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Policy: Standards of Conduct for University Staff Employees 

Date: 11/25/08 Policy ID: HRM-014 Status: Final

Policy Type: University
Contact Office: Consulting Services (UHR)
Oversight Executive: Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Applies To: Academic Division and the College at Wise
Table of Contents: Policy Statement
Reason for Policy: The University’s commitment to the highest standards of conduct is an integral part of its mission of excellence in teaching, research, and public service. This policy establishes rules of personal and professional conduct, standards of acceptable work performance, and procedures for corrective discipline known collectively as “Standards of Conduct.”
Policy Summary: 
Definition of Terms in Statement: 

University Staff employee: Those salaried, non-faculty employees hired on or after July 1, 2006, and those salaried non-faculty employees and administrative and professional faculty electing to participate in the University Human Resources System established by the Board of Visitors under the authority granted by the Restructuring Act and the Management Agreement.

Restructuring Act: The Restructured Higher Education Financial and Administrative Operations Act, Chapter 4.10 of Title 23 of the Code of Virginia.

Management Agreement: The agreement between the University and the Commonwealth required by Subsection D of §23-38.88 of the Restructuring Act.
Policy Statement: 

University Staff Employees are expected to perform their job responsibilities in a manner that reflects the highest ethical and professional standards of conduct and performance. The University seeks to resolve conduct and performance problems in the most positive and least formal manner possible, using such techniques as counseling, coaching, additional training, or supervision. When University Staff Employees do not meet expectations for behavior or performance, and informal methods fail to result in improvements, supervisors must use the specific corrective action protocols and protections of staff rights set out in the Standards of Conduct.

The Standards of Conduct for University Staff Employees shall apply to all non-probationary University Staff Employees. However, University administrative units may use this policy as a guide for evaluating the workplace conduct of employees not specifically covered by the policy such as probationary and wage employees.

The Standards of Conduct established by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Human Resources Management (Policy 1.60), shall be, in all respects except where noted, applicable to University staff employees of the University. The University adopts the Standards of Conduct Policy 1.60 pursuant to the authority granted in the Restructuring Act and the Management Agreement. By the same authority, and to the extent permitted by the Restructuring Act and the Management Agreement, the University reserves the right to change, amend, add to or delete in whole or in part the Standards of Conduct Policy 1.60 without prior review or approval by any state agency, nor shall the University be bound by any future change, addition, deletion or amendment in whole or in part of the Standards of Conduct Policy 1.60 by any agency of the state unless such change, addition, deletion or amendment is required by the Restructuring Act or the Management Agreement.


Related Information: Standards of Conduct - Policy 1.60
Policy Background: 
Major Category: Human Resource Management
Category Cross Reference: 
Next Scheduled Review: 11/25/14
Approved By, Date: Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, 11/25/08
Revision History: This is the first version of this policy.
Supersedes (previous policy):