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General Information

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, or dismissal as noted in CFCC’s 5.63 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.

Prohibited Conduct

The following are examples of prohibited conduct:

1. 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: 5.58 Sexual and Other Unlawful Harassment.

2. Sexual Conduct: Behavior of a sexual nature that is not sexual harassment may, nonetheless, be unprofessional in the workplace, disruptive in the classroom, 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 5.59 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, and 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.

1. Misconduct related to the use or possession of alcohol, illegal drugs, or controlled substances: See 5.66 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

2.Noncompliance with safety rules and regulations: See 11.5 Safety.

• Failing to immediately report all accidents and/or injuries

• Failing to comply with safety rules and regulations established by unit
supervisors, in conjunction with local law enforcement, or local, state or federal

• 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

3.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

• 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

4.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 12.1Computer 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.

5. 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 CFCC’s time and leave keeping system 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

6. 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

7. 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 5.67 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 licenses 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.

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