for faculty and professional staff
All members of the College community are expected to treat colleagues and students with dignity and respect, and to exercise care and good faith in the performance of job duties. Faculty and professional staff are expected to interact with each other and with students in a professional, respectful manner, with the highest regard for each other’s safety and well-being. Citizenship in the Franklin & Marshall community requires respect for the dignity and rights of each individual, respect for public and personal property, and personal and academic honesty.
The standards of conduct described below outline what is expected of each member of the College’s faculty and professional staff. Each College employee is responsible for familiarizing him/herself with the types of conduct which are unacceptable, as outlined below.
When violations of standards of conduct occur, the facts and circumstances of the case will be considered to determine the appropriate action. The purpose of corrective action is to modify unacceptable workplace behavior and improve work performance, in order to maintain a productive working environment that everyone can enjoy. Often, a progressive corrective action process is followed in an effort to improve performance. Corrective action may include referral to the College’s Employee Assistance Program provider, as appropriate to the situation. In some cases, immediate termination of employment is warranted.
The College, in its sole discretion, makes disciplinary and discharge decisions.
Franklin & Marshall is an "at-will" employer; employees may terminate their employment with the College at any time, and the College may terminate employment and compensation and benefits at any time, with or without cause or notice, in compliance with Pennsylvania and federal law.
Additional information pertaining to members of the faculty can be found in the Faculty Handbook.
The following is a partial list of improper conduct which, when engaged in, shall constitute grounds for corrective action, up to and including immediate termination of employment.
The following is a partial list of improper conduct which, when engaged in, will generally lead to a warning before more severe corrective action is taken. However, immediate discharge may result in some cases if, in the opinion of the College, it is warranted based on the employee’s work record.
Faculty and professional staff, including supervisory employees, are expected to use good judgment if interacting with students or colleagues via social networking websites, and if posting information about the College or their employment on such sites or blogs.
Department managers may establish additional guidelines and expected standards of conduct applicable to their office or department. Such guidelines are to be reviewed in advance with the Director or Assistant Director, Human Resources.
Policy Maintained by: Human Resources, Director
Last Reviewed: August 12, 2014