisor if unable to attend.
The Faculty Association consists of full-time faculty members. Part-time faculty are invited to join the Faculty Association as non-voting members. The purpose of the Faculty Association is to: serve as an organization through which members may discuss and interpret matters concerning the Faculty, and to provide assistance and encouragement to fellow members; involve the Faculty in the affairs of Cape Fear Community College in order to enhance the effectiveness and quality of the College; participate in planning the educational program and in developing educational policy; and maintain a close working relationship between the Administration and Faculty in contributing to the success of this College in accomplishing its goals and purposes. (See Appendix A for a copy of the Faculty Association’s Constitution and By-Laws).
In order to fulfill its mission of strengthening the academic, economic, social, and cultural life of the citizens of New Hanover and Pender counties, CFCC offers instruction through fully online and hybrid online/face-to-face delivery. To serve all students equally, CFCC is committed to ensuring that courses offered through these alternative delivery methods are comparable to and consistent with regular face-to-face delivery in academic standards and quality–attendance, testing, grading and evaluation procedures–as well as all student and support services.
Responsibilities for distance learning are divided as stated below:
- The Board of Trustees and the President are responsible for the coordination and supervision of all courses.
- The academic unit offering the instruction is responsible for
- the development, delivery, regular evaluation, and (if applicable) accreditation of specific courses and programs;
- the application and maintenance of academic standards, including the Online Course Standards adopted by the College in February 2015;
- coordination with other academic units and relevant organizations and agencies, including satellite centers established by the Board of Trustees.
- Authorization from the President is required before initiating inter-institutional coordination or activities.
- The Online Learning unit will provide
- support and coordination of professional development for faculty delivering online instruction;
- assistance for students, along with the Student HelpDesk in navigating and succeeding in online courses;
- information on state and federal regulations regarding online learning (such as State Authorization) and assistance on monitoring compliance with such regulations.
Cape Fear Community College provides a wide variety of resources and services for students, faculty and staff through the Learning Resource Center (LRC). The Learning Resource Center includes the Library, TV Studio, Online Learning, Instructional Technology, and ACA (College Student Success) department. The Learning Resource Center operates under the direction of a Dean who is responsible to the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Workforce Development.
The Libraries contain more than 50,000 books and other paper materials supporting the curricular and continuing education offerings of the College. Additionally, the Libraries’ collections include more than 15,000 audiovisual items, over 30,000 pieces of microform, and access to more than 150,000 ebooks. Qualified personnel are available during all times that the Libraries are open to assist students, employees, and community patrons in using these resources. Efforts are made continuously to update the Libraries’ resources in order to meet the changing needs of the CFCC community. Faculty and staff members are encouraged to participate in the selection of new materials and suggestions from students are also welcomed.
The CFCC ID card becomes a library card once it is presented and registered with the Library. It is used to check out all library materials.
Staff of the Libraries offer general tours and instruction in the use of Library resources. Instruction can be customized to an individual class and/or assignment, as needed. To arrange a tour, in-Library instruction, or to reserve space for a whole class, instructors may contact the Reference Desk at either the Wilmington or North Campus Library.
Librarians, in consultation with faculty, select materials in designated subject/program areas. Materials are selected to provide cultural enlightenment, factual knowledge, literary appreciation, aesthetic values, ethical standards, literacy education, and recreational reading. The community college student body is as diverse as the community the College serves. It is the obligation of the Libraries to provide for each unique group by considering different points of view. Principles are placed above personal opinion and reason above prejudice to select materials of the highest quality in regard to content and format. Students, staff, faculty, and community patrons are welcome to make recommendations for the purchase of materials at any time. All recommendations should be submitted to a CFCC librarian for consideration.
Weeding, or material deselection, is an ongoing process. Faculty members are an integral part of the collection review process and are expected to assist the librarians with this task. The Dean of the LRC retains the ultimate responsibility for determining whether material will be retained or discarded. The Libraries adhere to the NC Administrative Code governing the disposal of Library materials (23 NCAC 02C .0403 SURPLUS AND IRREPARABLE BOOKS AND BOOK‑LIKE MEDIA).
The Libraries gladly accept donations to the collection, using the criteria of the Materials Selection Policy, in conjunction with other criteria, including, but not limited to: identified need or interest; relevance to current programs; currency; and physical condition. Gifts that cannot be used in the collection will be disposed of through established procedures.
Users have a right for their registration and circulation records to remain confidential, and the Library adheres to NC General Statute 125-19 regarding confidentiality of user records as follows:
- 125-19. Confidentiality of library user records
(a) Disclosure. — A library shall not disclose any library record that identifies a person as having requested or obtained specific materials, information, or services, or as otherwise having used the library, except as provided for in subsection (b).
(b) Exceptions. — Library records may be disclosed in the following instances:
(1) When necessary for the reasonable operation of the library;
(2) Upon written consent of the user; or
(3) Pursuant to subpoena, court order, or where otherwise required by law.
The Cape Fear Community College Libraries welcome all visitors who are actively engaged in the use of our resources and services for academic purposes. To ensure that you have a safe and pleasant environment for study and research, the Library prohibits the following behaviors:
- Commercial use of computers or viewing obscene/pornographic sites (or any other violation of the CFCC Acceptable Use Policy)
- Drinking near Library computers, equipment, books, or journals (securely covered beverages are permitted in other areas of the Library)
- Damaging or defacing facilities or resources
- Loud cell phone use (please be courteous and take phone calls outside)
- Leaving children unattended
- Entering the Library with duffel bags, bedrolls, sleeping bags, trash bags, or shopping carts
- Selling, soliciting, or panhandling
- Disrupting other users due to poor hygiene
- Prolonged sleeping
- Disruptive behavior, rowdiness, or excessive noise
- Possession of alcohol or of a controlled substance
- Smoking or the use of tobacco products
The primary purpose of the TV Studio is to provide students with a laboratory setting for learning the tools and tasks of producing television content. The Studio also produces programming for broadcast on The Learning Network (TLN), as well as the internet, and creates promotional videos highlighting CFCC students and programs. A strong emphasis is placed on the quality of content being considered for broadcast. Some programs and concepts that have strong educational value may not make good television programming. Therefore, all ideas or concepts submitted for taping are treated as proposals. Proposals for long-form programming (full-length shows) should be submitted at least two months in advance of the prospective “shooting” date. Short programs require a minimum of one week’s notice and are also subject to approval.
The supervision and use of Studio resources is the responsibility of the TV/Video Production Specialist.
The Online Learning unit is dedicated to supporting the design, development, and implementation of high quality online education (Internet and hybrid). Services provided by the unit staff ensure the quality of online courses offered by CFCC and support the faculty and students with challenges faced in the online environment.
Functions of the Online Learning unit include, but are not limited to:
- Providing convenient and relevant training for faculty relating to best practices and technology use in the online classroom;
- Working one-on-one with faculty on course design and implementing new technologies;
- Consulting with departments to ensure continuing compliance with standards, best practices, procedures, and policies;
- Maintaining accessible web resources—for faculty and students—available 24/7 for self-help;
- Monitoring and disseminating information on institutional, state, federal, and accrediting agency policies and procedures related to distance and online education;
- Assisting students with problems and challenges related to learning online;
- Advising online-only students on how to navigate online resources and processes.
Instructional Technology provides leadership for faculty and staff in the effective use of new and current technologies for instructional purposes through the following:
- Research, analysis, implementation, and evaluation of technologies and their potential applications within the College;
- Establishing and promoting an environment which encourages independent, collaborative, and creative use of instructional technology;
- Serving as a faculty and staff resource for training and support of educational technology.
The Learning Resource Center coordinates the offering of ACA/Academic courses, including ACA 111 College Student Success and ACA 122 College Transfer Success.
Salary checks for full and part-time faculty and staff are issued on the last workday of the month. Salaries are usually paid early in December. All salaries are subject to federal and state income tax withholdings and Social Security. State retirement (TSERS) contributions are mandatory for full-time employees. Full-time employees are eligible for voluntary payroll deductions.
Equipment Inventory is responsible for implementing procedures for maintaining control over and the safeguarding of fixed assets.
Assets are considered missing when a physical inventory is taken with a Mobile Asset counter and asset variances are collected on a physical inventory worksheet. Missing assets occur because an asset is moved to another location but the new location was not reported to Equipment Inventory thus it was not recorded in the system before Physical Inventory was conducted, or the asset could be lost or stolen.
During a physical inventory, missing assets are noted on Physical Inventory Worksheets. After the sheets are completed Equipment Inventory Technician compares assets listed as missing on the Physical Inventory Worksheets at one location/division with assets found at other locations/divisions that were not listed on that location’s Physical Inventory Worksheets. If there are any matches, location changes are made to the Fixed Asset System to list it properly.
If there are any missing assets after this process, the person responsible for the asset will then be required to document all the efforts made to find the missing asset on the Lost/Stolen form. After one year, if the asset is not found, it is retired as a lost asset. The form is routed through proper management levels for signatures.
If any College property has been stolen, the person discovering the theft must report it to Campus Police. A College employee must also inform their immediate supervisor. This is to be done as soon as possible, but no later than three days from the day of discovery. Campus Police will open an investigation and contact Equipment Inventory that an Asset has been reported stolen. Campus Police will then take the lead and conduct interviews with all parties involved. After all efforts have been exhausted in trying to locate the Asset it would then be retired in the Fixed Asset System. The assigned department head is responsible for filing the lost or stolen equipment report to the Director of Purchasing and Inventory.
Strict laws govern the disposal of public property. When in the opinion of faculty or staff a piece or pieces of equipment have become worn beyond repair, obsolete, or otherwise no longer useful, they should inform the immediate supervisor and if approved, the Equipment Inventory Technician with Business and Finance Services will be contacted since they are authorized to dispose of equipment properly and according to law.
The State Formula Budget for Cape Fear Community College is allocated by the NC Community College System and is the primary funding source for the College’s current operations. Funds are allocated using three methodologies: 1) base allocations provide a standard amount of support regardless of college size, 2) enrollment allocations, which vary based on a college’s budgeted full-time equivalent (FTE) student enrollment, and 3) performance-based allocations, which are determined based on student outcomes. In addition to the State Formula Allotment, colleges may receive additional categorical allotments and/or program specific categorical allocations. The allocated budget is distributed by the President of the College, with assistance from the Vice President for Business and Financial Services, senior staff, deans, and other administrators. The County budget consists of funds from New Hanover and Pender Counties. These funds are requested by the President and the Board of Trustees annually and primarily provide funds for the maintenance and operation of the physical plant.
All federal and private grants must be managed through the Director of Grant Development in Institutional Advancement.
- All credit cards owned by Cape Fear Community College (college credit card) are to be used solely for conducting College business, and cannot be used for personal expenses.
- The college credit card should only be used when standard methods of procurement are insufficient for the intended purpose.
- A monthly credit card log will be maintained by the department/person using the credit card. The following information must be included for payment:
The log should include the date of the expenditure, the date of an event for which the purchase was made, the name of the employee making the purchase, the amount of the expense and the type of event for which the purchase is made. If the expenditure was for entertaining/hosting guests, a list of all guests and their affiliation with the college should also be included. This log will serve as documentation for all credit card expenses and should be submitted along with the original receipt for the purchase for payment.
Any unauthorized use of the credit card may result in disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal. “Unauthorized use” is defined as any action taken involving the use of the credit card that is inconsistent with this policy.
The purpose of this policy is to help assure that Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) is:
- Being a good steward of personal information entrusted to it by its constituents,
- Protecting the privacy of its constituents,
- Complying with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards, and
- Striving to avoid a security breach from unauthorized and inappropriate use of cardholder’ information.
Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) compliance is of the utmost importance to CFCC.
The following statements comprise CFCC payment card policy:
- Compliance with the PCI DSS is required of all CFCC employees and departments that accept, process, transmit, or store payment cardholder information.
- Only CFCC employees who are properly trained may accept and/or access cardholder information, devices, or systems which store or access cardholder information.
- Only PCI DSS compliant equipment, systems, and methods may be utilized to process, transmit, and/or store cardholder information.
- Each CFCC employee who has access to cardholder information is responsible for protecting that information in accordance with PCI DSS and College policy and procedures.
- Any suspected PCI DSS breach must be immediately reported to the parties identified in the CFCC Payment Card Industry Procedure and investigated in accordance with the CFCC Credit Card Security Incident Response Plan. The plan and procedure will be tested and updated annually.
- The College follows requirements for PCI compliance which include quarterly network scans and annual review and update of the PCI Self – Assessment Questionnaire.
Vendors and service providers who enter into a contract with CFCC and who will function within the CFCC PCI scope, and who are planning on processing credit card transactions must ensure their compliance with PCI DSS by evidence of a PCI certificate or by working with a CFCC PCI officer to obtain permission.
The College has determined that it is necessary to maintain a Petty Cash Fund. Petty Cash purchases are for emergencies under $30, and are to be used for such items as postage, freight, etc. Any exceptions to this policy must be approved by the Controller or the Vice President for Business and Financial Services. The best source to replenish the Petty Cash Fund is Institutional Funds.
A receipt for purchase(s) made from Petty Cash funds, along with any other supporting documentation, must be presented to the Controller or the Budget Director before reimbursement is made. The documentation may be in the form of a voucher, describing the rationale for the purchase, budget code to be charged to, signature of the requestor and the requestor’s supervisor. The supporting documentation shall be filed with the reimbursement check.
The Shipping and Receiving Department is responsible for pick-up and delivery of mail to employees located at every CFCC location. Packages and large items of mail should either be taken to the Shipping and Receiving Department (downtown), or contact the Shipping and Receiving staff to coordinate a pick-up.
It is the intention of Cape Fear Community College to promote the security for campus personnel and equipment by maintaining and controlling appropriate access to College property. This Key Control Policy is designed to provide access to needed resources, while maintaining reasonable personal safety and security for all members and guests of the College. This will ensure the protection of personal and College property through control of keys to offices, buildings, and other secured assets at various campus locations. This Key Control Policy governs the control, use and possession of keys to CFCC secured assets, as well as the use of keys by employees of the College, and those designated to use secured assets by agreement.
General Provision and Fabrication: Unauthorized use and manufacturing or duplication of any College key is prohibited. Cape Fear Community College keys are the property of the College, and may be repossessed at any time. Keys are to be used only by the individual they are assigned to and cannot be shared or loaned. Fabrication of keys and all lock changes shall only be done by authorized personnel as defined in the document titled “CFCC Key Control Procedures.”
Responsibility for Issuance: Faculty and staff will be issued the minimum number of keys at the lowest level of access needed to perform their job responsibilities based on actual need and with written approval following the procedures defined in the “CFCC Key Control Procedures”.
Responsibility for the Return of Keys: Any action including but not limited to termination, change of responsibility or status, may trigger the return of keys issued to an individual to CFCC. Please read the “CFCC Key Control Procedures” for detailed information on this topic.
Lost Keys: Lost keys should be reported immediately to Campus Police, the Supervisor of the employee and the Key Issuing Department. See “CFCC Key Control Procedures” for detailed instructions.
Liability for Lost Keys: Due to the sensitivity of some of the locations that keys can open; it can cost up to several hundred thousand dollars to rekey such an area if a key is lost or stolen. Key holders who have lost keys will be liable for them by disciplinary action as defined in section 5.1 of the Employee Handbook.
Damaged Keys: Keys that are damaged or are not working properly can be replaced at no charge at the Key Issuing Department by returning the damaged key.
Office Changes: If an individual moves offices, it is the responsibility of the individual to return the old keys to the Key Issuing Department within 5 days or a key fine may be assessed.
General Purpose Classrooms: General purpose classrooms are opened daily by Security with the exception of specialized classrooms that require added security.
Lock-Core Changes: If a lock-core must be changed for any reason, a request for the change will be initiated by the Key Issuing Department and approved by the proper CFCC officers as defined in the “CFCC Key Control Procedures” document.
Key Identification: All keys will be stamped with a unique serial number and the information on the keys along with the information on the key holder will be recorded in a database maintained by the college locksmith and the key issuing department respectively.
Key Inventory Control: Keys will be inventoried annually. See “CFCC Key Control Procedures” for detailed instructions.
Any card or device used to gain access to a secured area through the use of an electronic security system will be referred to as a “swipe card.”
Any reader capable of reading information from an electronic device and commanding access to a secured location will be referred to as “electronic door reader.”
Certain locations at CFCC are secured by electronic door readers. A swipe card that is used to control a locking mechanism, is considered to be a CFCC key, and its issuance and usage are governed by the “CFCC Key Control Procedures.”
Access to any CFCC secured area by the use of swipe cards should be requested in the same manner physical keys are requested and treated accordingly.
Swipe cards assigned to any person connected with CFCC are non-transferrable. Swipe cards cannot be borrowed or loaned, and should be kept safely.
Access granted by the use of swipe cards may impose more restrictions than key access at any one location. Such restrictions include but are not limited to the day of the week and time of day when access may be granted.
Any lost card must be deactivated immediately online, or by direct report to Campus Police. See “CFCC Key Control Procedures” for more details.
Card Swipe data is confidential.
Parking spaces are provided, if available, to all full-time employees. The fee for these spaces is $30 per year for nine-month employees, or $40 per year for twelve month employees. Full-time employees who do not have an assigned parking space or location, as well as part-time employees, may elect to use the Hanover Parking Deck or surface parking lots for $10 per year. In exchange for payment of the fee, the employee shall receive a decal that authorizes the employee to park in designated areas until the employee separates from the College. In the event of employee separation, parking fees are non-refundable. The static cling or parking sticker must be displayed on the front windshield, passenger side, lower right-hand corner of the vehicle. The “hang tag” must be clearly visible hanging from the rear view mirror. During events, decals are not recognized and patrons must pay the stated parking fees.
The following rules, regulations and ordinances constitute the “Traffic Plan and Towing Policy” of Cape Fear Community College (CFCC):
- “Motor vehicle” includes any machine designed or intended to travel over land by self-propulsion or while attached to a self-propelled vehicle.
- An “abandoned motor vehicle” is a vehicle that:
- Is left unattended in violation of any rule, regulation or ordinance regulating parking, or,
- Is left for longer than three (3) days on property owned, operated, managed or regulated by CFCC.
- A “junked motor vehicle” is an abandoned vehicle that also:
- Is partially dismantled or wrecked; or,
- Cannot be self-propelled or moved in the manner in which it originally was intended to move; or,
- Is more than five years old and appears to be worth less than $100; or,
- Does not display a current license plate.
- “Tow,” in any of its forms, includes removing a vehicle by any means, including towing and storing the vehicle.
- “Tower” means the person who towed the vehicle.
- “Towing fee” means the fee charged for towing and storing.
- Vehicle Registration: All motor vehicles where the owner or operator parks on the campus or keeps said vehicle on the campus must be registered with CFCC. The following information shall be required of the registrant at the time of registration:
- The name and CFCC I.D. number;
- The license plate number of the vehicle, including the name of the State that issued the license plate;
- The make, model and year, and color of the vehicle.
The Campus Access and Security Fee (CAPS) for students is as follows:
- 1 to 8 Credit Hours: $20 per semester; or,
- 9 or more Credit Hours: $40 per semester; or,
- $5 per course for Continuing Education classes, excluding Basic Skills, HRD, Small Business, EMT, PLET, Fire and Customized Industry Training.
In exchange for payment of the fee, the student shall receive a decal that authorizes the student to park in areas designated for student parking and is valid from September 1, 20xx to August 31, 20xx. The decal must be displayed on the front windshield, passenger side, lower right-hand corner of the vehicle. Students with registered vehicles who have purchased a decal and have the decal properly displayed in the window of the vehicle may park only in areas designated for student parking.
- Employee Leasing of Parking Spaces: Upon payment of the annual leasing fee of $40 by a twelve-month College employee, or $30 by a nine-month employee, The Wilmington Campus employee will be assigned to the Nutt Street Parking Deck. The fee for unassigned parking in the Hanover Parking Deck and surface parking lots is $10 annually. Full-time Wilmington Campus employees who are assigned to the Nutt Street Parking Deck and shall not regularly park in unassigned parking spaces due to limited availability. North Campus employees will be assigned a numbered parking space, giving the employee the sole right to park in that designated parking space during normal hours of College operations. “Unassigned parking” at the North Campus is defined as “any unlettered or unnumbered space.” Wilmington Campus employees visiting or working at North Campus shall park in any unassigned space (Student parking). North Campus employees visiting or working at the Wilmington Campus shall park in the Nutt Street Parking Deck.
- No vehicle without a valid decal may be parked in any parking lot, deck or parking area designated for either employee or student parking.
- In parking lots or areas with numbered spaces, only the person who has leased that parking space may park in that parking space.
- In all parking lots, decks or parking areas with marked parking spaces, parking is not permitted outside the marked spaces.
- No vehicle shall be parked in any manner so as to block the ability of another vehicle to leave its parking space or exit from the parking lot, deck or parking area.
- No vehicle shall be parked or left standing or unattended on any road, street, alley, travel lane, driveway, parking lot or parking area entrance or exit, or pedestrian crossing.
- Where signs are posted limiting parking in any manner such as for a limited amount of time, for handicapped persons, or for visitors, parking shall be permitted only as posted.
- Motorcycles, mopeds, scooters, vehicles with trailers, and bicycles are not allowed in the Nutt Street or Hanover Street Parking Decks.
- Violation: A person may be issued a citation for each violation of the above rules, regulations or ordinances. The fine for each citation is $5.00. A vehicle parked in violation of any of these rules, regulations or ordinances is subject to booting.
- Repeat Violators: Any person receiving more than three (3) citations for any violations within any one semester is subject to being booted. Any vehicle parked or left on campus that is banned from parking on campus shall be subject to immediate towing.
- Removal of Vehicles: CFCC may remove and have towed to a storage garage or area an abandoned or junked motor vehicle found to be in violation of any rule, regulation or ordinance of CFCC. The Parking and/or Security Guard shall notify Campus Police of any vehicle in violation of any ordinance of CFCC, and the Campus Police Chief (or his/her designee) shall arrange for the immediate towing of the vehicle in violation. The owner or operator of the towed vehicle shall be responsible for paying the towing fee of the tower.
- Notice of Towing: Whenever a vehicle with a valid registration plate or registration is towed, the Campus Police Department shall immediately notify the last known registered driver of the vehicle of the following:
- A description of the vehicle;
- The place where the vehicle is stored;
- The violation with which the registered driver is charged, if any;
- The procedure the registered driver must follow to have the vehicle returned to him/her (to contact the tower and satisfy the tower’s requirements for release of the vehicle); and,
- The procedure the registered driver must follow to request a probable cause hearing about the towing, if one is desired.
Notice shall be given to the CFCC registered driver of the vehicle within 24 hours. If feasible, actual notice shall be given either in person or by telecommunication, including leaving notice on an answering machine. Regardless of the previous attempts to contact the registered driver, notice shall also be given by U.S. Mail to the last known address, unless the registered driver or an agent thereof waives the notice, in writing.
When a vehicle with neither a valid registration plate nor registration is towed, the Campus Police of CFCC shall make reasonable efforts, including utilizing the V.I.N., to determine the last known registered owner of the vehicle, and to notify him/her of the information listed in Item 8. a. – e.
- Hearing Procedure: The owner, registered driver or any other person entitled to claim possession of the vehicle may request (in writing) a hearing to determine whether probable cause existed for the towing. Probable cause shall exist if the Parking and/or Security Guard had probable cause at the time he/she contacted the Campus Police to believe that a rule, regulation or ordinance of CFCC was violated. The request shall be filed with the Magistrate’s Office in the county wherein the vehicle was towed. The Magistrate’s Office is required by N.C. General Statute 20-219.119 (c) to set the hearing within 72 hours of receiving the request. The owner, the person who requested the hearing if someone other than the owner, the tower, and the Campus Police shall notified of the time and place of the hearing. The owner, the person who requested the hearing if someone other than the owner, the tower, and the Campus Police, and any other interested parties may present evidence at the hearing. The Campus Police and the tower may submit an affidavit in lieu of appearing personally, but the affidavit does not preclude that person from also testifying. The only issue at this hearing is whether or not probable cause existed for the towing. If the Magistrate finds that probable cause did exist, the tower’s lien to secure payment of the towing fee continues. If the magistrate finds that probable cause did not exist, the tower’s lien is extinguished. Any aggrieved party may appeal the Magistrate’s decision the District Court Division of the General Court of Justice of the State of North Carolina as permitted by NC. General Statute 20-219.11(f).
- Option to Pay or Post Bond: At any stage in the proceedings, including before the probable cause hearing, the owner or registered driver may obtain possession of his vehicle by:
- Paying the towing fee; or,
- Posting bond for double the amount of the towing fee.
- Hearing on the Lien: The tower may seek to enforce his lien or the owner may seek to contest the lien pursuant to Chapter 44 of the N.C. General Statutes.
- Payment to the Tower Guaranteed: CFCC shall pay the tower his/her towing fee only if the final determination of the Court is that no probable cause existed for the towing.
- Parking Rules and Regulations: Parking Rules and Regulations shall be printed and copies posted at the appropriate place on campus and on the CFCC website. This shall serve as notice to the public of these parking and traffic rules, regulations and ordinances governing the CFCC campus, and copies shall be filed with the Office of the Secretary of State, State of North Carolina.
All purchasing on behalf of the College must be conducted by the Purchasing Department. End users who have been properly trained will enter electronic requisitions in the NC E-Procurement System for electronic approvals. Under no circumstances should an order be placed without a fully approved CFCC Purchase Order.
The procedures to follow in requesting items or services to be purchased are in the CFCC Purchasing Manual.
Equipment must be approved through the CFCC Equipment Hearing prior to being ordered. The guidelines for purchasing equipment are in the CFCC Purchasing Manual.
Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) authorizes official college travel consistent with policies and procedures established by the Office of State Budget & Management (OSBM) and the State Board of Community Colleges (SBCC). Statutory regulations for per diem, transportation, and subsistence allowances for state funds are contained in General Statute 138-5 through -7. These travel regulations, apply to CFCC Board of Trustees members and all employees of the College. Inasmuch as travel policies, procedures, and prevailing rates are subject to change, CFCC employees should always reference the most recent version of regulations enacted by the OSBM or SBCC. The most recent version can be found in the NCCCS “Accounting Procedures Manual” (www.nccommunitycolleges.edu).
Travel requests for official college business may be submitted when a board member or employee is traveling while performing work on behalf of, officially representing, or providing a service related to the College mission, or attending approved job related training. Board of Trustee members may be reimbursed for travel from their place of residence to the location of College Board meetings, while performing work on behalf of the College, or to attend Trustee training. Travel that would not directly benefit the College shall neither be approved nor reimbursed. In every instance and regardless of fund source all travel requests shall be approved contingent upon the availability of funds.
An employee traveling on official college business is expected to exercise the same care in incurring expenses that a prudent person would exercise if traveling on personal business and expending personal funds. Excess costs, circuitous routes, delays, or luxury accommodations and services unnecessary, unjustified, or for the convenience or personal preference of the employee in the performance of official College business are prohibited.
All in and out-of-state travel must be approved in writing by the President or her/his designee. In addition, written authorization must be secured in advance from the President or her/his designee for excess lodging, registration, out-of-state travel, and out-of-country travel. Failure by the employee to obtain such approval may result in expenses incurred not being reimbursed. The employee should submit a “Travel Request Form” at least two weeks prior to her/his travel date.
General Statute 115D-20(1) directs that the President report to the College’s Board of Trustees. As such, the Board shall determine the manner in which it approves the travel of the President, consistent with this policy and subject to SBCC procedures. In addition, consistent with the Board’s fiduciary responsibility and in the interest of fiscal responsibility, it is the Board’s responsibility to examine the President’s travel at their discretion.
A blanket travel approval is required for all others, excluding the President but including CFCC Board of Trustees members and all employees of the College, for routine travel to claim mileage reimbursement while conducting official College business. The blanket authorization must include:
- Name of the person traveling;
- Colleague I.D Number;
- Destination(s) and purpose for the travel as defined by the college (Ex: various site visits to monitor classes, commuting between classes, etc.);
- Dates of the travel (Ex: July 1 20xx – June 30, 20xx);
- Source of funding (Ex: State, County, Institutional, Special funds); and,
- Any other information necessary to justify traveling on a routine basis.
A blanket authorization for travel must be completed and secured annually. The blanket travel authorization form must be approved prior to departure for all routine travel for which reimbursement is issued. Failure by the employee to obtain such approval may result in expenses incurred not being reimbursed.
For transportation by privately owned automobiles on official College business, the reimbursement rate shall not exceed the maximum rate established by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as the business standard mileage rate when a College vehicle is not available for use by the employee. CFCC may establish a rate lower than the maximum as a result of the limited budget availability for travel. When a College vehicle is available and the employee elects to drive her/his personal vehicle on official College business, the employee may be reimbursed $.30 per mile. It is the responsibility of the employee to verify whether a College vehicle is or is not available, and document that on both the Travel Request Form and the Travel Reimbursement Request Form. College employees on official College business may use their private vehicles for personal convenience according to the rates listed above.
Reimbursement of costs incurred will be made for the use of a private vehicle should be for direct mileage between the employees’ duty station (the headquarters or job location assigned by the College at which the employee spends most of their time) or home, whichever is less, and the travel destination, and between the place of lodging (if required) and the travel destination. Actual costs of road, bridge and ferry tolls and valet service (if required by the lodging establishment) may be reimbursed with a valid receipt. Reimbursements may not be made for daily commuting between an employee’s home and her/his duty station; except, temporary or part-time faculty “may” be paid mileage expenses when authorized by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Workforce Development and approved by the President or her/his designee. Nothing in this policy shall be interpreted to mean that CFCC intends to reimburse normal commuting expenses to and/or from the duty station.
For transportation by airline, bus, railroad or other conveyance, actual coach-class or tourist-class fare applies, whichever is less. No first-class air or train travel shall be reimbursed. The tickets for airline, bus or railroad travel may be purchased either by the College or by the traveler and claimed on her/his expense account. Flight or other travel insurance is not reimbursable. The actual cost of coach fare is reimbursable, as is the actual cost of Pullman fare on trains when overnight trips are required for official College business. Requests for travel on noncommercial (charter flights) aircraft are made and approved in the same manner as all transportation.
Reimbursement for travel between the employee’s duty station and the place of departure (airline terminal, train or bus station) and for appropriate parking may be made under the following circumstances:
- Private vehicle – IRS business standard mileage rate for one round trip and airport parking with a valid receipt;
- Airport limousine – one round trip fare supported by a valid receipt; or
- Taxi – actual cost supported by a valid receipt.
In addition, transportation to and from the airport may be reimbursed consistent with the following circumstances:
- Airport limousine – one round trip fare supported by a valid receipt;
- Bus – one round trip fare. In lieu of using a taxi or airport shuttle, employees can be reimbursed without a receipt up to $5.00 for each one-way trip either from the airport to the hotel/meeting, or from the hotel/meeting to the airport;
- Taxi – when shuttle service is available, one round trip shuttle fare supported by a valid receipt; or,
- Taxi – when shuttle service is not available, one actual fare to and from the airline terminal supported by a receipt.
Rental car charges at the least expensive available rate are reimbursable when required for intercity travel (out-of-state) when no alternate mode of transportation is practical. No reimbursement may be made for use of a rental car in-state when a College or private car is available.
Penalties and Charges resulting from the cancellation of travel (including airline, ground transportation, hotel reservations, and/or conference registrations) shall be the College’s obligation if the employee’s travel has been approved in advance and the cancellation or change is made at the direction of and/or for the convenience of the College. If the cancellation or change is made for the personal convenience or benefit of the employee, it shall be the employee’s obligation to pay the penalties and charges. However, in the event of accidents, serious illness, or death within the employee’s immediate family, or other critical circumstances beyond the control of the employee, the College may pay the penalties and charges upon written approval of the College President.
Subsistence consists of lodging, meals, registration, phone calls, and all other items, which are not defined as transportation. The established subsistence rates are subject to change by the OSBM, often on an annual basis. The rates are established for meals and lodging, on an In-State and Out-of-State travel basis. The rates are also subject to 24-Hour Period Travel and Less than a 24-Hour Period Travel. The following statements govern the payment of subsistence for travel costs incurred while on official college business.
- Rates: The maximum rates payable for meals and lodging for In-State and Out-of-State travel from state, county or institutional funds shall be consistent with the rates established by the Office of State Budget and Management and the State Board of Community Colleges. The current rates may be found at: nccommunitycolleges.edu/finance-operations/budget-accounting/accounting-procedures-manual
Written authorization must be secured in advance from the college President or her/his designee for estimated travel costs in excess for lodging, meals and registration fees established by the OSBM or SBCC.
- Lodging: Reimbursement of actual costs of lodging, whether In-State or Out-of-State, must be documented by an itemized receipt of actual lodging expenses from a commercial establishment. When it is anticipated that more economical accommodations are not available, or the site of the convention or conference is the hotel where excess lodging is required, a request for this excess which sets forth the reason(s) must be submitted for prior approval. Lodging costs in excess of the established rates may be reimbursed, subject to securing written authorization from the College President or her/his designee in advance of the travel.
- Meals: Reimbursement for meals shall not exceed the established rates for a maximum of three meals whether traveling either In-State or Out-of-State. If approved in advance, the total costs for meals may exceed the daily rates if the meals are included as a part of the registration fee.
- Daily Travel:
- Overnight – Employees may receive allowance for meals for partial days of travel when the partial day is the day of departure or the day of return. The travel must involve a travel destination located at least 35 miles from the employee’s regularly assigned duty station (vicinity) or home, whichever is less. To be eligible, the employee must:
- Breakfast – depart duty station prior to 6:00 a.m.
- Lunch – depart duty station prior to noon (day of departure) or return to the duty station after 2:00 p.m. (day of return)
- Dinner – depart duty station prior to 5:00 p.m. (day of departure) or return to duty station after 8:00 p.m. (day of return).
The time of departure and/or arrival must be stated on the travel reimbursement request.
- Not-Overnight – Allowances shall not be paid to employees for lunches if travel does not involve an overnight stay, except as provided below. To be eligible for allowances for breakfast and dinner meals, regardless of fund source, employees must:
- Breakfast – depart duty station prior to 6:00 a.m.
- Dinner – return to duty station after 8:00 p.m.
To be eligible for both meal allowances for non-overnight travel, the employee must have worked five (5) hours longer than the normal workday; the travel must involve a travel destination at least 35 miles from the employee’s regularly assigned duty station or home, whichever is less; and, the time of departure and/or arrival must be stated on the travel reimbursement request.
A College employee may be reimbursed for meals, including lunches, when the employee’s job requires her/his attendance at the meeting of a board, commission, committee or council and the lunch is pre-planned as part of the meeting for the entire board, commission, committee or council. This does not apply to conferences, seminars or workshops unless the lunch is a pre-planned part of the formal agenda, and/or is included as part of the registration fee. A College employee may also be reimbursed for meals, including lunches, when the meal is included as an integral part of a congress, conference, assembly, or convocation. Such congress must involve the active participation of persons other than the employees of a single department, institution or agency; the employee’s attendance is required for the performance of her/his duties, but must not be part of that employee’s normal day-to-day business activities; the congress must be planned in advance with a formal agenda; and, the congress must provide written notice or an invitation to participants.
- Registration Fees: State law (G.S. 138-6(a)(4) allows for the actual reimbursement of convention registration fees as shown by a valid receipt or invoice. All registration fees must be approved in advance by the College President or her/his designee. Convention or conference registration fees must be included on the travel authorization prior to departure. Registration fees for webinars or other on-line training that does not involve travel should not be requested on a Travel Request Form, but instead should be requested through CFCC’s normal purchasing procedures. Registration fees may be paid either by the employee or the College. For the employee to be reimbursed for personal payment of a registration fee, they must provide documentation of the expense by a valid receipt. Employees may not claim reimbursement for meals included in registration fees.
- Other Subsistence Expenses: The following items are not counted toward the authorized subsistence, but are eligible for reimbursement:
- Tipping for handling baggage at common carrier terminals;
- Tipping for the handling of baggage when arriving at or departing from the place of lodging;
- Office phone/official business calls, up to a maximum of $5.00, from non-state funds; and,
- Personal calls, only for travel of two or more days, and only once every two days, to a maximum of $3.00.
Then following items are not reimbursable:
- Refreshments or other personal expenses;
- Tipping for room service, valet and other hotel services; and
- Costs of laundry, entertainment, alcoholic beverages, set-ups, between meals snacks, or other personal expenses not previously defined as permissible.
At the discretion of the College President or her/his designee, a travel advance may be requested if the total amount exceeds $200. The travel advance will be calculated at a maximum of 90 percent of the total estimated costs (excluding pre-paid air fare or other modes of transportation, registration fees, etc). The request must be presented to the Division of Business and Financial Services a minimum of two weeks before the advance is required. If the estimated cost is less than $200, the employee is responsible for their travel costs, unless an exception is granted by the President or her/his designee. Travel Advances will be deducted from the employee’s Travel Reimbursement Request. The employee will be reimbursed when the Travel Reimbursement Request form is processed.
Each employee is responsible for her/his own request for reimbursement. All reimbursement requests shall be filed for approval and payment within thirty (30) days after the travel period has ended as reflected on the approved travel authorization, or June 30, whichever comes first. Requests for reimbursement submitted after July 30 of any new fiscal year for prior fiscal year reimbursements will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. “Travel period” is defined is defined as the calendar month during which the travel occurred. Reimbursement forms must be submitted to the Division of Business and Financial Services within thirty (30) days after the travel period has ended.
Personal long-distance telephone calls shall not be charged to Cape Fear Community College. Persons making such calls should make them from a personal cell phone, through use of a personal credit card, or charge them to a non-college telephone number. No collect calls will be taken by CFCC faculty or staff; except that such calls will be permitted from the Hatteras when the ship is away from port.
The following policy governs the budgeting, permissible and impermissible uses, and reporting of Institutional Funds at Cape Fear Community College:
Funds that are acquired and controlled entirely by the local college, including loans, scholarships, endowments, trust and agency funds, auxiliary enterprises, student fees, and private and federal grants and contracts that are not processed through the System Office.
The approving authority for the Institutional Funds budget shall be the Board of Trustees of Cape Fear Community College.
The President shall submit an annual budget request for Institutional Funds to the Board of Trustees for consideration and approval. The budget request shall contain the items of current operating expenses, vending funds, bookstore funds, loan funds, client live projects, student fees, scholarship funds, auxiliary enterprises, state, private, and federal grants and contracts for which institutional funds are requested. The funds shall be classified as Current Unrestricted, Current Restricted, or Proprietary.
Funds generated shall be expended under the direction of the President. The expenditure of funds shall be consistent with and governed by applicable North Carolina General Statutes [G.S 115D and G.S 111-42], the State Board of Community Colleges Code [Chapters 1E and 1H]; and, the North Carolina Community College System Accounting Procedures Manual & Reference Guide [Section 2: Chart of Accounts]. Notwithstanding Pell Grants, North Carolina Community College System Grants for financial aid, Bookstore Funds and operating expenses approved in the annual budget, prior to making an expenditure of $100,000 or more, the President shall consult with the Chair of the Board of Trustees or the Chair of the Finance Committee.
The President shall make reports to the Board on the expenditure of funds on a timely basis in a format determined by the Board. The Board may at its discretion require additional reports at any time.
The budgeting, accounting and expenditure of funds generated through vending machines and other convenience concession activities will be consistent with General Statute 115D-58.13 and 1H SBCCC 300.4. Funds generated through these activities shall be deposited into an unrestricted institutional account. These funds shall not be used to support salary, benefits or any other compensation reportable as income to the Internal Revenue Service of the College President or College employee. Notwithstanding this limitation, funds generated through vending facilities, vending machines, and other concession activities may be used for employee of the year awards or employee recognitions that are provided on a one time basis.
If a student registers on or before the first date of a course section, tuition, registration fees, and other fees required for enrollment are due on a specific date prescribed by the College that is on or before the first date of the course section. If a student registers after the first date of the course section, tuition, registration fees, and other fees required for enrollment are due at the time of the student’s registration. A student may satisfy the requirement for payment due through one or more of the following four methods:
(1) Directly paying the College.
(2) Demonstrating to the College’s satisfaction that the student is eligible for financial aid or other third-party payment.
(3) Entering into a deferred payment plan authorized by 1E SBCCC 200.2(b).
(4) Providing evidence of eligibility for a tuition or registration fee waiver consistent with 1E SBCCC 800.
To ensure tuition receipts are deposited to the credit of the fiscal year in which the Fall academic term occurs, colleges shall begin collecting curriculum tuition payments for the Fall academic term on or after July 1 of that year.
The College may, with approval of the Board of Trustees, prescribe written procedures to permit short-term deferred payment or payment in installments; provided, however, that payment in full is due by the end of the academic term. For the purposes of this section, “short term” is defined as a period that does not extend beyond the last day of the academic term.
Unless otherwise prohibited by law, colleges may not enroll or distribute an academic credential to a student with an outstanding balance for tuition or registration fees except under the following circumstances:
(1) The college anticipates that the outstanding balance will be paid using pending financial aid;
(2) A person or organization demonstrates to the satisfaction of the college the ability to pay the outstanding obligation and guarantees in writing to pay the balance if the student fails to do so;
(3) A student is registered in a course section offered for the benefit of a company or agency. For the purpose of this rule, company or agency specific course sections are courses where the company pays the tuition or registration, and courses where attendance in the course section is limited to employees of the company or agency;
(4) A student is classified as a captive or co-opted student pursuant to 1D SBCCC 700.98(a); or
(5) A student is registered in a course that is on a specialized course list approved by the State Board of Community Colleges and supports the organizational training needs for entities specified in G.S. 115D-5(b)(2).
Unless otherwise prohibited by law, colleges may withhold transcripts of grades and any other service pending resolution of outstanding monetary obligations. This statement shall not be construed to prohibit a college’s board of trustees from adding more stringent provisions that are allowable under law regarding outstanding monetary balances.
It is the policy of the Trustees of Cape Fear Community College to allow citizens to use campus buildings and facilities for civic, cultural, educational, recreational, and other activities if the users preserve and properly care for the facilities, and the activities do not conflict with the use of these facilities or grounds for College purposes and activities or with local ordinances or laws of the State or Federal government and other policies adopted by the Trustees.
The following procedures are to be followed in the event that an emergency evacuation becomes necessary in any building or classroom owned and/or operated by Cape Fear Community College (CFCC):
The purpose of the Evacuation Policy is to insure that faculty, staff and students are prepared and able to respond to an emergency by the evacuation of College buildings during emergency conditions. This goal of this plan is to emphasize personal safety during an efficient evacuation.
This plan identifies an emergency as “an unplanned event that can cause physical injury to the building occupants. Examples include but are not limited to fires, floods and bomb threats.
The following procedures are to be followed in the event that an emergency evacuation becomes necessary in any building or classroom owned and/or operated by CFCC:
- When an alarm sounds, the entire building will evacuate by designated routes.
- Occupants will exit the building and congregate away from the doors, allowing clear access for Emergency Responders.
- Occupants will wait until an “all clear” signal has been sounded/given.
- During an evacuation, entry to the facility will not be permitted until an “all clear” signal has been sounded/given.
- If an emergency evacuation is created, Campus Police and the Campus Switchboard should be notified immediately. The Campus Police Dispatcher will contact the Fire Department and other necessary emergency services. The Switchboard will notify the Campus Disability Services Office.
- Employees will leave their work area and assist students and guests in exiting the building(s).
- Contracted security services will conduct a “sweep” of the building(s) and assist people in exiting. They will also assist Campus Police in verifying that all occupants have left the building(s).
- CFCC Maintenance Personnel will respond to the alarm panel to announce the location of the activation. Once the emergency has been resolved, the Fire Department will direct CFCC Maintenance Staff to give the “all clear” signal and occupants will be allowed to re-enter the building.
In the event that the evacuation emergency lasts for an extended period of time, occupants will be directed to pre-designated staging areas.
At the time of evacuation, CFCC employees will take reasonable measures to assist persons with disabilities. This includes persons with mobility, visual, hearing, speech and cognitive impairments. Persons with disabilities should be escorted to the “Areas of Rescue;” otherwise, they should be escorted out of the building.
All faculty and staff members are expected to evaluate the safety of areas which they use. Safety glasses must be worn in areas where danger to the eyes exists; this is required by law. Appropriate shoes must be worn at all times while on school premises. All shop and lab instructors are responsible for assuring that safe work habits are taught and followed at all times while shop or lab classes are in progress. Any unsafe situations should be brought to the attention of the immediate supervisor or the appropriate College authority. SAFETY IS EVERYBODY’S RESPONSIBILITY!
The decision to cancel any portion or all of Cape Fear Community College classes due to inclement weather or other emergencies is the responsibility of the President and/or her/his designated representative. Announcements will be made on local television and radio stations at the earliest possible time once a decision is made to cancel or close. Days missed due to cancellation and/or closing will be designated with pay for staff and faculty. Efforts to make up classes will be made during the semester in which they are missed. In the event the schedule will not permit this, the Board of Trustees may choose to excuse those days when such is requested by the President. Employees who are on prearranged vacation, sick, bonus or compensatory leave will charge leave to the appropriate account with no provision for make-up time.
Security guards are on duty 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Security Guards are responsible for controlling access to all campus buildings. Outside of normal business hours, all employees must follow special procedures for campus and building access as set by the Campus Police. Business hours are 7:00 am to 10:00 pm Monday through Friday, except holidays.
All campus law enforcement officers and security personnel must be trained as American Heart Association providers.
Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) are strategically placed throughout all the CFCC campuses in highly populated areas. AED’s are placed in alarm boxes in order that when the cabinet is opened, an alarm will sound to alert others in the area to respond.
The State Auditor and the North Carolina Department of Community Colleges require a strong security system to protect the integrity of the information stored on our computing system. Cape Fear Community College has adopted the following regulations to insure the security and the integrity of the data stored on the computer network:
- All computer users share responsibility for the security of the data on the network. Each user is issued a login password that allows the user access to the data necessary to perform his/her duties. The strongest link to data security is our system of passwords. Under no circumstances should a user share a login password with staff, faculty, students, or friends.
- Users are not to login on multiple terminals/workstations concurrently unless all terminals/workstations are within sight of the user. During registration processes, concurrent logins are allowed only while under direct supervision of the department head.
- It is the responsibility of the Human Resources Department to notify the Office of Information Technology Services concerning employees ending employment with Cape Fear Community College in good standing. After the last day of employment, employees must have all rights to the computing system removed based on the contract end date as provided by Human Resources.*
- If Cape Fear Community College initiates the termination of an employee, all rights to the computing systems for that individual must be removed immediately. It is the responsibility of Human Resources to notify the Director of Information Technology Services immediately.*
*Note: In either case, if a former employee has taken a class at the College and is eligible for a student account, then their existing account will be modified to have student-only access.
- An individual who is not a regular Cape Fear Community College employee should have no access to our administrative system or areas of institutional networks, which are reserved for administrative use unless prior written approval is obtained from the appropriate senior level administrator. Students and guests will be provided limited access to academic computing systems as required for instructional purposes. Student labor computing resource access may be given special consideration based on existing CFCC policy and functional procedures.
- Security is maintained on all computing systems by the use of access control lists, monitoring of logins and system logs, the extensive use of passwords, and restricted physical access to critical areas.
The allocation and use of information technology resources is essential to fulfilling the College’s instructional purposes, to providing technological programs and support services to help students succeed, and to enable faculty and staff to continue rendering quality education and service to the College and the community.
The CFCC Information Technology Committee provides oversight and guidance for all information technology initiatives. The committee’s goals include: (a) appropriate standardization, allocation, and cost-effective use of resources; (b) assistance in long-range planning for the institution; and evaluation of the effectiveness of information technology systems, policies, and procedures within all academic and administrative areas.
The College conducts an annual planning cycle as part of its institutional effectiveness process. Information technology allocations are determined in conjunction with this process and are based on prioritized needs within CFCC as reflected in the College’s institutional effectiveness plan.
Each department, in preparing annual equipment requests, shall develop a prioritized list of information technology needs for that department. The Information Technology Services department, in conjunction with the Information Technology Committee and the College Council, shall annually prepare a college-wide and prioritized list of information technology needs. The President shall apportion equipment and supply resources to support prioritized information technology needs across the College.
College owned or operated computing resources are reserved for the educational, instructional, research, and administrative computing needs of the faculty, students, staff, and other individuals authorized by the College. The College’s computing resources include but are not limited to all College computers and hardware, access to the Internet or access to any College intranet provided through College owned or operated computers, online and offline storage, and network
and communications facilities. Access to these computing resources is a privilege and, therefore, it is essential that all users exercise responsible ethical behavior when using these resources. Users are expected to read, understand, and comply with the College’s Acceptable Use Policy.
The College monitors access to the computing resources and reserves the right, without prior notice to users, to access the College’s computing resources and to use any and all information retrieved from the computing resources. Users do not have an expectation of privacy regarding their use of the computing resources, and by accessing and using the College’s computing resources, users expressly consent to such monitoring, access, and use by the College. Further, information contained on the College’s computing resources and in College accounts, including but not limited to e-mail, may be subject to inspection under the Public Records Law of the State of North Carolina.
All students, faculty and staff are responsible for using these computing facilities in an effective,
efficient, ethical, non-discriminatory and lawful manner. The College does not attempt to articulate all requirements or unacceptable behavior by its users. Therefore each individual’s judgment on appropriate conduct must be relied on. To assist in such judgment the following Acceptable Use Policy has been developed:
- College computing resources are to be used only for educational, research, instructional purposes, or college business for which access is provided except for personal occasional, incidental, brief use when not conflicting with work performance. College computing resources are not to be used for any unauthorized purpose, including but not limited to commercial purposes, partisan political activities, unauthorized access to remote computers or non-College related activities.
- An access account assigned to a user must not be used by any other individual. Users are responsible for the proper use of their accounts, including proper password protection and appropriate use of the College’s computing resources. Obtaining another user’s password, allowing friends, family, co-workers, or any other individual use of your or another user’s account, or other unauthorized use of an access account, is a serious violation of this policy.
- Users shall not create, display, transmit, or make accessible threatening, racist, sexist, obscene, offensive, annoying or harassing language, e-mail messages, and/or material, including broadcasting unsolicited messages, sending unwanted e-mail, or impersonating other users. College policies against discrimination and harassment apply to communications through the College’s computing resources.
- All computer software is protected by federal copyright law. In addition, most software is proprietary and protected by legal licensing agreements. Users are responsible for being aware of the licensing restrictions for any software used on the College’s computing resources. Users will not download and install application software
- Users shall not download, reproduce and/or distribute copyrighted or licensed materials without proper authorization from the author or creator. Additionally, users shall not publish information, messages, graphics, or photographs on any web page, without the express permission of the author or creator including college Web page content or college logo. Users will state on home pages created and residing on CFCC systems the following disclaimer: “The views and opinions expressed in this page are strictly those of the page author and not necessarily those of Cape Fear Community College.”
- Users shall not engage in activities to damage or disrupt the hardware, software, or any communication associated with the College’s computing resources, such as virus creation and propagation, wasting system resources, overloading networks with excessive data, or any attempt to circumvent data protection schemes or uncover security loopholes.
- Users shall not waste, monopolize, interfere with or misuse the College’s computing resources by, for example, requesting an excessive number of copies from a printer, playing games, or participating in chain letters or Ponzi schemes.
- Users shall not access without authorization or damage any portion of the College’s computing resources or other College property, such as College records, applications or data. Users shall not use the College’s computing resources for illegal activities.
- Users learning of the misuse of the College’s computing resources or violations of this Acceptable Use Policy must notify a faculty member of the College or other College official immediately.
Failure to follow the Acceptable Use Policy and any misuse of the College’s Computing resources may result in the loss of access (privilege may be suspended immediately upon discovery of violations), also law enforcement agencies may be involved (through court order). Failure to follow the regulations described here will result in disciplinary action taken in accordance with the “Disciplinary Action” section of the College’s Faculty and Staff Handbook. Any conduct, which violates local, state, or federal laws, will result in the immediate loss of all access to the College computing resources and will be referred to appropriate College offices and/or law enforcement authorities.
Cape Fear Community College is not liable for actions of anyone connected to the Internet through the College’s computing resources. All users will assume full liability: legal, financial, or otherwise for their actions.
After May 28, 2015: Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) recognizes an electronic signature as a valid signature from employees and students subject to Conditions 1 and 2 and contracts with outside agencies subject to Conditions 1 and 3 below:
Condition 1: Campus Network Username and Password
- Institution provides student or employee with a unique username
- Student or employee sets his or her own password
- Student or employee logs into the campus network and secure site using both the username and password
Condition 2: Student/Employee Login ID and Personal Identification Number (PIN)
- Institution provides student or employee with a unique PIN
- Student or employee sets his or her own PIN
- Student or employee logs into a secure site using both the login ID and PIN
Condition 3: Contracts with Outside Agencies
- College contracts with outside agency to provide instruction via the Internet.
- Contracting agency transmits class information, progress reports, grade summaries, etc. via e-mail to the College from their e-mail address of record; or College downloads information from the agency’s official secure website.
- Employee sets his or her own password with the contracting agency in order to access their secure website to retrieve College data.
An electronic signature is defined as any electronic process signifying an approval to terms, and/or ensuring the integrity of the document, presented in electronic format.
Students use electronic signatures to register, check financial aid awards, pay student bills, obtain unofficial transcripts, update contact information, log into campus computers, complete forms, submission of class work, tests, etc.
Employees use electronic signatures for submitting grades, viewing person payroll data, logging into campus computers, accessing protected data through the administrative computing system and custom web applications provided by the college, etc.
Contracts with outside agencies use electronic signatures for submitting grades, class information, and progress reports to the College.
It is the responsibility and obligation of each individual to keep their passwords and PIN private so others cannot use their credentials. This is further explained in Section 9.13.1 Computer Use Policies of the CFCC Faculty and Staff Handbook and the CFCC Student Catalog section on “Computer Acceptable Use Policy.”
Once logged in, the student or employee is responsible for any information they provide, update, or remove. CFCC will take steps to ensure both the passwords and PIN are protected and kept confidential. Furthermore, users are responsible for logging out of all systems and exercising the necessary precautions when using publicly accessible computers.
This policy is in addition to all applicable federal and state statutes, policies, guidelines, and standards.
Internal processes created and controlled by CFCC
CFCC accepts electronic signatures obtained under a premise, process, and method that complies with federal law, as well as North Carolina state law. While the greatest majority of documents may be legally signed electronically, some documents, such as the cancellation of a benefit, require a paper signature. Furthermore, CFCC accepts any electronic signature method set forth by the North Carolina Office of State Controller. Otherwise, CFCC accepts electronic signatures obtained through:
(a) a process designed to avoid tampering with the documents and information transmitted to and from the signee
(b) a process that guarantees the origin of the document to the signee
(c) a process that protects the document being signed and transferred by the signee from unintended access during its transfer
(d) a process that forces the signee to uniquely identify him or herself through a secondary process of identity vetting (e.g., username/password combination, access to a document through a secured email address, biometric scanner, card scanner, etc.)
Any process through which electronic signatures are obtained must protect the document being transferred and signed, must guarantee that the person signing the document is the intended signee, must guarantee integrity of the document after it is signed, and that it is only valid if the intent of the signee to sign the documents is clear.
CFCC processes and employees accepting electronic signatures on behalf of CFCC, or creating a process to accept electronic signatures on behalf of CFCC, must follow the CFCC business rules and guidelines as stated in the document titled “CFCC Electronic Signature Business Rules and Guidelines.”
- II) External processes controlled by a third party utilized by CFCC to provide a service or to handle a process
CFCC accepts electronic signatures received by a third party after process review and vetting by the Information Technology Committee. Such processes should comply with federal law, as well as North Carolina state law and CFCC requirements for control and digital security.
III) Effective Date
This policy affects all new processes started on or after May 28, 2015. All processes already in existence are hereby grandfathered in. Any changes to existing processes will trigger a process review, and place the scope of the process under the new rules as set forth by this policy.
CAPE FEAR COMMUNITY COLLEGE
|Section 1.||The official title of this organization shall be the CAPE FEAR COMMUNITY COLLEGE FACULTY ASSOCIATION. For the purpose of this Constitution, Bylaws, and general usage, the name FACULTY ASSOCIATION may be used.|
|Section 1.||This organization shall consist of all full-time members of the Faculty. Part-time faculty are invited to join the Faculty Association as non-voting members.|
Purposes and Objectives
|Section 1.||To serve as an organization through which members may discuss and interpret matters concerning the Faculty, and to provide assistance and encouragement to fellow members.|
|Section 2.||To involve the Faculty in the affairs of Cape Fear Community College in order to enhance the effectiveness and quality of the College.|
|Section 3.||To participate in planning the educational programs and in developing educational policy.|
|Section 4.||To maintain a close working relationship between the Administration and Faculty in contributing to the success of this College in accomplishing its goals and purposes.|
|Section 1.||The officers of the Faculty Association shall consist of a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.|
|Section 2.||The officers will be elected by the Faculty Association to serve for a period of two years.|
|Section 3.||Vacancies in elected offices shall be filled by the President; those officers so appointed will serve until the next bi-annual election.|
|Section 4.||Election to all officers shall be by simple majority of all members voting.|
|Section 5.||If a vacancy occurs in the presidency, the Vice President will assume the presidency until the next scheduled election.|
|Section 1.||Meetings of the Faculty Association shall be held at least twice each semester during the Fall and Spring semesters. Meeting shall alternate between the Downtown and North campuses.|
|Section 2.||Special meetings may be called by the President when desired by the membership or when a need arises.|
|Section 3.||Notice of all meetings shall be delivered to the Members at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance.|
|Section 4.||A quorum at all meetings shall consist of eligible persons in attendance.|
|Section 1.||Any monies in the possession of the Faculty Association shall be placed on deposit in a checking account.|
|Section 2.||All checks drawn on the account shall be signed by the Treasurer and countersigned by the President.|
|Section 3.||An annual audit shall be made of the Faculty Association’s account.|
|Section 1.||Any member may propose an amendment to the Constitution by presentation in writing.|
|Section 2.||The President will cause such proposed amendment to be published to the membership at least ten (10) days prior to a scheduled meeting.|
|Section 3.||The amendment will be adopted at a scheduled meeting with two-thirds of the membership present voting in the affirmative.|
|Section 1.||By-Laws not in conflict with this Constitution may be adopted at any scheduled meeting by simple majority vote of all members voting.|
|Section 1.||This constitution shall be in full force and effective by the affirmative vote of a simple majority of the members.|
|Section 1.||The President shall:
Preside at all meetings;
Serve as Chairman of the Executive Committee;
Appoint all ad hoc committees;
Cast the deciding vote in event of tie votes;
Execute or sign documents or reports in the name of the Faculty Association;
Have custody of all official records and documents of the Faculty Association;
Perform such other duties as may be deemed necessary as provided for in the Constitution and By-Laws.
|Section 2.||The Vice President shall:
Serve in the absence of the President;
Serve as a member of the Executive Committee;
Perform such other duties as may be assigned or delegated to him by the President.
|Section 3.||The Secretary shall:
Keep an accurate record of the meetings of the Faculty Association;
Issue notice of all meetings of the Faculty Association to the members and prepare an agenda for those meetings;
Maintain the Faculty Association website within the College website. The Secretary may obtain assistance with this duty from faculty possessing the requisite knowledge and skill;
Perform such other duties as may be assigned or delegated to him by the President.
|Section 4.||The Treasurer shall:
Retain accounting responsibility for all funds in the possession of the Faculty Association;
Write and sign checks drawn on the account of the Faculty Association and present such checks to the President for countersigning;
Render financial reports, when requested, at meetings of the Faculty Association;
Present account books for audit when required;
Select and chair the Faculty Association Scholarship Selection Committee annually;
Perform such other duties as may be assigned or delegated to him by the President.
|Section 1.||Members are expected to maintain a sincere and active interest in the affairs of the College.|
|Section 2.||A membership fee may be required, the amount of such fee to be set by the membership.|
|Section 1.||The President shall appoint all committees, as necessary, to perform specific functions; committees so appointed will be dissolved when their purpose has been accomplished.|
|Section 2.||The President and Vice President of the Faculty Association and at least two other members shall constitute the Executive Committee. During intervals between regular meetings, the Executive Committee shall have and exercise all powers, privileges, and prerogatives of the Faculty Association to act on emergency business or other matters delegated to it by proper authority. When deemed necessary or when requested by the membership, actions of this committee shall be subject to ratification at the next regular meeting of the Faculty Association. Minutes of all Executive Committee meetings shall be recorded and published.|
|Section 1.||The officers of the Faculty Association shall be elected bi-annually at the last regular meeting during the Spring Semester of even-numbered years to serve for the following two years. The term of the office begins at the start of the following Fall Semester.|
|Section 2.||Election of all offices shall be by simple majority of all members voting.|
|Section 3.||When a vacancy occurs, the office shall be filled by presidential appointment; such appointment to be effective only for the duration of the unexpired term.|
|Section 1.||Meetings shall be held at least twice each semester during the Fall and Spring semesters. Meetings shall alternate between the Downtown and North campuses.|
|Section 2.||Special meetings may be called by the President when desired by the membership, or when special circumstances arise.|
|Section 3.||Notice of all meetings shall be published at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance.|
|Section 4.||An agenda shall be published which will indicate items of business to be considered at the scheduled meeting.|
|Section 5.||Items to be included in the agenda shall be submitted in writing to the Secretary of the Faculty Association.|
|Section 6.||Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern in the conduct of all meetings of the Faculty Association and the Executive Committee.|
|Section 1.||Any member may propose amendments to these By-Laws by presentation in writing.|
|Section 2.||The President shall cause such proposed amendments to be published to the membership at least ten (10) days prior to a scheduled meeting.|
|Section 3.||The proposed amendment may be adopted at a regularly scheduled meeting with two-thirds of the membership present voting for the amendment.|
|Section 1.||The divisions of Arts and Sciences, Vocational/Technical, and Continuing Education shall form a 2-3 faculty member committee to serve as contact for the faculty in their division in matters to be addressed by the Faculty Association. Additionally, the committee members will disseminate information back to their divisional faculty. The committee members, or a designated alternate, should attend all meetings of the Faculty Association.|
|Section 2.||Within the first week of the fall semester, the committee members shall be chosen by any manner the division may desire: volunteer, simple majority vote of the faculty of the division, or other method. Upon selection the committee members shall notify the Faculty Association Secretary their appointment.|