Absenteeism and Tardiness

Every member of the campus community fills a role that has been determined to be essential to the College. The College expects all employees to be responsible in their attendance and promptness.  Recognizing that illness and injuries do occur, the College has established sick leave, family and medical leave and long-term disability policies to compensate employees for certain time lost for legitimate medical reasons. (Family Medical leave is addressed in depth in a separate section of this Handbook.)

All employees are expected to be prompt in reporting to work and returning from meal breaks or other absences from the workplace. An employee who anticipates being late in reporting or returning to work must call his or her supervisor.

Should you be unable to work because of illness, you must notify your supervisor no later than 9:00 a.m. on each day of your absence, unless you are granted an authorized medical leave, in which case different notification procedures apply. Failure to properly notify the College results in an unexcused absence. Any employee who is absent for three (3) consecutive working days without proper notification to the employee's immediate supervisor will be deemed to have voluntarily quit his or her employment.

If you are excused for an absence of more than three (3) consecutive work days, the College may require a fitness-for-work statement from a physician before you will be permitted to return to work. In such instances, the College reserves the right to require you to submit to an examination by such physician as the College may designate. n addition, the College may require you either to submit a statement from your physician or to be examined by the College designated physician, in instances including, but not limited to, where abuse of the sick leave policy is suspected.

Excessive absenteeism or tardiness, as determined in the judgment of the College, shall be grounds for disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.