"Staff Code of Conduct"
STAFF CODE OF CONDUCT This policy is available on-line at: www.stc.ac.uk We will consider any request for this policy to be made available in an alternative format or language. Please contact: Director of HR We review our policies regularly to update them and to ensure that they are accessible and fair to all. We welcome suggestions for improving the accessibility or fairness of this policy. All our policies are subject to equality impact assessments*. We are always keen to hear from anyone who wishes to contribute to these impact assessments. Please contact: Director of HR Approved by: Version: Issue Date: Review Date: Contact Person: JCC V.1 May 2012 June 2013 Director of HR Version 1 Page 1 of 6 SOUTH TYNESIDE COLLEGE STAFF CODE OF CONDUCT 1. Introduction 1.1 South Tyneside College, in common with all responsible employers, expects its employees to comply with high standards of conduct both in the fulfilment of their College duties and also in their public activities outside of their work. 1.2 The general characteristics of good conduct in College include: a conscientious, diligent, honest and responsible approach to work; a caring and respectful attitude to colleagues, students and visitors; a friendly disposition and welcoming concern for the welfare of the Institution and all the personnel within it; a determination to respond to daily pressures with constructive efforts; The retention of these characteristics in all activities outside the College can only reflect well on the individual concerned and on the College itself. 1.3 It is good practice and in accordance with recommendations from the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) for employers to establish and publish clear statements relating to the standards of conduct expected of their employees. 1.4 Within South Tyneside College the range of jobs and associated duties is large and diverse, and the task of setting out in detail the relevant positive characteristics of good conduct for all employees would be difficult. However, all College employees share a common code of conduct which must be followed in order to maintain high standards of conduct and this list is set out on the following pages. (See also Appendix 1). 2. Staff Conduct 2.1 The code set out below applies to all College staff. All employees of South Tyneside College are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the law, with College policies and with those standards of decent, responsible and honest behaviour recognised by the public at large. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action being taken under the College's Disciplinary Procedure. 2.2 The following list gives common examples of the kind of misconduct that is likely to lead to disciplinary action. However, it should be clearly understood that the list is not exhaustive and other forms of misconduct may also incur disciplinary penalties in accordance with the College's Disciplinary Procedure. Version 1 Page 2 of 6 Failure to fulfil contractual obligations without management agreement. Any form of fraud relating to pay, expenses, sickness or other leave of absence or any circumstances in which benefit is sought to which the claimant is not entitled. Deliberate or wilful negligent damage, loss or tampering with College equipment, property or premises. Deliberate or wilful negligent failure to abide by the College's published policies and procedures including the College Financial Regulations contained within the Articles of Governance e.g. failure to declare a pecuniary interest (direct or indirect) when discussing formally or informally any contract which the College has entered into or is considering entering into. Discrimination against others on the grounds of a protected characteristic as outlined in The Equality Act 2010. Any form or threat of violence against a person. Sexual offences against other employees/students/others. Failure to take sensible precautions to protect people, facilities and property. The consumption of alcohol before or during working hours to an extent which results in deterioration of performance and judgement. The possession, trading or use of illegal drugs/substances. Deliberate attempts to gain unauthorised access to and/or make improper use of confidential information. Theft of any kind including the use of College equipment, materials, premises or services for purposes which are not part of employee duties. Note: making use of College stationery or the College telephone service for purposes which are not work related is a form of theft. Engaging in other employment or activity outside College work which conflicts with the proper fulfilment of College duties or is prejudicial to the College's interests or which causes loss of public confidence in the employee. Failure to obey any reasonable management instruction. Acting in a way which adversely affects the College's legal position except when engaged in any legal dispute with the College or when using the College's Public Interest Disclosure Procedure. Version 1 Page 3 of 6 Misconduct under any of the College’s Child Protection Policies. 3. Related Policies All College policies. Version 1 Page 4 of 6 Appendix 1 CODES OF CONDUCT AND RULES FOR ALL WORK AREAS What the College expects of its students Obey the College’s rules and regulations (These can be found on the college intranet) Be polite and considerate to other students, members of staff, and others Turn up on time and attend all classes regularly Work hard in class and meet all deadlines for all assigned work Don’t shout, swear, spit or use offensive behaviour Avoid drugs, alcohol/substances Treat College premises and other people’s property with respect Avoid illegal activity Don’t dress in a way which could cause offence to others Carry your ID card at all times Support your fellow students What the College expects of its staff Observe the College’s rules and regulations. (These can be found on the college intranet) Treat everyone with courtesy and respect Be punctual to demonstrate respect for others and to make best use of your time Pursue excellence in all that you do Refrain from any activity which reduces your ability to carry out your duties such as the misuse of drugs/alcohol/substances Take sensible precautions to protect people, facilities and property Wear your identity badge and lanyard openly Lead by example and act as a positive role model for the College Dress in a way which is appropriate to your position Insist on high standards of behaviour in students at all times, and apply disciplinary procedures when appropriate Rules in Classrooms, Workshops and Offices (To be displayed in each room). These rules have been agreed with staff and students after consultation Do not eat or drink in class, except for water in a sealed container Turn off mobile phones, iPods and other electronic devices Take off and put away hats, hoods and coats whenever possible Show respect for others and the furniture and equipment Obey health and safety regulations, including dress and behaviour Leave the room how you would like to find it * Staff are to use appropriate professional discretion in interpreting the above rules Any concerns relating to dress code due to protected characteristics – speak to Head of School/Service Version 1 Page 5 of 6 Appendix 1 RULES IN CLASSROOM, WORKSHOPS AND OFFICES These rules have been agreed with staff and students after consultation. Do not eat or drink in class, except for water in a sealed container Turn off mobile phones, iPods and other electronic devices Take off and put away hats, hoods and coats whenever possible Show respect for others and the furniture and equipment Comply with any health and safety regulations in force, including dress and behaviour Leave the room in a condition in which you would like to find it * Staff are to use appropriate professional discretion in interpreting the above rules Version 1 Page 6 of 6