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Human Resources

Employee Records

Date: January 2007

Policy: Human Resources maintains a personnel file for each employee of Bowdoin College. The official records of employment include the completed job application or resume, salary history, career progression, performance evaluations and records of disciplinary actions (if applicable).

Access to central personnel files is limited to those who maintain the files in Human Resources and those who have a legitimate need to use the material in them. Those permitted access include the immediate supervisor, department head, senior officer, or a prospective supervisor considering an employee's internal application for a new position, and Human Resources staff. Under federal law (HIPAA), an employee's personal health information must be maintained in separate files in Human Resources. Personal health information (e.g., doctor's notes, etc.) must not be maintained in the department. Additional records of employee benefits and confidential medical information such as pre-employment physical examination results, workers' compensation records, doctor's notes and certain claim forms are also kept in separate files in Human Resources and access to these files is generally limited to Human Resources staff for necessary human resource functions.

Every employee has the right to review his/her personnel file. To review an individual central personnel file, an employee should schedule an appointment with a member of the Human Resources staff who will be present to answer any questions about materials in the file or make copies of documents.

Personal information regarding an employee will not be released by Human Resources personnel over the phone. Information not published in the College's print telephone directory will not be made available to anyone. Annually, employees are given the option to publish personal information (e.g., address, home telephone number, etc.) in the Bowdoin College print directory and the Internet on-line directory. If you choose to include personal contact information, please be aware that it may become available to the general public. Human Resources works together with the Office of Communications to restrict the distribution of print directories to employees, students, and trustees only, but the College cannot always prevent the circulation of the directories beyond campus.

Emergency contact information is separate from the directory, but it is updated annually and is maintained in the employee's file in Human Resources.