XIX. Standards of Conduct

Standards of conduct are guidelines for all employees to follow in order to help create a safe, comfortable, and productive work environment that sets forth a model worthy of emulation by students.  All staff members are expected to carry out their assigned responsibilities with conscientious concern.  The following paragraphs describe workplace behaviors and the expectations of each HCC employee.

Respectful Climate

Our hope and expectation is that all employees of HCC will contribute to making our working climate one that is characterized by respectful interactions, cooperation among department personnel, open and constructive communication and trust.  Employees will speak kindly with one another and acknowledge each other's talents and skills although there may be different ways of achieving the same goals.  Employees will work collaboratively toward common goals, support one another and accept each other's ideas.  Employees will communicate openly by seeking, giving, and receiving feedback and by sharing information necessary to successfully complete the task.  Employees will be prompt in dealing with one another and above all treat each other as we would want to be treated.


HCC is committed to providing a work environment free from harassment of any nature including but not limited to race, creed, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, maternity leave, national origin, or any other type of harassment.

Staff Protection

The College will act to protect its employees from physical and/or psychological abuse (defined as the intentional or negligent infliction of emotional distress).  Any employee who is threatened with harm is to notify the appropriate administrator immediately, and steps will be taken to protect the employee's safety. A written report of any serious incidents shall be given to the President and the Vice President of that area.

Workplace Violence

At HCC, no employee is expected to tolerate violent actions from other employees, students, faculty, administrators, or any person with whom they come in contact throughout their employment.  Employees should report any incident of violence to their immediate supervisor, Human Resources, or contact campus police for immediate assistance.

Dress and Personal Appearance

All employees are expected to maintain an appropriate appearance that is neat, professional and meets the standard of suitable business attire as determined by the requirements of the area in which the employee works. In this spirit, shorts, halter tops, and tee shirts with messages are considered inappropriate dress for the workplace and inconsistent with the behavior we are trying to model for the students at HCC.


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