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Staff Handbook

I.     A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF COLORADO COLLEGE 

II.   A MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES

III. ABOUT THIS STAFF HANDBOOK

IV.  MISSION STATEMENT & CORE VALUES

V.    EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

A.  Anti-Discrimination

B.  Harassment

1. Reporting Harassment

2. Protection from Retaliation

3. Respectful Interactions

C.  Title IX

D.  Disability Accommodation

E. Religious Accommodation

 

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF COLORADO COLLEGE

Dear Staff Colleagues,

Colorado College is one of the nation’s premier institutions of higher education. Teaching is the core of the enterprise – but as you know, the teaching in the classroom is only the tip of the iceberg. The experiences and opportunities that play a role in the transformation of lives happen outside of the classroom as well; and so many of those opportunities to learn and grow come from the dedication and commitment of staff members across campus. Students who work in your offices, or with you on the grounds, or serve in residence halls learn real-life lessons that allow them to mature in important ways.

When I learn of a member of the facilities crew being invited to the wedding of a former student, or discover that the first person an alumnus or alumna comes to see when returning to campus is a former boss in the business office or alumni relations, or hear from a graduate about a new career made possible because of the direct involvement of a staff member at the chapel or a department staff assistant, I see proof of an entire campus full of teachers, mentors and role models.

Throughout my experiences in higher education, I have rarely encountered staff members like those at Colorado College who so thoroughly and genuinely commit themselves to our mission of providing the best educational experience possible for our students. Our staff is special; you embrace and embody the liberal arts values of life-long learning, inclusivity and collaboration. Thank you for everything that you do to make Colorado College a wonderful place to work and learn!

Warm regards,

Jill Tiefenthaler

A MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES

To CC Staff:

We believe Colorado College is a great place to work with its strong sense of community, its commitment to our students, and the beautiful surroundings of Colorado Springs. The HR team and I are committed to supporting the people of CC and to helping each achieve excellence in all that they do on behalf of the college.

Please call us if you have questions about your employment or if we can assist you in any way.

Thank you for all that you do on behalf of the college!

Barbara Wilson

ABOUT THIS STAFF HANDBOOK - version October, 2013

The information posted in this handbook and on the Colorado College (CC) Human Resources web site is intended to provide general information and summarize various college policies, procedures, expectations and benefits. It replaces and supersedes all prior versions of the staff handbook.

You should never construe the staff handbook, any Colorado College policies or procedures, or any written materials or statements by supervisors or leadership as a contract guaranteeing the rights, compensation, or benefits of any employee. The college reserves the right to unilaterally modify or cancel any of these provisions or its policies at any time without notice. If you have questions that are not fully answered in the handbook, please ask your supervisor or contact Human Resources.

MISSION STATEMENT & CORE VALUES

MISSION STATEMENT

At Colorado College our goal is to provide the finest liberal arts education in the country. Drawing upon the adventurous spirit of the Rocky Mountain West, we challenge students, one course at a time, to develop those habits of intellect and imagination that will prepare them for learning and leadership throughout their lives.

CORE VALUES

As members of the Colorado College community, we share a commitment to

  • Honor the life of the mind as the central focus of our common endeavor;

  • Value all persons and seek to learn from their diverse experiences and perspectives;

  • Practice intellectual honesty and live with integrity;

  • Serve as stewards of the traditions and resources of Colorado College;

  • Nurture a sense of place and an ethic of environmental sustainability;

  • Encourage engagement and social responsibility at local, national and global levels;

  • Seek excellence, constantly assessing our policies and programs.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

Colorado College has a foundational commitment to equal opportunity and diversity in the workplace. We want to make sure that everyone feels our willingness to hear about issues and do everything possible to make this a welcoming, inclusive, and supportive place to work.

Anti-Discrimination

Colorado College welcomes all members of its community and reaffirms its commitment not to discriminate in its employment practices on any basis protected by law, e.g., race, color, national origin, gender, sex, age, religion, gender identify, gender expression, disability, or sexual orientation. The college values a diverse workforce and engages in recruitment strategies designed to increase the diversity of its applicant pool.

At Colorado College, it is everyone's responsibility to promote a work environment in which differences and diverse perspectives are respected, faculty and staff are treated equitably, and individual contributions are valued and rewarded. We all do better when we have an equal opportunity to succeed.

Staff who feel that they have been discriminated against may use the complaint procedures adopted as a part of the Anti-Discrimination policy. They may choose to pursue the matter through informal consultation or formal grievance procedures, or both. The college will respond promptly and equitably to both informal and formal complaints, and will respect, insofar as possible, the right to confidentiality of all members of the college community.

Inquiries regarding the Anti-Discrimination policy may be directed to the college’s Title IX Coordinator.

Harassment

Colorado College strives to provide the most professional and positive work environment for its employees. As such, the college will not tolerate any form of unlawful harassment (e.g., sexual, racial, ethnic, etc.) at work. It also will not tolerate retaliation for opposing harassing behavior, for reporting instances of harassment, or for providing statements or evidence related to alleged harassment.

Harassment may be verbal (epithets, derogatory statements, slurs, innuendo), physical (unwelcome touching, assault, gestures, physical interference with one's work), or visual (posters, drawings, faxes, email, messaging or texting). It may involve unwelcome sexual advances or unwelcome invitations to participate in offensive conduct. Harassment may originate from employees, supervisors, students, the general public, or vendors. In whatever form and whatever source, it will not be tolerated by the college.

Reporting Harassment

In some situations, a person may not realize that his or her behavior is inappropriate or unwelcome. If you consider any person's behavior to be inconsistent with college expectations, you are encouraged (but not required) to tell that person that his or her behavior is considered inappropriate and request that the conduct stop. Persons so told should comply immediately and graciously with such requests.

The college must learn of harassment before it can stop it. If you suspect that harassment has occurred, or you believe that you are a victim of harassment, you should immediately report the circumstances to the Title IX Coordinator. You should not presume that the college is already aware of the situation nor should you presume that it is someone else's duty to report.

If you believe your immediate supervisor is discriminating against or harassing you, you may choose to report the information directly to the Title IX Coordinator.

Protection from Retaliation

Supervisors or leadership may not retaliate against a victim, reporter, or witness of harassment because of his or her report or his or her participation in an investigation into a report of harassment. Any suspicion of retaliation should be reported immediately to the Director of Human Resources.

Respectful Interactions

All of us should understand that standards of respect, consideration, and tolerance must shape our interactions with one another, regardless of whether the violation of such standards is considered unlawful under these Equal Opportunity guidelines. Certain types of behavior may be inappropriate even though they may not be violations of the Anti-Discrimination and Harassment Policies.

Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits gender discrimination against any participant in an educational program or activity that receives federal funds. In general, no person, on the basis of gender, may be excluded, denied benefits, or be otherwise discriminated against in any academic, extracurricular, research, occupational training, or any other program or training at Colorado College. Concerns related to gender discrimination may be brought to the attention of the Title IX Coordinator at Colorado College.

Disability Accommodation

The college will consider requests for reasonable accommodations for a staff member's disability. If you need an accommodation, it is your responsibility to make an accommodation request. You may make the request through your immediate supervisor or contact Human Resources.

Religious Accommodation

The Colorado College community is enriched by individuals of many faiths that have various religious observances, practices, and beliefs. In affirming this diversity, it is our policy and practice to provide religious accommodations for staff unless the accommodation would create an undue hardship to the department or to the college. To request a religious accommodation, you may make the request to your immediate supervisor or contact Human Resources.