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Human Resources

Professionalism

Date: October 2012

Policy: Bowdoin College seeks to maintain a professional atmosphere in which students, employees, parents, donors, visitors and members of the public can participate in educational and other programs. Employees are, therefore, requested to maintain appropriate dress, personal appearance and demeanor consistent with their service responsibilities. Similarly, employees are expected to keep their work areas orderly, consistent with access, efficiency, safety, health and environmental requirements.

Although the College does not have a formal dress code, it is the responsibility of each employee to report for work in a neat and clean manner consistent with the work being performed or customary professional standards. Some departments have specific uniform/dress requirements based on service and/or safety regulations and guidelines. Each supervisor or department head is responsible for establishing reasonable standards of dress appropriate to the work performed in that area.

Employees who abuse their position of trust by engaging in unethical or unprofessional conduct are subject to College discipline up to and including termination of employment. It is not possible to list all forms of behavior that are considered unacceptable in the workplace, but the following are examples of infractions of the rules of conduct that may result in disciplinary action: theft or inappropriate removal or possession of property; falsification of data or timekeeping records; breach of confidentiality; use of Bowdoin College supplies, equipment or property to carry out private business ventures; fighting, threatening, or violent behavior, or causing harm to others in the workplace; negligence or improper conduct leading to damage of College-, student-, or employee-owned property; insubordination or other disrespectful conduct; possession, distribution, sale, transfer or use of alcohol or illegal drugs in the workplace, while on duty, or while operating College-owned vehicles or equipment; violation of local, state or federal laws while on College property or while working as an employee of the College; etc.

Employees of the College have an ongoing obligation to inform Human Resources of any misdemeanor or felony conviction during the course of employment.

Employees should be aware that they represent Bowdoin College while at work, whether in personal or telephone interactions. Others may form their first and only impression of the College based on the way employees treat them – all employees should strive to act professionally at all times.