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Pierce College Policy Manual
Chapter Two: Faculty and Staff Personnel

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Title: Faculty & Classified Collective Bargaining

Policy Status: Revised

Date:  11/00

Number:  2.01.0000

The Board of Trustees delegates to the district Chancellor or his/her designee(s) the authority to meet and negotiate in the name of the board with the exclusive representatives of the faculty and classified staff of the district.  The board reserves the authority to consider and approve any tentative agreement reached between the district Chancellor and/or his/her designees and the exclusive representatives of district employees.

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Title: Leave Provisions – Administrative Exempt Employees

Policy Status: Revised

Date: 11/00

Number: 2.02.0000

The Pierce College Board of Trustees will provide the following leave provisions for full-time exempt administrators employed by the district:

Six days of personal leave per contract year;  unused balance to be non-accumulative, and non-compensable.

Sick leave accrued at a rate of one day (8 hours) per each month in pay status;  leave may accumulate with no limit on balance.

Twenty-two (22) days of annual (vacation) leave  per contract year (16 hours per month except for January and July that accrue 8 hours per month);  any unused balance may be carried forward to the next contract year.  Upon separation, retirement or death, a maximum of 50 days of accrued annual leave may be compensated for in cash.  Annual leave earned shall include days pro-rated related to the contract year.

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Title: Nepotism

Policy Status: Revised

Date: 11/00

Number: 2.03.0000

Two persons who are immediate family members, (individuals considered to be members of the family are mother, father, sister, brother, mother-in-law, father-in-law, husband, wife, grandparent, grandchild, son, daughter, stepchild, a child in custody of and residing in the home of an employee (WAC 251-01-172 )) or who are co-habiting as a family unit may not both be employed by Pierce College in a situation in which;  (a) one person would have the authority or practical power to supervise, appoint, remove, or discipline the other person;  (b) one person would be responsible for auditing the work of the other person;  or (c) other circumstances exist which would place the two persons in a situation of actual or reasonably foreseeable conflict between their interests and the interests of the district.

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Title: Discipline/Corrective Action/Dismissal

Policy Status: Revised

Date: 11/00

Number:  2.04.0000

Any person who violates any provision contained in Washington State law, including the Community College Act of 1967; Pierce College rules, regulations, and policies;  or lawful regulations of other state agencies may be subject to prompt and appropriate disciplinary and/or corrective action, including dismissal from employment, expulsion from the college, or other action.  Such actions shall be imposed pursuant to procedural requirements of due process.

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Title: Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action

Policy Status: Revised

Date:  05/01

Number:  2.05.0000

Pierce College District Eleven is an equal opportunity employer.  The Board of Trustees and Pierce College district are committed to providing equal opportunity and will not discriminate in terms and conditions of employment and personnel practices for all persons without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, presence of sensory, mental or physical disability, and status as a disabled veteran, or Vietnam-era veteran.

The Board of Trustees and Pierce College district are also committed to taking affirmative action to increase the number of identified groups in areas where they have not traditionally been employed and where they are underutilized in the district as compared to availability in the workforce.

Each employee has the responsibility to ensure that this commitment to equal opportunity is a functional part of the daily activities of Pierce College district.

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Title: Personnel Records

Policy Status: Revised

Date: 11/00

Number:  2.06.0000

All official personnel files and records shall be maintained under the direction of and in the office of the Director of Human Resources.  Such records shall be maintained in a manner consistent with applicable statutes, regulations, college policies and procedures, and collective bargaining agreements.  To the extent allowable by law, all personnel records will be treated as confidential.

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Title: Conflict of Interest

Policy Status:

 Date:  11/00

Number:  2.07.0000

Chapter 42.52 RCW, Ethics in Public Service applies to each member of the Board of Trustees and to all employees of the district.

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Title: Academic Freedom

Policy Status: Revised

Date:  11/00

Number:  2.08.0000

The Board of Trustees recognizes and will act to support traditional academic freedom as it applies to members of the college community carrying out their assigned duties, responsibilities and obligations, including the professional presentation or study of what might be considered by some to be controversial.

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Title: Professional Improvement

Policy Status:

Date:  11/00

Number:  2.09.0000

The Board of Trustees supports and dedicates itself to providing the resources for the professional improvement of the faculty, staff, and administrators of Pierce College District Eleven.

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Title: Faculty Tenure

Policy Status:

Date:  11/00

Number:  2.10.0000

The Board of Trustees will consider for tenure appointments all faculty who have been employed as full-time tenure-track faculty members and who have satisfactorily completed the tenure process.

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Title: Work Action

Policy Status: Revised

Date: 11/00

Number:  2.11.0000

The Board of Trustees delegates to the district Chancellor the responsibility to determine when a strike, work stoppage, or work slowdown of any nature or kind exists.

In the event of a strike, work stoppage, or work slowdown of any nature or kind, the Board of Trustees hereby delegates to the district Chancellor the power and authority to take those actions necessary and permitted by statute to keep the college open and functioning.

Where the district Chancellor determines that a strike, work stoppage, or work slowdown of any nature or kind exists, the board delegates to the district Chancellor the authority to discipline or discharge employees, to modify the college’s hours or days of operations, to close the college, to initiate and/or settle litigation with the advice of the Office of the Attorney General, and to take other appropriate and necessary actions consistent with college collective bargaining agreements and applicable RCWs.

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Title: Teleworking

Policy Status: New

Date:  6/23/99

Number:  2.12.0000

Research has documented that Teleworking can benefit the district by increasing productivity, by decreasing absenteeism, and by enhancing employee’s recruitment and retention through increased job satisfaction.  It also can reduce employee-commuting time and costs and allow for more flexible work schedules.

The board recognizes that representatives of college constituencies have reviewed and provided input to this policy.  To enhance efficient performance while ensuring a continued high level of service and support to the district and its constituents, the Board of Trustees authorizes the establishment of the Teleworking policy in District 11 as part of the Commute Trip Reduction Program (RCW 70.94.551).

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Title: Medical Expense Plan for Eligible Employees of Pierce College

Policy Status: New

Date:  6/23/99

Number:  2.13.0000

The Board of Trustees hereby delegates authority to the district Chancellor or his/her designee to establish a medical expense plan for eligible administrative exempt employees of Pierce College.  RCW 28B.50.553 authorizes the establishment of medical expense plans for eligible administrative exempt employees of Pierce College under rules established by the college, whereas, paying for medical insurance and medical expenses after retirement is a major concern of employees and the Internal Revenue Code permits the establishment of tax-free medical expense plans for groups of eligible employees.

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Title: Non-Discrimination Policy

Policy Status: Revised

Date: 12/10/08

Number:  2.14.0000

Notice of Nondiscrimination

The Pierce College District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled or Vietnam era veteran.

The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding compliance with the non-discrimination policy as it relates to district programs and activities:

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom
Vice President for Learning and Student Success
9401 Farwest Drive S.W.
Lakewood, WA 98498-1999
Telephone:  (253) 964-6584

Pierce College Puyallup
Vice President for Learning and Student Success
1601 39th Avenue S.E.
Puyallup, WA 98374-2222
Telephone:  (253) 840-8419

Pierce College Extended Learning
Executive Vice President for Extended Learning
9401 Farwest Drive S.W.
Lakewood, WA 98498-1999
Telephone:  (253) 964-6575

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Title: Board of Trustees Delegation of Scheduling Authority Policy

Policy Status: New

Date: April 13, 2005

Number:  2.15.0000

The Board of Trustees of Pierce College District Eleven hereby approves the following Board of Trustees Delegation Policy regarding scheduling and holidays.

The Board of Trustees of Community College District No. 11 delegates to the Chancellor the authority to establish the academic calendar for the District. The Chancellor shall take into account the one hundred and seventy-two days of service for the full-time tenured faculty. The Chancellor shall also be responsible for developing a classified employees' holiday calendar.

The exercise of any and all authority delegated herein shall be subject to review by the Board of Trustees.

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