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Changes made to policies

June 10, 2016

The following policies have been updated or added and recently approved:

Policy Update:

11.1 Employee Reimbursement

11.1 Employee Reimbursement (revised):

  • VII – Added GSA & Meal Incidental Expenses Rates (gsa.gov/perdiem)
  • IX – Updated definitions to include GSA Per Diem language
  • X – Updated procedures by removing accountable language, advance language, and payment timeline.
  • X – Added language to procedures to include reimbursement time frame, per diem language, payroll language, and updated guidelines.
  • XI – Forms: Added Online Leave of Absence form, IIPD & SSPD Grant, and Reimbursement forms.

Changes made to policies

April 25, 2016

The following policies have been updated or added and recently approved:

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GRCC to host second consortium on sexual assault prevention, awareness

April 18, 2016

GRCC is hosting its second Community College Consortium on Sexual Assault and Prevention and Awareness on April 19! More information is available here.

Changes made to policies

March 1, 2016

The following policies have been updated or added and recently approved:

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Photos from consortium on sexual assault prevention, awareness

February 17, 2016

GRCC hosted a Community College Consortium on Sexual Assault and Prevention and Awareness on February 16.

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GRCC hosts consortium on sexual assault prevention, awareness

February 15, 2016

GRCC is hosting a Community College Consortium on Sexual Assault and Prevention and Awareness Tuesday, February 16th! More information is available here.

GRCC hosts consortium on sexual assault prevention, awareness

February 11, 2016

GRCC is hosting a Community College Consortium on Sexual Assault and Prevention and Awareness Tuesday, February 16th! More information is available here.

Changes made to policies

January 12, 2016

The following policies have been updated or added and recently approved:

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Changes made to policies

October 15, 2015

The following policies have been updated or added during the October policy meeting and recently approved by Cabinet:

Changes made to policy

August 25, 2015

Changes were recently made to a college policy:

6.1 Transgender Equal Opportunity (new policy)

  • Policy Statement: GRCC is committed to a College culture that respects and values all students, faculty and staff and fosters understanding of gender identity within the College community. All students, faculty and staff will adhere to procedures established in connection with this policy to ensure a safe working and learning environment, free of discrimination and harassment, which promotes the educational and social wellbeing of transgender students, and employees.
  • Reason for policy: To accommodate, support and protect transgender students and employees from sex discrimination and harassment.

Changes made to policies

July 20, 2015

Several policies have been revised.

6.14 Family Medical Leave (FMLA) Policy (revised)

  • Section X.D – Remove the word “may” and replaced with the word “will” in the first sentence. Removed second to last sentence.
  • Section X.E.1 – Added “leave for the birth of the child, workers’ compensation leave (to the extent that it qualifies)” to the first sentence.
  • Section X.E.2 – Removed the first sentence and also updated the second sentence which now reads “An employee who is taking leave for the birth of a child beyond the disability, adoption or foster care of a child may use all paid vacation, personal or family leave prior to being eligible for unpaid leave.”

6.24 Drug & Alcohol Policy (revised)

  • A.1. Changed “Alcoholic beverages of any kind” to “Alcohol in any form”
  • B. Changed ESP to APSS
  • F. Removed “Such” from “Such records and information may be disclosed…”
  • Changed revision from February to June 2016

Changes made to policies

June 3, 2015

A new policy was recently created and several existing ones were revised:

3.1 Institutional Review Board Policy (new)

This is a new policy at GRCC. The IRB policy shall ensure the protection of human participants as subjects of research at Grand Rapids Community College so that:

  • The welfare and rights of human subjects are adequately protected and informed consent given, if necessary;
  • Human subjects are not placed at unreasonable physical, mental, or emotional risk as a result of the research;
  • The research outcomes are of significance to the interests of the college
  • The necessity and importance of the research outweighs the risks to the subjects; and
  • The researcher(s) is/are qualified to conduct research involving human subjects.

10.1 Tuition & Fees Policy (revised)

  •  Language was added to bring us in compliance with the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014
  •  We added a bullet point to address differential tuition

6.7 Conflict of Interest Policy (revised)

  •  Add the following to VII, Related Documents:

National Academic Advising Association Statement of Core Values for Academic Advising.

American Counseling Association Code of Ethics

Council for Advancement of Standards Guidelines for Academic Advisors

Association of Fundraising Professionals Code of Ethical Standards.

GRCC Purchasing Policy

  •  Change IX F. 2 to add: Student workers may be approved for employment by the Executive Director of Human Resources.
  •  Change IX F. Nepotism and Personal Relationships, section F. 3. C “husbands and wives” to “spouses or partners
  •  Add “including suppliers and vendors” to IX. Definitions: “Personal or Financial Conflict of Interest: A conflict of interest may arise whenever an employee is in a position to influence college business, research, or other decisions in ways that could lead to any form of personal gain for the individual or his/her relative, or give improper advantage to other, including suppliers and vendors.”
  • Remove the following statement from IX. Definitions (redundant): “A GRCC employee acts impartially or gives preferential treatment to any private or public organization or individual.”
  • Add “(over $25)” to define “substantial monetary value” to be consistent with the GRCC Purchasing Policy. Add “Exceptions may be made for invitations to events if authorized in advance by the EBCO or Director of Purchasing or if the event is a fundraiser for GRCC.”
  • Add the following definitions to IX:

10. A GRCC employee who holds responsibilities for any aspect of academic advising and/or counseling (personal and career) is required to adhere to the Council for Academic Standards guidelines for academic advising and the NACADA Statement of Core Values of Academic Advising and/or the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics for Counseling.

11. A GRCC employee who holds responsibilities for any aspect of fundraising for the GRCC Foundation or for the College is required to adhere to the Association of Fundraising Professionals Code of Ethical Standards.

12. Employees who are authorized to select or to participate in the selection of a vendor and/or to award a contract may not accept valuable gifts, including reimbursement for travel expenses, meals or sample text books which can reasonably be expected to influence their judgment. Sample texts may be accepted on behalf of the College by Department Heads as appropriate for faculty consideration. Sample texts may not be sold to textbook buyers

13. Employees may not invite vendors to campus to sell products or to solicit funds from students and employees without prior authorization from the Director of Purchasing or the Executive Director of Human Resources for benefit or professional development related activities. Exceptions will be made for student fundraising events.