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The Clover Park Technical College District Twenty Nine Board of Trustees consists of five members appointed by the Governor of Washington State for five-year terms with confirmation of the Senate. The Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall operation and administration of the college as prescribed in RCW 28B.50.100, RCW 28B.50.130, and RCW 28B.50.140.
The Board of Trustees functions in a legislative and advisory manner and delegates to the President authority and duties which are executive and initiatory. Subject to any delegation, the Board has approval authority over all academic, technical and professional program changes and authorizes the awarding of degrees, certificates and diplomas. The Board approves any changes to the college’s mission. College policies and procedures are recommended by the Policy and Procedures Committee, and then reviewed and approved by the President.
The Board is regularly informed about the College’s activities and issues affecting the College’s mission, policies, and programs. Trustees are free to express their opinions on all issues and matters of institutional significance.
The Board of Trustees will conduct a general review of Board policies every three years. Additions and changes to Board policy may be proposed at any time by a Trustee or by the College President.
Through Resolution 97-7-49, the Board of Trustees has delegated to the College President authority to approve College policies. College policies are developed through shared governance procedures and reviewed on a one- to three-year cycle to assure they remain current and relevant. Policies that have been reviewed through a shared governance process and approved by the President are placed on the Board of Trustees’ agenda for their review and oversight.
The Board shall govern the College through appointment of a qualified President, policy oversight, and establishment of the vision, mission, and direction of the College. The specific responsibilities of the Board are:
The College continually wishes to recognize and show appreciation for exceptional contributions it has received, in personal services and/or in money, in support of its Mission. Occasionally this recognition occurs through naming of College property for a particular person. In order to maintain the highest standards for bestowing such a high honor, including exceptional worthiness, careful consideration, consistency, and transparency, the College adopts the following Procedure.
The CPTC Foundation is the College’s designated entity responsible for raising, receiving, administering, and investing gifts on behalf of the College. This policy does not include gifts made to employees, which are governed by the state ethics law, RCW chapter 42.52.
Clover Park Technical College involves students, faculty, staff, and administrators in discussion related to decisions of importance to the institution through the shared governance structure.
Definition of Shared Governance: Shared governance at Clover Park Technical College is the set of practices that provide opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and administrators to be informed of and have input into decisions that affect them.
The values that guide shared governance include:
Shared governance occurs through three primary avenues of engagement: (a) individual involvement, (b) committee and constituent group participation, and (c) an inclusive organizational structure.
The College is subject to a variety of compliance and financial audits from various state and federal entities, such as Washington State Department of Revenue, Internal Revenue Service, Employment Security Department, Labor and Industries, and the Federal Aviation Administration. Audits ensure compliance with federal and state regulators, confirm appropriate appplication of accounting rules and principles, verify existence of adequate internal controls, and attest whether financial statements are relevant, accurate, complete, and fairly represent the positions and performance of the College to interested parties. The Board of Trustees requires that an annual external financial audit of the College's financial statements be conducted.
Clover Park Technical College wants to cooperate with inquiries from the media and accurately communicate, as appropriate, in a manner consistent with our mission and values. It is essential that comments to the press and the public are as accurate as possible
Clover Park Technical College appoints the Public Information Officer (PIO) as the first contact for all media inquiries on official CPTC matters. Employees of the College will refer media queries to the College Relations Department and are not authorized to speak on behalf of the College without permission of the PIO.
If contacted by a representative of the news media, Clover Park Technical College employees will follow these steps:
Following completion of the interview, College Relations will follow up with the journalist to ensure that he/she has all the materials required to complete the story.
Under Policies and Procedures Manual Chapter 1 Section 3 and appropriate delegation(s), the Board of Trustees has delegated authority to determine College policies to the President. The President reviews and approves College policies and procedures after they have gone through the College review process and have been recommended for approval by the President's Direct Reports.
The College will follow a process for filling positions which supports the College’s mission and strategic plan by seeking to:
Temporary employment does not create any right or expectation of continuing employment.
If the appointing authority decides to create and/or fill a position through a regular appointment, s/he must first have two documents completed and approved, on forms approved by the CHRO:
This Description should be signed as approved by the position’s supervisor, the appointing authority, and the CHRO.
The Requisition must be signed as approved by the appointing authority, the CHRO, and the President, except that if it only seeks HR’s limited assistance on temporary employment under B.3.c above the Requisition needs only to attach or include what HR specifies and to be signed by the appointing authority and CHRO. The Requisition may be amended later only by the signing officers.
The HR consultant should arrange for proper retention of records relating to the search, in accordance with applicable records retention requirements, usually including:
The Clover Park Technical College Board of Trustees believes in utilizing the expertise of retirees. Hiring of retirees will be based on the needs of the college and will ensure compliance with Washington State’s Department of Retirement System mandates, RCW 41.50, and current college practices. Hiring of any retiree is not a guarantee of continuing employment.
When a position becomes available through a retirement of an employee, the College will analyze the position to determine if the position is still needed by the institution or needs to be revised. Upon completion of the position analysis and, if the determination is made that the position is needed, the position will be opened and a retiree may apply through the regular human resource processes.
Clover Park Technical College is committed to providing equal employment and educational opportunities without regard to race, color, sex/gender, religion, creed, age, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, veterans' status, or the presence of any physical, sensory, or mental disability.
Employees, students, volunteers, and other persons having business with the College have a right to be free from any unlawful discrimination in their relationship with the College. Therefore, the college prohibits persons who are subject to its control or direction from engaging in discriminatory behavior on the basis of any of these protected statuses. Any person who has been found, after appropriate and thorough investigation, to have discriminated against another will be subject to appropriate counseling and/or corrective or disciplinary action.
Specifically prohibited is any sexual harassment, which is a form of sex/gender discrimination. Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when (a) submission to such conduct is made, either explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of an individual’s employment or education, (b) submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for decisions affecting the employee or student, or (c) such behavior has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or education by creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working/learning environment. Sexual harassment can be in the form of verbal behavior, such as unwelcome comments, suggestions, jokes, or requests of a sexual nature, and/or non-verbal behavior, such as gestures, leering, displaying sexually suggestive objects or pictures, touching, or assault.
Sexual harassment and all other forms of unlawful discrimination are included here in the term “discrimination”. Accommodation by the College for a disability is addressed in Chapter 2 Section 21.
Retaliation against anyone who reports discrimination, participates in investigation of a complaint, or is an alleged violator (“respondent”) is also prohibited.
1. Ongoing responsibilities
Supervisors or managers who become aware of discrimination toward an employee, student, volunteer, or other person having business with the College have an ongoing obligation to respond in a timely and appropriate fashion. They should consult with the chief Human Resources officer for this purpose.
2. Informal complaint
Any employee, student, or volunteer or other person having business with the College who believes that s/he has been the subject of discrimination or sexual harassment should bring the complaint to their first-line supervisor or instructor, or, if the complaint is about that person, to that person’s supervisor. The recipient of the complaint shall make a note of the complaint and report it to his/her vice president and to the chief Human Resources officer. Alternatively the complainant may contact the chief Human Resources officer directly. The complainant should be notified and/or given a copy of this Policy and Procedure. The recipient of the complaint, working with the vice president and the chief Human Resources officer, shall determine if the situation can be resolved promptly at that level. If so, the recipient shall seek to do so; if not, s/he may refer the matter to the chief Human Resources officer for investigation under part D.
3. Formal complaint
Any employee, student, volunteer or other person having business with the College who believes that s/he has been the subject of discrimination or sexual harassment may make a formal written complaint to the chief Human Resources officer, regardless of whether s/he has first made an informal complaint. The complaint should be submitted promptly after the alleged violation and should contain relevant identifying and descriptive information, preferably on the available Human Resources form. Alternative means of filing complaints will be made available for persons with disabilities upon request. The Human Resources officer shall determine how to proceed, given the nature of the complaint, but usually will promptly commence an investigation.
The chief Human Resources officer will determine what investigation is appropriate. Investigations shall be done in a prompt and sensitive manner. Efforts will be made to maintain confidentiality to the extent possible, to protect both the complainant and the respondent, although if a hearing or disciplinary action becomes necessary confidentiality may not be possible. All persons subject to College direction shall cooperate with the investigation and shall seek to minimize any associated disruption or stress by refraining from unnecessary dissemination of information, speculation, etc.
5. Outcome of investigation
The chief Human Resources officer will share the results of the investigation with the vice president, and that officer or the vice president will share the results with the complainant and the respondent. The HR officer and vice president (and College President as appropriate) will then determine what, if any, counseling or corrective or disciplinary action is appropriate. If an accused employee or student disagrees with that
determination, s/he may contest the determination through appropriate procedures. Information will be entered in personnel or student files only if a formal reprimand or disciplinary action has been issued. The Human Resources officer will maintain relevant documents, including the result of any investigation, for no less than three (3) years.
6. Other remedies
Nothing in this Procedure precludes an employee, student, volunteer, or other person from pursuing a matter through external governmental agencies, such as the State Human Rights Commission or the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or through an applicable collective bargaining procedure. In the event such an election is made, however, the College may defer to that other procedure and discontinue its processing under this Policy and Procedure.
To work toward parity within the college’s workers within the legislative mandate of Initiative 200.
All employees and potential employees will be provided equal employment opportunity. Clover Park Technical College reaffirms its commitment to providing equal employment opportunity and nondiscrimination for all persons without regard to race, color, sex, religion, creed, age, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, veterans' status, or the presence of any physical, sensory, or mental disability.
Employment and enrollment procedures that are not conducive to equal employment or enrollment opportunities will be removed.
Employees, students, volunteers, and contractors will be free from all forms of discrimination.
In recognition of the right of each individual to be free from harassment and further recognizing the responsibility of all employees to maintain that environment, Clover Park Technical College prohibits all employees, students, volunteers, and contractors from engaging in any and all forms of racial, religious, and sexual harassment including jokes, slurs, innuendo, and exposure to suggestive or biased material.
Clover Park Technical College's Affirmative Action policy is based upon the following rules and regulations:
Presidential Executive Orders 11246, as amended, and 11478; Congressional Federal Register (CFR) Title 41, Part 60-2, Revised Order No. 4; the Equal Pay Act of 1963, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the President on March 24, 1972; Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments; Equal Employment Opportunity governing guidelines, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; CFR Titles 28, 29, and 43; 402 of the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974; Title II of the Education Amendments of 1976; the Governor's Executive Order 85-09; and Chapters 49.60 and 43.43, Revised Code of Washington, the Americans with Disability Act of 1990; the Age Discrimination
This policy shall be publicized internally and externally by incorporating an equal opportunity statement on public documents.
Clover Park Technical College recognizes that its Affirmative Action Plan/Policy must be comprehensive and communicated to all employees and other interested individuals or groups. All recruiting sources, community-based organizations, subcontractors, and vendors are informed of the College’s policies supporting Affirmative Action and/or Equal Employment Opportunity.
Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action policy will be included in Clover Park Technical College's Policy and Procedures Manual. All employees will be informed of the college's Affirmative Action Policy and copies will be available in the Office of Human Resources for their review.
A. Responsibility for Implementation of the Affirmative Action Policy
The President of Clover Park Technical College designates the Vice President for Human Resources and Employee Relations, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, Washington 98499, telephone (253) 589-5533, as Affirmative Action Officer to develop, implement, and monitor the Affirmative Action Policy and related goals.
The Affirmative Action Officer will ensure Affirmative Action goals are being met and, whenever necessary, will develop and implement action plans to meet standards of the policy.
The Affirmative Action Officer will review Affirmative Action progress quarterly.
Clover Park Technical College will make every effort to attain its Affirmative Action goals within time frames set forth in the Affirmative Action Plan.
Leadership Team members are accountable for implementation of the College's Affirmative Action Plan within their division. The President or the Affirmative Action Officer will initiate corrective action needed to assure the established goals and timetables for hiring and promoting protected group members are being met throughout the college.
Annual reports that monitor progress toward the college's goals will be available from the Office of Human Resources.
Employee- Equal employment opportunity and Affirmative Action are vital responsibilities and, as such, assume equal importance within all functions of the College. It shall be the responsibility of each employee to comply with and promote these policies.
Affirmative Action Officer- Monitors progress toward goals on a daily basis. Reviews and approves Affirmative Action goals and annual Affirmative Action Plan. Initiates corrective action needed to maintain and promote Affirmative Action policies. Investigates complaints and recommends corrective or disciplinary action to the President.
Leadership Team- Assumes responsibility and accountability for meeting Affirmative Action Policy goals within their division.
President- Monitors the annual reports and initiates action if the college is not in compliance with the policy.
The Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 (41 U.S.C. § 702) requires organizations and persons contracting with the federal government and those receiving federal financial assistance to certify they will provide a drug-free workplace. Although the act requires organizations and persons to provide a drug-free workplace which encompasses the activity concerned with the federal contract or grant, Clover Park Technical College has determined the entire campus should be drug free.
Any person violating the Drug-Free Workplace policy will be subject to the institutional policy and/or collective bargaining agreement applicable to that individual.
A controlled substance is defined by the State of Washington in RCW 69.50.101, http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=69.50.101, and by federal law in 21 U.S.C. § 802, http://www.usdoj.gov/dea/pubs/csa/802.htm.
The College will make a good faith effort to maintain a drug-free workplace through compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988.
1. Illegal manufacturing, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of controlled substances in or on the College campus or any other college workplace is prohibited. An employee who violates the terms of this policy shall be subject to corrective and/or disciplinary action, up to and including termination, or may be required to satisfactorily participate in a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program.
2. As a condition of employment, all college employees must abide by the terms of this policy and, in addition, must report to the Chief Human Resources Officer any conviction under a criminal drug statute for violation occurring in the college workplace no later than five (5) days after such conviction. The College shall, as required by the act, report such convictions to the contracting or granting federal agency within ten (10) days of receipt of the report.
Clover Park Technical College is an institution of higher education created and supported by the state. To give the highest public service to its citizens, college officers and employees are obligated to treat their positions as a public trust, using their official powers and duties and the resources of the college to promote organizational effectiveness and advance the public interest. The Washington State Ethics in Public Service Law, RCW 42.52, sets out strict conflict of interest and other ethical standards for all College officers and employees including Board of Trustee members and all District employees.
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Reporting Ethics Violations
The Executive Ethics Board is responsible for enforcing this law and the rules adopted under it with respect to statewide elected officers and all other officers and employees in the executive branch, boards, commissions, and all state supported universities, colleges, and community and technical colleges. The board is composed of five members appointed by the Governor. One member bust be a classified service employee. The statutes setting out the enforcement mechanism are set out at RCW 42.52.350-.550.
Any person may file a complaint with the appropriate ethics board. An ethics board may also issue a complaint of its own. The staff of the appropriate ethics board will investigate the complaint. The board may also refer the complaint to the college for initial investigation or the Attorney General or the appropriate county prosecutor for action.
2. Action by the Ethics Board
The board will make a written determination on whether or not there is reasonable cause to believe a violation of chapter 42.52 RCW or the rules adopted under it has been committed. A copy of the written determination will be provided to the complainant and to the person named on the complaint.
If the board has determined that there is reasonable cause, a public hearing on the merits of the complaint will be held.
Evidence will be presented by the ethics board staff in support of the complaint. The person named on the complaint will file a written answer to the complaint and may present evidence at the hearing. If the board finds that there has been a violation, an
order stating findings of fact and enforcement will be filed. The order is subject to reconsideration and judicial review under chapter 34.05 RCW.
If the board determines that there was no ethical violation, the board will file an order dismissing the complaint.
Based on a finding of an ethical violation by the ethics board or by the superior court, the following sanctions are available:
The board may also recommend to the College that the College employee be suspended or removed from his or her position. A violation of the ethics law is grounds for disciplinary action.
The Whistleblower Act, enacted by the Washington State Legislature in 1982 and codified in RCW Chapter 42.40, provides an avenue for state employees to report suspected improper governmental action. This act is intended to help maintain accountability and integrity in state government. This chapter contains the College’s Whistleblower policies, in accordance with directives from the State Auditor.
The definitions of relevant terms in RCW 42.40.020 control, but generally speaking:
Improper governmental action does not include personnel actions, for which other remedies exist, including but not limited to employee grievances, complaints, appointments, promotions, transfers, assignments, reassignments, reinstatements, restorations, reemployments, performance evaluations, reductions in pay, dismissals, suspensions, demotions, violations of the state civil service law, alleged labor agreement violations, reprimands, claims of discriminatory treatment, or any action which may be taken under Chapter 41.06 RCW, or other disciplinary action except as provided in RCW 42.40.030.
B. Good faith means that the individual providing the information or report of improper governmental activity has a reasonable basis in fact for reporting or providing the information. An individual who knowingly provides or reports, or who reasonably ought to know he or she is providing or reporting, malicious, false, or frivolous information, or information that is provided with reckless disregard for the truth, or who knowingly omits relevant information is not acting in good faith.
C. Gross mismanagement means the exercise of management responsibilities in a manner grossly deviating from the standard of care or competence that a reasonable person would observe in the same situation.
D. Gross waste of funds means to spend or use funds or to allow funds to be used without valuable result in a manner grossly deviating from the standard of care or competence that a reasonable person would observe in the same situation.
E. Public Official means the attorney general’s designee or designees; the director or equivalent thereof in the agency where the employee works; an appropriate number of individuals designated to receive whistleblower reports by the head of each agency; or the Executive Ethics Board.
F. Whistleblower means:
An employee who in good faith reports alleged improper governmental action to the auditor or other public official, initiating an investigation by the auditor; or
An employee who is perceived by the employer as reporting, whether they did or not, alleged improper governmental action to the auditor or other public official, initiating an investigation by the auditor.
Any current Washington State employee may report a suspected improper governmental action through the Whistleblower Program.
Reports may be made:
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C. When to report: For an improper governmental action to be investigated by the State Auditor’s Office, it must be provided to the Auditor or other public official within one year after occurrence of the action, under RCW 42.40.040(1)(a).
Whistleblower assertions may be submitted anonymously.
Whistleblowers should use the State Auditor’s Office Whistleblower form at: https://www.sao.wa.gov/EN/Investigations/Whistleblower/Pages/Whistleblower.as px
Whistleblowers are expected to act in good faith, which means that they cannot knowingly report false, malicious or frivolous information, recklessly disregard the truth or omit relevant information. A reporting employee must make a reasonable attempt to ascertain the correctness of the information furnished and may be subject to disciplinary action by the college for knowingly furnishing false information, under RCW 42.40.035.
The identity and identifying characteristics of a whistleblower shall be kept confidential unless the Auditor determines that the information has been provided other than in good faith, under RCW 42.40.040(5)(c).
College employees must fully cooperate in any Auditor investigations, and shall not destroy any of the evidence during the course of the investigation.
College employees shall not retaliate against any whistleblower or perceived whistleblower, or against any witness who provides information during an investigation or who is perceived to be a witness.
If you feel you are being retaliated against as a result of filing an assertion or providing information during an investigation, or because you are believed to have filed a whistleblower report or provided information, you may file a claim with the Washington State Human Rights Commission at www.hum.wa.gov. See http://www.hum.wa.gov/Whistleblower/Index.html
The College will notify each employee annually of the Whistleblower Act.
Employee discipline is addressed in each of the College’s Collective Bargaining Agreements. Please refer to the appropriate bargaining agreement regarding employee discipline.
The duly recognized bargaining agent for the college certificated staff is the Washington Federation of Teachers (WFT). The college Board of Trustees and WFT periodically negotiate a labor agreement which spells out the terms and conditions of certificated employment including, but not limited to, such items as leaves, probationary employment, dismissal, discipline, reductions-in-force, tenure, and salary schedules. The Collective Bargaining Agreement should be consulted for specific information on the above items.
Copies of the agreement are available from the Office of Human Resources or the office of WFT Local 3913.
Administrators and Exempt personnel are by virtue of their employment subject to the needs of administration. They are not represented by any bargaining agent. Copies of the Policies for Administrators and Administrative Exempt Staff, revised August 2004, are available from the Office of Human Resources.
The duly recognized bargaining agent for the college classified staff is the Washington Federation of Teachers (WFT) Local 4789. The college Board of Trustees and WFT periodically negotiate a labor agreement which spells out the terms and conditions of classified employment including, but not limited to, such items as leaves, dismissal, discipline, reductions- in-force, and salary schedules. The Collective Bargaining Agreement should be consulted for specific information on the above items. Copies of the negotiated agreement are available from the Office of Human Resources or the office of Local 4789.
The duly recognized bargaining agent for the college maintenance, custodial and security employees is the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 286. The college Board of Trustees and IUOE periodically negotiate a labor agreement which spells out the terms and conditions of classified employment including, but not limited to, such items as leaves, dismissal, discipline, reductions-in-force, and salary schedules. The negotiated agreement should be consulted for specific information on the above items.
Copies of the Collective Bargaining Agreement are available from the Office of Human Resources or the office of IUOE Local 286.
The Payroll Office is responsible for the preparation of paychecks for all employees of CPTC. The Payroll Office does not determine salary schedule placement or salary schedules; this is determined by the Vice President for Human Resources. The payroll is certified by the Vice President of Finance and Budget prior to distribution.
Paydays- Paydays are in accordance with state law as follows: Paydays will be the 10th and 25th of each month. If the 10th or 25th falls on a Saturday, payday will be on Friday. If the 10th or 25th falls on a Sunday, payday will be on Monday. In the event Monday is a holiday, payday will be the preceding Friday. Problems concerning paychecks should be brought to the Payroll Coordinator's attention as soon as possible, x5653.
Paychecks- Paychecks are issued to salaried/contracted regular employees and part-time faculty as stated above and distributed by the following methods:
Direct deposit to employee's banking institution;
Mailed to employee’s home address in the previous afternoon’s mail.
Paychecks are issued to all hourly employees on the 25th of each month. (If the 25th falls on Saturday, payday is on Friday. If the 25th falls on Sunday, payday is Monday. In the event Monday is a holiday, payday will be the preceding Friday.) These monthly paychecks are distributed as follows:
Direct deposit to employee's banking institution;
Mailed to employee's home address in the previous afternoon's mail.
Direct Deposit- Direct deposit authorization forms are available in the Human Resources Office. Direct deposit will be effective on the second payday after receipt of form in the Payroll Office. Cutoff dates are the 31st of prior month for 10th payday; 15th of current month for 25th payday.
The "W-2 Wage and Tax Statement" lists wages paid and taxes withheld from each employee's paycheck for a calendar year. It is provided to the employee for completion of his/her income tax returns.
A W-2 Form is mailed to each employee's home address no later than January 31.
Two items on the W-2 Form, "Wages, Tips and Other Compensation" (Box 1) and "Social Security Wages" (Box 13) represent taxable wages for withholding purposes. In some cases they are different amounts. Variances can occur for the following reasons.
Purpose- The hourly time/overtime report form is used to report time worked by temporary employees who are paid an hourly rate and on a monthly basis. This report is also used for salaried/contracted employees reporting for work that is generally not part of their contracted work.
Procedure- Complete the form monthly for the period covering the 16th of the previous month through the 15th of the current month. Payment is on the 25th of each month. It is the responsibility of the employing department to instruct the employee in filling out the form correctly and verifying the information is accurate. The employee's signature on the form is verification that the report is correct and not subject to change by the employee.
Reports are due to the employing department supervisor for signature on the 15th day of the month; and due in the payroll office NO LATER THAN the 16th (or first business day after the 15th) of each month.
Purpose- The Employee Absence Report form is used to report absences for all salaried/ contracted employees. EXCEPTION: Use the Authorized Union Leave form to report absences due to union business.
Procedure- Complete the form monthly for the period covering the 1st through the 31st of each month. Leave taken will be reflected on the 10th pay stub.
Reports are due to the department supervisor for signature on the last day of the month; and due in the Payroll Office no later than the first business day of the following month. Report all absences in hours and in 15-minute segments (.25, .50, 75), if needed. Do not report absences in days.
If you change your name, address, telephone number, or number of dependents, please notify the Office of Human Resources immediately and request the “Personal Information Change” form. If you resign, be sure the Office of Human Resources has your correct address so your withholding form will reach you at the end of the year.
The State of Washington provides health and related insurance coverage to eligible employees as a benefit of employment. Through the Health Care Authority, the state provides medical and dental coverage to employees beginning on the day they become eligible.
The Health Care Authority is an independent state agency whose administrator is appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate. It was created by the legislature to administer health care and other benefit programs for eligible state employees, retirees, and their dependents. The HCA administers the Uniform Medical and Dental Plans and contracts with managed care plans for prepaid health care benefits. The duties of the Health Care Authority are described in chapter 41.05 of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW), and administrative rules are contained in Chapters 182-08 and 182-12 of the Washington Administrative Code (WAC). To obtain a copy of the Health Care Authority WAC's, request a copy from the Office of Human Resources.
The Public Employees Benefit Board (PEBB) was created within the HCA to design and approve health care benefits for state employees and retirees. By law, the board is responsible for establishing eligibility policies for plan participation (defining who can enroll in PEBB plans), designing the benefits to be provided under the Uniform Medical and Dental Plans, and approving benefit plans of the other contracting health care plans. The board meets monthly during the year to review benefit and eligibility issues, and in the spring of each year conducts an annual review of policy in these areas.
Faculty who are employed on a quarter to quarter basis become eligible for employer paid benefits beginning with the second consecutive quarter of half-time or more employment at one or more state institutions of higher education. Half-time is defined by Clover Park Technical College as an average of 18.75 hours per week. For determining eligibility, Spring and Fall may be considered consecutive quarters.
The employee shall have the responsibility each quarter to notify the college, in writing, of the multiple employment that in combination would make them eligible for benefits. Once enrolled, if a part-time faculty member does not work at least a total of half-time in one or
more state institutions’, eligibility for the employer contribution ceases. The employee may elect to self-pay for a maximum of four quarters. For more information about benefits for part- time faculty, please contact the Payroll/Benefits Office, Ext. 5836.
Employees have a selection of several medical insurance plans, along with dental plans, to provide a very comprehensive medical/dental package. The college pays the cost of the chosen plan for employees and eligible dependents. The college pays the cost of the chosen plan for employees and eligible dependents. Additional information and the details of coverage (to include eligibility requirements) are provided during orientation of each new employee and are available on an ongoing basis from the Payroll/Benefits.
A basic life insurance policy and accidental death and dismemberment insurance is provided to employees at no cost. Additional insurance may be purchased at low group rates. Contact the Payroll/Benefits for details.
The college offers employees a basic long-term disability insurance plan which provides benefits for injuries sustained on or off the job. Additionally, the college contributes to the State Workers' Compensation Plan which provides benefits for job-related injuries. An optional long-term disability plan is available to permanent employees at low group rates. Contact the Payroll/Benefits Office for details.
The Committee for Deferred Compensation was created by the State Legislature to develop, implement, and oversee a tax advantaged savings plan for state employees. The Deferred Compensation Plan is a supplemental retirement plan and is administered on a nonprofit basis. You may enroll at any time.
The Dependent Care Assistance Salary Reduction Plan (CDA) allows you to reduce your taxable salary by setting aside a "before-tax" portion of your gross earnings to be used to reimburse eligible dependent care expenses.
Information and brochures for both of these plans are available from the Payroll/Benefits Office.
The Family and Medical Leave Act was enacted on February 5, 1993, and became effective for collective bargaining groups February 5, 1994. This act requires employers with 50 or more employees to provide up to twelve weeks of unpaid leave per year to eligible employees who want the leave because of the birth of a child or placement of an adopted or foster care child, to take care of a child, spouse, or parent who has a "serious health condition," or for the employee's own serious illness. While on leave, employees are entitled to continued health benefits. Upon return, almost all employees are entitled to be restored to their former positions or equivalent positions and resume their careers where they were before the leave. To request this leave, follow the same applicable procedure as requesting any other type of leave. Highlights of the Leave Act:
The state leave sharing program allows state employees to donate vacation leave, sick leave or personal holidays to a fellow state employee who has been called to active service in the uniformed services or who is suffering from or has a relative or household member suffering from an extraordinary or severe illness, injury, impairment, or physical or mental condition which has caused, or is likely to cause, the employee to take leave without pay or terminate his or her employment. Any Clover Park Technical College employee who accrues sick leave or annual leave is eligible to apply for shared leave. If the employee has depleted or will shortly deplete his/her annual and sick leave reserves, the employee may submit a request for shared leave to the Benefits Specialist. The employee must submit a medical certificate from a licensed physician or health care practitioner verifying the employee's required absence, the medical problem, and expected date of return to work. In the case that the employee has been called for active service in the uniformed services, the employee must submit, prior to the approval or disapproval, a copy of the military orders verifying the employee’s required absence. The employee will be informed in writing of the approval/disapproval of the request. The employee must use all other leave balances such as sick leave, annual leave, and personal leave, prior to receiving shared leave. Employees on shared leave will receive all regular benefits and leave accrual. Accrued leave must be used consecutively and may not be interspersed. Employees may not receive more than 261 days leave under this program. Employees receiving time lost compensation or other types of disability payments are not eligible for shared leave.
Employees who accrue annual leave or sick leave may donate leave to any employee requesting shared leave. When an employee wishes to share leave, the donation will be made on a Donation Request Form and submitted to the Office of Human Resources. The donated leave is deducted from the donors compensable sick leave balance.
Employees may donate any amount of sick leave provided the donation does not cause their sick leave balances to fall below 176 hours after the transfer.
Note: RCW 41.04.665 allows employees of higher education institutions who do not accrue annual leave but do accrue sick leave to donate sick leave. The donation cannot cause the employee’s sick leave balance to fall below twenty-two (22) days.
When an employee wishes to share leave, the donation will be made on a Donation Request Form and submitted to the Benefits Specialist. The donated leave is deducted from the donor's compensable annual leave balance. The donating employee may not donate an amount of hours which would drop their annual leave balance below ten 80 hours nor may employees donate excess annual leave they would not be able to take due to an approaching anniversary date. Any donated leave may only be used by the recipient for the purposes specified in this section. Any shared leave not used by the recipient during each incident/occurrence shall be returned to the donor(s). The shared leave remaining will be divided among the donors on a prorated basis based on each donor’s original donation.
In addition to donating sick or annual leave, the donating employee may donate all or any part of a personal holiday in accordance with WAC 356-18-025. When an employee wishes to share leave, the donation will be made on a Donation Request Form and submitted to the Office of Human Resources.
Incentive buyback will be administered according to applicable collective bargaining agreements and state law. The purpose of this policy is to implement Sections 5 and 6 of Chapter 182, Laws of 1980, which provide for monetary compensation for unused, accrued sick leave for eligible state employees under specific conditions. Commencing in January of 1992 and each January thereafter, each eligible current CPTC employee may elect to convert excess sick leave to monetary compensation as provided in this section.
Eligible Employees: Each person who is employed by Clover Park Technical College District No. 29 as of January 1, 1992, or thereafter and who subsequently terminates employment due to either retirement or death may personally, or through his or her estate in the event of death, elect to convert all eligible, accumulated, unused sick leave days to monetary compensation as provided in this section: PROVIDED, that "vested out-of-service" employees who terminate employment but leave funds on deposit with a state retirement system shall not be considered to have retired or to be an eligible employee for the purpose of this section.
Clover Park Technical College is a higher learning institution that provides learning opportunities for students and interns. The use of interns by any department will be in accordance with the Use of Interns procedures.
The Fair Labor Standards Act restricts an employer’s ability to use unpaid interns. Basically, the college will not use interns for the purpose of avoiding the law’s minimum wage and overtime requirements. To ensure the college manages the internship program in accordance with FLSA and Department of Labor requirements, the following will be adhered to:
The college department vice president, prior to admitting an intern to the college, will contact the Human Resource Specialist for instructions. The department supervisor must provide information as to what the college is required to provide upon completion of internship re: completion, notice, certificate, etc.
Indoctrinate new full/part-time employees within fourteen (14) days from first day of work.
It is the policy of the Board of Trustees that rest breaks are provided in accordance with labor-management agreements.
To manage stipend compensation to ensure compliance with State ethics laws, and to continue to promote good morale at the College.
Stipend: a sum of money paid allotted on a predetermined basis for a specific purpose.
To benefit the college and its students by providing staff with opportunities for study, research, and creative activities for the enhancement of the institution’s instructional and research programs.
Sabbatical Leave will allow eligible professionals an extended period of time free from normal contractual obligations in order to pursue legitimate professional goals. This purpose is consistent with the provisions of RCW 28B.10.650 as they now exist or are hereafter amended and with this college’s commitment to the professional development of its employees. Appropriate uses of sabbatical leave would include formal study, travel, work experience in one’s area, or any other activity which would contribute substantially to the improvement of the employees’ abilities or benefit to the college.
This policy is not meant to be restrictive but rather inclusive. Therefore, exceptions to this policy may be made by the president and the Board of Trustees on a case-by-case basis. Sabbatical leave, as it relates to members of the Clover Park Technical College faculty, is outlined in the Clover Park Federation of Teachers, Local 3913 Collective Bargaining Agreement. Sabbatical leave, as it relates to classified employees at Clover Park Technical College, is outlined in the Clover Park Federation of Classified Employees, Local 4789, Collective Bargaining Agreement. Sabbatical leave, as it relates to maintenance and custodial employees at Clover Park Technical College, is outlined in the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 286, Collective Bargaining Agreement.
An application for sabbatical leave will include reasons for requesting the leave and a detailed sabbatical leave plan, which must be submitted to the president. Sabbatical leave requests shall be submitted no fewer than 90 days prior to the beginning of the requested leave.
When the President grants a sabbatical leave, the recipient shall sign a contract with the college specifying:
The time spent on sabbatical leave shall be recognized as equivalent to time spent as a full-time employee of the college.
The purpose of the Reasonable Accommodations and Return to Work program is to provide, when possible, to eligible employees, accommodations in the workplace in compliance with ADA and/or an assignment for an eligible employee who is temporarily unable to return to his/her regular assignment until such time the employee is released for full-work duty by a licensed health care provider.
Clover Park Technical College (CPTC), being aware of its obligations under Executive Order 96-04, RCW 49.60, RCW 51, 32.090, other state guidelines, the American’s with Disabilities Act of 1990 (hereafter referred to as the “ADA”), has prepared this reasonable accommodation policy and supporting procedures to comply in good faith with the requirements of applicable laws, rules, and regulations. Final rules established by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Department of Labor (DOL) will serve to clarify elements of the Act’s intent, beyond what is provided in CPTC policy and procedure.
The Human Resources and Employee Relations designee is responsible for coordinating CPTC efforts toward compliance with the Title I of the Act. Title I prohibits the discrimination of a qualified person with a disability in any condition or aspect of employment.
This procedure affects all employees and candidates for employment with Clover Park Technical College. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation in all aspects of employment.
The Human Resources and Employee Relations designee is responsible for coordinating CPTC efforts toward compliance with Title II of the Act. Title II prohibits discrimination in the form of facility and service accessibility.
Disability: A physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of an individual’s major life activities. The individual with a disability must prove that he or she has a sensory, medical, or physical abnormality and such abnormality has a substantially limiting effect upon his/her ability to perform a job.
Substantially Limits: When a person is significantly restricted in the ability to perform either a class of jobs or a broad range of jobs in various classes as compared to the average person having comparable training, skills, and abilities.
Qualified Individual with a Disability: An individual who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the position that such individual holds or desires.
Essential Function(s): A function(s) of a particular job which, if removed, would fundamentally change the job.
Reasonable Accommodation(s): Modification or adjustment to a job, work environment, policies, practices, or procedures that enables a qualified individual with a disability to perform the essential functions of a job and that can be accomplished without “direct threat” to an individual or cause “undue hardship” to the employer.
Direct Threat: A significant risk of substantial harm that cannot be eliminated or reduced to an acceptable level by a reasonable accommodation.
Undue Hardship: When an accommodation for an employee with a disability, taking into account CPTC’s overall resources, would be unduly costly, expensive, substantial, disruptive, or fundamentally alter the nature or operation of the department or institution.
Need to Know: The basis upon which it is determined who should be made aware of medical restrictions, accommodation requests and analysis, and other pertinent information that may be confidential or protected by privacy rights or statutes.
Health Care Professional: A person who has completed a course of study and is licensed to practice in a field of health care which includes the diagnoses and assessment of the particular disability or disabilities in question.
Interactive Process: Good faith effort by both CPTC and a qualified individual with a disability seeking reasonable accommodation to engage in discussion and exchange information and ideas necessary to administrate this procedure.
All requests for accommodations must be made to the Human Resources and Employee Relations designee in writing, at the following address:Office of Human Resources and Employee Relations
When an applicant or employee makes a request for a reasonable accommodation, and the disability is not readily apparent and has not been previously documented, CPTC may request that the applicant or employee provide verification from a health care professional that he/she has the disability as claimed and that it has the effect of necessitating the reasonable accommodation requested. CPTC may obtain a second opinion at its own expense from a health care professional of its selection. Such inquiries must be limited to verification of the employee’s claims, except that CPTC may also request that the health care professional suggest possible effective alternative accommodations.
Upon receiving a reasonable accommodation request, CPTC shall begin consulting with the individual with a disability to find out his or her specific physical or mental abilities and limitations as they relate to the essential job functions, identify the barriers to job performance, and assess how an accommodation can overcome these barriers.
CPTC shall consult with the employee, and may consult with other knowledgeable sources, to identify potential accommodations and assess how effective each would be in enabling the individual to perform essential job functions.
If there are two or more effective accommodations that would allow the individual with a disability to perform essential job functions, after considering the preference of the individual with a disability, CPTC shall select the accommodation to be provided.
A qualified individual with a disability has the right to refuse an accommodation. However, if the individual cannot perform the essential functions of the job without the accommodation, he/she will not be considered to be an otherwise qualified individual with a disability after refusing the accommodation.
When an accommodation in an employee’s present position is not reasonable, or would cause an undue hardship, CPTC shall attempt to accommodate the employee through reassignment to another vacant position, at the same pay range or lower, for which he/she is qualified.
The employee is responsible for providing current information showing skills, abilities, training, and experience; identifying the types of jobs he/she is interested in and qualified for; applying for vacant positions; and advising CPTC of any change of address. CPTC is responsible for informing the employee of these responsibilities.
If the cost of a reasonable accommodation would impose an undue hardship to the employer, and there are no other financial resources available, the individual with a disability must be given the option of providing the accommodation, or paying that portion of the cost which would constitute an undue hardship.
Job descriptions are the preferred document for identifying the essential functions of a position. Essential functions in a job description or advertisement will be labeled and only persons who can perform those essential functions, with or without accommodation, are qualified to perform the job.
A working conditions analysis may also be conducted in conjunction with a position analysis to analyze a position’s working conditions. It is CPTC’s contention that accurately analyzing the working conditions of every current position all at once would be extremely time-consuming and may be unduly cumbersome. Therefore, CPTC will analyze the working conditions of a position when requested in a reallocation or when a position becomes vacant or as otherwise directed by CPTC’s classification plan.
In consultation with subject matter experts, part of CPTC’s recruitment and section procedure will continue to require that individuals meet competencies, skill, experience, education, and other job-related requirements for any position. CPTC’s classification system will also be reviewed on an on-going basis and revised as necessary to ensure that all relevant qualification standards and competencies will be re-examined periodically to ensure job-relatedness and compliance.
Reasonable accommodation will be provided in every stage of the recruitment, application, and selection process to enable a qualified applicant with a disability to have an equal opportunity to be considered for a job.
Notification of the right to make an accommodation request and information on how to initiate such a request will be included with all job announcements, bulletins, and recruitment efforts.
CPTC will make the job description available to all applicants during the recruitment and/or accommodation process, for the purpose of outlining, respectively, what essential duties or physical and mental acuity abilities the job presently requires. It is the applicant’s obligation to notify the Office of Human Resources and Employee Relations for which duty statement or working condition he/she will require accommodation to perform. Job Descriptions and Reasonable Accommodation Request forms in support of these requests are available from the Human Resources office.
Timeliness of response is essential in providing equal opportunity. Ability to provide the requested and appropriate accommodation by the scheduled application/selection process date shall be justification, at the discretion of the Human Resources and Employee Relations designee, for extension of application and other deadlines.
The ADA does require that tests do not screen out an individual with a disability or a class of such individuals on the basis of a disability unless it is job-related and consistent with business necessity. The ADA also requires that tests given to people who have impaired sensory, speaking, or manual skills be given in a format and manner that does not require use of the impaired skill, unless the test is designed to measure that skill.
The Human Resources and Employee Relations designee has reviewed, and will continue to review on an on-going basis, all selection criteria to ensure continued compliance.
CPTC will continue, as is allowed under the ADA, to prohibit the hiring, or continuation of employment, of an individual who poses a direct threat to themselves or others that cannot be eliminated or acceptably reduced by reasonable accommodation(s).
If an accommodation is determined to be reasonable and will eliminate or reduce the risk to an acceptable level, CPTC will provide that accommodation. Requesting an accommodation is the full responsibility of the person seeking it and CPTC reserves the right to provide the accommodation that it determines most effectively accommodates the individual’s disability, given the specific situation.
The need for a reasonable accommodation shall not adversely affect the consideration of an individual with a disability for employment, training, promotion, or opportunity to enjoy equal terms, benefits, privileges, and conditions of employment.
Current employee’s request for reasonable accommodation is the full responsibility of the individual who is seeking the accommodation. All requests will be reviewed and evaluated, based upon this procedure’s definitions of “essential functions”, “reasonable”, “direct threat”, and “undue hardship” to determine whether or not a request can be granted. CPTC will interactively engage with the employee and/or the employee’s treating physician/health care provider to determine needs, options, and factors.
When an employee cannot be reasonably accommodated in his/her current job, CPTC will endeavor to transfer the employee to any vacant position for which he/she is qualified and can perform, with or without accommodation. This reassignment is noncompetitive and limited to lateral transfers or voluntary demotions. The ADA does not require, and CPTC will not ensure promotion or creation of a position as a form of accommodation.
A qualified individual with a disability has the right to refuse an accommodation. However, if the individual cannot perform the essential functions of the job without the accommodation, he/she will not be considered to be an otherwise qualified individual with a disability after refusing the accommodation.
Managers and supervisors will receive periodic training related to their responsibilities under this policy and procedure. Additionally, this subject is incorporated into general employee harassment/discrimination training, which emphasizes general awareness of federal/state laws and College Policy as well as reporting procedures related to complaints. This material is also
incorporated into new employee orientation. CPTC is committed to proactively raising these subjects and building an employee awareness of policy, procedure, and complaint process.
Students are made aware through campus-based programs administered by student services administration and are not covered by this procedure or guideline. Procedures for student accommodations are outlined in the student handbook and in these Policies and Procedures under the Student Services Chapter.
All information regarding the presence, or nature of an employee’s or applicant’s disability will be treated as a confidential medical record and shall be maintained in a secure manner, apart from personnel files with access restricted to designated personnel on a need to know basis.
When an individual is hired, or an employee is returned to work with medical restrictions, the supervisor may have a need-to-know regarding the nature of the restrictions and possible reasonable accommodations. However, a supervisor may not necessarily need to know the medical diagnosis or a detailed description of the condition(s) if unrelated to the work limitations. There is no inherent right-to-know simply because the medical condition may affect an employee’s work or is otherwise work related. The Human Resources and Employee Relations office maintains secure medical files that protect this confidentiality, and will release only information determined relevant given the definition of need to know, reasonable accommodation, and consistent with the individual’s right to medical privacy.
Temporary disabilities are not covered by the ADA but may be covered under other laws. Under the ADA, it is not the name of an impairment or a condition that determines whether a person is protected, but rather the effect of an impairment or condition on the life of a particular person. How long impairment lasts is a factor to be considered, but it does not by itself determine whether a person has a disability under the ADA. The Human Resources Office, in conjunction with appropriate resources, is charged with making such determinations on a case-by-case basis.
CPTC seeks to temporarily accommodate employees in a manner which keeps them productive, orientated to the workplace, and maintain needed skills. To this end, CPTC considers all requests or inquiries very seriously and actively engages with the employee in analyzing the need for, and when necessary, proper application of modified duty assignment.
CPTC requires proof from the employee that a leave is necessary, including certification by a qualified health care provider stating the date the condition commenced, the probable duration of the condition, any appropriate medical facts regarding the condition, estimate of the expected schedule and duration of the leave.
Prior to returning to work from a medical leave, the employee will be required to provide a “fitness for duty certification” also known as a “doctor’s release” from a health care provider. The “fitness for duty” certification must be job-related and consistent with business necessity. This statement is to be delivered to the Human Resources Office during regular business hours by the employee prior to returning to the workplace.
If the employee’s doctor believes the employee may return to work but with limitations/restrictions, the limitations/restrictions must be noted. When an employee returns to work with such restrictions, an interactive process will begin under this procedure to determine the need for accommodation and the ability to provide those accommodations. In cases of continued medical treatment, the employee is asked to make a reasonable effort to schedule the treatment so as not to disrupt unduly the department’s operations.
It is the intent of CPTC to internally review and resolve all ADA-related complaints made by or on behalf of the complainant. The goal of this policy is to provide for the resolution complaints at a level that will allow for the least disruption of CPTC functions or services. This procedure will function independently of any other resolution method appropriately sought by the party; however, CPTC encourages all parties to utilize this procedure prior to seeking resolution through any other administrative sources. The Human Resources and Employee Relations designee will coordinate compliance efforts and is assigned to investigate complaints. Complaints should be documented on CPTC’s Harassment/Discrimination Complaint form and sent to:Office of Human Resources and Employee Relations
A complaint must be filed in writing. The complaint must identify the name and address of the person filing it and should briefly describe the alleged violation of CPTC policy or the Act.
Incident Notification Form: CPTC has developed a complaint form on which any person may report complaints of harassment or discrimination, regardless of the complaint’s basis. The form is made widely available and includes directions on how to complete and route. The form also identifies the limits of confidentiality and the CPTC non-retaliation policy. Any supervisor or administrator is authorized to accept and process the form.
Filing a Complaint: Any employee who believes he/she has been subject to harassment/discrimination has the right to file a complaint. Any supervisor or administrator is authorized to accept or take a complaint. If the complainant does not feel comfortable with filing a written complaint, every effort will be made to take the complaint verbally. The supervisor/administrator will then document the verbal complaint on the CPTC Harassment/Discrimination Complaint Form and route to the Human Resources and Employee Relations office.
Complaint Consideration: Although isolated incidents of harassment and discrimination may not violate federal or state law, such complaints will be taken seriously and considered under this procedure.
Complaint Investigation: The Human Resources Office is solely authorized to receive complaints of harassment and discrimination and to investigate them for all of CPTC. All complaints, regardless of the perceived merit or basis, are to be forwarded to the Human Resources Office for review and processing, without exception. Further guidelines regarding the investigative process can be found in the Harassment and Discrimination policy and procedures guideline.
A. Overview: This policy describes how an employee may temporarily receive a rate of compensation which is higher than the base salary for his/her regular position for temporarily being assigned additional higher-level responsibilities.
C. Relationship to base pay: The higher-services compensation under this policy is temporary and does not change the subject employee’s base pay for his/her current regular position.
For purposes of this policy:
A. Eligibility: When a subject employee is temporarily assigned additional higher-level responsibilities due to a temporary college need or a temporary position need, the college may temporarily pay higher-services compensation which is more than the base salary for her/his regular position.
B. Determination of amount:
C. Limitations: The higher-services compensation is prorated for the period of the additional responsibilities. The total higher rate of compensation may not exceed the rate of (1) the compensation for the position with the temporary position need or (2) the compensation for the position which is closest to meeting the temporary college need.
D. Examples: These examples assume a regular annual rate of $40,000 and a temporary annual rate of $50,000, producing a difference (B.1 above) of $10,000:
Employee works 40 hours per week, devoting 8 hours (20%, the minimum under this policy) to additional higher-level responsibilities: .20 x $10,000 = $2,000 higher-services compensation; $40,000 + $2,000 = $42,000 temporary annual compensation rate.
Employee works 40 hours per week, devoting 30 hours (75%) to additional higher-level responsibilities: .75 x $10,000 = $7,500 higher- services compensation; $40,000 + $7,500 = $47,500 temporary annual compensation rate.
Employee is overtime-exempt and works a total of 50 hours per week, devoting 37 ½ hours (75%) to additional higher-level responsibilities: .75 x $10,000 = $7,500 higher-services compensation; $40,000 + $7,500 = $47,500 temporary annual compensation rate. (The employee is overtime-exempt; there is no increase over Example 2 for the 10 hours over 40.)
Higher-services compensation under this policy is not appropriate if the additional higher-level responsibilities are not temporary or when:
A. When it appears that higher-services compensation under this policy may be appropriate, the supervisor and/or vice president should review the relevant job descriptions and consult with the subject employee. Through such consultation, the vice president should determine the number of hours which are devoted to, or expected to be devoted to, the additional higher-level responsibilities, as well as the total number of hours in the employee’s workweek.
B. The vice president must submit a Stipend Request Form to the chief Human Resources officer, obtain a recommendation from that officer, and then receive Cabinet approval before determining or committing to pay any additional compensation. The Stipend Request Form, and/or an attachment, must include:
The College is committed to providing a work environment in which employees feel safe from harm and which fosters high levels of productivity. This means that the College will make reasonable efforts to prevent and remedy domestic violence which affects the workplace.
Domestic violence is abusive and/or harassing behavior that is physical and/or psychological and is intended by the perpetrator to harm, and/or to establish or maintain control over, a current or former family or household member. It includes violent or threatening behavior, physical or verbal, which may result in physical or emotional injury or otherwise put the victim’s well-being, safety, or productivity at risk.
Effect on workplace: The College will not tolerate domestic violence in the workplace or which affects the workplace. Domestic violence can have substantial negative impacts on the victim and the workplace, including reduced productivity and increased absenteeism, turnover, and health care costs.
Responsibilities: The College will make reasonable efforts to prevent domestic violence in the workplace or which affects the workplace, and to provide appropriate assistance to employees who are victims or perpetrators of such violence. All employees are expected to cooperate in the College’s efforts to prevent and remedy such domestic violence. In particular, managers and supervisors should:
Penalties: A College employee shall be subject to corrective or disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, when s/he:
uses College resources, including but not limited to work time, property, telephones, email, mail, or fax machines, to perpetrate domestic violence, and/or
The College seeks to avoid favoritism or conflicts of interest, in decision-making and organizational placements, which result or reasonably appear to result from family or household relationships.
The College highly values the diversity of its students, staff, and community. With regard to holiday and seasonal decorations on its property, the College seeks to educate and encourage members of the College community to embrace their own beliefs and traditions while at the same time also recognizing and respecting the beliefs and traditions of others.
A. General goal: Holiday and seasonal decorations of classrooms, offices, reception desks and counters, lobbies, other common areas, and other College property should help to make those spaces festive and fun for everyone, without valuing any one tradition or set of beliefs over another. The goal in decorating is to help everyone feel included in the decorating theme rather than excluded.
B. Best practices: Decorating is more inclusive, and thus preferred, when it is done with items whose significance comes from (1) natural or seasonal phenomena, such as the moon and stars, snowflakes and snow characters, trees and tree boughs, and seasonal plants and flowers and/or (2) artistic items, such as ribbons. Decorating is less inclusive when it is done with items whose significance depends on beliefs, traditions, and stories which are known to be not shared by everyone, such as icons and symbols that are generally associated with only one set of religious beliefs.
C. Personal spaces: While the above Best Practices should be followed on all College property, the College recognizes that an employee may exercise more discretion in decorating her/his individual desk or other individual workspace, especially to the extent that the decoration is not necessarily or usually visible or available to others.
D. Safety first: Avoiding safety risks and hazards should always be the first consideration in decorating. Decorations should not impede walkways or increase the possibility of individuals tripping or falling. Use of electric cords or extension cords should comply with all safety instructions. Use of open flame, such as candles, is prohibited.
College employees who use social media (“Users”) should know the responsibilities and obligations which are associated with access to social media, particularly when the College’s computer systems, networks, and/or employee time are being used, but the College does not seek to regulate Users’ purely personal uses of social media which do not involve College resources or affect College employment.
Social Media Defined: Social media are forms of electronic communication, such as Web sites for social networking and microblogging, through which users create or participate in online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, videos, and other content.
General Expectations for Employees:
Follow the law: All uses of social media through the College’s computer systems, networks, and employee time shall follow applicable laws, including the statutes and rules relating to Ethics in Public Service, privacy law, and intellectual property right law, and applicable social media site standards. Users shall also adhere to the College’s Information and Communication Resources Acceptable Use Policy (Chapter 3, Section 9). Content which is illegal, threatening, harassing, obscene, or defamatory is prohibited. The College’s social media shall not be used to support or oppose political candidates or propositions, for lobbying, or for private commercial purposes.
Observe professional standards: Users shall comply with this Policy & Procedure and meet the same professional expectations and maintain the same workplace standards of behavior online as are expected and required offline or for in-person interactions. Users must avoid any action when using social media which unreasonably interferes with the College accomplishing its mission and objectives or with the employee fulfilling her/his job responsibilities. Violations which give just cause for discipline may be subject to disciplinary action, even if they are part of personal or non- workplace activities. Questions about applicable standards should be referred to the employee’s supervisor, who should seek further advice and direction as appropriate.
Protect identifying personal information: Only information that is appropriate for the public should be posted online. Users must not reveal confidential personal information about themselves or other persons, such as Social Security numbers, student identification numbers, home addresses, personal phone numbers or other contact information, names of family members, where children go to school, or financial institution information.
Respect others’ copyright and intellectual property rights: Authorization for use must be obtained from individuals and organizations before posting or otherwise using their writings, photographs, audiovisual works, audio recordings, trademarks, or other intellectual property, unless such authorization is not legally required—such as under the “fair use” exemption or for works in the public domain. Questions regarding copyright guidelines should be directed to the employee’s supervisor, who in turn may consult the Learning Resources Center.
Respect College time and property: Employee uses of College computers, networks, and time while at work are reserved for College-related business, as approved by supervisors and in accordance with the Information and Communication Resources Acceptable Use Policy. Social networking unrelated to College business must be done on personal time using personal computers or devices supported by commercial network assets, except that occasional use of College resources may be permissible if the use is brief, infrequent, and otherwise complies with applicable law and rules.
Understand your personal responsibility; be accurate: Employees are personally responsible for the content they publish online, which will be publicly accessible for an extended amount of time. Do not pretend to be someone else or use a fake name. Before posting, get the facts straight, and review content for grammatical and spelling errors. If you make a significant mistake, admit and correct it. If you can correct the original post, do so and be clear that you are making a correction. If you need to add an amended post, do so.
Remember your audience; Be respectful and constructive: Since social media are potentially available to anyone, review the content before posting to try to ensure that it is respectful, fulfills appropriate purposes, and will not alienate, harm, or unnecessarily provoke anyone. Content contributed to a social media site may encourage comments or discussion of opposing ideas, so view comments or concepts you disagree with as an opportunity for candid and respectful dialogue.
Communicate appropriately with other employees: Employees may not use sites or media to communicate among themselves on College business unless this usage has been approved by the College or their supervisor.
Think before you submit; does your post pass common sense tests? There is no expectation of privacy on any social networking site, and posted material may be available through other sites even after it has been taken down, replaced, or updated on the original site. Only post information, images, and other content after you are comfortable with it being completely public and archived indefinitely by others. If your content would not be appropriate for a face-to-face or telephone conversation, or if you would not be comfortable seeing or defending it in the news media, then it probably is inappropriate for a social networking site.
Appropriately withhold/ disclose College affiliation: When participating in social media in a private capacity (not as part of College employment), an employee is strongly advised against identifying oneself as a College employee or referring to College employment matters. However, when an employee is nevertheless identified as a College employee or reference is made to a College employment matter, the employee should clarify that his/her post or statement is of a personal nature and does not necessarily represent the views of the College.
Appropriately use College logos and avoid endorsements: On non-College sites employees shall not use College logos, trademarks, or images or make any endorsements of products, causes, or political positions in the College’s name. Questions regarding proper use of College logos and associated materials should be directed to the College Relations Department.
Be respectful and appropriate: Employees should always, even when acting as private individuals, be respectful of co-workers, students, administrators, and other institutions and organizations, especially those affiliated with the College.
Specific Guidelines for Using College Social Media Platforms:
The College Relations Department is authorized to administer and exercise control over any College participation in any social media site, platform, or application, and also may sub-authorize or delegate such authority. Anyone acting as a College employee who creates or maintains a social media account on behalf of a College department, organization, or other entity or activity (the “responsible operator”) must first obtain approval from the College Relations Department and give that department the highest level of administrative control and/or access. Administrators of sites created prior to adoption of this Procedure must promptly seek such approval and authorization and provide such control/ access.
Only individuals who have been so authorized by their supervisor or the Department of College Relations may send or post messages on social networking sites on behalf of the College or while acting as College employees.
Maintenance and Monitoring: If a College department, organization, or other entity or activity creates or maintains a social media account, the responsible operator must maintain the validity and security of that account and regularly monitor the account to assure appropriate usage and protect against unauthorized or inappropriate usage. Social media demand a high level of responsiveness, and so the responsible operator is expected to monitor the account and respond as necessary during regular College workdays.
College Monitoring: The College reserves the right to monitor and approve or disapprove any employee use of social media which appears to be made on its behalf.
College Identifications: The responsible administrator for a social media account shall include thereon an appropriate official image or identifying mark as designated or approved by the College Relations Department. An individual employee who participates in social media on behalf of the College shall include her/his name and College job title.
Terms of Service: Users should obey the Terms of Service of whatever social media platform(s) they are using.
Use of Photographs and Videos:
All photographs and videos used in College posts shall be obtained from, or approved or authorized by, the College Relations Department. When Users submit images for approval, these become part of the College’s images library that any other authorized User may draw from. The College Relations Department may impose conditions (e.g., appropriate image resolution) for its approval.
Authorization for use of photographs, videos, trademarks, or images owned by others must also be obtained from them before such use.
Social Media Comments: The College generally encourages interactions from social media users, but it is not responsible for comments or postings made on College sites by non-employees. The College reserves the right, but assumes no obligation, to remove content and/or comments which it deems to be inconsistent with its mission or otherwise unsuitable. Messages which promote commercial or other private for-profit ventures, or political positions, are not permitted.
Pursuant to RCW 1.16.050, Employees are entitled to two unpaid holidays per calendar year for a reason of faith or conscience or an organized activity conducted under the auspices of a religious denomination, church, or religious organization.
Each holiday taken under this policy must be taken as a whole day, i.e. the day may not be divided. The employee may select the days on which he or she desires to take the two unpaid holidays after consultation with his or her supervisor. If an employee prefers to take the two unpaid holidays on specific days, then the employee will be allowed to take the unpaid holidays on the days he or she has selected unless the absence would unduly disrupt operations, impose an undue hardship requiring significant difficulty or expense to the employer, or the employee is necessary to maintain public safety. For purposes of this policy, undue hardship is defined by the Office of Financial Management in WAC 82-56-020.
An employee requesting leave under this policy must provide 14 days’ advance written notice to the employee’s immediate supervisor, unless the religious activity could not have been reasonably foreseeable 14 days in advance of the activity. In such instances, the employee will submit the request as soon as practical. Requests to use the unpaid holiday shall not be deemed approved unless the request has been authorized in writing by the employee’s supervisor. The employee’s supervisor shall evaluate requests by considering the employee’s desires, scheduled work, anticipated peak workloads, response to unexpected emergencies, and the availability, if any, of a qualified substitute.
The two unpaid holidays allowed by this section must be taken during the calendar year, if at all; they do not carry over from one year to the next.
The college operates programs and services at various times throughout the day, week and year both on-campus and at various off-campus locations throughout the community.
The regular college business hours during which all offices are staffed are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The official duty station for all employees is the Clover Park Technical College campus unless otherwise authorized in writing.
To ensure compliance with WAC 495C and promote a positive work and/or educational environment for all employees, students and visitors, clarify the college’s position on the subject of facilities, and to set forth guidelines for handling violations of this policy.
College facilities are cleaned and maintained on a regular schedule by Plant Services. Any emergency situation requiring immediate attention (i.e. lack of heat, water leaks, etc.), complaints, and any request for special services should be directed to the Plant Services Department.
Permission for posting of literature on college property shall be obtained from the Vice President for Operations and Facilities and/or designee.
For regular scheduled classes, all rooms must be scheduled through the Instructional Support
Specialist in the Vice President of Instruction Office.
For use of a conference room in designated buildings, contact the Program Assistant in that building and complete and submit a Facility Request Forms, to reserve the space.
For use of the Boardroom in Building 15, please contact the President’s Administrative Assistant.
For requests from individuals/organizations outside the college, all room requests and rentals are reserved through the Plant Services Office.
College classrooms and labs are not to be heated above 68 degrees F. or cooled below 72 degrees F. The thermostats are set for that range and should not be changed. If for some reason an area is warmer or cooler, the Plant Services Office should be informed. Staff members are encouraged to inform students that temperatures in the building will be kept at these levels and wearing warm clothing during the winter months is advisable.
Employees may obtain keys, key cards and access codes to their classrooms and/or offices. Upon authorization by the appropriate supervisor, keys will be issued by the Plant Services Department, and must be returned there upon conclusion of employment. Security concerns warrant a strict and limited issuance of keys for special purposes or part-time use.
Office and room assignments should be coordinated through the Vice President for Operations and Facilities.
Smoking is permitted only in the outside areas designated for each building. Inside all buildings of the College have been designated as smoke free.
Consumption of alcoholic beverages in or on college-owned or college-operated facilities is strictly prohibited unless approved by the President or designee.
All groups qualifying for use of alcoholic beverages must adhere to the rules and regulations of the Washington State Liquor Control Board (reference RCW 66.20.010) and the Clover Park Technical College Board of Trustees.
Family members, friends or other visitors of staff members and students, who are not employees, bona fide volunteers, or students of the College, are generally not authorized in the employee’s work area or instructional training and support facilities.
All travel on official college business is subject to Washington State laws and regulations. Clover Park Technical College will follow the State Administrative and Accounting Manual (SAAM) policies, procedures, and rules related to Travel, http://www.ofm.wa.gov/policy/10.htm. Specific sections of the SAAM Travel section require agencies to develop their own internal travel policies and procedures. These and additional College-specific policy and procedures are stated below (10.10.10.a.3).
A. The college President has delegated approval authority for travel authorizations for all but out of state travel to the Vice Presidents and Chief Officers. Each of these may further delegate approval authority to Directors and Supervisors. (10.10.10.a.3)
B. The college will use alternatives to incurring travel expenses whenever feasible and practical. When other means of meeting are possible and appropriate, e.g., teleconferencing or video conferencing, those alternatives will be explored. (10.10.25)
C. Business telephone calls are those that are related to the conduct of official business of the College. Personal telephone calls are considered an appropriate business call and eligible for reimbursement only when they are to inform the traveler’s family of a change in travel plans, such as a delay in the return time. (10.20.20.3)
D. When travel expenses are to be reimbursed by a person or a non-state entity, reimbursements will continue to be calculated per the state regulations. College employees will follow the guidance of the State Ethics Board for accepting travel costs/reimbursement from non state entities. For example, those involved in the selection of a particular vendor to provide services to the college will not accept travel costs /reimbursement from that vendor. (10.20.60)
E. Reimbursement for lodging expenses is allowed when an employee’s temporary duty station is located more than fifty miles from the closer of the traveler’s official residence or official station. Lodging reimbursement is also allowed when that distance is less than fifty miles under any of three circumstances:
F. Agency-determined meal periods – The agency breakfast period starts 1 ½ hours prior to the employee’s regularly scheduled work day. To qualify for breakfast, an employee must be in travel status for at least 1 ½ hours before official starting time and meet the three-hour rule as defined in SAAM 10.40.50.b. The agency lunch period is the employee’s regularly scheduled lunch meal period. To be reimbursed for lunch, an employee must be in travel status during their entire regularly scheduled lunch time and meet the three-hour rule as defined in SAAM 10.40.50.b. The agency dinner meal period is the 1 ½ hour period directly following the end of the employee’s regularly scheduled work day. To qualify for dinner reimbursement an employee must be in travel status at least 1 ½ hours after the regularly scheduled quitting time and meet the three-hour rule as defined in SAAM 10.40.50.b. When an employee works through the agency dinner meal period at their duty station and goes directly into travel status, the agency meal period is the 1 ½ hour period directly following their completion of work at their duty station. (10.40.50.a)
G. When using a state contract for the rental of motor vehicles there is no authorization for use beyond official state business. The occasional incidental personal use (for example for travel to a restaurant, store, or entertainment facility) while in travel status is permissible, but additional mileage charges (if any) must be reimbursed to the state by the traveler. (10.50.35.e)
H. The maximum reimbursement for personal care attendant services while in travel status will be limited to the allowances of authorized official travel of a state employee. (10.60.30)
I. Charges for baggage on international flights shall be reimbursable as miscellaneous travel expenses when a baggage allowance is not included in the state travel ticket price. Only the costs for up to two checked bags will be reimbursed. (10.60.40)
J. Clover Park Technical College Board of Trustees members are to be reimbursed under Option 1, 10.70.30.b, for their official services to the college. (10.70.30.b)
K. Occasionally it may be more economical and advantageous for the College to pay a vendor directly for travel costs of its authorized official business travelers. In such a case, an itemized listing of the state per diem reimbursement amounts is to be prepared to compare with the costs the vendor is offering. Only if the costs as supplied by the vendor are less than or equal to the state reimbursement amounts is this method permissible. (10.80.55)
L. Travel Advances are permissible when the travel advance itself is to be equal to or more than one day of the Meal Rate Per Diem at the Non High-Cost Location rate as published in 10.90.20 of the SAAM. (10.80.60.b.7)
M. REQUEST FOR FIELD TRIP forms should be completed and submitted to the program director no later than one week prior to the event. A list of students’ names should be attached to the REQUEST FOR FIELD TRIP form, including parent authorization for any students less than 18 years of age or still in high school. Students under the age of 18 must ride with the instructor or drive by themselves when college transportation is not being used. Forms are available from program assistants.
N. Employees traveling on official business for Clover Park Technical College must obtain authorization from the appropriate administrator(s) prior to departure. No reimbursement for mileage or per diem shall be assured if prior approval for travel has not been obtained.
O. All travel reimbursements must be submitted on a Travel Expense Voucher to be approved subject to budgetary constraints. Vouchers shall be submitted within 30 days of the end of the calendar month for which reimbursement is requested or else the College cannot guarantee payment. The exception to this rule is the final state fiscal year month of June travel voucher. This voucher is to be submitted during the month of July per the timelines established and published in the month of June by the Finance & Budget Office. Vouchers for travel reimbursement may be submitted more frequently when the reimbursement equals or exceeds $100.00.
All purchasing will be done following appropriate state and local guidelines. For any specific issue, contact your immediate supervisor or the Vice President Finance and Budget.
The following guidelines are intended to minimize delay in obtaining needed supplies and instructional materials.
Repair/Calibration Purchase Requests
Equipment Purchase Requests
Book Store/Book Orders (see separate instructions- General CPTC Purchasing Procedures) Book Orders are processed through the Book Store quarterly on a textbook requisition form provided by the Book Store.
Check the appropriate box that applies to the program Instruction - Career Preparatory - (Entry level training); Instruction - Cont. Ed. Supplemental - (Trade extension and apprenticeship, evening programs); Instruction - Job Account Preparatory - (Realistic Training); (Note: Fee list items are purchased directly by the Book Store); Other: Describe as necessary.
Forward to supervisor for approval.
When you require items from the Resource Center/Library, a Purchase Requisition Worksheet is completed and approved by your supervisor. The signed worksheet and any corresponding information are then forwarded to Library for processing. A Purchase Order is typed by the library staff. All completed Purchase Orders are forwarded to Administration for approval.
Please keep a copy of all worksheets that are forwarded to the Library for future reference. Any questions regarding worksheets, or requisitions are to be directed to the Library staff.
Blanket Purchase Orders may be obtained for use with vendors/suppliers that departments purchase from frequently or on a time sensitive basis. Specific instructions are available from your program supervisor.
Blanket Purchase Order Requisitions use a "printed” form. Requesters route completed Blanket Purchase Orders according to CPTC flow chart. The approved Blanket Purchase Orders are forwarded to CPTC purchasing.
Given to supplier only if requested
To be sent to CPTC Purchasing along with pink copy and receiving papers
For the originator to use if additional copies are needed. This may be destroyed.
This copy is stapled to any receiving documents. A supervisor's signature is required on the pink copy (along with the individual who is authorized to sign upon receipt). Also see Page 6 "Goldenrod" instructions.
This copy is for the originator's file
This copy is used if receiving(Carbon) document is not available. If used in place of receiving document, signature must be in ink on goldenrod copy. Please note if you choose to use the goldenrod as a substitute to avoid confusion.
Both the pink and green copies (the green copy is paper clipped to the pink), when signed, are placed in the CPTC mailroom accounts payable mailbox. If any additional copies are received, they are returned to the originator. Please complete BPO W/D form (extend all items, add known tax/shipping charges, and total correctly). If an invoice is completed and accurate, and is several pages in length, you may reference invoice number and attach instead of completing the body of the withdrawal.
These procedures set forth the guidelines for receipt of supplies, equipment and services that have been ordered through the Clover Park Technical College purchasing system. All merchandise delivered by the CPTC Warehouse requires the signature of the receiving staff person. NO STUDENT SIGNATURES WILL BE ACCEPTED.
Most items received will be shipped to the Central Receiving Department of the College which is located in the Central Receiving Warehouse (Bldg 22). The determination of whether to ship the items to Central Receiving or to the department, will be determined at the time the order is placed by the Purchasing Department.
If an item is to be shipped to your location, the goldenrod copy of the purchase requisition or purchase order will be sent to you.
The Receiving Report is filled out in Central Receiving for items received there. When the items reach their destination, the person taking delivery will sign and date the Delivery Receipt copies and retain the goldenrod copy for the office records.
If the item received is a fixed asset, the Delivery Receipt will be accompanied by a fixed asset inventory receipt form which will also require signature.
If there are any discrepancies between the received merchandise and the order, notify the Purchasing Department immediately. DO NOT CONTACT THE SUPPLIER OR SHIPPER.
The person receiving and signing for goods or services on behalf of the College, whether in Central Receiving or a department, has the complete responsibility for noting the accuracy and condition of each item at the time of receipt. Shipments should be checked the day of receipt.
Be sure to inspect all cartons for exterior damage prior to signing the delivery receipt. Check for damage even if the item has been received in the Central Receiving Department. If damage is apparent, note same on the delivery receipt (both the delivery person’s copy and your copy.) Failure to follow these procedures indicates the shipment was accepted in good condition, allowing no recourse for recovering any monetary loss by the College.
Open all cartons immediately and inspect contents for concealed damage. If damage is noted, contact the Purchasing Department. DO NOT CONTACT THE SUPPLIER OR SHIPPER.
Keep damaged items and cartons in which they were received until notified by the Purchasing Department as to disposition.
Receiving documentation which authorizes vendor/supplier payments must be signed with a full signature (not initialed) by a College employee. A student signature or facsimile signature is insufficient.
The reason for this regulation is that only a College employee may act as an agent for the College.
THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURES DO NOT APPLY TO A DEPARTMENT IF THE ITEMS HAVE BEEN FIRST PROCESSED THROUGH CENTRAL RECEIVING.
Central Receiving personnel will process receiving documentation for items received by them. If you are responsible for processing receiving documentation, the goldenrod copy of the requisition/purchase order will have been sent to you by Purchasing.
NOTE: One of the following signed types of receiving documentation is required for all goods and services received and requiring payment by the College:
Goldenrod copy of Purchase Requisition/Purchase Order/Blanket Purchase Order Withdrawal
Packing slips, goldenrod copies of purchase orders, and any additional receiving documentation are to be processed daily and sent to the Accounts Payable Department. Any invoices received should be forwarded to Accounts Payable.
NOTE: Notify the Purchasing Department immediately of any discrepancies in your order. DO NOT CONTACT THE SUPPLIER OR SHIPPER.
Make a copy of the goldenrod and:
NOTE: When receiving merchandise against the goldenrod copy of a Blanket Purchase Order Withdrawal, sign and date the copy indicating if the withdrawal receipt is partial or complete. This signature/date is in addition to the “authorized signature” appearing on the bottom of the form.
The Central Receiving Department is responsible for processing all new fixed asset inventory items received in the Central Receiving area. If a fixed asset item has been received directly by a department, upon forwarding of the receiving information, Central Receiving will come to the item location to identify the item(s) and collect any further information required.
There will be exceptions in certain circumstances that do not lend themselves to submitting receiving on items via a packing list, college-receiving report; i.e., monthly rental charges, UPS billings, etc. In these cases, a signed and dated copy of the supplier invoice will be an acceptable form of receiving documentation.
If you have any questions relative to the handling and processing of receiving documents, contact the Accounts Payable Office.
The resource requirements and associated information management activities employed in the development, use, integration, and management of electronically stored and transmitted information. IT includes all resources and activities employed in the acquisition, development, collection, processing, integration, transmission, dissemination, distribution, use, retention, retrieval, maintenance, access, disposal, and management of information. Information resources include policy, procedures, data, equipment, and applications and related personnel, services, facilities, and organizations.
The Director of Institutional Technology is responsible for the development and implementation of the Clover Park Technical College Information Technology (IT) Master Plan. All upgrades, additions or modifications to existing hardware, software and services must conform to the CPTC IT Master Plan. Requests for IT purchases exceeding $500.00 will be forwarded through the first line supervisor to the Director of Institutional Technology utilizing the Capability Requirement (CAPR) format identified below. The approved/disapproved CAPR will be returned to the originator for additional justification or to be used as an enclosure to a Purchase Order.
CAPR NUMBER: Leave Blank.
DATE OF REQUEST: self-explanatory.
SERVICE REQUIREMENT DATE: Date the service/requirement must be available for the user.
REQUESTING ORGANIZATION AND LOCATION: Department, and building number/ room number (destination of hardware requests).
TYPE OF REQUIREMENT: pick one of the following:
POINT OF CONTACT: Name and telephone number of the person who the requestor wants to coordinate/manage the implementation.
Provide details covering the number and types of equipment currently on-hand and in-use. Discuss any changes to the equipment on-hand that will result from the filing of this CAPR. Specify the number of staff and faculty involved in the function/activity to be changed and any additions/reductions to this staffing level. If the requested resource or service involves expansion, modernization, or increased capability of an existing resource or service, identify what is to be changed and discuss why the change is required.
Explain how physical security is to be provided.
If the requested resource or service must be compatible with existing resources or services, explain. Identify related systems, equipment, interfaces, interoperability requirements, component of campus/building network etc.
Explain what will happen if this requirement is not satisfied.
Limit to explanation/information not otherwise covered.
For example, if there are there unique training requirements, who will provide the training and how much will it cost? Are there any physical modifications required? Is there adequate power? Will you require installation support?
This signature indicates approval by a Cabinet level authority.
To outline the procedure for issuance and use of the State of Washington Procurement Card.
Requests for procurement cards shall be through the department Director/Division Dean and approved by the divisional Vice President.
The divisional Vice President shall forward approved requests to the Vice President of Finance and Budget for review and processing.
The Purchasing Department will issue approved cards to the cardholder along with instructions for use and credit limit restrictions and reconciliation forms.
Cards are to be used for College purchases only.
Cards may not be used for:
This program is intended to supplement the College's purchasing needs and to streamline payment procedures and reduce administrative burdens associated with purchasing of supplies and services. This program is not to be used for capital items or normal purchases, which are to be, submitted to the Purchasing Department on College purchase requisitions.
Procurement card purchases for job account items are to be in accordance with program needs and are to be traceable to the program's job account plan and work orders.
Procurement card purchases for operational items are to conform to all state purchasing guidelines and regulations as follows:
Purchases of $3,000 and above are to be reviewed and approved by the college's Purchasing Department prior to any purchase to ensure that competitive acquisition requirements are being met.
Receipts are very important; save them. State and College policies require receipts for audit and reconciliation purposes. If you misplace a receipt, request a duplicate from the supplier.
Procurement card custodians are required to enter all purchases using the procurement cards on the College's Purchasing Card Activity/Reconciliation Log (copy attached).
Monthly, a memo billing listing all charges for the billing period will be sent directly to the card custodian. The card custodian is to reconcile the memo billing to the Activity/Reconciliation Log, sign it and retain the custodian copy and forward the original with all receipts to the department Director/Division Dean/Vice President for review and approval.
Reconciliation shall be done by the card custodian in a timely manner (within 7-10 working days). Failure to reconcile monthly statements in a timely manner will be grounds for termination of credit card privileges.
Lost cards must be reported to the Purchasing Department immediately. Failure to report lost cards could result in the department being responsible for unauthorized charges.
If you identify a problem on your monthly memo statement, try to resolve it with the supplier. If you are not successful, notify First USA by telephone, using the toll-free number on the monthly memo statement. Additionally, note the disputed purchase on the Log and forward a brief note with the Log, explaining why the charge is in dispute.
Once the disputed charge has been called in to First USA, they will send the card custodian a letter requesting further information on the dispute and ask the card custodian to sign the letter and return the letter for First USA. (The card custodian is to forward a copy of the signed letter to the Purchasing Department.)
First USA will research the disputed charges and make necessary adjustments to the account.
Sales and cash handling procedures are set forth to protect the College, its employees and the public from the loss or misuse of public funds. These procedures are in accordance with Office of Financial Management, State Administrative & Accounting Manual.
Money is to be collected only by the Cashier, Building 17, or at cash collection points authorized by Accounting Services. It is not intended that collection of money be viewed as a responsibility of each staff person. Questions about this process should be directed to the Controller in Finance & Budget, ext. 5602.
All money collected for any purpose, in any area, must be receipted and turned in to CPTC Accounting Services, ready for deposit the day it is collected.
NO CREDIT MAY BE EXTENDED BY ANY COLLEGE EMPLOYEE TO ANYONE!
Payment must be received prior to releasing any product or completing any service. Method of payment may be cash, check, money order, bank card (in areas where approved or by the Cashier, Building 17), purchase order, state voucher, or CPTC intracollege requisition including department number and supervisor's signature.
All forms used in conjunction with sales or cash handling must be approved by the Controller prior to use. Redi-forms may not be used.
Complete an Authorization for Cash Collection form available from Accounting Services, and forward to the Dean or Program Director for approval.
The Dean or Program Director signs and forwards to Accounting Services. Upon approval by the
Vice President for Finance & Budget, Accounting Services will provide the fund.
Accounting Services will contact person(s) authorized to handle money and schedule an appointment to provide required procedures, training and supplies.
NOTE: Instructional programs are required to have approved realistic training plans before applying for authorization for cash collection. Non-instructional activities require an approved ancillary services plan before applying for cash collection.
Ask for a driver's license or picture identification.
Compare and verify the signature.
Customer must countersign the check in the presence of the cashier. Verify that the counter signature matches both the original signature on the traveler's check as well as on the ID card. Make sure customer signs the check in front of you. If customer signed the check before presenting it to you, ask the customer to sign again.
Canadian Traveler's checks may only be accepted if they are paid in US. dollars. The traveler's check or money order must be made payable to CPTC.
The check must have today's date.
Departments with bank card machines may accept bank cards in their area or customers may pay at the Cashier, Building 17. Bank card machines must be connected to the bank via phone for confirmation. No manual machines are authorized for use.
All bank card transactions must have an authorization number from the card service
Check expiration date on card. Do not accept expired cards. Ring up sale on cash register or complete receipt as usual Instruction for use of bank card machines come with each machine
Check the signature against the one on the back of the card. If they do not match, ask to see a driver's license. If there is still a problem, contact a supervisor or Accounting Coordinator, ext. 5663.
Give the customer the Customer Copy only!
At the end of every business day:
The Cashier, Building 17, will complete your deposit and return a receipt the following day.
Each time no drop bag is received from an authorized cash collection point on a normal college business day, a notice will be sent requesting confirmation that no money was collected for that day.
After completion of deposit and return of receipt from cashiering, all deposit summaries, work orders and related paperwork including those marked void, must be filed and retained for 6 years from the close of the fiscal year(June 30). Limited storage space is available in the warehouse. (See Records Retention instructions in the College Policy and Procedure Manual.)
Discrepancies will be reported on a Cash Exception form with the following distribution:
White: Cashier who prepared deposit
Canary: Staff person responsible for deposit
Pink: Supervisor of staff person responsible for deposit
Goldenrod: Accounting Services Coordinator
The staff person responsible should be sure to respond with an explanation. Accounting
Services will provide assistance if you need further explanation or training. Refunds
Request for refunds must be made in writing and forwarded to the Cashier, Building 17 for processing. The request must include:
Approved refund request received will be issued and mailed to the customer within two weeks.
Contact Accounting Services regarding your change needs. Advance notice is desirable for amounts over $20.00 so special arrangements can be made to meet your needs. Accounting Services will always try to meet your needs for change. Call Cashiering at ext. 5663 for assistance.
Do not make change from a cash bag that has been accounted for and ready for deposit.
To sound businesslike and friendly, always answer your phone with your department and name. If students answer, instruct them to state the name of the department and "student speaking." This will eliminate confusion and relaying of messages. BE COURTEOUS!
Clover Park Technical College employees utilize the State Controlled Area Network (SCAN) for placing long distance calls. Authorization numbers are assigned to full-time staff by the Vice President for Operations and Facilities. Any other authorization should be submitted in writing by the supervisor to the Vice President for Operations and Facilities. Instructions for use will be provided.
See Clover Park Technical College Telephone Station Feature Guide.
Cellular phones are issued to state employees for state business only and are not to be utilized for personal telephone calls.
Orders requiring design, composition, layout, photographs, printing or bindery work should be processed through the Graphic Technologies Program by using Printing Request Form. Forms are available from the order desk of Graphic Technologies, Building 19, Room 107.
If you are ordering a new form, prepare a rough layout or idea of what you want. If your order is a reprint of an existing form, be sure to attach a sample, particularly if there are changes. Complete all sections of the Printing Request Form and submit it to your Program Director for approval.
Your Program Director will approve or reject the job request. If approved, the job will be forwarded for final clearance and production. (Note: If your order is to be mailed or used off campus for promotion, etc., Public Relations Office approval is required.) Please allow a minimum of three (3) week for completion of your order. All orders are processed by students as part of their training; your patience and cooperation are appreciated. You will be notified when your order is ready.
Convenience copy machines for walk-up use by staff members are located in the College Mall and the Mail Room in Building 17. These machines are fast, reliable, and very easy to use. The speed for doing double-sided copies and stapling/collation is just as fast as single sided regular copying (75 copies per minute). Security codes are required to access these machines and will be linked to department numbers for billing purposes.
The cost of operating these duplicators is very low in comparison to sending work out. If your work requires more than one-half hour to complete, then consideration should be given to sending the work out. Approximately 2,000 copies, whether they are double or single-sided, collated or stapled, may be done in less than 30 minutes.
For large copying requests (over 2,000 impressions) or for jobs with special requirements, the College has contracted for services to be done at an off-campus facility. Contact the Publications Coordinator at x5648 for assistance.
Orders which are not "camera ready" and require word processing only can be processed through the Secretarial Service Bureau located in Building 10. Bureau hours are from 8:00 am to 2:30 PM; and the phone is x5579. Processing depends on the work load and requests should be checked with the Instructor for the Administrative Secretary program. Students from this training program who are in their final phase of training do the word processing as an organized instructional activity.
Personal copies of documents may be made at the coin-operated copy machine located in the Library (Building 15).
What Teachers and Libraries Can and Can’t Do Under the New Law
Here are some of the implications of Congressional guidelines on permissible photocopying of copyrighted works.
A TEACHER MAY NOT:
A TEACHER MAY:
Make a single copy for use in scholarly research, or in teaching, or in preparation for teaching a class, of the following:
Make multiple copies for classroom use only, and not to exceed one per student in a class, of the following:
A LIBRARY MAY:
For interlibrary-loan purposes:
Make up to six copies a year of a periodical published within the last five years.
Make up to six copies a year of small excerpts from longer works.
Make copies of unpublished works for purposes of preservation and security.
Make copies of out-of-print works that cannot be obtained at a fair price.
Reprinted with permission:
(Chronicle of Higher Education, October, 1976)
Records -- Fees for Copies
College mail is delivered once daily. Letters, small packages and all internal communications are placed in assigned mail pouches.
Effective April 1997, departments/programs have a number for postal tracking purposes. The department’s postal code should be inscribed beneath the return address for a single piece of mail. For more than one item, it is suggested mail be bundled with rubber bands (if appropriate). A note with the appropriate postal code should be attached to the bundle.
Departments/programs will not be charged for postal services; however, a monthly and annual report can/will be made available to each department for their files, effective July 1, 1997.
If a department needs a postal code, contact the Director of Plant Services at x5560.
The post office Optical Character Reader (OCR) electronically scans envelopes reading the bottom line first, left to right, then the next line up, etc. Since the OCR reads one line at a time, single space all addresses.
The City, State, Zip Code must appear on the bottom line and must be the only information on that line. Traditional bottom-line notations (Personal, Attention, Confidential) must be above all address lines. The hyphen in the zip code should be the only punctuation in the City, State, and Zip Code. Special rate incentives are being proposed to the postal rate commission for use of the four-digit zip extension. The two-letter state abbreviation should be used. The second line from the bottom should be the actual delivery address, with no punctuation. Postal abbreviations should be used. Include the name or department in return and destination addresses, so mail and returned mail may be easily routed to the correct person. Out-going mail should be delivered to the CPTC mailroom by 2:15 p.m.
Various mailing lists are maintained on the computer: advisory committees, catalog lists, pierce
County Council, legislators, etc. Labels or lists are available in alpha or zip code order by group or multiple groups. Allow one day when ordering labels; allow five days if revisions are required. Contact the Coordinator - Data and Records at x5570.
The CPTC Shipping and Receiving Office will evaluate mailings exceeding 200 pieces to determine eligibility for bulk mail rates, approximately $.08 per piece in savings. All bulk mailings must be coordinated through Shipping and Receiving including mailings done through a mailing agency. Scale and mailing cost information is available in the mailroom. Postal authorities advise mail may be returned if there is: 1. No zip code; 2. Improper state abbreviation; or 3. Punctuation in the mailing address (except hyphen in zip code)
State resources will be used at all times for appropriate college-related business.
Staff and students using Clover Park Technical College (CPTC) information and communication resources will directly benefit if services and facilities are used in ethical and legal ways which build overall system efficiencies, maximize accessibility, and eliminate inappropriate traffic over college networks. Therefore, the following Acceptable Use Policy is in effect:
A. Use of college information and communication resources shall be in accordance with this policy and WAC 292-110-010: Use of State Resources; WAC 495C-120: Student Conduct Code; and RCW 42.52: Ethics in Public Service, for the purpose of facilitating the exchange of information in the furtherance of education and research, for conducting official business of the college, and otherwise being consistent with the purposes and objectives of CPTC.
B. College information and communication resources should not be used to transmit any communication in any form; e.g., text, images, and/or sound data where the content and/or meaning of the message or its transmission or distribution would violate any applicable law or regulation.
C. College information and communication resources should be used in a professional and ethical manner and shall not be used to transmit any communication in any form; e.g., text, images, and/or sound data where the content and/or meaning of the message or its transmission or distribution is likely to be deemed obscene, abusive, or highly offensive to recipient(s).
D. Users of CPTC information and communication resources should promote efficient use to minimize and avoid, if possible, creating congestion within or upon the networks that can or will cause interference with the work of other users. Further, users of college information and communication resources shall respect the rights and property of all others and shall not improperly access, misappropriate, or misuse the information/files of other users.
E. When using or accessing sources beyond the network itself; e.g., the Internet, users shall apply the Acceptable Use Policy while navigating through and making use of those networks.
F. Violations of this policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.
It is the intent of the college to maintain access to local, national, and international sources of information and to provide an atmosphere that encourages access to knowledge and to the sharing of information. It is expected that college information and communication resources will be used by members of the college with respect for the public trust through which they have been provided and in accordance with regulations established from time to time by the college and the State of Washington.
According to WAC 292-110-010, an agency may authorize a specific use that promotes organizational effectiveness or enhances the job-related skills of a state officer or state employee. A state officer or employee may make an occasional but limited use (de minimus use) of state resources only if each of the following conditions are met:
WAC 292-110-010 specifies the state Constitution, state and federal laws, and the Ethics in Public Service Act strictly prohibits certain private activities and certain uses of state resources. The following are prohibited at all times:
According to WAC 292-110-010 (7) state employees may NOT use state resources and reimburse their agency for the use. This includes, but is not limited to, the use of cell phones and SCAN calls for personal benefit as this action may impose significant administrative burdens on the state. The practice of reimbursing also creates the misperception that personal use is acceptable as long as the employee pays for the service. Example: In many cases a long distance call utilizing the state SCAN System would cost far less than you would pay to use your personal phone.
This policy applies to all employees, students, and any person using the college’s information and communication resources. Information and communication resources are defined as those computers, computer software, networks (including access to external networks such as the Internet), and electronic messaging systems (email, telephone and telephone voice mail, facsimile, and imaging systems) operated by and for the benefit of students, faculty, and staff of the college. The use of these resources is a privilege, not a right. It is the user’s responsibility to use these resources in a manner that is efficient, ethical, and legal.
All users should adhere to both the letter and spirit of regulations provided to ensure predictable, secure information and communication environment for all users. Failure to comply with the regulations set forth may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.
If you use college computing resources to access external networks and computing resources, you agree to comply with the policies of those external networks and computing resources.
Pursuant to the Electronic and Communications Privacy Act of 1989, Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2510 and following, notice is hereby given that there are no facilities provided for sending or receiving confidential messages. Users must be aware that electronic messaging systems may not be secure from unauthorized access and should not be used to deliver confidential information. Electronic mail, facsimile transmissions, and voice mail are technologies that may create an electronic record. An electronic record is reproducible and is therefore not private. Such records may be subject to disclosure under the public disclosure law or may be disclosed for audit or legitimate state operational or management purposes.
The college accepts no responsibility for any damage to or loss of data arising directly from or incident to the use of college information and communication resources or from any consequential loss or damage therefrom. The college makes no warranty, expressed or implied, regarding the computing resources offered or their fitness for any particular use or purpose. The college’s liability in the event of any loss or damage shall be limited to the fees and charges, if any, paid to the college for use of the information and communication resources which resulted in said loss or damage.
The College seeks to comply with the Office of Financial Management’s (OFM’s) accounting regulations, as found in its State Administrative & Accounting Manual (SAAM). Regarding inventories, these include chapter 30.40 (Capital Asset Inventory Records Policy) and chapter 35 (Inventories). The College shall maintain an accurate accounting of its fixed assets for purposes of financial reporting and proper stewardship over State property.
1. Fixed Asset: Fixed assets (also referred to as property, plant, and equipment) include all items purchased in support of the college’s continued and long-term mission. Fixed assets include land and equipment with an initial expected useful life extending beyond one reporting period. Investments, cash, certain intangible assets, items held for resale and inventories are not considered fixed assets.
2. Capital Asset or Capitalized Fixed Asset: A fixed asset which costs in excess of the minimum threshold established by OFM for capitalizable assets in the year of purchase. Such assets are depreciated over their useful lifetimes. Land is not included in this category since the useful lifetime is not calculable.
3. Small and Attractive Asset: This type of fixed asset is characterized by its portability, desirability, and therefore its vulnerability to loss. Such assets have a significant value outside the program and could easily be resold. Finally, the loss of such assets would impact the department/division’s ability to provide educational or college support services.
The College, in compliance with OFM guidelines, will identify as small and attractive those fixed assets which, in the year of purchase, cost less than the minimum threshold established by OFM for capitalizable assets and more than the minimum unit cost required in Section 30.40.20 for Small and Attractive assets. These include:
And other equipment not listed above, as determined by Purchasing.
4. Inventory: Refers to the process of verifying the location and counts of fixed assets. The term “inventory” is often used to describe fixed assets, so this should not be confused with traditional inventories of merchandise held for resale.
5. Custodian: The individual or department responsible for each fixed asset.
In the remainder of this Procedure, “fixed assets” refers to the fixed assets described in A.2 (capital/capitalized) and A.3 (small and attractive) above. Only these fixed assets are tagged and tracked in the Finance department’s college-wide accounting system. Other fixed assets are not necessarily tagged but are monitored and safeguarded separately, such as technology purchases (under procedures developed by the Information Technology department) and assets purchased by or for specific departments (by those departments under their procedures).
The cost of light refreshments such as coffee, tea, soft drinks, and snacks for Board meetings, staff meetings, training sessions, committee meetings and workshops held within the college may be paid by the college, providing such refreshments are an integral part of the meeting.
Meals may be furnished or reimbursed by the college to employees (or others the agency is legally authorized to reimburse) attending college approved meetings, workshops or training sessions when the meetings or formal training sessions are away from the employee's or official's regular work place, regardless of travel status and without regard to the three hour threshold rule. Reimbursement for meals shall not exceed the college approved limits for reimbursement of meals.
In consideration for the performance of services to the college by volunteers who are not otherwise compensated by the college, the college may provide to such volunteers, refreshments and/or meals under the above stated guidelines. The college may provide/reimburse the cost of refreshments and/or meals when consumed in the course of conducting college business which is determined by the President or designee to be directly beneficial to the college.
This approval/reimbursement procedure is not intended for use with the normal daily business or employees, but rather for special situations or occasions as determined by the Vice President for Operations and Facilities or designee.
When it is desirable to have the college provide reimbursement for light refreshments, a Light Refreshment Authorization Request form must be submitted for approval to the Vice President for Operations and Facilities or designee prior to the expenditure being incurred.
To provide adequate documentation to meet legal requirements, each expenditure for refreshments and meals shall be supported by vendor receipts and statements that indicate the following:
Purpose for incurring the expenditure, i.e. the type of meeting, etc. Type of items and cost of food and beverage consumed
List of participant
To minimize cost, employees responsible for scheduling meetings are encouraged to contact the college Food Service Contractor regarding provisions for refreshments and/or meals at meetings.
Employees or students may not use the credit or purchasing procedures of the College for their own personal use or gain.
All requests for use of equipment or property of the College are to be referred to the department/building administrator.
Any violation of this regulation shall be cause for dismissal and legal action, if warranted.
All employees are expected to take necessary precautions to avoid breakage or loss of equipment. When it unavoidably occurs, the loss or breakage should be reported immediately to the appropriate supervisor.
Members of the College staff can author material, copyright and retain the royalties from such material provided the material is not developed or required as a part of the staff’s contracted requirements to Clover Park Technical College; i.e. course outlines, curriculums, or other items specifically called for as a part of the job requirements.
Purchase of Employee Developed Materials
Material developed and copyrighted by an employee may be considered for purchase and utilization by Clover Park Technical College provided all of the conditions outlined below have been met and Chapter 154, laws of 1994, is not violated. The conditions that must be met are:
Clover Park Technical College Risk Management is handled through the office of the Vice President for Finance and Budget. Clover Park Technical College is self-insured through the state of Washington Risk Management Pool. All issues of a liability nature that may impact the College of an injury or property damage nature are reported through the Risk Manager. All such incidents will be reported according to operating procedures as outlined in Chapter 6.
Clover Park Technical College operates in accordance with federal and state law, Office of Financial Management regulations, State Board for Community and Technical College guidelines, and generally-accepted accounting principles.
The finance operations are comprised of the following main functions:
Accounting. The Accounting staff is responsible for maintaining accurate general ledgers and sub-ledgers for tracking all revenue and expenditures, which is done through an automated accounting system. The Financial Management System (FMS) is designed to observe any and all types of external restrictions and internal designations. As such, financial resources are classified for accounting and reporting purposes in accordance with their intended use of purpose and in compliance with laws, regulations, or limitations imposed by sources outside the college. The Accounting staff is also responsible for accounting receivable billing, as well as accounts payable payments. Accounting staff is responsible for internal controls and asset inventories.
Budget. The Budgeting staff is responsible for handling all functions related to the budget development process and the method of budget control consistent with the college’s goals. State operating funds are allocated by legislation; based on this allocation and other anticipated revenues, the college develops an annual budget, which must be approved by the Board of Trustees, as a mechanism to help the college manage its affairs appropriately to reach its goals and objectives. State capital projects funds are allocated by separate legislation and are used (within State Board for Community and Technical College guidelines) for major projects, repairs, and minor improvements in accordance with the college’s master plan. The Budgeting staff is also responsible for grants and contracts monitoring, regular monthly financial reports to staff and management, as well as maintaining the budget account code book. In addition, Budget Staff is responsible for the realistic training areas (job accounts).
Cashiering. The cashiers are responsible for collecting and receipting revenues from student registrations, fees, program activities, etc.
Payroll. The Payroll office is responsible for generating payment of salary- and benefits-related activity pertaining to all College employees, and for governmental reporting as required.
Payroll staff work closely with Human Resources staff to coordinate payroll/personnel activity, e.g., pay rates, deductions, withholding taxes, and other benefits.
Purchasing. The Purchasing office is, by state law, the only agent of CPTC authorized to pledge the credit of the college for goods and services. All equipment, supplies, services, and formal bids are processed in compliance with state regulations, including guidelines from the Office of Women and Minority Business Enterprises. The purchasing agent oversees the competitive bidding process for major purchases as required by the Office of Financial Management.
Clover Park Technical College’s fiscal year runs from July1 to June 30.
Signators of the College
The signatures of the President and Vice President for Finance and Budget appear on all checks issued by Clover Park Technical College.
Investment of College Funds
The Vice President for Finance and Budget has been delegated the responsibility to invest funds not immediately necessary for the operation of the college. Under the Vice President’s oversight, the Controller manages college investments to improve the college’s financial position within the limits imposed by the Public Deposit Protection Act, which delineates the types of investments appropriate for public agencies.
The Washington legislature appropriates operating funds to the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) each biennium. The SBCTC allocates operating funds to the college on an annual basis.
The process for developing the annual budget operating budget (for self support as well as state-supported programs) is designed to produce a comprehensive plan for the coming year’s expenditures while encouraging review and comment from affected areas and constituencies of the college at key stages.
The Vice President for Finance and Budget, working with the Budgeting staff, presents a timeline for budget development. The process involves a number of steps that take place concurrently:
review of the current year’s budget, including identification of shortfalls or unexpected obligations, by staff;
identification of probably changes for the coming fiscal year;
creation of a priority-order list of increases or new obligations to be included in new budget
(input from all area of campus); final list compiled by the Budgeting staff;
identification and estimation of funding levels from all sources;
review of proposed area budgets by leadership team;
balancing of anticipated income and anticipated expenses;
opportunity for campus community to review entire operating budget;
presentation of the operating budget for Board of Trustees review and approval, ideally at the June meeting.
The capital project budget is developed and based on capital projects requests that have been funded by legislative appropriation and allocated by the Office of Financial Management (OFM). The capital project budget is presented to the Board of Trustees.
Introduction. The budget and accounting structures and procedures are necessary to protect public funds against possible misuse. Internal control procedures such as separation of responsibilities so that no one person controls all the steps of any one transaction – help limit the opportunity for fraud. College-wide expenditure controls are also in place to minimize mismanagement and misuse of public funds. Controls are designed to ensure that
Chart of Accounts. The Chart of Accounts is based on Office of Financial Management guidelines for all college income and expenditures. Any given account structure records the source of the money, the department and division spending it, and the nature of the expense. The complete Chart of Accounts is published in the CPTC Code Book located on the NT1705 server.
Budget Authority. A budget manager is designated responsibility for each account at CPTC. The budget manager is typically the leadership team member to whom the account reports. The budget manager receives monthly budget status reports that are accompanied by accounting detail reports. The budget manager has signature authority over expenditures, transfers, etc. concerning his/her accounts and has the responsibility for monitoring and maintaining the budget. In most cases, the budget manager’s supervisor has secondary signature authority for the accounts. The Budget Services Office maintains lists of current budget managers.
The primary goals of the budget development process are as follows:
Instructions for completing the necessary forms in order to request budget authority follow. All budget requests should be rounded to the nearest ten dollars! Budget requests are reviewed by the cabinet and approved based on priority for accomplishing the mission and goals of the college and available funding. This is the primary opportunity for staff involvement in funding the efforts that lead to accomplishment of the college’s mission and goals. Input from all staff is welcome and critical to the implementation of a successful budget.
This section of the instructions provides:
An overview of the timeline for completion of the budget. The paper flow of departmental budget requests.
A description of each of the attachments provided in this packet – what purposes they serve and why they are important to the budget development process.
Please take the time to read through all of these instructions prior to beginning. This is important, as it will help to ensure that all staff prepares their budgets with the same understanding and context of the budget development process.
A. Calendar. Provides a schedule of major events in the budget process. The schedule is updated and distributed annually.
B. Flow of operating budget requests. Each leadership team member is responsible for his or her operating budget request packet(s). A packet is prepared for each department or group of departments. Separate packets are prepared for instruction and job account.
Some expense items are centralized to make preparation and management easier. These items are noted in section "D" below.
Leadership team members should complete their budget request in coordination with staff and instructors in their respective divisions and areas. The input of all staff is essential in order for the process to be successful. This is an important step for our accreditation as well assuring our budget is an accurate reflection of our plans.
Completed budget requests should be submitted to the appropriate Vice President for review prior to submission to Finance and Budget in accordance with the calendar.
Once approved by the Vice President, each leadership team member should one electronic copy of the complete budget request package to Budget Services by the deadline.
C. Overview of Data/Forms. Attached to the instructions you will receive the following: A Budget Development Schedule.
A template Program Budget Request ("Budget Summary") for each department or group of departments. The document will include specific budget information.
A departmental budget snapshot by object code of the current year budget, expenses, and encumbrances. This information is provided to guide you in estimating and requesting your budget amounts for the following year.
4. A Position Control Listing which shows staff and/or positions budgeted to each department broken down by categories of 1) Permanent Full & Part Time Classified, Exempt and Faculty positions, 2) Temporary Part Time positions (shown on separate pages). Position Control is provided for verification by leadership team members. Please assure that all current positions are accounted for and that funding sources (BAC) is correct.
D. 1999-00 Budget. As a point of beginning, each budget packet indicates the current permanent budget on the first line. If there is no permanent budget the first line will show 0. Budgeted wages and benefits (object A's and B's) are assumed at the current budget level. Changes to these amounts must be indicated on the position control listing. Please request budget authority to maintain existing service and instructional levels. Additions or expansions to service or instructional levels may be submitted in the program request section.
IMPORTANT! Some expenditures are centralized.
1. Expenses for pagers are centralized in the telephone system budget. If you have a pager assigned to you, you do not need to include the monthly expense in your budget planning nor will you see it on your monthly budget report. This expense will be included in the Operations and Facilities budget.
2. Expenses for copy machines are centralized in the copier contract budget. If you have a copy machine assigned to you, you do not need to include the lease expense in your budget planning nor will you see it on your monthly budget report. This expense will be included in the Operations and Facilities budget.
3. Expenses for cellular phone usage are centralized in the telephone system budget. If you have a cell phone assigned to you, you do not need to include the monthly expense in your budget planning nor will you see it on your monthly budget report. This expense will be included in the Operations and Facilities budget. HOWEVER, if you are contemplating the purchase of a new cell phone for your department, you must budget for the initial equipment cost. Only the monthly usage fees are centralized.
4. Library resources expenses are centralized in the Resource Center budget. These items are not charged to individual departments. There is a page in the budget development packet to request library books, periodical subscriptions, memberships, etc. Completed requests for library resources will be forwarded to the library for inclusion in the library budget request
5. Interdepartmental Transfers (object T’s) are non-budgeted items. Individual department budgets will not include a budget amount for object T. We will monitor and adjust for the college as a whole on a periodic basis. This does not mean that we are eliminating interdepartmental transfers – just the need to budget them. They will continue to be charged to your department and reported to you every month as usual.
6. Expenditures for sick leave buyout, terminal pay (vacation buyout), unemployment and severance issues are carried in the Finance & Budget division budget. They will not appear on your monthly reports.
This section provides step by step instructions for completing the budget spreadsheet. Before we begin, a few housekeeping items:
First, it is important to remember that the excel file is not a computer program, it is a spreadsheet template with embedded formulas and links. Changes to the form of the template by adding or deleting lines or sections, or copying sections, may destroy these links and render the template useless. Please use care in entering your information. If you require more than a single file to complete your request, make a second copy of the template and use the forms from a second file. The totals can be combined later.
Second, these instructions assume that the user has a basic understanding of spreadsheet functionality and Excel commands. This is not a Microsoft Excel training manual, and specific keystroke by keystroke instructions are not provided. If the staff who will be completing these forms are unfamiliar with Excel, or if it is unavailable to you, finance staff will provide development assistance. Call Budget Services at extension 5617 to arrange for this assistance.
Third, it is important to remember that these budget instructions and the process are designed for your use, to provide you with a useable tool for requesting and justifying your budget requests as simply and efficiently as possible. However, budget development will take time. You should probably plan to spend at least 8 to 12 hours working on your budget. It is important to remember that the budget process is the annual opportunity provided to all departments to request and justify their budgets for the coming year, and to inform the Cabinet of changes affecting college operations that may require additional funding. Taken in this context, a couple days of planning and budget development is time well spent.
The budget development file is a multi-sheet Excel workbook. Each file is saved to a unique name representing the department(s) and leadership team area of responsibility. For budget development purposes we are budgeting at the department level. Each sheet in this file has areas for staff to enter information in order to complete their requests. Completed correctly, each sheet’s budget request totals will automatically "roll" to the "Budget Summary" sheet which is page one, providing a one page executive summary of the department’s budget request.
The budget forms are organized in the Excel file in the recommended order of completion. These instructions will follow the order of the file. Remember to save your work after you complete each sheet to ensure no loss of data.
1 "Budget Summary" form. This is the first sheet in the Excel file, and provides summarized budget request information
DO NOT ENTER INFORMATION ON THIS SHEET! The entries will "roll up" from the other sheets in the workbook you are about to complete.
2. Personal Services Budget Request (C’s). Use this form to request budget authority for Personal Services to maintain existing service levels. This is not the place to request resources to expand service levels.
The Personal Services category is for professional or technical expertise provided by a consultant to accomplish a specific study, project, task or work statement. It includes these items: management and organization service, legal services, financial services, computer and information services, technical research services, marketing services, communications services, employee training services, recruiting services and other services.
Describe each service and/or list the vendor in the space provided, then tab to the amount column and enter the amount requested for this line rounded to the nearest ten dollars. Use as many lines as needed and remember to save as you go to preserve your work.
3. Goods and Services Budget Request (E’s). Use this form to request budget authority for Goods and Services to maintain existing service levels. Do not include library resources (subscriptions, memberships) or registration to be charged to professional development stipends. This is not the place to request resources to expand service levels.
The Goods and Services category includes these items: Supplies and Materials, Communications (postage telephone), Utilities, Rentals and Leases (equipment, furniture, land, buildings, vehicles), Repairs and Maintenance (buildings, grounds, equipment), Printing (off campus), Employee Professional Development and Training (dues and memberships, convention/meeting/class fees, periodicals that include memberships), Subscriptions, Skims (budget services only), Vehicle Maintenance and Operating Costs, (gas, oil, tires), Energy Costs, Other Goods and Services (advertising, taxes, license fees except software).
Describe the goods and services items in the space provided, then tab to the amount column and enter the amount requested for this line rounded to the nearest ten dollars. Use as many lines as needed. Remember to save as you go to preserve your work.
4. Travel/Training (G’s). Use this form to request budget authority for Travel and
Training activities to be charged to your department to maintain existing service levels. Do not
include activities to be charged to professional development stipends. This is not the place to request resources to expand service levels.
The Travel category includes these items: Subsistence and Lodging, Air
Transportation, Private Auto Mileage, Other Travel Expenses.
Describe each travel activity in the space provided. Enter the amount requested for this line rounded to the nearest ten dollars. Use as many lines as needed. Remember to save as you go to preserve your work.
5. Computer Hardware Request (J’s). Use this form to request computer hardware.
Please provide as much information as you can. Use as many lines as needed. Remember to save as you go to preserve your work.
6. Computer Software Request (J’s). Use this form to request computer software.
Please provide as much information as you can. Use as many lines as needed. Remember to save as you go to preserve your work.
7. Books, Subscriptions, Memberships (JD, EJ, EG). Use this form to request library resources.
Please provide as much information as you can. Use as many lines as needed. Remember to save as you go to preserve your work.
List in the space provided, then tab to the amount column and enter the amount requested for this line rounded to the nearest ten dollars. Use as many lines as needed. Remember to save as you go to preserve your work.
8. Furniture and Equipment Request (J’s). Use this form to request furniture and equipment other than computer hardware and software. Non-instructional equipment and furniture goes on the left side of the form, instructional equipment and furniture goes on the right.
Describe each item in the space provided, then tab to the amount column and enter the amount requested for this line rounded to the nearest ten dollars. Use as many lines as needed. Remember to save as you go to preserve your work.
9. Program Requests. The rest of the forms in the workbook are identical and provide the opportunity to request additional funding to expand existing services or add new services. These forms are slightly different than the ones preceding them in that each form is actually on two sheets. The first sheet is entitled "Program Request", the second "Program Request Support Document". Both forms require data entry for completion. Several forms are
provided to allow for submission of multiple requests for additional funding. Use the forms in order and only use the ones that you need. You are not required to complete every form in this category.
First, under "Action", mark an "X" next to "New" if this is a request to fund a completely new item, activity or function. Mark an "X" next to "Change" if this is a request to change an existing program or activity by expanding, or reducing it.
Under "Term", mark an "X" next to "On-Going" if this is a request for permanent operating budget funding that will extend beyond the next fiscal year OR mark an "X" next to "one-time" to request funding for the following year only.
Under "Short Name", provide a short name or description of the request if appropriate.
Under "Program Description", describe the request for new funding. Please include a summary description of major expense centers, number and classification of new positions, and operational impacts of the request to the college.
Under "Justification/Rationale", explain how your request will add value to the college in general and to your division/department/program in particular. Will it generate FTEs? Will it meet a demand in the community for educational services that the college currently does not provide? Will it improve the college’s ability to accomplish its mission? Be as specific as possible. Identify standards against which your request can be measured for effectiveness. Identify external funding sources that may be available, if any, and the estimated amount of those funds.
Once you have completed the "Justification/Rationale" section you are done with this part or the form. Do not enter any information into the "Changes by Category" section.
Instead click on the "Program Request Support Document". Use this form to estimate the annualized costs of your request. As with prior forms, enter appropriate description information for each item on the form. Provide the line name in the Description column, then tab to the amount column and enter the amount requested for this line rounded to the nearest ten dollars. Use as many lines as needed. Remember to save as you go to preserve your work.
For requests for new positions, Human Resources can provide estimated annualized costs for specific classifications of salaries. For benefits, allow 26% of the salary amount for full time and part time permanent positions. If you have questions, call Budget Services at extension 5617.
Once completed, the subtotals for each category of expense will roll automatically to the "Supplemental Request" page, and the overall total for the form will roll automatically to the "Budget Summary" form.
Repeat this process as necessary to complete your requests for additional funding.
Save your file after completion.
10. Realistic Training Revenues. This form is actually found second or right after the "Budget Summary" page in the job account packets. Enter a description of the revenue source in the description column and an estimated amount of annual revenue to be received in the right hand column. DO NOT INCLUDE INTERDEPARTMENTAL TRANSFERS.
Save your file after completion.
11. Grant and Special Allocation Budgets. The budget development packets for grants and special allocations look exactly like those described above. Please provide complete information. Additionally, if you have not already done so, please forward a copy of any information you have about the grant such as RFP, letter of approval, etc. to Budget Services.
12. Saving and Printing Your Budget Request. Once completed, your budget request should be completely saved and up to date. To print the forms that you have completed, follow these steps:
C. Submission of Your Budget Request. Review your finished budget request with your Vice President prior to submission. On or before the deadline submit one electronic copy of your completed request by Email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
January Cabinet Planning Workshop
January Board of Trustees Workshop (vision and goals)
February Develop Revenue Projections and Prepare Budget\ Packets for Staff
March Staff Develop Budget Proposals
April Vice Presidents Review Submitted Proposals
April Cabinet Workshop to Prioritize and Approve Requests
May Office Compilation of Budget Proposals
May Board of Trustees Workshop
June Formal Adoption of 1999-00 Operating Budget by Board of Trustees
September Detail Budget Document Available to Staff
Before CPTC enters into an agreement or contract with an individual or organization, whether to provide a service to the college or receive a service from it, the Vice President for Finance & Budget must review the agreement/contract language for appropriateness to CPTC programs, fiscal and legal ramifications, potential liability issues, etc. The President will not sign an agreement or contract if the Vice President for Finance & Budget has not reviewed the documents.
All grant/contract/special project applications or proposals will be reviewed by the appropriate parties, as indicated in the procedures, prior to submission for the consideration of a grantor. Grant/contract/special project application review is necessary to assure congruence with the college’s mission, goals and strategic plan, the availability of budget authority with regard to college resources, and quality control for consistency and content of all applications and proposals.
The purpose of this procedure is to carry out the college’s grant/Contract/Special Project Application policy.
Grant/contract/special project- A project that is funded outside of the state base allocation or an agreement with other parties/agencies to provide special services.
Budget development process- The yearly exercise undertaken to allocate college resources through departmental requests.
Budget narrative- A format to report the plan for expending grant/contract/special project funds which includes both the description and dollar amount for each expense.
Routing form- A form prepared for attachment to all grant/contract special project applications and proposals. The form contains the name of the project, the grantor and the individuals who must review the application.
Grant/contract/special project cover sheet- A form prepared for inclusion in a grant review packet. The form contains areas to be completed which include justification of the purpose of the grant/contract or special project, consistency with the college’s mission and goals, and plans for the use of both material and human resources.
Grant/contract/special project proposals fall into one of three categories. 1) one time projects under $50,000, and/or with no staff, no required space and no required hard dollar match. 2) one time grants/contracts/special projects greater than $50,000 and/or with new staff, with required space, and with a required hard dollar match 3) annual operating grants and special projects.
Category 1 proposals require one week lead time for routing. A narrative budget and cover sheet are required for submission. The routing is as follows:
Department Vice President: 2 days
Finance & Budget: 1 day
President 2 days
Return to Originator for submission to grantor or changes
Category 2 proposals will be submitted through the appropriate Vice President for Cabinet review. These projects also require the submission of a cover sheet and narrative budget. The cover sheet contains the project justification, a plan for the use of resources, both human and material, and an explanation of the proposals consistency with the college’s mission and goals. One month lead time is required for these proposals. Route as follows:
Department Vice President review: 2 weeks
Finance & Budget: 2 weeks
Signature of President
Return to Originator for submission to grantor or changes
Category 3 proposals (annual operating grants and special projects) may include but are not limited to: Perkins, Worker Retraining, WorkFirst, etc. These proposals are submitted and approved through the annual budget development process rather than through the processes described above.
The budget narrative and cover sheet are both self explanatory forms. If you require assistance with the completion of either form, the Budget Services staff are available. The Payroll Office can be of assistance with specific salary and benefit information. It is recommended that proposal originators use e-mail for transmitting grant packages to appropriate staff. It is also recommended that the project proposal be submitted to the Office of Grant Development for review of consistency of content and format and quality prior to routing.
At the completion of the routing cycle, the originator will deliver or mail the proposal. A complete copy of the package is forwarded to the office of Budget Services. Upon receipt of project approval or denial, a copy of the notification is also forward to Budget Services for assignment of codes, etc.
The college will manage its cash and invested assets in a manner consistent with state and federal law and in a manner that furthers the college’s ability to achieve its mission of providing world-class technical education.
The cash management investment policy provides the college with a set of established principles and guidelines for the management of cash and the investment of available funds. This policy directs the use of cash within legally authorized limits in a manner that is consistent with the college mission and further Clover Park’s ability to provide world class technical education.
The college will manage its cash and invested assets in a manner consistent with state and federal law and in a manner that furthers the college’s ability to achieve its mission of providing world class technical education.
Cash- College cash assets shall be managed in a manner that encourages the timely collection and deposit of all cash receipts, limits the opportunity for fraud through the use of effective cash handling procedures and proper staff training, and provides for the safety of college personnel responsible for cash management.
Strategic reserve- The college will endeavor to generate and retain a strategic reserve equal to 90 days of annual operating expenses. The college may invest this reserve in a manner consistent with its investment policy and its long-term cash needs.
All investments will be made in accordance with State Treasurer guidelines. The Washington State Treasurer’s Local Government Investment Pool may be utilized as an investment option for the college in a manner that is consistent with this policy.
The Vice President for Finance and Budget, or designee, shall be responsible for all college investment decisions.
Reporting- The Vice President for Finance and Budget shall report a minimum of once per quarter to the College President and to the Board of Trustees regarding the college’s cash and investments.
This debt policy allows for the purchase of high cost fixed assets and equipment in such a manner as to spread the cost of such items over the asset’s or equipment’s useful life. This policy shall also restrict the usage of debt for operating purposes to a sustainable level, and shall ensure that decisions regarding the use of debt are made in consideration of college goals and operating budget needs.
The college may issue debt for the purpose of acquiring high cost fixed assets and equipment.
Clover Park Technical College shall issue debt through legally authorized instruments in such amounts that the annual debt service cost to the college in any one fiscal year for all outstanding debt shall not exceed seven percent (7%) of that year’s annual operating budget base allocation, as provided by the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges.
The college may identify specific revenue sources for use in payment of annual debt service against debt issues for the purposes stated herein. Revenue supported debt may be considered as debt outside of the 7% general debt limit of the college.
In order to qualify as revenue supported debt, a debt issue must:
The college may issue revenue supported debt only upon prior authorization of the Board of Trustees or appropriation in the annual operating budget.
Training – Employee Request (Voluntary)
All tuition, fees and books are the responsibility of the employee. No overtime pay provision.
Release time at discretion of supervisor for job related classes.
Registration is permitted on a space available basis after minimum capacity has been determined. Employees may attend the first class but will not be able to register until after registration determines that space is available.
$5.00 space available fee paid by employee.
All other fees and books are the responsibility of the employee.
All class fees/books/student fees paid by employee.
Training – Supervisor Request (Mandatory)
All costs paid from supervisor’s budget except as noted below. Overtime pay provision for work/class hours beyond 40 per week.
Registration is permitted on a space available basis after minimum capacity has been determined. Employees may attend the first class but will not be able to register until after registration determines that space is available. A $5.00 space available fee must be paid from supervisor’s budget as designated. All other fees and books are paid from supervisor’s budget as designated.
All class fees/books/student fees paid from supervisor’s budget.
$5.00 - 3 to 5 hours of training.
$10.00 - 6 to 8 hours of training.
$15.00 - 9 to 11 hours of training.
$20.00 - 12 to 14 hours of training.
$25.00 - 15 to 17 hours of training.
$30.00 - 18 to 20 hours of training.
Exception: Classified/IOUE Employees pay $5.00 per class
All school records are subject to the rules and regulations of the Washington State Archivist, Olympia, Washington, and specific requirements of a granting agency. A complete retention manual and forms are maintained by the Registrar.
2. Annually, the Registrar and the Cabinet member, Dean, Director or Coordinator responsible for departmental records will review the Request and Authorization for Storage/Destruction of Records forms in the suspense file and destroy those records which have reached the end of their retention period.
Financial Aid recipients are subject to the Title IV Return of Funds policy stated in the catalog.
Self-support classes are indicated by an ‘*’ at the end of the course description, to the right of the class fee.
The fees charged for self-support classes cover all costs of offering the class. The college cancels a class only when there are too few participants enrolled to cover the cost of the class. The college reserves the right to cancel classes, reschedule classes or change instructors. The decision to cancel a class is made before the starting date of the class. The college makes every effort to notify registrants. Students will list home telephone number and email address on their registration forms. If the class is canceled students will receive a refund.
The College’s WAC 495C-140-080 forbids “pets” on campus, with limited exceptions including animals approved by the President or President’s designee. On the other hand, legal prohibitions on discrimination against persons with disabilities, including the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the state Law Against Discrimination (chapter 49.60 RCW) (both referred to cumulatively here as “the law”), provide protections to persons with disabilities who utilize guide dogs and other “service animals.” The College will continue to prohibit most pets on campus while also recognizing the rights of persons with disabilities to have service animals on campus.
The use of cell phones/smart devices can offer convenience and efficiency for College employees having legitimate business needs for this technology, and the College will follow procedures which provide for their cost-effective utilization.
Monthly allowance: The monthly cell phone/smart device service plan allowance amount will be as determined by the College officer primarily responsible for communications equipment.
Not an entitlement: The allowance is not an entitlement of employment. The allowance is not part of an employee’s base salary, and may be changed and/or withdrawn by CPTC at any time.
Taxability: The allowance may be considered to be taxable income and taxed to the employee in accordance with IRS regulations.
Non-work periods: No allowance is paid during periods of leave without pay (LWOP) or other non-paid status. If the employee is on LWOP or not working for part of a pay period, CPTC pays the allowance only on a prorated basis for actual work time.
Approval & documentation: The allowance requires the approval of the employee, the supervisor, and the Cabinet member to whom the employee ultimately reports, documented by completion and signing of the appropriate Cell Phone/Smart Device Service Plan Allowance Agreement form.
Sponsored projects: For grants and other sponsored projects, CPTC receives reimbursement for telephone costs through the facilities and administrative costing process. Any costs of cell phones and/or services which are to be direct charges to a sponsored project must be specifically included in the budget proposal and approved by the sponsor.
Service plan selection: The employee is responsible for the selection of and enrollment in an appropriate service plan. The plan must, at minimum, address the requirements identified by the supervisor and/or the College officer primarily responsible for communications equipment. An employee may purchase any cell phone/smart device or service plan that meets these requirements. However, the employee is responsible for any additional costs above the allowance approved by the College.
Notification to College: An employee receiving the allowance must promptly inform College employees and relevant constituents of the phone number, for their use in contacting the employee during working hours.
Employee contract responsibility: The employee is personally responsible for complying with any contract entered into with a service provider, including payment of all expenses incurred, e.g., long distance, roaming fees, and taxes. Because the cell phone/smart device is owned by the employee, it may be used for personal as well as business use, but must be available for the performance of College responsibilities. In general, this means that the cell phone/smart device must be in possession of the employee and turned on during business hours, as appropriate, to make and receive communications. Specific details related to employee availability during non-traditional hours will be left to the individual and respective supervisor based on the circumstances.
Inactivation/Theft: An employee receiving the allowance must notify his or her supervisor and/or the College officer primarily responsible for communications equipment as soon as possible after inactivation of the communication service or loss or theft of the communication device, and at least within five working days.
Specific costs paid by employee:The Employee pays the costs for:
Calls made on missing device: All calls made while the cell phone/smart device is missing.
Ending or changing contract—employee-caused: If a personal decision by the employee, misconduct, or misuse of the cell phone/smart device results in the need to end or change the service plan contract during its term, the employee bears the cost of any fees associated with that change or cancellation. Example: The employee no longer wants to retain the current service plan contract, for personal reasons. The employee is responsible for the resulting change or cancellation costs.
Device is lost or destroyed: The College pays no amount toward the purchase of a cell phone/smart device. If an employee’s cell phone/smart device is lost, destroyed, or damaged through the employee’s negligence or intentional act, any replacement or repair is at his/ her expense.
Specific costs paid by College: If a College decision unrelated to employee misconduct results in the need to end or change the service plan contract during its term, the College bears the cost of any fees associated with that change or cancellation, subject to appropriate documentation. Example: The employee’s supervisor changes the employee’s duties and the cell phone/smart phone is no longer required for CPTC purposes. If the employee does not wish to retain the current service plan contract, CPTC reimburses the employee for any change or cancellation fees.
Review: Each Cabinet member should identify cell phone/smart device needs in his or her area of responsibility at least annually in order to determine whether monthly allowances should be maintained, changed or discontinued.
Documentation of business use: The employee must provide, when requested by his/ her responsible Cabinet member, a monthly bill that includes total taxes and fees paid by the employee for the service. The employee must indicate on the bill which calls are business related in order to assess the amount of business and personal use. If the monthly bills do not support the need for the allowance, the Cabinet member may discontinue the allowance. An employee who believes that the single month submitted does not adequately reflect average use may submit additional monthly statements, also highlighting all business calls.
Records retention: Copies of the approval forms/agreements used to process allowances must be retained by the College Operations and College Relations Office for six years after the end of the current fiscal year, for audit and records retention purposes. Users of cell phones/smart devices should be aware that all records obtained by the College relative to cell phone/device allowances and usage are subject to state public disclosure statutes and requests.
Reimbursement for employees who do not receive allowance: Employees who are not authorized to receive the cell phone/smart device service plan allowance may be reimbursed for use of personally owned cell phones/smart devices for conducting College business. The employee shall submit reimbursement requests on a travel reimbursement form, attaching a copy of the bill and highlighting those calls for which reimbursement is requested. Reimbursement for such use will be at such rate(s) as may be established by the College officer primarily responsible for communications equipment. Requests for such reimbursement must be made within 90 days of the billing date for those charges. Total reimbursement for any given month shall not exceed the amount of the employee’s monthly service plan.
Use while driving: CPTC drivers must observe the requirements of applicable laws and ordinances regarding use of cell phones/smart device while driving.
Receivables: Receivables are the amounts to be collected from private individuals, businesses, agencies, accounts or other governmental units. Clover Park Technical College will promptly record receivables when the asset or revenue recognition criteria have been met or the underlying accounting event has occurred and the amount is determinable. (OFM SAAM 85.54.10)
Past due: A receivable shall be determined to be past due when payment is not received within thirty (30) days of the invoice date.
Thirty (30) days outstanding from the original invoice date, second notices will be generated and sent to the debtors.
Sixty (60) days outstanding from the invoice date on invoices greater than or equal to $50, debtors will be placed on Unusual Action status and sent a third and final notice, indicating their account may be sent to collections if it remains unpaid. If the debtor is a student with amounts owing of less than $50 in a quarter, the debt will be placed on Unusual Action status prior to registration for the subsequent quarter.
Thirty (30) days following the third and final notice being mailed, the invoice series has been completed. If the invoice has not been paid in full and the debt is greater than or equal to $50 and has become ninety (90) days past due, debtors will be sent to collections for further action.
Other placements on Unusual Action Status: Students are placed on Unusual Action at the time that Library invoices are processed. Students are placed on Unusual Action at the end of the current month for unpaid Daycare invoices. Students with unofficial charges are placed on Unusual Action within 60 days of the charge. No invoices are generated for unofficial charges; past due statements are mailed to students after 30 days.
Upon placing an account on Unusual Action status, the college need not provide any further services of any kind to such individual (staff, student or former student). If a person is denied a request for service due to an outstanding debt, they will be notified that the services will not be provided until the debt is satisfied. The notification will include a copy of WAC 495C-122 which states their right to an adjudicative proceeding.
The college will document all efforts made toward the collection of receivables and interest will be charged on past due receivables in accordance with OFM SAAM 85.54.50.
NSF checks: The College sends a letter to notify customers when a check is returned for non-sufficient funds. The amount of the NSF check is entered in customer accounts, along with a returned check fee. The customer is placed on unusual action and services to the customer will not be provided until the debt is paid. NSF debts that are not paid may be sent to collections after the appropriate procedures outlined above are complete.
When it has been determined by the Controller that collection efforts by the Finance Department will not result in payment of the amount due, the account will be considered uncollectible and removed from the financial records. The Controller is responsible for determining that due diligence has been exercised in attempting to collect receivables.
Uncollectible amounts up to $2,500: The Controller identifies and authorizes the accounts to be written off. Documentation for write offs should include the collection procedures followed and the reasons the account is considered uncollectible.
Uncollectible amounts over $2,500: Consult the Attorney General’s Office (AG). The AG will be consulted to ensure that cost-effective methods to collect the receivables have been exhausted. The AG either provides authority to write off the account or recommends further collection activity by the College.
On a monthly basis the Controller will provide the Vice President of Finance & Budget or designee a record of all amounts written off during the month.
Accounts that meet one or more of the following criteria may be written off:
Other reasons considered on a case-by-case basis considering the type of debt, how long the debt has been outstanding and the debtor’s status.
Collection attempts for students who are currently enrolled should be pursued and not written off except where prohibited due to bankruptcy or other special circumstances.
Accounts that have been turned over to a collection agency should not be written off unless it has been determined that the possibility of collection is remote.
All Unusual Action status on a student’s account shall remain in effect until the obligation has been paid. When the receivable has been written off, the Unusual Action status may be removed from the account.
Delinquent accounts of employees will result in notification of supervisors, administrative action, and possible payroll deductions.
The College intends to create a learning and working environment that promotes the health and well-being of all students and employees. To help achieve this, the College shall be designated a “restricted smoking” campus and the use of any tobacco product shall be permitted only in designated smoking shelters.
Legal compliance: (1) The College recognizes its obligations to comply with RCW chapter 70.160 and WAC 296-800-240 and -24005. The College will seek to make sure that smoking shelters are at least twenty-five feet from entrances, exits, windows that open, and ventilation intakes that serve an enclosed area where smoking is prohibited. (2) Electronic smoking devices are prohibited in public places on College property to the extent required by applicable law or regulation. For example, see the Pierce County Health Department’s “Environmental Health Code”, Chapter 9.
Enforcement: Failure to use a smoking shelter when required to do so is a violation of this Policy and Procedure, subject to appropriate employee or student discipline.
Tobacco product defined: A tobacco product is any product made or derived from tobacco that is intended for human consumption, including but not limited to a cigarette, cigar, smoking tobacco, or chewing tobacco.
Removals and uses of College property off-site must comply with the following
used in compliance with the state Ethics Law (RCW Chap. 42.52, http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=42.52) and applicable College rules and policies and procedures, including those on Information and Communication Resources Acceptable Use (Chap. 3 Sec. 9) and Inventory (Chap. 3 Sec. 10);
used only by the authorized employee or student and only for legitimate college work or business;
used according to the applicable instructions and/or operations manual;
reasonably safeguarded from loss or damage; and
not used for private financial gain.
The College recognizes and will follow the guidelines documented in the “Killian Outline”*, as most recently updated by the Council for Unions and Student Programs, for the legal use of Services and Activities (S&A) fees. This document has long recognized more flexibility in use of S&A fees than exists for the use of other public funds by colleges.
Statutory authority over S&A fees resides with the Board of Trustees, but students are expected to have significant input into the use of these fees through their involvement in a budgetary process which culminates in a recommended annual budget.
The College’s student government will conduct an annual budgetary process which results in a proposed budget for the following academic year’s spending. Such proposed spending should be limited to the S&A revenue projection, as estimated by the Vice President of Finance during the spring term, but expenditures of prior-year reserves may also be proposed. For further information about the Associated Student Government Financial Code, click here: http://www.cptc.edu/pdfs/ASCTPC_Financial_Code.pdf. During the development of the S&A annual budget proposal, the types of expenditures identified in the Killian Outline as “impermissible” should not be proposed as they are considered to either involve “gifting” or because they are not “student activities.”
The proposed ASG budget should be presented to the Board of Trustees for an initial reading no later than at their May meeting with the intent that the budget may be fully approved by the June meeting and can go into effect on July 1 each year. The Board of Trustees approval extends to individual budgets for student committees and specific projects; these budgets may not be transferred between committees or projects during the budget year without an explicit revision request being approved by the Board during the year.
For other permissible expenses and further explanations, see the Killian Outline posted on the State Board for Community and Technical College’s website: http://www.sbctc.ctc.edu/college/studentsvcs/20100208_student_political_issues.pdf.
RCW 28B.15.045 requires that all information pertaining to services and activities fees budgets shall be made available to interested parties. Annually, by September 30th, the Office of Student Programs and Office of Budget and Finance shall work together to post services and activities fees expenditure information for the prior academic year on the College website.
There are limited situations in which meals incurred by employees who are not on overnight travel status may be reimbursed. In such instances, reimbursement will be on an actual cost basis as evidenced by a receipt (including tax and customary gratuity) up to the applicable maximum per meal entitlement amount in OFM 10.90.10. For such meals to be authorized, the employee must be conducting official business for the College; generally at the request of the College and at a location other than the employee’s official work station.
These types of allowable meals fall into three categories: 1) the three-hour rule, 2) meals with meetings, and 3) emergency situations. When reimbursed for these types of meals, employees are encouraged to consult with IRS guidelines as to the taxation of these meal payments.
The College seeks full compliance with the most current guidelines published in the Office of Financial Management (OFM) policy and procedure manuals.
Reimbursement for meals while the employee is not on overnight travel status will be allowed under the following circumstances:
Meal reimbursements provided under the three-hour rule are considered taxable benefits and will be included with the employee’s next available payroll.
Clover Park Technical College is committed to facilitating the academic success of students. The primary purpose of Academic Standards is to provide guidance in academic processes and procedures, which govern student progress through programs of study.
Academic Standards include procedures. Consult the most recent edition of the Clover Park Technical College catalog for details.
Students and staff shall conduct themselves within all college-related learning environments in accordance with standards outlined in WAC 495C-120, college policy or any college documents detailing expected student and staff behavior, including but not limited to the CPTC Student Handbook, college catalog, program policies and individual course syllabi. College-related learning environments are defined as those areas in which formal and informal instruction and learning are occurring, i.e., classrooms, online courses, and library and other public spaces on campus.
Staff and administration have a responsibility to ensure that policies and procedures are adopted that allow for an appropriate learning environment to be maintained and to act in accordance with established procedures to prevent and/or address behavior that negatively impacts that learning environment.
A. Students: See Student Code of Conduct (WAC 495C-120), Student Handbook, college catalog, program policies and individual course syllabi for detailed expectations regarding student conduct and related procedures. Appropriate procedures shall be followed when addressing inappropriate student conduct including, but not limited to:
Staff and Faculty: See Chapter 2, Human Resources, of the college’s Policies and Procedures for specific policies related to staff behavior. Additionally, faculty are expected to maintain the highest standards of professionalism with their students and as representatives of their industries and of the College, including, but not limited to, the following:
B. Student success comes first. Faculty are expected to model this value, including but not limited to:
C. Faculty members are expected to embrace technology and to be on the leading edge of both teaching technologies and the latest techniques and practices of their industries, including, but not limited , to:
D. Faculty are essential members of the College community and will demonstrate that commitment through various college-related activities, including but not limited to:
All associate degree programs and programs of study of 45 credits or more require a core of academic courses in computation, communication, and human relations. Additional academic courses which are required for articulation agreements or transfer degrees shall also be made available to students. The contents of all academic courses will be of equivalent rigor to comparable academic offerings within the two-year college system and shall be taught by faculty who are appropriately qualified.
A. Core academic classes are offered at convenient hours throughout the day. Students are responsible for registering for and completing these courses prior to graduation if they wish to be awarded the degree or certificate for their program. Students may contact Student Records for a copy of the quarterly class schedule in which times and locations of core academic classes are provided.
B. Academic courses are developed and offered on an appropriate schedule with prioritization on student convenience and need; however, not all courses will be offered every quarter.
C. Students may be required to complete some or all academic requirements prior to enrolling in their technical programs.
D. Placement in courses may occur through the use of multiple appropriate indices, which may include but not be limited to the Compass test, transcript evaluation, acceptance of prior learning/experience credit, CLEP and AP scores, discipline-specific assessment procedures, and faculty recommendation.
Detailed procedures for development and approval of new professional technical programs as outlined by SBCTC are available in the office of the Vice President for Instruction. Procedures for the development of short-term courses or programs follow similar locally developed guidelines. Complete procedures can be located in the office of the Executive Director for Economic Development.
The college shall maintain program advisory committees for approved career training programs. The primary purpose for advisory committees is to serve as advisers to the college, providing advocacy, curriculum recommendations, and support for quality professional- technical education programs. Advisory committees have no administrative or legislative authority. The college shall develop and publish advisory committee procedures.
College advisory committees –
Suggested duties include:
If a job account or realistic enterprise is to be conducted by or in a professional-technical program, a procedural plan must be on file and should be jointly approved by the college and the program advisory committee. The plan should describe, at a minimum, hours of operation, the goods and services that will be repaired, produced or sold, what the charges, fees, and taxes will be for each, and who is eligible for services.
The following procedures are set forth to protect the College, its employees and the public from the loss or misuse of public funds. These procedures are in accordance with OFM Manual, Section 6.2 (available from the Vice President for Finance and Budget). Money is to be collected at cash collection points authorized by the Finance & Budget office. Please refer to sales and cash handling procedures. Questions should be directed to the Controller at Ext. 5602. (For Sales and Cash Handling for Realistic Training Enterprises/Job Account and general transactions, see Administration Chapter 3/Section 5)
No credit may be extended by any college employee to anyone. Payments must be received prior to releasing any product or at the completion of any service. Method of payment may be cash, check, money order, or bankcard at authorized cash handling stations or by the Cashier, Building 17. Governmental charges such as purchase orders, state vouchers, or CPTC intracollege requisitions must include the department number and a budget authority signature and will be processed using established Financial Service guidelines.
All forms used in conjunction with job accounts must be forwarded to the Budget Services Coordinator for approval prior to use. No unauthorized forms may be used.
All customers must be provided with an approved receipt or a cash register receipt at the time of payment. Service tickets and work orders are not receipts. All cash register receipts must have backup documentation supporting the work done through the job account. The documentation can be in one of the following three forms:
1. Work Orders and Service Tickets – If programs use work order forms, they must use an approved CPTC pre-numbered work order. Generic work orders are available for checkout at the Cashier, Building 17, for departments that do not use a specifically designed form. Creation of customized forms must have the approval of the program’s Dean and the Budget Services Coordinator. No other forms may be used. The work order or service ticket must show:
2. Cash Register System – Job accounts that are retail by nature will account for sales through a cash register (point of sale) system. The following are considered backup for these transactions.
Either an abbreviated work order/service ticket or the register receipt that lists the service or product may be used to document the service or products sold to the customer. The service ticket will be the internal document to support the cash register receipt given to the customer. The abbreviated form includes:
An inventory system can be used to document the cash register receipts when a system has been established that tracks the products sold to the customer’s receipt.
Voided Transaction – When it is necessary to void a pre-numbered work order/service ticket, it is to be marked “void” with an explanation, signed and dated by the instructor. Enter voided work order number on log sheet and sign and date the entry. Never throw away a voided work order, service ticket or cash register receipt. If it is determined that any work orders are missing or cannot be accounted for, the Budget Services Coordinator at Ext. 5617 must be contacted immediately. Follow up with a written explanation. Cash register voids need to be processed on the same tape as the initial transaction. Review of voids will be done through a log book review at least annually by the Dean of Instruction or his/her designee.
Log books are to be maintained for all accountable documents. All accountable documents are to be used in numeric sequence. All numbers are to be accounted for in a log book, including voided documents. The log books are to be reviewed annually by the Deans or their designee(s).
1. Work Order/Service Ticket/Cash Register Receipt Log Book – Every work order, service ticket, or register receipt must be logged in numerical order with the following information recorded (if the information is required on the original document):
2. Cash Register Log Book – to be used when work order or service tickets are not used by a program:
When accepting Realistic Training activities:
All work orders/service tickets, including those marked “void,” must be filed and retained for six(6) years from the close of the fiscal year (June 30).
This section outlines the application, collection and recording of sales tax as it relates to job account activities as required by RCW 82.
Sales tax applies to the total amount of goods and services billed to the customer including:
The process to transfer the cost of services or products transferred between departments will be handled through the Job Account Specialist as indicated on work order or service ticket.
Consumable materials or merchandise that will be sold either directly or as part of a final product/service to a college guest through Realistic Training Enterprises are considered part of the Job Account’s Inventory. A consumable material could be used to perform a job-related task and billed separately on the guest’s work order/service ticket or as part of the shop fee or miscellaneous shop supplies.
The Inventory should reflect the items that are physically on hand as of the date established by Finance & Budget. If additional materials are received after that date, the expense will be properly booked and accrued for cut-off purposes. The Inventory listing must include, but is not limited to:
Work in progress (as well as items completed but not yet paid for is referred to as Accounts Receivable. This inventory must be itemized showing the work order/service ticket and invoice number, date work accepted, and amount.
Inventory forms are totaled and forwarded to the Deans for review. The Deans may designate a party, who is not directly involved with the county of the inventory, to verify inventory on their behalf.
The program will maintain a dated copy of the latest inventory as submitted to the Finance and Budget office.
Fee List items are sold through the Book Store with the exception of uniforms and clothing sold by the Expressions Retail Merchandising Store.
It is the policy that all programs are continually reviewed for their effectiveness in meeting the training needs of industry as well as in fulfilling the mission of the College. Programs will be reviewed on a three-year basis. All prep programs will be reviewed as outlined in the Program Review Handbook
The Program Review is a systematic approach to analyzing instructional programs on a periodic basis. For details, refer to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Article 12 and the Program Review Handbook.
Clover Park Technical College will maximize the benefits of tech-prep articulation for students using the Direct Transcription model to ensure the quality and transferability of articulated credits from high schools to community and technical colleges and between two-year colleges statewide.
Dual credit (direct transcription) procedures and articulations as established in conjunction with the Pierce County Careers Consortium (coordinating body for tech prep programs in Pierce County) are found in the current CPTC catalog.
All print materials, periodicals and memberships, multi-media materials, i.e. videotapes, audiocassettes, slides (for purchase or preview) are ordered through the library. All material processed through the library is property of Clover Park Technical College.
1. Prepare a pink worksheet and obtain dean approval. Include all available ordering information such as title, vendor name, address, phone number, ISBN number, author, price, edition, and quantity requested. If available include a publisher’s flyer, or a copy of the title page (front and back). Submit the completed worksheet to the library for processing.
2. For previews: Indicate that the requested material is a preview on the pink worksheet. Return the preview to the library five days before it is due back to the vendor (give it to a library staff person and indicate it is a preview needing return). Instructors will be held accountable for late returns or damaged previews.
3. Route completed worksheets to the Library for processing.
1. For new serials, prepare a pink worksheet and obtain dean approval. Include all available ordering information, such as, title, number of copies, your name, and complete department number on the pink requisition worksheet. If available include a publisher’s flyer brochure or order blanks. Submit the completed worksheet to the library for processing.
2. For renewals: a white worksheet is processed by the library and routed to requester for signature and dean’s approval. Return worksheet to the library for processing. If this periodical or membership is to be cancelled, please write CANCEL across the face of the worksheet and return to the library.
3. All periodicals and association memberships are routed through the library for tracking, collection management and annual reporting.
1. Prepare request on a pink worksheet and obtain dean approval. Provide all available ordering information such as vendor name, address, phone number, title and quantity. If available include publisher’s flyers, advertisements and copies from catalogs. Remember to include your complete department number of the worksheet.
2. For previews: Indicate that the requested material is a preview on the pink worksheet. Return preview to the Library five (5) days before it is due back to the vendor. Instructors will be held accountable for late returns or damaged previews.
3. Submit the completed worksheet to the Library for processing. Contact Library staff for further information.
The Computer Labs, located in the Library, operates according to the Net Acceptable Use Policies.
All users have access to copies of the Net Acceptable Use Policies and the Computer Lab Policy prior to lab access. Consult the CPTC IT Department for further details and specific procedures.
Credit for non-traditional learning consists of four categories as defined by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges:
Students requesting credit for non-traditional learning will contact the credentials evaluator in the Enrollment Services office. The Credentials Evaluator will forward the request to the appropriate program faculty.
Faculty receiving the request for Prior Experiential Learning, Extra-Institutional Learning and Course Challenge from the Credentials Evaluator will evaluate these credits for non-traditional learning in relation to the competencies of the program and will award credit for demonstrated learning outcomes that are appropriate to the subject, course or program offered. The faculty will have three (3) weeks to review the student request and return it to the Credentials Evaluator for posting to the student record.
CREDIT BY TESTING: Students must provide an official transcript from the testing source and complete the request for credit evaluation form available from the Enrollment Services office. Credit will be evaluated and be applied if applicable toward the student’s program of study with pre-determined course equivalencies. There is no fee for awarding credit by testing. This category in not graded because it is considered transfer credit.
PRIOR EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING: Students will complete the request for a portfolio review through the Credentials Evaluator. The student must pay the $50.00 evaluation fee and the $20.00 credit transcription fee for each course for which Prior Experiential Learning is requested. Once the fee is paid, the request for Prior Experiential Learning will be forwarded to the appropriate program faculty for evaluation and grading. Per the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, no more than 25% of Prior Experiential Learning may apply toward a student’s program of study. This category may be graded according to the CTPC grading policy.
EXTRA-INSTITUTIONAL LEARNING: Students must provide certificate of industry training to the Credentials Evaluator in the Enrollment Services office. The Credentials Evaluator will forward the certificate and request for evaluation to award credit for all or part of related courses to the faculty member depending on program of study. This category is not graded because it is considered transfer credit.
COURSE CHALLENGES: Students will complete the request for a course challenge through the Credentials Evaluator and pay the $50.00 evaluation fee and the $20.00 course transcription fee for each course challenge. Once the fee is paid, the request for course challenge will be forwarded to the appropriate program faculty for follow-up with the student and the appropriate method to determine knowledge of course outcomes. This category may be graded according to the CPTC grading policy.
The Credentials Evaluator will post Credits for Non-Traditional Learning within five (5) business days from receiving the credits to be awarded from the faculty. The credits will be transcribed to the student record in compliance with the SBCTC coding manual.
It is the policy of Clover Park Technical College that all professional technical teaching personnel, as a condition of employment, obtain and maintain appropriate vocational certification levels).
It is the policy of Clover Park Technical College to provide students with an opportunity to resolve any alleged violation of college academic policy, procedure or regulation, or to resolve any alleged case of inequitable treatment. Student rights are protected in the concern process and the college must insure that a student will not suffer repercussions because he or she chooses to file a concern.
In the event that a student is dissatisfied with the conduct or performance of a college or instructional program employee, the college encourages informal resolution of disputes whenever possible, and also maintains fair and equitable procedures for formally expressing and resolving concerns.
The process described herein is not be used for filing an appeal based on the outcome of a summary or disciplinary proceeding, financial appeal, or discrimination grievance as described in other areas of the College Catalog or Student Handbook.
PROCEDURES FOR FILING A STUDENT CONCERN are located in the CPTC Catalog and Student Handbook.
The credit value assigned to any course or instructional activity offered by Clover Park Technical College is determined following the standards provided by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges in the SBCTC Policy Manual Chapter 4.10.00. The SBCTC has defined the credit hour as "the unit by which an institution measures its coursework. The number of credit hours assigned to a course is defined by the number of hours per week in class and the number of hours per week in out-of-class preparation." Clover Park Technical College supports this policy, and uses the SBCTC's rules to establish credit for its course offerings, as follows:
To ensure consistency and accuracy, it is required that any change in credit hour determination must be reviewed by the Dean and approved by the Curriculum Committee prior to implementation.
This policy complies with the U.S. Department of Education's Federal Credit Hour Policy Sections 600.2 (Code of Federal Regulations, Title 34, Part 600).
College students are entitled to two days of excused absence per academic year for reasons of faith or conscience or for organized activities conducted under the auspices of a religious denomination, church, or religious organization.
Students' grades may not be adversely impacted by absences authorized under this policy.
A maximum of two holidays will be granted under this policy per academic year. Each holiday taken will be counted as a full day, i.e. the day may not be divided into hours and taken incrementally over multiple days. Requests for authorized absences under this policy must follow the timeline and standards described in the related procedure.
Students who meet admission requirements are admitted to CPTC on a first come, first served basis. An admitted student will have paid the non-refundable admission fee and met the College admission requirements. Specific program prerequisites will be met by the date of enrollment.
Students are eligible for admission to full-time programs at Clover Park Technical College are as follows:
In accordance with WAC 131-12-010, any applicant for admission to Clover Park Technical College shall be admitted when, as determined by the chief administrative officer or his/her designee, such applicant:
Some programs may have additional entrance requirements which can be found in the program description section of the College catalog.
Those students aged 16 and over who meet the provisions of "Title III--Adult Education Programs" may enroll in certain adult basic education classes. Individuals admitted into such classes will be allowed to continue as long as they are able to demonstrate, through measurable academic progress, an ability to benefit.
Persons not meeting the eligibility criteria for admission may appeal for special admission on course-by-course basis. Criteria for granting an appeal are: competency at an appropriate academic level and/or artistic or technical skill level, as well as ability to participate in an adult learning environment. The College does not desire to replace or duplicate the functions of the local public schools. Appeals may be filed with vice president for instruction or designee.
Prospective students may apply for admission to CPTC online or using the paper form available from the Enrollment Services Office, the Advising & Counseling Office or at a Program Information Session.
High School seniors interested in starting college after graduation may apply for admission to Clover Park Technical College at any time during their senior year.
High School students interested in Running Start may apply for admission as early as 16 years of age. Interested students must contact the Running Start Counselor in the CPTC Advising & Counseling.
A non-refundable admission fee will be paid upon acceptance to Clover Park Technical College. College Bound Scholarship students are exempt from paying the admission fee.
As required by RCW 28B.10.057, Clover Park Technical College will award academic credit for military training. The academic credit awarded for prior military training must be granted only for training that is applicable to the student’s certificate or degree requirements.
The individual must be enrolled in a public institution of higher education and have successfully completed any military training course or program as part of the military service that is:
Clover Park Technical College enrolled students who are veterans of any branch of the United States armed services must request transfer credit for military training by contacting the Credentials Evaluator in the Enrollment Services office. The student must provide an official Joint Services Transcript (JST) through the armed services in which he/she served, from the Community College of the Air Force or any other college/university attended.
The following actions will occur upon receipt of the official transcript:
Students may enroll to audit a course with the permission of the program faculty. The auditing student is expected to pay tuition and fees but is not required to take examinations and will not receive credit for the course. Registration status changes from audit to credit or credit to audit are not allowed after the start of the course.
Students will submit an Approval to Register form signed by the faculty at the time of registration. They will pay tuition and fees due by the quarter due date.
A grade of “N” will be entered on the student’s transcript for each audited course. The “N” grade has no clock hour/credit value and is not computed in the GPA.
Student fees are due by the quarterly drop dates which are approximately 4 weeks prior to the start of each quarter. Students registering after the drop date must pay at the time of registration.
Quarterly – Students with outstanding balances as of the quarterly drop date are withdrawn and space available registration is conducted the following Monday to fill openings.
Weekly – Since the College has many open enrollment programs, student fees are monitored weekly. Students with outstanding balances are withdrawn each Friday, and are notified by mail. Faculty are notified via campus mail of the student’s status.
Exceptions – Exceptions for extenuating circumstances require approval by the Vice President of Budget and Finance or Instruction or Student Services. Record of the approval will become part of the student’s file in Student Records.
Running Start and Elective High School students are responsible for the quarterly prorated share of tuition due on the date of their change to adult status. For most students this is the first day of summer quarter. A change to adult status occurs when a student:
Students who increase their enrollment from part-time to full-time will pay the prorated tuition and fees increase from the date of the status change. Students who decrease their enrollment from full-time to part-time will be issued a refund in accordance with College refund policy.
Transfer of prorated tuition and fees from one preparatory program to another may be made at any time during the quarter if both instructors agree the transfer is in the best interest of the student. A Transfer and Pro-ration of Fees form, signed by both instructors and division dean(s) must be accompanied by the Official/Add Withdrawal form indicating the students last day in their old program and their first day in the new program. All forms must be sent to Student Records.
Students who receive Title IV aid (Federal Pell, Federal EOG, Federal Subsidized and/or Federal Unsubsidized Stafford loans and PLUS) and withdraw from school are subject to the Return of Title IV aid regulations. (Federal law now requires that a student must “earn” the aid that they receive.) When a student withdraws from school, the college is required to determine the amount “earned” using the Return of Title IV regulations. This calculation is based on the number of hours the student attended divided by the number of hours for which the aid was disbursed.
If the student completes more than 60% of the hours, it is determined that all the aid has been earned. If a student completes 60% or less of the hours in a given payment period, the earned and unearned portion will be calculated.
The “unearned” portion of the tuition will be returned to the appropriate Title IV program. The college will then bill the student for the amount of tuition that was returned in excess of the college’s refund policy. The “unearned” portion of the aid that was disbursed directly to the student will also be calculated. If applicable, the student will owe repayment to the Title IV programs. The student will receive an overpayment letter and will be given 45 days to make the repayment. The student will be ineligible for further Title IV aid until the funds are repaid or satisfactory payment arrangements have been made with the Department of Education.
Repayment of State grant aid is also calculated for any student completing 60% or less of the hours in a given payment period.
It is extremely important to work with the financial aid office if a student must withdraw from school. Withdrawing before completing 60% of the hours in the payment period can have a significant financial impact on the student.
Refunds for financial aid recipients who do not receive Title IV aid, will be issued in accordance with the College’s refund policy as stated on the college registration form and in the catalog.
Funds will be returned/refunded in the following order:
Individuals who have not earned their high school diploma may choose to do so by completing some of their high school graduation requirements at Clover Park Technical College.
Options for students between the ages of 16-20:
NOTE: Students who have earned a high school credential outside of the US are not eligible to earn the High School Equivalency Test (HSET) credential.
There are five different ways a student may meet high school requirements at the College: 1. Running Start, 2. Elective High School, 3. Northwest Career & Technical High School, 4. Dual-enrollment with another high school, and 5. Adult High School Completion. Options 1, 2, 3, and 4 are for students who are ages 16 to 21. Option 5 is for students 20 years old and older.
The Clover Park Technical College conducts skills assessment for students prior to beginning their technical training program. In most cases only programs that are 900 hours/45 credits or more are required to take the COMPASS, ASSET, or SLEP test. There are a few exceptions in which programs shorter than 900/45 credits hours require one or more core academics as part of their curriculum therefore requiring testing. The Assessment Center offers COMPASS, ASSET, SLEP diagnostic testing. For placement into ABE/High School Equivalency Exam or ESL courses the center provides ABE and ESL CASAS testing.
Individuals wishing to register for a full-time career training program are required to take the COMPASS prior to starting the program. COMPASS tests the basic skills (reading writing, pre- algebra and algebra) needed to succeed at the technical college level. Assessment results are used to assist students in selecting program and to place students into the correct pre-college or core academic classes.
Is provide to students who have received permission from the Disabilities Specialist to take an accommodated test. ASSEST is the paper pencil version of COMPASS testing the same basic skills.
The Secondary Level English Proficiency (SLEP) is offered as an alternative to potential students whose first language is other than English to evaluate their appropriate starting point.
There is a $15.00 nonrefundable fee to take COMPASS, ASSET, or SLEP. Testers are required to present picture identification in order to receive their test results. Contact Chris Jones at (253)589-5767 to arrange for accommodated testing.
Individuals who have previously earned an Associate, Bachelor, or Masters Degree from an accredited institution of higher education should submit their official sealed transcript to the Student Records Office located in Building 17 for evaluation.
COMPASS testing is conducted on a drop-in basis, call (253)589-5678 or (253)589-5670 to request a testing schedule. COMPASS, ASSET or SLEP testers should come prepared to pay the $15.00 testing fee and top present picture identification at the time of testing.
The purpose of the ADA/504 procedure is to identify the steps to request reasonable accommodations and the procedures to handle disputes/appeals. Laws that govern policy for ADA/504 students include the Americans With Disabilities Act of 2008, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Washington State Law (RCW 28B.10.910-912), and the Washington Law against Discrimination (RCW 49.60). These procedures specify the process students with disabilities must use to request and receive reasonable accommodations.
A. Requesting Reasonable Accommodations
All requests for access, accommodation, and academic adjustment should first be brought to the Disability Resource Office (DRS) using the following steps.
B. Reasonable Accommodation – Disputes/Appeals
CPTC has adopted an internal grievance procedure providing for the equitable resolution, within a reasonable time, of complaints by students with disabilities alleging violations of their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
If a student believes that a faculty member, an office or a program has refused to provide an accommodation in accordance with notice from DRS, a student should first request assistance of the DRC in resolving the complaint. If the complaint cannot be resolved in this manner, or if it involves the DRS Office, a student has the right to appeal using the following procedure:
No student shall, on the basis of his or her disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subject to discrimination under any college program or activity. Clover Park Technical College (CPTC) is committed to providing qualified students with a disability an equal opportunity to access the benefits, rights, and privileges of college services, programs and activities, in the most integrated setting appropriate to the student’s needs, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, State of Washington Laws of 1994, Ch. 105(RCW 28B.10.910-912), and the Washington Law against Discrimination (RCW 49.60).
CPTC is committed to providing reasonable accommodations, including core services, to qualified students with disabilities. Students are responsible for requesting accommodations and documenting the nature and extent of their disability in a timely manner.
Section 202 of the Americans with Disabilities Act states no qualified individual with a disability shall, by reason of such disability, be excluded from the participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs or activities of any public entity, or be subject to discrimination by any such entity.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act states no otherwise qualified, individual in the United States shall solely, by reasons of his/her handicap, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.
Each student with one or more disabilities is entitled to receive a core service only if the service is reasonably needed to accommodate the student’s disabilities. The requesting student shall make a reasonable request for core services in a timely manner and the institution of higher education or agency providing the service shall respond reasonably and in a timely manner. Each institution of higher education shall ensure that students with disabilities are reasonably accommodated within that institution. The institution of higher education shall provide students with disabilities with the appropriate core service or services necessary to ensure equal access.
Discrimination against any persons because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, families with children, marital status, sexual orientation, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability is prohibited.
CPTC will make those modifications to its academic requirements that:
Appropriate academic adjustments/reasonable accommodations will be provided to qualified students with disabilities for recruitment, the application process, enrollment, registration, financial aid, course/module work, academic counseling, and nonacademic programs and services. Reasonable accommodations under this policy include, but are not limited to:
Academic modifications may include, but are not limited to:
THIS POLICY ENSURES COMPLIANCE WITH RIGHTS AND/OR OBLIGATIONS PROVIDED BY APPLICABLE LAWS.
A complete copy of the Student Conduct Code is found in the Clover Park Technical College Catalog and in the Student Handbook, and in WAC 495C-120. These instructional and non- instructional regulations have been adopted to provide a pleasant, comfortable and rewarding educational environment for all CPTC students. Students receive a student catalog at the time of assessment.
The student is expected to attend all classes for which the student is registered in order to gain the maximum benefit. The instructor may establish an attendance policy for the program. It is the responsibility of the student to know and comply with the policy. Programs having established attendance policies will include relevant information in course syllabi.
A student who does not attend the first two class sessions and/or comply with the established attendance policy for the class or program may forfeit the right to continue and may be subject to administrative withdrawal.
The quality of a student’s performance is measured by a grading system using grades “A” through “F”. The grade for courses is calculated into a student’s GPA using quality points of 4.0 through 0.0. With the exception of A+ and D-, faculty may opt to use either “+” or “-“ designations with grades.
Each program establishes criteria for achieving each grade based on the percentage scores and specific assessment criteria as listed in the course syllabus.
Some programs require the student complete each individual course with a “C” (2.0) or higher to progress in the program. Faculty of these programs may omit the use of “D” grades.
An Incomplete indicates the student completed most of the course requirements at the passing level and intends to complete the missing work with no extra instruction.
No grade point assigned. Does not meet course requirements.
No grade point is assigned. Passing indicated by “C” (2.0) or higher. May not meet program requirements.
Assigned when a student repeats a course. A course may be repeated no more than twice (defined as the initial enrollment plus two repeats).
No grade point assigned. Considered an unofficial withdrawal for lack of attendance. Instructor initiated.
No grade point assigned. Student officially withdraws from a course or courses. Student initiated.
The official transcript is the only official record of student grades. Posting grades in CANVAS or any other LMS is not the official record of student grades.
Grades may not be posted in classrooms or any other area by faculty. This is a FERPA violation.
Student grades may be changed by the faculty teaching the course.
Grade Changes must be retained by the Registrar or other designated administrative office for five years following last quarter attended or SBCTC Grade Change Retention Policy, whichever is longer.
Grades must be retained for the length of time a student has to appeal a grade plus one quarter.
NOTE: If an instructor leaves the college prior to the designated retention period, their grade book/s must be retained by the Student Learning Office or other designated administrative office per SBCTC Grade Retention Policy.
Faculty will submit grades quarterly using Instructor Briefcase by the date provided by the Director of Enrollment Services. Grades are A, B, C, D, F. Plus or minus may be used except for A+, D-.
The Director of Enrollment Services or designee will audit grade files for missing grades and contact faculty. Department chairpersons or deans will be contacted for missing grades if necessary.
Grades will be posted to the official student record by the fourth business day after the end of the quarter. Students may access grades online using MyCC. Grades are no longer mailed.
NOTE: Students using Federal Financial Aid must complete the terms of their Incomplete Grade contract by the 10th instructional day of the following quarter.
Students may request grade changes by contacting the instructor for their course. If approved, faculty must submit the grade change to the Enrollment Services using email (preferred) or the paper grade change form. The following information must be included for the grade change:
NOTE: Enrollment Services will only accept grades, grade changes, or incomplete grade forms submitted by faculty members vs. students and/or work study students.
Clover Park Technical College offers six types of completion credentials.
The Bachelor of Applied Science Degree (BAS) degree is awarded for completion of at least 90 quarter credits of appropriate 300 and 400 level coursework. An applied associate degree (AAS or equivalent) with the required distribution of academic core coursework in written communication, quantitative reasoning, social science, and humanities are the prerequisites for program admission.
The Associate of Applied Technology (AAT) is awarded to students who satisfactorily complete programs that are 90 credits or more in length and include a core of 15 college-level academic credits. The majority of the credits are in the specific career/technical fields. The required general education courses in communication, quantitative reasoning and social sciences are designed to prepare students for work.
The Associate in Applied Science – T (AAS-T) degree is awarded to students who satisfactorily complete programs that are 90 credits or more in length and include a core of 20 credits of general education courses commonly accepted in transfer. These 20 credits include a minimum of five credits in each of the following: English Composition (ENGL& 101), quantitative reasoning, social science, and five additional credits in social science or humanities or natural science.
The Direct Transfer/Major Related Program Associates Degree (AAS DTA/MRP) degree is awarded to students who have earned a cumulative grade point average of a 2.0, as calculated by the degree awarding institution and be based on 90 quarter credits of transferable credits, including 60 credits of which must be general education courses distributed as follows: Communication Skills 10 credits; Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning 5 credits; Humanities 15-20 credits; Social Sciences 15-20 credits; Natural Sciences 15-20 credits; electives which are other college-level courses of which a maximum of 15 credits may be college-level courses determined by CPTC and the remainder shall be fully transferable as defined by the receiving institution.
Certificates are awarded to students who satisfactorily complete the competencies and requirements for programs that are not defined as degree programs. Core academics are required in certificate programs of one academic year or more or a minimum of 45 credits.
COLLEGE-ISSUED HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA
Students earning an associate degree from a community or technical college may also receive their high school diploma upon written request.
CPTC Residency and Grade Point Average Requirements
To graduate from CPTC, a student must take 25% of the required coursework at the College.
To be eligible for graduation, a student must have a cumulative college-level grade point average of no less than a 2.0.
To be certified for completion in any of CPTC’s degrees or certificates or a college-issued high school diploma, the student must submit an application for credentials completion either online or by using a paper copy. The application must be completed by the end of the fourth week of the quarter in which the student expects to graduate. An application for credentials completion must be submitted for each degree or certificate the student plans to earn.
The credentials evaluator in the Enrollment Services office will do the following:
For some certificates, the faculty will notify the credentials evaluator in the Enrollment Services office of completion. Those programs are: Nursing Assistant Certificate, Interior Design Green Design, Interior Design Kitchen and Bath and Phlebotomy.
If a student is 21 years or older and completes an associate degree at CPTC and does not have a high school credential, the student may also apply for the high school diploma at the same time he/she applies for the associate degree credential. Running Start students who complete an associate degree may apply for the high school diploma at age 18.
Our goal as administrators and instructors is to assist students in every way possible toward the successful completion of their technical training. Suggestions for instructors that may assist in preventing problems or following the discipline process are:
Sometimes situations do arise when it becomes necessary to withdraw a student from his or her program. In some cases this may be disciplinary in nature, as when the student is insubordinate or willfully violates college/program policy. In most cases the student is provided an opportunity to improve through a process which is progressive in nature.
Through this process the instructors must first identify the problem, clearly communicate to the student what the problem is, make recommendations for corrective actions, and explain the consequences should the student fail to improve. The instructor has the responsibility to make the student aware of resources that may be available that may aid the student in corrective action. The intent is to provide the student with every means to succeed.
Discipline is a process by which a student is notified that his/her behavior violates program/college rules of conduct. In less serious situations the student is provided an opportunity to correct the behavior. More serious or repeated misconduct may lead to withdrawal from the program. The instructor has the responsibility to make students aware of program/college rules of conduct. The intent is to assist the student in conducting him/herself in a manner appropriate to both the learning and the work environment.
To initiate further disciplinary proceedings:
Possible disciplinary sanctions are:
Disciplinary Warning means oral notice of violation of college rules.
(Please note that with the exception of summary suspension, the student may have the right to remain in class pending the outcome of a formal hearing.)
Summary suspension means temporary dismissal from the college and temporary termination of a student’s status for a period of time not to exceed ten (10) instructional days unless extended as provided in WAC 495C-120 which occurs prior to invocation of the formal hearing procedures specified in these rules due to a necessity to take immediate disciplinary action, where a student presents an imminent danger to the college property, or to himself or herself, or other students or persons in college facilities on or off campus, or to the educational process of the college.
If any college staff member has cause to believe that a student presents an imminent danger to him/herself or other persons on college facilities or to the educational process of the college, then the staff member shall have authority to immediately remove the student from the college premises. The college staff member shall notify, as soon as possible, the Vice President for Student Services or designee, who may initiate summary suspension until such time as the college staff is satisfied the student's dangerous nature has ceased. The duration of summary suspension shall not exceed ten (10) instructional days except that the Vice President for Student Services or designee may continue summary suspension beyond ten (10) instructional days in circumstances where the student continues to present an imminent danger to people, facilities, or the educational process pending the disciplinary proceedings provided for in this code.
A student has the right to notice and hearing prior to the suspension or expulsion (withdrawal) from a program for unsatisfactory progress or discipline. A student may remain in school pending decision of the hearing officer (unless the student is placed on summary suspension). A student should request a hearing if they believe:
A student should make a written request for a hearing to the Vice President for Student Services.
The outcome of any disciplinary hearing may be appealed. Notice of an appeal should be made in writing and addressed to the president of the college within fifteen (15) calendar days of receiving the formal notification of the hearing outcome.
Time and location of hearing
Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, WA 98499, Graphics
Conference Room, Building 19. Date, Time
HEARING OFFICER: Name
Contact instructional program assistants or the Student Services Office x5582 for Unsatisfactory Progress Forms, Progressive Discipline Forms, Student Hearing Brochures, and Preparing Staff For Student Discipline and Hearing Brochures.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
600 Independence Avenue SW Washington, DC 20202-4605
CPTC designates the following information as Directory Information: Student name, major field of study, eligibility for and participation in officially recognized activities, organizations, dates of attendance, honor roll, enrollment status, degrees and awards received, and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student.
Directory Information may be released by CPTC without student consent unless the student specifically requests that such information, or portions thereof, not be released. CPTC will not release Directory Information for commercial purposes or other purposes not related to the school program or the conduct of official government business. Students currently attending CPTC should complete a “Request to Prevent Disclosure of Directory Information” form in the Enrollment Services Office if they do not wish Directory Information released.
Your social security number is confidential and under a federal law called the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act, the college will protect it from unauthorized use and/or disclosure. In compliance with state/federal requirements, disclosure may be authorized for the purposes of state and federal financial aid, Hope/Lifetime Learning tax credits, academic transcripts, assessment or accountability research.
Posting of grades by social security numbers is in violation of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended.
Clover Park Technical College will offer a comprehensive financial program for students who use college, state, and federal financial aid resources and/or appropriate foundation resources.
The financial aid office will:
Clover Park Technical College has an excellent accident prevention record and has incurred relatively few student injuries. However, the possibility of accident injury does exist.
INSTRUCTORS ARE RESPONSIBLE for informing each student as they enroll that ACCIDENT insurance is available on a personal basis, AND THE COLLEGE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE for medical expenses incurred from accidents. As a result, we encourage all students to have an accident insurance policy in force. Information on several different plans is available in the Student Services Office. If students are in question as to what policy to utilize, we would strongly encourage the student have at least school time coverage. Staff are encouraged to refer to accident insurance coverage when orienting new students and to have application forms available. Application forms and information can be obtained from the Student Services Office in Building 17.
Any college personnel or other authorized personnel may demand that any person on college facilities produce identification.
Clover Park Technical College aims for a Drug-Free environment. A program has been developed to promote wellness issues, as well as prevent the illicit use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol by students and employees on college property, or as any part of the college’s activities. Possession and/or use of illicit drugs and alcohol is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and subject to disciplinary action.
Chemical dependency is a treatable condition; early identification and intervention are important to successful treatment. Clover Park Technical College is committed to a philosophy that both discourages use of illegal drugs and alcohol and encourages students and staff identified as abusing drugs/alcohol to seek appropriate treatment and help. Information about community resources and services is available through the counseling or human resource offices and shall be provided to staff and students to guide them in obtaining appropriate assistance. However, primary responsibility for seeking assistance in resolving substance abuse and attendance problems rests with the individual.
ADAPT is a support team composed of both certificated and classified personnel and students who have volunteered to assist other instructors, staff, and students with educational materials related to wellness issues and drug and/or alcohol concerns. Contact the Counseling Center, ext. 5526, for more information.
If you have suspicions of alcohol or substance abuse in your instructional area, you may wish to do any or all of the following:
If staff members suspect a potential abuse problem either through a brief interaction with a student or by witnessing certain activities, they will need to use their professional judgment in deciding on an appropriate course of action. Depending on the situation, staff members may want to:
No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination in employment based on sex as well as on race, color, religion or national origin. The act makes it unlawful to discriminate in hiring or firing; wages; fringe benefits; classifying, referring, assigning, or promoting employees; extending or assigning facilities; training, retraining, or apprenticeships; or any other terms, conditions, or privileges of employment.. As amended in 1972 it covers most employers of 15 or more employees, public and private employment agencies, labor unions with 15 or more employees, and joint labor-management committees for apprenticeship and training. Indian tribes are exempt as employers.
Title II of the Education Amendments of 1976 addresses sex discrimination, sex bias and sex stereotyping as it applies to state and federal vocational education programs. It specifies action that institutions should consider to overcome sex bias and stereotyping.
The opening statement reads: "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance..." Title IX affects virtually all public school systems and post-secondary education institutions.
This act prohibits discrimination on the basis of age against any person between the ages of 40 and 70 in hiring, firing, compensation, or other conditions of employment. The law applies to all public employers, private employers of 20 or more employees, employment agencies serving covered employers, and labor unions of more than 25 members. It does not cover situations in which age is a bona fide occupational qualification (such as modeling "junior miss" fashions), nor does it affect bona fide seniority systems.
Employers covered by this section, as amended, must take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified handicapped individuals without discrimination based on their physical or mental handicap. The title covers Federal contractors and subcontractors whose contracts are in excess of $2,500.
Section 504 provides that "no otherwise qualified handicapped individual shall, solely by reason of handicap, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."
This order prohibits employment discrimination based on sex as well as on race, color, religion, or national origin by Federal contractors or subcontractors and on Federally assisted construction contracts. Coverage includes all facilities of the contractor, regardless of whether they are being used in the performance of the Federal contract. In the case of State or local governments holding contracts, coverage is limited to the agency participating in the contract.
The Fair Labor Standards Act, which is known as the Federal minimum wage and hour law, now covers the great majority of workers. However, casual baby-sitters and companions for the aged and infirm; executive, administrative, and professional employees; outside salespeople; employees of certain small, local retail or service establishments; and some agricultural workers are still exempted by the law from both minimum wage and premium pay for overtime provisions.
This act amended the Fair Labor Standards Act to prohibit unequal pay for men and women who work in the same establishment and whose jobs require equal skill, effort, and responsibility. Differentials based on a seniority or merit system or on a system that measures earnings by quantity or quality of production are permitted. Employers may not reduce the wage rate of any employee in order to eliminate illegal wage differentials.
Since 1976 a deduction (subtracted from gross income before computation of the income tax) has been authorized for child and dependent care. The Tax Reform Act of 1976 replaced the deduction with a tax credit (subtracted directly from taxes owed), effective with the 1976 taxable year.
Under this Act the Federal Bureau of Apprenticeship works closely with employers and unions to encourage apprenticeship programs and maintain high standards. Regulations published in May 1978 require sponsors of programs with more than five apprentices to take affirmative action to recruit women, as well as minorities, when those groups do not have a reasonable share of the training opportunities.
This act, as amended by the Labor-Management Relations Act provides employees the right to form, join, or assist labor unions; to bargain collectively, through representatives of their own choosing, on wages, hours, and other terms of employment; or to strike to secure better working conditions. Employees are also guaranteed the right to refrain from membership or participation in a union except where such membership is a requirement of employment.
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 is designated to ensure safe and healthful working conditions throughout the nation. It covers every employer in a business affecting commerce, except where the workplace is covered under a special Federal law such as those for the mining and atomic energy industries. Federal employees are covered by Executive Order, and State and local government employees may be covered by the state, operating under a plan approved by the Federal government.
This act provides that all union members have equal rights in nominating candidates for union office, voting in union elections and referendums, and participating in membership meetings.
In 1974 this act was enacted to protect the interests of most workers who participate in private employee pension and welfare benefit plans and their beneficiaries. This law is administered by the Department of Labor, the Internal Revenue Service, and an agency called the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.
To increase the safety and welfare of students and staff, Clover Park Technical College will provide timely and appropriate notification of the presence of a convicted sexual offender. This notification shall be in accordance with applicable state law and shall be in such a manner that maintains safety without creating excessive anxiety among students and staff.
Pursuant to RCW 4.24.550, Clover Park Technical College is authorized to notify the College community when knowledge is received that a registered sex offender may be expected on or near the College campus, including off-site buildings.
The extent of public disclosure of relevant and necessary information shall be directly related to:
Formal procedures will be followed after the law enforcement agency has notified the institution and the Vice President for Student Services of the sexual offender enrolling or planning to enroll. All official notification to the College community shall come from the Office of the Vice President for Student Services. Requests for additional information will be referred to the appropriate law enforcement agency.
Upon learning of the enrollment/presence of a convicted sexual offender at Clover Park Technical College, the Vice President for Student Services will take the following steps:
Notification will correspond with the classification level in the following manner:
Public employees and/or public agencies are immune from civil liability for damages for any discretionary decisions or release of relevant and necessary information, unless it is shown that the employee or agency acted with gross negligence or in bad faith
Northwest Career and Technical High School (NWCTHS) is a special purposes high school of choice and receives state basic education funding from the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. The funding is then routed to Clover Park Technical College (CPTC) to cover the cost of education. The College, however, does not receive state special education funding for high school students who attend high school programs. NWCTHS and CPTC recognize that many of the programs they offer are well suited for some students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and 504 plans.
Students with IEPs and 504 plans who come to the College for high school programs will follow these procedures:
Clover Park Technical College (CPTC) provides e‐mail accounts to students as a tool for sharing important College information.
E‐mail is an official mechanism of communication within CPTC. The College reserves the right to send official communications to the College e‐mail address assigned to all students. The College expects that every student will receive e‐mail at his or her CPTC address and the student will read their e‐mail on a frequent and consistent basis.
Students have the responsibility to recognize that certain communications may be urgent and require immediate attention. A student’s failure to receive and read College communications in a timely manner does not absolve that student from knowing and complying with the content of such communications.
Students may elect to redirect (auto‐forward) e‐mail sent to the College e‐mail address. Students who redirect e‐mail from their official College e‐mail address to another address do so at their own risk. The College is not responsible for the handling of e‐mail by outside service providers. If e‐mail is lost as a result of forwarding, it does not absolve the student of the responsibilities associated with communication sent to the official College e‐mail address.
Students who are provided CPTC e-mail accounts will follow this process and procedures:
Faculty can gain ready access to student CPTC e-mail addresses by signing in to Instructor Briefcase and clicking on class rosters.
Staff and faculty who would like to send a global e-mail to all CPTC students will follow this process and procedures:
College facilities shall be used in accordance with WAC 495C-140
College facilities are available for use by all staff, students and the community in accordance with WAC 495C-140. The Board and administration believe that facilities should be available for a variety of uses that is of benefit to the general public if such use does not interfere with the educational mission of the college.
Facility requests are made through the Director of Plant Services and Security. This includes all classrooms, conference rooms and buildings.
1. The Board Room is reserved through the President’s Administrative Assistant.
2. The Human Resources Interviewing Room is reserved through the Administrative Assistant for Human Resources.
When a College employee rents college facilities for personal use (i.e. to administer a test) and charges the participants a fee, the employee must advise the participants that any qualified person can render the same services. Any qualified outside individual can also rent college facilities to provide the same services. (See RCW 42.52.160)
Pursuant to RCW 28B.50.140(10), the Board of Trustees of Clover Park Technical College has been granted the authority to enact rules and regulations for pedestrian and vehicular traffic on property owned and maintained by the college.
Beginning Spring Quarter 2002, faculty, staff and students who park on college property (Including Main Campus, South Hill Campus, Fort Lewis, 100th Street and Lakewood Community Center), are required to complete a Parking Application. Parking/ID Applications will be available in the Security Office, Registration and Cashiering.
Parking permits are the property of the college and may be recalled by the Vice President for Operations and Facilities for any of the following reasons:
The College reserves the right to refuse issuance of a parking permit to anyone who has had a previous parking permit revoked.
The campus speed limit is ten miles per hour, unless otherwise posted.
Clover Park Technical College is not responsible for damage or loss to vehicles parked on the campus.
The Policy is set forth in the Procedure.
In the event Clover Park Technical College must close or operate on a delayed schedule due to weather or other emergency conditions, the College will seek to provide that information to all local radio and television stations, by 5 a.m. if reasonably possible. In addition, a recorded message will be available on the School Closure & Information Line at 253/589-5707. The information will also be posted on the home page of the College web site, www.cptc.edu; and at the Public Schools Emergency Communications System web site, www.schoolreport.org.
No announcement means normal operation. Announcements are for one day only.
The notifications will usually be one of the following types, and will usually apply to all College locations:
Operating on a 10:00 a.m. Late Start
In the event of an emergency or accident, the employee present (or first at the scene) is expected to take charge until relieved by an administrator or appropriate public official. Listed below are the procedures you should follow in an emergency or accident.
Clover Park Technical College has developed a strategic approach to working with reporters. The following are guidelines for effective communications with journalists:
The Safety Committee will monitor and evaluate safety concerns at Clover Park Technical College
Employee and administration representatives are to attend and actively take part in regular safety meetings (see WAC 296-24.62 et al).
The Safety Committee will be comprised of employees from each bargaining group, administrators, and one representative from each department.
The College Accident Prevention Program is intended to reduce work hazards and promote the well being of Clover Park Technical College personnel. Each college staff member is responsible for following college safety regulations as documented in this and other printed matter and to be a role model for the safe operation of his/her department.
Specific categories of college employees are responsible for the following:
Appointed by the College President, the Safety Coordinator is responsible for the coordination of the safety and health activities throughout the college. The President has appointed the Director of Plant Services and Security to act as Safety Coordinator.
The Safety Coordinator is the advocate of the college safety program. Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following:
College personnel are to promptly report all accidents, no matter how minor, to their immediate supervisor. The supervisor and/or employee are then to complete in a timely manner an accident report. (WAC 296-24.62)
Report all emergencies to the Security Office at ext. 5682.
All accidents are reported on the Clover Park Technical College Accidental Injury Report form.
Accident reporting forms are available in the office of the Risk Manager. Complete all sections. Provide a complete description of the accident/illness. Describe exactly what happened, listing all witnesses. What was the person doing when injured?
What objects, tools, equipment, or chemicals were involved?
Did the accident happen outdoors or indoors?
If more space is required to describe the accident/ illness, attach an addendum to the accident report form. Address questions regarding the form to the Risk Manager.
Turn in the completed accident report to your supervisor who will review and sign the form. Once the supervisor has signed the form, it will be given to the Risk Manager.
NOTE: Clover Park Technical College is not responsible for medical coverage for any student. Each student is encouraged to purchase school medical insurance or carry his/her own medical insurance. Student accident insurance information is available in the Student Services Office, Building 17.
The Instructor shall:
Administrators and supervisors are responsible for ensuring that employees are aware of all current applicable safety policies and procedures.
All new staff are advised of safety procedures during the new staff orientation.
The orientation and/or training occur as close to the first day of employment in the new job as possible.
Office, classroom and laboratory safety briefing will include:
The immediate supervisor will instruct new employees on job safety requirements.
The Supervisor is responsible for periodically reviewing applicable safety procedures with all employees.
All employees will receive the following training:
How and when to report injuries.
All supervisors/faculty or persons in charge of other employees must be trained and certified in first aid unless their duties require them to be away from the job site.
All other employees are encouraged to obtain first aid/CPR training.
First aid certification must be obtained in a course approved by the Washington State
Department of Labor and Industries.
Specific courses are made available as necessary through regular in-service programs.
College vice presidents and supervisory personnel may conduct a job safety analysis to determine any hazardous conditions or procedures and how to eliminate/correct them.
A properly completed job safety analysis provides information for training purposes and assists in isolating or eliminating hazards associated with a given job.
A job safety analysis may be applied to tasks done in virtually any college work setting, including offices, laboratories and shop areas.
A job safety analysis system provides the following benefits:
Job safety analysis has four main steps:
Repeat the observation until all hazards and potential accidents have been identified. Check with the observed employee to see if anything has been missed or overlooked.
After determining the physical and environmental hazards of a job, develop solutions to the hazards. The principle means of eliminating hazards include.
When writing procedures, be specific and concrete. Do not say, "be careful" or "use caution." State exactly what needs to be done to eliminate accident potential. State specifically what to do and how to perform the procedure.
Review the new procedures with employees. This review helps ensure the proposed procedures are practical and usable.
The following written hazard communication program has been established for Clover Park Technical College (WAC 296-62-054) to provide information to employees about hazardous chemicals in the workplace. This program is broken down into the following sections: (1) Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS); (2) Container labeling; (3) Employee training and information; (4) List of hazardous chemicals; (5) Hazardous non-routine tasks; and (6) informing contractors.
All college supervisors, directors, and instructors who use hazardous chemicals will verify all containers received for use by their area or department. The hazardous chemicals must:
A list of all known hazardous chemicals used by employees of Clover Park Technical College is located in the area where the chemical is present and the master copy is in the Plant Services Department. Further information on each noted chemical can be obtained by reviewing the MSDS located in the area where the chemical is present and the master copy in the Plant Services Department and in the supervisor’s/director's office area.
Employees may occasionally be required to perform hazardous non-routine tasks. Prior to starting work on such projects, each affected employee will be given information by the supervisor about hazardous chemicals to which they may be exposed during such activity.
College personnel shall report safety hazards and/or unsafe practices to their immediate supervisor or the Director of Plant Services and Security.
The department supervisor is responsible for conducting a periodic review to ensure that exposure to hazards is minimized. The review is conducted at least annually, although certain high hazard locations should be inspected more often. Weekly walk-through of all areas in accordance with site evaluation checklist.
Any suspected hazardous conditions shall be immediately corrected or reported to the Director of Plant Services and Security.
All college departments shall have first aid kits in designated work areas and employees shall learn the location(s) of the department's first aid kit(s) and know who in the department has been trained in first aid.
The department's administrator designates an employee in each department to maintain inventory and notify Plant Services for needed supplies. Periodic checks shall be made of the contents of the department's first aid kit(s) for completeness. Use a log to verify checks.
First aid kits and supplies are available from Plant Services. First aid kits shall be readily available and accessible to all employees in the department. The size and quantity of first aid kits shall be determined by the number of personnel normally dependent upon each kit.
Call the Maintenance Department at ext 5560 for refills.
Poison Control: 9-594-1424 or 9-911
Campus Emergency: 5682 (Security)
Emergency telephone numbers will be posted on all first aid kits and on all telephones.
The College places primary importance on the rights of all individuals to be safe and to feel safe while on the property of an educational institution. The College also recognizes the right to carry guns which many individuals assert. The College believes that these rights are best reconciled and implemented by excluding guns and other weapons from College property to the maximum extent that this is legal and feasible.
A. General prohibition: The observable holding, wearing, transporting, storage, or presence of any firearm or other weapon is prohibited in any College building or College- operated facility or on College property, except (1) when this is done by commissioned law enforcement personnel or legally-authorized military personnel while in performance of their duties or (2) when a concealed pistol is carried in accordance with a concealed pistol license after the carrier has first (a) shown that license to the campus security office and permitted it to be photocopied and (b) received the written approval of the President or President’s designee. This exception A(2) shall not apply in the child care center or in any facility designated to be used for elementary or secondary school purposes.
For this purpose, a “weapon” means any item that is capable of causing serious bodily harm or property damage and reasonably warrants alarm about its being used to do so, including but not limited to any firearm, sword, long-bladed or automatic knife, brass knuckles, explosive, incendiary device, or dangerous substance, but excluding items used for authorized College purposes.
B. Reporting: Apparent violations of this Policy and Procedure should be reported to the campus security office and may be reported to a law enforcement authority. They also may be reported to the appropriate office or employee for any disciplinary action.
C. Penalties: A student or employee who violates this Procedure will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal. Any other person who violates this Procedure when it has been posted or announced will be considered to be trespassing on College property and be subject to immediate removal. Any person who commits unlawful acts involving a weapon may be subject to criminal liability regardless of compliance with this Procedure. See, for example, RCW 9.41.270 (gross misdemeanor to carry, display, etc. a weapon in a manner that manifests an intent to intimidate or warrants alarm for others’ safety).
Since the adoption and revision of this College policy, Clover Park Technical College WAC (Washington Administrative Code) 495C-121 Student Conduct Code has been amended and this College policy is no longer applicable to students.
An instructor or other school personnel may use reasonable force in a moderate manner to correct or restrain a student.
When a Student is Subdued
The use of reasonable force is lawful when a person is using force
A bomb threat can be made by a telephone call, in writing or any other form.
Upon receiving a bomb threat, the Bomb Threat data sheet should be followed. If the threat is in writing or any other form, keep the message and call Security at 5682 or 5560.
Bomb Threat Data Sheet
Record: Time & Date
1. No bomb threat is to be ignored
2. Treat every bomb threat as a potential threat to human life
3. If possible, have co-worker call SECURITY 5682 or 5560
4. DO NOT UPSET THE CALLER AND KEEP THEM ON THE PHONE
5. Be aware of background noises and special voice characteristics (office machinery, music, tone of voice, male or female, nationality etc.)
6. Questions to ask the caller: Document information:
7. Notify security 5682 and Vice President for Operations and Facilities 5845.
Stay off the phone and DO NOT PANIC. You will be assisted immediately.
DO NOT USE cellular phones, two-way radios, or other such devices during bomb threats. Use regular telephones.
When demonstrations occur, the importance of listening before determining the course of action cannot be over-emphasized.
An intruder is any person found on school premises who has not or will not register as a visitor according to State Regulation (RCW 28A.5B.101,110).
Defuse the situation – Protect others, avoid escalation. Staff member may use reasonable force as warranted.
Report assault – Report to the immediate supervisor immediately by phone or messenger.
Deal with medical emergency – Apply first aid and/or summon aid car.
Take names of witness at the scene – delegate as needed.
Report to appropriate law enforcement agency (9-911) and campus security (ext. 5682).
In cases where a weapon is present, an injury requires medical attention or there is a threat of future violence.
Document action taken - Take written report from witness.
College employees are expected to act when they observe or receive a report that school property is being damaged, destroyed or stolen. However, do not put yourself in a position of physical danger. There may also be times when staff will discover that an act of vandalism, arson and/or burglary has already occurred. In all cases, notify the building administrator and security immediately.
To set up a central command center in case of a catastrophic emergency (major earthquake, airplane crash, explosion, volcanic eruption, military action) that renders the surrounding community and/or some of the College buildings unsafe for occupancy.
If a catastrophic emergency occurs, the first consideration is for the safety of the students and staff. All people should evacuate the building to a designated area where attendance should be taken. Any injuries should be attended to and reported to the Central Command Center.
A Central Command Center will be activated to provide emergency instructions to students and staff. Students and staff could be detained on campus until passage is determined safe into the surrounding community. Students should not be left unsupervised.
Telephones (if still working) should be used only for short, concise emergency calls. Students should not be allowed to use CPTC telephones during an emergency unless directed by a staff member to assist in a specific task.
In the event of a Catastrophic Emergency, Fire, or upon notification from the Vice President for Operations and Facilities (or his/her designee), comply with the following evacuation procedure:
The College is committed to maintain an environment that is free from all acts or threats of violence perpetrated by or against employees, students or members of the public.
Workplace and campus violence is any physical assault, threatening or intimidating behavior, or verbal abuse occurring in the college setting. Some examples of workplace and campus violence include:
While on College property or while conducting College business at other locations, each employee, student or individual is prohibited from subjecting any employee, student or individual (including oneself) to any violence or threat of violence.
Violent action on College property or facilities, or while on College business, will not be tolerated or ignored. Individuals who engage in violent or threatening behavior may be:
This policy covers all persons:
Any person who perceives an immediate threat of bodily harm should:
Not an Immediate Threat:
If the perpetrator is not known to be a College employee or student, a report should be made to College Security Department.
The complainant and/or recipient of the report must complete an Incident Report form (electronic form available on the CPTC Intranet; paper copies available in Human Resources, College Security Department, and division offices), and file it with the College Security Department. Incidents involving suspected criminal activity should always be referred to the College Security Department for assessment and/or investigation.
The manager/dean/supervisor responsible for the area where the incident occurred is responsible for gathering relevant information and completing and submitting an Incident Report Form to report the incident to the College Security Department.
Human Resources/College Security:
The Human Resources Office and/or the College Security Department is/are responsible for promptly investigating the incident and recommending appropriate action.
The College will respond promptly upon any indication of a possible violent situation or self-harm situation, subject to established College policies and procedures and contractual agreements.
Repeated unfounded complaints of workplace or campus violence may constitute misconduct or employee abuse.
For possible legal remedies outside the scope of this Policy and Procedure, employees and students may wish to consult the following laws:
Orders for victim protection generally include the following types of court orders:
An employee or student who obtains an order which appears likely to affect College property or personnel should immediately provide a copy to the College Security Department.
Persons who engage in workplace or campus violence are subject to expulsion, criminal prosecution, suspension, discipline, termination of employment, and/or restriction of future access to campus. Other action taken against violators may include mediation, referral to the College’s employee assistance program, or counseling. Depending on the circumstances, College management may request law enforcement personnel to remove from the premises any person(s) who engage in workplace or campus violence.
Postings of printed and other graphic materials on College property must comply with appropriate standards and procedures.
Printed and other graphic materials (“materials”) shall be posted on (affixed to) College property only in accordance with this Procedure.
Except as otherwise specifically provided below, there shall be no posting of materials which:
Materials shall be posted only on bulletin boards designated or approved for the particular type of posting by the College officer primarily responsible for Facilities, or her/his designee, except that:
In addition to the postings authorized by parts C and D, the following types of materials may be posted after approval under part F:
This Policy and Procedure supersedes any other Policy and Procedure on these subjects.