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Employee Handbook
Table of Contents
Welcome to the Connecticut College Community!
College Policies
Employment Information
Leave Benefits
Salary and Wage Policy
College Resources and Facilities
Leaving Connecticut College
Glossary of Terms
Hourly Administrative Addendum
Salaried Administrative Addendum
Campus Safety Addendum
Dining Services Addendum
Physical Plant Addendum
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College Resources and Facilities
 College Telephone Directory
 The Connecticut College Directory is published annually and is intended for the sole use of faculty, staff, and students of the College. The directory provides relevant information about staff and faculty, retirees, Board of Trustee members, Alumni Association, students, committees and the College in general.
 Campus Communications
 The Source, Calendar, and the Connecticut College Web-site contain information regarding activities, job openings, new appointments, transfers, or other announcements and articles of interest may be included. Any suggestions or items are always welcome. Departments are encouraged to send news items of general campus interest to the Office of College Relations for possible publication.
 The campus telecommunications system provides a Broadcast Alert to all extensions in emergency situations. Broadcast Bulletin Reviews are sent to all extensions to inform the campus of general information. Contact the Office of College Relations to place these calls.
 Personal requests for rentals, baby sitters, housemates, etc., may be posted on bulletin boards in Fanning Hall and the Post Office or on the Camel Web Classifieds.
 Lost and Found
 Lost and Found area is located in the Information Office located in the Campus Safety main office, Nichols House. Found items should be turned over to Campus Safety. An owner of a lost item should Campus Safety and may claim a found item with proper identification.
 College Identification Card
 Identification (ID) cards are issued by the Office of Human Resources on your date of employment and are reissued to all staff and faculty each September. Temporary and on-call employees are not eligible to receive cards. ID cards may be required when using College facilities.
 Use of College Facilities
 All full and part-time benefits eligible staff and the members of their immediate family are welcome to use the campus facilities within established policies. College ID cards may be requested. Pets are not allowed in the work place except where needed for handicap assistance. More specific information is available from the respective departments.
 Academic Departments
 As a leading independent liberal arts college, Connecticut College holds that broad training in the arts, letters, natural sciences and social sciences provides today's undergraduates with the most effective preparation for productive participation in modern society. It therefore requires each student to complete a program of general requirements. In addition to general education requirements, students must select a major area of concentration established within traditional departmental frameworks. Students, however, are allowed great flexibility when designing their major and may choose their own interdisciplinary major programs with the council of faculty advisers as well as the approval of the Committee on Student-Designed Interdisciplinary Majors and Minors.
ArtFrench/Italian Physical Education
Art HistoryGender & Women StudiesPhysics
ChemistryGovernmentReligious Studies
East Asian Language & CulturesHispanic Studies Russian Eastern European Studies
DanceHuman DevelopmentTheater
EconomicsMath & Computer ScienceZoology
Please refer to the college map for location of buildings.
 The Accounting Office is responsible for developing and monitoring the College budget; maintaining grants and student accounts; administering student, staff, and faculty payrolls, accounts payable and receivable, and audit control. The Accounting Office is located in Fanning Hall.
 The Admissions Office seeks to publicize the College through many programs and services. Not only does Admissions have the responsibility for all aspects of the admissions process, but it also organizes tours, overnight stays, videos, and Open Houses. Admissions staff members have agreed to make some time available to answer any questions staff members may have pertaining to enrollment. For more information please call the Admissions Office in Horizon House.
 The Advancement Office is responsible for fund-raising projects for the College including planned giving, corporations and foundations, and the annual fund. Advancement is located in Becker House across from the College Center between the north cottages and Unity House.
 Affirmative Action
 The Affirmative Action Officer works to uphold opportunities for all members of the college community and each applicant for employment regardless of race, religion, age, national origin, sexual preference, sex, handicap, or status as a disabled or Vietnam era veteran. The Affirmative Action Officer is directly responsible for communicating, implementing, monitoring and evaluating the College's Affirmative Action Plan and serves as an ombudsperson. The Affirmative Action Officer reports to the President and the Dean of the Faculty and is located in Fanning Hall.
 The Office of Alumni Relations creates and maintains connections among alumni and between alumni and the College in order to build a strong association of alumni and to provide support for the College. Working with alumni volunteers across the nation, the office coordinates educational, social, cultural, and community service activities designed to engage and serve a diverse population of near alumni. The Office of Alumni Relations is located in Becker House.
 Established in 1931, the Connecticut College Arboretum encompasses all 750 acres of College property including the landscaped grounds of the campus and surrounding plant collections, natural areas and managed lands. These resources support the Arboretum's mission of preparing students and others to craft a sustainable relationship with the natural world. The Arboretum is distinguished by a long-standing commitment to conservation and to supporting research and teaching in biology and environmental studies. Information about educational programs, gardens, hiking trails and other aspect of the Arboretum is available in Room 103, Olin Science Center, or by calling extension 5020.
 Cummings Art Center (1969) is the site of studios, galleries, the music library, practice rooms, an electronic music studio, faculty offices, a lecture and a concert hall. In Cummings there are additional studios for ceramics, print making, sculpture, painting, photography, graphic design and computer art as well as a slide library.
 Athletic Center
 The College Athletic Center (1984, expanded 1992) facilities are available to staff and faculty and their families. Intramural and extracurricular recreational activities as well as varsity and club sports are available for student participation and for staff/ faculty attendance and support. A natatorium, fitness center, rowing tanks and two new gymnasia were added in 1992 and dedicated to the previous athletic director, Charles B. Luce.
 The Dayton Arena (1980) serves not only as a home for the men's and women's ice hockey teams, but also as a center for recreational skating, indoor soccer and other sports during the academic year. Dayton Arena is located next to the Athletic Center.
 Book Store
 Located within the College Center, the Book Store carries textbooks, classroom supplies, a wide selection of books, Connecticut College memorabilia, clothing, computer supplies and other items of convenience. All members of the College staff receive a 10% discount on most purchases.
 Campus Safety
 The main responsibility of Campus Safety is to provide for the safety of all persons and property within the College community. Campus Safety provides assistance in emergency situations, lock-outs, and also escorts people from one end of campus to another after dark. The main post for Campus Safety, the Gate House, is located at the Mohegan Avenue entrance to campus.
 Career Enhancing Life Skills (CELS)
 The Office of Career Enhancing Life Skills advises students and alumni on all facets of career preparation including career counseling and testing. The CELS staff also offers career counseling and the resource library to staff members and their families. CELS is located in Vinal Cottage.
 Harkness Chapel is the center for most of the religious activity on campus. Weekly services include Jewish Shabbat, Catholic Mass and ecumenical Protestant Services. All members of the College are invited to attend and participate in Chapel events which are publicized in the Source. Harkness Chapel is also utilized for concerts and recitals.
 Children's Program
 The Children's Program, located in Holmes Hall, is an inclusion early childhood program provided by highly qualified college staff and student assistants for children from birth to age 6. This laboratory school for the Human Development department provides a play-based curriculum. The program accepts applications from members of the college community, New London area residents and referrals.
 College Center (Crozier-Williams)
 The College Center is the central location for all members of the community to socialize and conduct meetings. The College Center houses WCNI's broadcast headquarters, Student Life, Student Government Association (SGA), the Women's Center, and the Dance Department and studios. The Oasis Snack Bar, Cro Bar, the convenience store, as well as the Post Office are available for faculty, staff and students. There are also vending machines and an Automatic Teller Machine for everyone's convenience.
 College Relations
 The office of College Relations is responsible for internal and external College publications and public relations for the College The staff works closely with the Alumni and Advancement offices and is located in Becker House.
 Community Service (OVCS)
 The Office of Volunteers for Community Service at Connecticut College provides an important link between the college and the local community. Students and members of the community are encouraged to participate in programs. Nearly 40% of the students are involved with either short-term or long-term projects that are designed to answer local needs. The Office for Community Service is located on the second floor of the College Center.
 Counseling Center
 The staff at the Counseling Center is trained to deal with the emotional problems of students through group meetings, short-term counseling or referrals off-campus. All meetings are completely confidential. The Counseling Center is located upstairs from Student Health Services in the Warnshuis Building.
 Dean of the College
 The Dean of the College is the Senior Administrator responsible for the academic, social, and co-curricular life of the students with the assistance of the associate deans, the Dean of Freshmen, the Dean of Student Life and the Assistant Dean for Multicultural Affairs. The Dean of the College also advises a portion of the sophomore, junior, and senior classes. The office of the Dean of the College is located on the second floor of Fanning Hall.
 Dean of the Faculty
 The Dean of the Faculty is the Senior Administrator responsible for the academic affairs of the College. The Dean of the Faculty oversees the work of academic departments, is responsible for on-going review and improvement of the curriculum, and is concerned with the effective operation of those services which support the work of the faculty. The office of the Dean of the Faculty is located on the second floor of Fanning Hall.
 Dining Services
 Dining Services is responsible for providing three meals a day, seven days a week for the students. The Oasis Snack Shop is also available to all members of the community and is open seven days a week for over 12 hours a day. The snack shop is located in the College Center.
 The prime responsibility of the Office of Events is to maintain the College calendar as well as schedule and coordinate support services for internal and external events and meetings. This office is located in the College Center.
 The Finance Department is responsible for the sound fiscal management of the College. This includes responsibility for the College investments and insurance, as well as administration of the physical plant, auxiliary services, and other related support services. The Finance Office is located on the second floor of Fanning Hall.
 Financial Aid Office
 Connecticut College is committed to providing financial assistance to students who demonstrate eligibility. This office is responsible for administering the Work Study Program and processing all student educational loan forms. The Financial Aid Office is located in Larrabee.
 Health Services
 The student health service is available to all full-time students as well as master candidates. It is also available to staff and faculty for emergencies or for work injuries. The Student Health Service is located in the Warnshuis Building behind the Shain Library.
 Human Resources
 The Office of Human Resources is responsible for all aspects of the recruitment process for non-faculty employees. This office conducts employee orientations, administers the classification and compensation program, employee benefits, and the evaluation process for each non-faculty employee. Human Resources also takes an active role in training and development programs as well as aiding and maintaining all employee relations. The actions of this department are in accordance with current federal and state laws. Human Resources is located at Strickland House.
 The Information Office is available during business hours to answer and direct inquiries concerning the College and handle the College switchboard. It is located on the first floor of Fanning Hall.
 Information Services
 The Information Services department provides integrated technological and research services to staff, faculty and students through a sophisticated voicemail system, campus wide computer network and an automated library system. A library consortium with Trinity College and Wesleyan University links the three libraries with a computerized index within the Charles E. Shain Library. The Greer Music Library is located in Cummings Arts Center.
 Physical Plant
 Physical Plant is responsible for the maintenance, renovation and operation of all College buildings, grounds, and utility systems. It serves as a liaison between the College and contractors, engineers and architects on major projects. Physical Plant is located in the Service Building.
 President's Office
 The President, as chief executive officer of the College, is appointed by the Board of Trustees. Reporting to the President are the Senior Administrators: Dean of Faculty, Vice President for Finance, Vice President for Advancement, Secretary of the College and General Counsel, Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid, Vice President for Information Services/Librarian of the College, Vice President for Administration, and Dean of the College. The President's Office is located on the second floor of Fanning Hall.
 Print Shop and Mailing Service
 The Print Shop provides many printing options for internal and external mailings, departmental publications, and other large printing needs. Mailing services are available to departments for all first and third class mailings. The Print Shop is located in Hillyer Hall.
 Office of the Registrar
 This office maintains student enrollment records, prepares and distributes class lists, schedule of classes, classroom assignments and grades. The staff maintains and responds to requests for student records and reports. The Office of the Registrar is located on the first floor of Fanning Hall.
 Secretary of the College
 The Secretary of the College serves as Secretary of the corporation, as required by law, and has responsibility for coordinating the work of the Board of Trustees, administration of the President's Office and managing the strategic planning process. The office is located on the second floor of Fanning Hall.
 Student Government
 The Student Government Association (SGA) acts as a liaison between the student body and the faculty and administration. SGA maintains a close relationship with faculty and administration and makes many recommendations on budget concerns and other College issues. SGA supports relations between the various clubs and committees and also organizes student activities. It is located on the second floor of the College Center.
 Student Life
 The Office of Student Life oversees all functions within the dorms, trains the housefellows, makes room assignments, and is responsible for overseeing all student clubs and activities as well as scheduling of the College Center. Students are encouraged to manage their own affairs within the dorm through student elections and a student housefellow. The Office of Student Life is on the second floor of the College Center.
 The switchboard is open every day to direct calls during regular College working hours. The switchboard may be reached by dialing O for the operator. The main college number is (860) 439-2000. The Switchboard is located in the Information Office on the first floor of Fanning Hall.
 The Frank Loomis Palmer Auditorium, commonly referred to as Palmer, can accommodate over 1,300 people and is equipped for theatrical, concert, and film presentations. A Concert and Artist Series is presented each year as well. Plays and other performances are listed around campus and in the Source.
 Unity House
 Unity House is the multi-cultural and social center for students of color and the entire College community. It contains rooms for meetings and entertaining, a library and residential facilities for several students. Unity House is located between Becker House and Hillyer Hall.
 Writing Center
 The Roth Writing Center at Connecticut College provides one-to-one peer tutoring to help writers of all abilities during every stage of the writing process. The Writing Center is staffed by peer writing consultants, also known as "tutors", from a variety of academic majors who take an intensive semester-long training course on the teaching of writing. Consultants engage in discourse with a writer in an effort to understand the intent of the writer and ensure that his or her ideas are being fully represented by the paper. Assisting each student to develop a cohesive paper with clearly presented ideas is the primary goal of the Writing Center. Whether it is thesis development, sentence structure, grammatical issues or citation methods, the Writing Center staff is available to respond to the needs of all students.