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AP 3-150 Employee Code Conduct

Arapahoe Community College
Series 3 – College Personnel
AP 3-150 Employee Code of Conduct

Originated: September 1, 2008

Revised: July 2016

Effective: September 2008; July 2016

References: BP 3-70; BP 3-71; BP 3-120; SP 3-120a; SP 3-120b; AP 3-31; C.R.S. 24-18-101


Diana M. Doyle, Ph.D.
President, Arapahoe Community College


This Procedure contains pertinent information affecting employees, current through the date of its issuance. To the extent that any provision of this Procedure is inconsistent with State or Federal law, State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education Policies (BPs) or Colorado Community College System President’s Procedures (SPs), the law, BPs and SPs shall supersede and control. BPs and SPs are subject to change throughout the year and are effective immediately upon adoption by the Board or System President, respectively. Employees are expected to be familiar with and adhere to the BPs, SPs as well as College directives, including but not limited to this Procedure.

Nothing in this Procedure is intended to create (nor shall be construed as creating) an express or implied contract or to guarantee employment for any term. The College reserves the right to modify, change, delete or add to this Procedure as it deems appropriate.

Arapahoe Community College expects employees to meet ethical and professional standards for personal conduct and work performance.  All employees have the right to learn and work in a positive and safe environment which is free of verbal, physical, or psychological harassment, threats, intimidation, violence or any other misconduct.  Any violent, intimidating, threatening or harassing behavior, or other misconduct, in any form, will not be tolerated in the classroom, workplace or in any college location or event.


This procedure applies to all employees or employment categories of Arapahoe Community College.


  1. Guidelines:
    1. Expectations: All employees are expected to meet established performance and conduct requirements.  While it would be impossible to compile complete lists of expected behavior and/or unacceptable conduct subject to corrective action, the following guidelines provide a general outline of expectations.
    2. Performance: Employees are expected to perform their jobs efficiently, effectively, in the spirit of cooperation and in accordance with established procedures. Generally the following performance/behavior are not acceptable;
      1. Failure to meet established standards and deadlines;
      2. Refusal to work overtime with reasonable notice from Supervisor;
      3. Insubordination or failing to follow Supervisor’s reasonable directions or accept work assignments;
      4. Violation of safety rules and failure to wear prescribed safety gear where appropriate;
      5. Offensive or rude conduct toward a student, employee, or any person.
    3. Attendance: Employees are expected to arrive at work on time, as scheduled and return from breaks promptly. Advance notification should be given to the Supervisor when the employee expects to be absent or tardy. Arapahoe Community College recognizes the need for flexibility for Faculty with regard to their varied work schedules. However, Faculty are expected to meet classes and office hours as specified in their individual schedules. Faculty will also provide as much advance notice as possible to their supervisors and students if they are unable to meet their classes and/or office hours. The following are examples of attendance misconduct which are subject to corrective action; repeated offenses could lead to further disciplinary action up to and including termination:
      1. Unexcused or excessive tardiness;
      2. Unexcused or excessive absences;
      3. Leaving work early without permission; and/or
      4. Unauthorized absence from work during the workday.
    4. Honesty and Integrity: Employees are expected to demonstrate honesty and candor in the conduct of all business activities. Employees are responsible for reporting any illegal or unethical actions of employees and non-employees to their Supervisor. The following are example of behavior subject to corrective action:
      1. Willful or negligent damage, theft or misuse of College/State property;
      2. Falsification, cover-up, or unauthorized changes of records or documents (financial records or agreements, employment applications, time and absence records, expense reports    or other college records);
      3. Failure to report injury or unsafe conditions, or to cooperate in Arapahoe Community College investigations;
      4. Divulging official confidential Arapahoe Community College information without authorization;
      5. Use of Arapahoe Community College time or equipment for unauthorized personal purposes.
    5. Behavior: Employees are expected to conduct themselves, both professionally and personally, in a manner that is consistent with the professional reputation of Arapahoe Community College and to avoid any activities that might reflect adversely upon the College. The following are some examples of inappropriate behaviors subject to corrective action:
      1. Employees that do not respect the rights and dignity of others;
      2. Violation of an established dress code;
      3. Working under the influence of alcohol and/or illegal drugs;
      4. Possession, use or sale of alcohol or illegal drugs at work or on Arapahoe Community College property;
      5. Using offensive, foul or abusive language;
      6. Any violent act or threatening speech directed toward a student, employee, or any person;
      7. Employees are not permitted to harass or threaten any person, student or employee;
      8. Conviction of a felony relevant to an employee’s position or employee/Arapahoe Community College safety;
      9. Any willful or negligent act which endangers the safety, health, or well being of another person; and/or
      10. Misconduct or any act which disrupts work or discredits the college.
      11. Employees are not permitted to intentionally or maliciously damage or destroy the property of the college or another person/employee.
      12. Dishonesty or theft of College/State funds;
      13. Employees are not permitted to bring weapons of any kind onto college locations with two exceptions:
        1. A weapon in the possession of an employee of a governmental law enforcement organization who is required by his/her employer to possess the weapon at a college location and the law enforcement officer has registered his/her presence and weapon with Arapahoe Community College Campus Police; or
        2. A weapon in the possession of a faculty member or other designated instructor for instructional purposes and authorized by Arapahoe Community College.
    Note: The definition of weapon includes fireworks, explosives, dangerous chemicals, or arms classified as weapons.  An instrument designed to look like a weapon, which is used to cause reasonable apprehension or harm, is expressly included within the definition of weapon.
  2. Additional Expectations:
    1. Adhere to all applicable laws and regulations; 
    2. Adhere to college policies and procedures; 
    3. Adhere to job requirements in a professional and competent manner; 
    4. Provide competent and efficient service to the college;
    5. Avoid real or apparent conflict of interest between responsibilities as an employee and any outside interests;
    6. Maintain confidentiality of student, employee and college records; 
    7. Follow “Colorado Community College System Code of Ethics” (BP 3-70) which applies to system and state employees including Arapahoe Community College employees.
  3. Infractions:

    Infractions include but are not limited to, violations of College policies, procedures and practices; incompetent or inefficient service; insubordination; illegal acts; willful neglect of duty;  unprofessional or unethical, threatening, or harassing conduct. Infractions may result in disciplinary action up to and including suspension and/or dismissal.


Appendix A - Employee Acknowledgement Form

Arapahoe Community College’s Employee Code of Conduct Procedure

I, the Undersigned Employee of Arapahoe Community College have received and reviewed a copy of the Arapahoe Community College Code of Conduct; and I agree to abide by the terms of the procedure.

Employee Name (print):

Employee Signature: