Employment Responsibilities

Faculty Expectations (Full and Part-time):    

First and foremost, enjoy the teaching and learning process and teach at the highest level of performance.  The Faculty expectations for both full and part-time faculty are the same.  They are as follows:    

  • Become Blackboard Certified (see specifics below)
  • Maintain academic rigor and integrity within the course
  • Complete the Online Faculty Orientation course
  • Develop and update curriculum (within specific assigned teaching discipline)
  • If selected as a Lead Instructor, assist with the coordination of the degree program and development, review and update curriculum (within your specific teaching discipline)
  • Attend class daily and on time
  • Provide ample assignments, quizzes and tests  in order to maximize student learning of the objectives being taught.
  • Begin lessons promptly and teach for the full duration of the class
  • Come prepared to class
  • Fulfill all essential functions of the job
  • Maintain Office Hours (online and on campus)--full-time employees only 
  • Participate on College Committees
  • Record attendance, attendance verifications, Mid-term grades and grades on time
  • Attend all required activities to include the Honors Program, Opening Sessions, Faculty Meetings, and Graduation (annually)
  • Support the Mission of the College
  • Create an engaging, motivating and healthy classroom or online environment
  • Check email daily and respond within 24-hours (Monday-Friday)
  • Become eCertified trained if wishing to teach online
  • Report off from work (in the Employee Suite) if ill or needing personal leave
  • Report all personal concerns and complaints via the Advocate system
  • Adhere to all Titlle IX, FERPA and ADA laws
  • Adhere to all State Board and Internal Policies and Guidelines
  • If you have a Title IX complaint, report this complaint to the HR Director immediately and file an Advocate complaint as well.
  • Ensure that complaints are forwarded by students.  This is an obligation of all state agents, including faculty.
  • Adhere to all internal policies, procedures and processes.
  • Adhere to the personal appearance guidelines that have been addressed in this online handbook.
  • Follow and adhere to all state and federal laws.

    Meet all minimum Blackboard (Bb) use and posting requirements to include:

    • Bb Use Requirements:  Lawson State faculty members are required to use Blackboard in all courses taught at the college.  At minimum, students registered in a Lawson State class should be able to gather the following from the Blackboard:    
      • Grades 
      • Powerpoint presentations or recorded mini-lectures
      • YouTube videos or other videos
      • Assignments
      • Classwork
      • Homework directions
      • Calendar
      • Instructor contact information
      • Instructor office hours information
      • Announcements
      • Syllabus, etc…     

    Lead Instructors Expectations: 

    Lead Instructors are tenured faculty whom assume the same responsibilities as regular full time faculty, but have unique responsibilities within their teaching discipline as outlined below.  Each program and/or content area is assigned a Lead Instructor. Lead instructors are responsible for degree and/or program and/ or content coordination, curriculum development and review (within their teaching disciplines) and work cooperatively with the Department Chair and/or Director to carry out these unique duties. 

    The duties of a Lead Instructor may also include such duties as: 

    • Annual assessment coordination and reporting Coordinating Curriculum Development, Updates and Review within the teaching discipline
    • Assisting the Department Chair or Director with the Program Review Process
    • Assisting the Department Chair or Director with Unit Planning and Student Learning Outcomes
    • Assisting the Department Chair or Director with the Coordination of  Program Initiatives
    • Assisting the Department Chair or Director with course scheduling and course cancellations
    • Assisting the Department Chair or Director with New Program Development
    • Review course content of all online courses
    • Coordinate the updating of all syllabii
    • Mentoring adjunct faculty Assisting the Department Chair or Director with the coordination of advisory board meetings, if warranted.

    NOTE:  A non-tenured faculty can assume the role of Lead Instructor if he or she is the only full-time instructor assigned to a particular Program.

    Authority of Faculty in Academic and Governance Matters Policy

    Academic Governance (Central):  Lawson State Community College holds and affirms that all faculty regardless of tenure status have the governance authority over curriculum adoption, textbook selection, core content, program adoption and other like academic matters.  Establishment, selection and revision of content is the responsibility of the subject-matter expertise of the faculty and Lead faculty teaching in each program.  Department Chairs are responsible for ensuring that all faculty share in the decision-making process related to curricula and material selection for credit awarding courses; this includes traditional (ground) and online instructors.  Once core curriculum has been established and approved by each program, faculty are expected to  adopt the curriculum and core objectives outlined therein.  Inclusion of supplemental materials to augment instruction is encouraged, for it further enhances a faculty member’s Academic Freedom.  It is the responsibility of all faculty to ensure that academic curriculum is rooted in facts and accuracy and content is both challenging and representative of a higher education experience for students. 

    Broader Governance (College-wide and Academic Authority):

    Equally important, the College holds that  faculty members will, through service and active participation on Standing Governance Committees,  provide oversight, influence and governance over all academic and college-wide practices and policies.  This broad and participatory influence is how governance in all matters to include academics  is leveraged. There are 27 Standing Governance Committees and (100%) of faculty serve on at least one or more committee.  Participation on a Governance Committees is required as part of an employee’s job responsibility, and is necessary to impart oversight and influence at the College.  Each Standing Governance Committee has unique members, and an unique purpose.  Each Committee is grouped under a specific Broader Committee.  Each Committee is required to meet every semester and is assigned a Chairperson as well as a Co-Chairperson.  Each Committee is responsible for making recommendations to the Administration Cabinet.  The Administrative Cabinet is responsible for making recommendations to the Senior Level Cabinet.  And, the Senior Level Cabinet is responsible for either adopting the recommendations (from a Standing Governance Committee) or involve the full Expanded Cabinet for final approval of Committee Recommendations.  The Broad nature of Lawson’s Governance Committee structure is intentional and far-reaching to provide for greater governance and faculty  influence. 
  • Click here to view your Committee-on-Committee assignment at Lawson State.  Contact the Office of Instructional Services (x2015) if you do not see a committee assignment, and you are a full-time employee.  

    Customer Service

    Retention is the responsibility of all employees.  Thus, the College holds that one bad experience by any single customer can negatively impact that student and beyond and ultimately injure the College's relationship with the very public it serves.  Thus, at the core of Lawson State's mission is the treatment of its students and employees.  As a salaried employee, it is expectation (of  the College) that all employees treat all students and other employees with professionalism, compassion and kindness at all times.  Unprofessional behavior (rudeness, curtness, sarcasm, belittling, insubordination) in the workplace is not tolerated and can lead to discipline up to termination being sought.

    Customer Service Bill of Rights:         

     1.  We service students and employees completely without fail.

    2.  We greet all students and other employees with a friendly smile and a generous spirit.
    3.  We welcome student and employee questions.
    4.  We never refer students unless we have spoken to the person we are referring them to and can ensure they connect with the party.
    5.  We exhaust all means in assisting students and other employees.  There problem...becomes our problem.  Our job is to find a solution.
    6.  We always address students and employees who are in person first.
    7.  We respond to all email inquiries within a timely manner (within 24 hours or less).
    8.  We never use sarcasm, rudeness or curtness with students or other employees.
    9.  We do not criticize our college in public. If there is a problem, we discuss it professionally.
    10. We support the College in all aspects of its mission.  

    Attendance and Punctuality

    Regular attendance and punctuality are essential in the workplace.  Failing to come to work on time can have both negative and serious implications on office and classroom functions.  It is important for employees to attend work regularly and to arrive at work on time, because failure to do so detrimentally affects employee morale and productivity. Absenteeism or tardiness that is excessive or unauthorized in the judgment of the College is grounds for disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.  

    Obligations to Report Sick, Annual, Personal and Professional Leave   

    All employees of Lawson State are responsible for seeking approval (via their immediate supervisor) for sick, annual, personal and professional leave. 

    Click here to learn more about your obligation to report leave:  Leave requests are submitted via the Employee/Faculty Suite online.  Employees who are absent from work without submitting leave are in violation of policy procedures and can be subject to disciplinary action being sought.  If an employee fails to notify the College of his/her absence for three consecutive workdays, it will be considered job abandonment and may constitute termination of employment.  Need a refresher?  Watch this video on how to request leave online.


  • Personal Appearance and Dress



  • All employees of Lawson State are responsible for dressing in a clean and professional manner at all times.  Lawson State expects all employees to dress in one of two categories of dress--either professional dress or Business Casual.  For more information on these types of dress, Click Here.  Appearance should be clean and professional at all times.  Employees are encouraged to wear attire on and off campus that represents  the College in its best light from a professional perspective to include grooming, cleanliness and professional dress.  Employees should not wear shorts, cut offs pants or discolored or manipulated jeans, mini-skirts, tee-shirts, flip flops, jogging suits, or under or bedding clothes (as clothing) to work at any time.  Exceptions include individuals who work in the Physical Education Department and individuals who are required to wear uniforms as part of their disciplines.  

  • Adherence to Title IX, FERPA, ADA & Other Federal, State and College Policies

    All employees at the College need to recognize that they are state agents.  Meaning they are responsible for understanding and adhering to the federal, state and internal laws and policies that govern the institution and must adhere to each.  This includes laws to include FERPA (student privacy laws); ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), Title IX, and more.  Failure to uphold federal and state law not only jeopardizes the College, but can also make the individual personally and/or civilly liable in some cases.  Training is offered on these topics during Faculty and Staff meetings and within the required Faculty and Staff Orientation sessions.  Click on the Faculty Training button within this online Handbook for more information.     

    Reporting of Complaints, Harassment and Retaliation

    Lawson State has a well publicized and promoted Complaint Process for faculty and its students and takes all complaints seriously.  Employees at the College are charged with the responsibility of deescalating conflicts not escalating them.  Students learn about the Complaint Process online and via their Freshman Orientation class, ORI101.  Faculty learn of the Complaint Process online and via the Faculty and Staff Orientation Training.  All employees of Lawson State are responsible for reporting unresolved complaints and ensuring that if a compliant is entrusted in your care (by a student or another individual) that you work to ensure the complaint is filed online via the College's online Complaint page which is available 24/7.  Failing to report Complaints, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assaults, Sexual Harassment, Harassment, Retaliation claims, etc., is a violation of college policy and federal and state laws.  Please note that failing to report sexual abuse, physical abuse, child abuse, harassment and retaliation claims can make you potentially liable civilly or criminally (in some cases). 

    In general, Complaints go through the following steps:

    Step 1 (Informal) :  Speak to the person involved directly in the complaint to try to resolve the matter on your own.
    Step 2: (Informal):  Speak to the Department Chair and/or Assistant or Associate Dean.
    Step 3:  (Formal):   Speak to the Dean.  Dean issues a Dean's Resolution to resolve the matter.
    Step 4:  (Formal):   File a Grievance if in disagreement with the Dean's Resolution.
    Step 5:  (Formal):   Final Decision will be rendered  by the Grievance Committee.

    NOTE:  Complaints that fall under Title IX or involve harassment, domestic violence, sexual assault, abuse, retaliation, etc... should be reported immediately. Students and Employees should submit such claims via Quick Links (via the website).

    For more information on the process, Click here to view the Complaint page for Faculty
    For more information on the process, Click here to view the Complaint page for Students 
    No Harassment or Retaliation

    Lawson State has as strict No Harassment or Retaliation Policy.  At no time should any employee of the college engage in behavior that could be perceived as harassing whether sexual or not.  This includes harassing an individual via electronic or cellular means as well.  Individuals deemed to be engaged in such behavior will be subject to discipline up to termination. 

    Terminology:  Harassment and Retaliation Defined

    Lawson State Community College has a zero tolerance policy against harassment or retaliation.  Such claims should be filed online immediately and advanced to Step 3 (see above) instantly.  However, before filing such a serious claim, review the definitions below to ensure you have a claim.  Please be advised that knowingly filing false harassment or retaliation claims can have repercussions.    


    Harassment is abusive or hostile conduct which is directed toward or inflicted upon another person because of his or her race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran's status and which, because of its severity or pervasiveness, unreasonably interferes with an individual's work or academic performance or creates a hostile or abusive work or learning environment for that individual's work, education, or participation in a [college] activity. Harassment is typically based on stereotyped prejudices and includes, but is not limited to, slurs, jokes, objectionable epithets, or other verbal, graphic, or physical conduct that demeans, insults, or intimidates an individual because of his or her race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status (UA, 2012). 

    Sexual Harassment

    Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when (1) submission to such conduct is made, either explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of employment or academic advancement; (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions; or (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's performance as an employee or student or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or learning environment (UA, 2012).

    Retaliation (Against Sexual Harassment Claims)

    Retaliation against persons who oppose or complain about harassment is strictly prohibited. Retaliation is any action that has the effect of punishing a person for engaging in a legally protected activity, such as alleging harassment, making a harassment complaint, or assisting in a harassment investigation. Examples of retaliatory adverse employment actions include suspension, demotion, or termination. In addition, this policy prohibits retaliation in the form of harassment, intimidation, threats, or coercion, or in the form of any materially adverse harm that would dissuade a reasonable student or employee from filing a harassment complaint or participating in a harassment investigation( UA, 2012). 


    Retaliation against persons who oppose, complain, seek a grade appeal or file a grievance or any other issue is strictly prohibited on the campus of Lawson State. Retaliation is any action that has the effect of punishing a person for engaging in a legally protected activity, such as making a complaint or appeal or grievance, or assisting in a complaint or appeal or grievance investigation. Examples of retaliatory adverse employment actions include suspension, demotion, or termination. In addition, this policy prohibits retaliation in the form of harassment, intimidation, threats, or coercion, or in the form of any materially adverse harm that would dissuade a reasonable student or employee from filing a complaint, an appeal or grievance or participating in said investigation (UA, 2012).  

    Drugs and Alcohol Policies

    Lawson State is committed to providing all employees with a safe and healthy work environment and extended campus-wide community.  The College views that excessive drinking and misuse as well as the use and/or abuse of controlled substances poses a serious risk to employees and encourages any employee with a substance abuse problem to seek immediate treatment of such conditions.   The College views that the misuse and abuse of substances not only poses a direct threat against its mission, but also poses a threat to the quality of work one can produce and the negative impact . The following activities are prohibited:

     • Using, selling, manufacturing, distributing, possessing, storing or dispensing alcohol  or controlled substances on College premises, as part of any College-related activity, or in the workplace, except as authorized under College regulations or otherwise by the College.
    • Failing to meet the requirements of a drug or alcohol treatment program that the College requires an employee to complete as a condition of employment or to maintain employment;
    • Interfering with a workplace inspection under this policy;
    • Alcohol misuse or controlled substance use, even though not during working hours or in the workplace, which impairs job performance or attendance;
    • Being under the influence of legally prescribed drugs in the workplace that prevent an individual from performing the essential functions of his or her job or where that individual poses a direct threat while using those drugs;
    • Any other conduct that the College determines to be inconsistent with providing a drug-free and alcohol-free campus and workplace (Purdue University, 2015).

    Employees with alcohol or drug problems are strongly encouraged to voluntarily contact their family physician or the College’s Human Resources Office for external healthcare option assistance. Employees may seek help without a supervisor’s knowledge. Although voluntarily seeking assistance will not bar the College from treating an employee like other employees, the College will consider voluntary requests for help in determining any discipline to impose. The College does not assume any financial or other responsibility for drug or alcohol treatment except as may be provided by College benefits. 

    No Weapons on Campus

    Possessing,  exhibiting, or using firearms of any kind, explosives (including all types of fireworks), live ammunition, obnoxious bombs, chemicals, or weapons already designated as illegal by city, county, state, or federal law. Students are not allowed to be in possession of any type of weapon or firearm while on the physical campus of Lawson State or a college sponsored event. This includes the storage of such weapons or firearms (in vehicles, dormitory or any other physical space).    

    Use of Vehicles for College Business

    Any vehicle driven while conducting College business or for any other College purpose must be operated in a safe and courteous manner. Vehicles must be operated in compliance with all applicable laws and College policies.  All individuals who drive College vehicles must:
    1. be insured via a car insurance company
    2. possess a current and valid driver's license
    3. be free of alcohol or other substances (to include prescription drugs or illegal substances) that could impair judgment or coordination

    Driving a College car does not dismiss the driver's obligation of personal liability.  Driver's can and will be held responsible for:
    1. accidents
    2. all traffic violations
    3. impaired driving incidents
    4. death or injuries caused due to impaired driving or via accidents
    5. DUI's
    6. Reckless Driving

    Impaired driving of a College vehicle (whether arrested or not) or driving incidents that lead to arrest or severe injury of persons due to deliberate impairment (substance abuse, illegal intoxication, illegal drug use) can lead to immediate termination.

    Soliciting, Canvassing and Peddling on Campus

    Retailing, commercial solicitation, canvassing, sponsorship and marketing activities of any product or service on campus is prohibited  unless related to an approved Student Organizational activity.  Permission to do otherwise must come from the President's Office.

    Outside Employment and Other Outside Activities

    Outside Employment is required to be reported and approved by the President of Lawson State.  Contact the Human Resources office immediately to complete the Outside Employment notification.
    Employees are prohibited from doing the following:

    1. Work full-time at the College and at another College (even if online).
    2. Work full-time at the College and at another Business.
    3. Use office hours at Lawson State to work for another business/company/entity, including self-employment ventures
    4.  Use Lawson State equipment, materials (including copy machines) and resources to promote or support other businesses, churches, companies, including self-employment ventures.
    5.  Leave early from work at Lawson State to maintain office hours or responsibilities (including self-employment) at another location.
    6. Maintain work hours that cross over work hours at Lawson State.  Example:  Report to work at 4:00 p.m. (at your part time job), but you do not get off until 5:00 p.m. at Lawson State.

    Travel Permission and Expenses

    All travel, including travel reimbursement, must be approved 30 days prior to travel by mid-level, senior level administrators, the Vice Presidents and the President.  College employees must submit the appropriate Travel Request (including any justification for travel if traveling out of state) on time.  Late requests will not be approved.  For more information on the Travel Request Process, contact your immediate supervisor. 

    Use of, Ownership of and Returning College Property

    All property purchased by the College is owned by the College.  The employee should never assume any ownership or property rights to Lawson State furniture, equipment, materials or resources or products.  Employees who create documents, including curriculum or online courses, should not assume ownership.  If the curriculum was created by an employee of Lawson State for the purpose of educating Lawson State students, and the employee (via a salary or stipend) was compensated, then the documents, curriculum, reports and/or materials generated are owned by the College.  Upon retirement or termination, all materials, equipment and resources should be returned.  Removing of equipment or materials without express permission by the College is considered theft and can lead to criminal charges being filed.