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 Employment Understandings




  1. Respectful Climate:  We expect that all employees of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will contribute to making our working climate one that is characterized by respectful interactions, cooperation among department personnel, open and constructive communication and trust.

  2. Solicitation:  In order to avoid disruption of service and possible irritation to the workforce, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts forbids all unauthorized solicitation during work hours. 

  3. Telephone:  Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts telephones are to be used for College business only.  The Department Director or a designated staff member must approve personal calls of an emergency nature; 900 calls are never allowed.

  4. Bulletin Boards:  All department bulletin boards will be used as a supplementary form of communication and, with few exceptions, should only contain material that pertains to the business practices of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.  Employment opportunities are posted on the bulletin board outside the Human Resources Department, on other employee bulletin boards across campus, and on the College website.

  5. President's Newsletter:  A "Notes and News" newsletter is sent from the Office of the President to all employees electronically on a biweekly basis providing new and current employee information, as well as campus and community social events.

  6. Drugs/Alcohol:   Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts adheres to the principles of the Drug-Free Workplace Act and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act.  All employees are expected to be capable of satisfactorily performing their jobs and behaving properly.  The use of illegal drugs by College employees, at any time, will not be tolerated.  Moreover, the use of alcohol or other intoxicants, or the effects of the use of alcohol or other intoxicants during work hours, will not be tolerated. Employees who violate this policy will be subjected to disciplinary action up to and including termination.  For additional information please see the "Drug-Free Workplace Policy" under the Policies and Procedures section of this Handbook.

  7. Harassment:  Sexual, racial, age, disability, religion or any other form of harassment is strictly forbidden and will not be tolerated in the workplace.  If harassment occurs, swift and appropriate action, up to and including termination, will be taken.

  8. Mail:  Voice, electronic, facsimile and other forms of College communications are to be used for business reasons only.  Employees who violate the College's policy will be subjected to disciplinary action up to and including termination.

  9. Office Equipment:  All Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts office equipment and supplies, including, but not limited to, stationery, copy machines and computers, are to be used for business reasons only.  Employees who violate the College's policy will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including terminations.

  10. Computer Use:  The MCLA Computer Acceptable Use Policy states that college computers and software will be used exclusively for college business use only.