2019-2020 Employee Handbook

General Information

Equal Employment Opportunity


College of Central Florida offers equal access and opportunity in employment, admissions and educational activities. The college will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, pregnancy, age, marital status, national origin, genetic information or disability status in its employment practices or in the admission and treatment of students. Recognizing that sexual harassment constitutes discrimination on the basis of gender and violates this policy statement, the college will not tolerate such conduct.

In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at CF are based on qualifications and abilities.

CF will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. This policy governs all aspects of employment including selection, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination, and access to benefits and training.

Employees with questions or concerns about any type of discrimination in the workplace are encouraged to bring these issues to the attention of the Equity Officer. Employees can raise concerns and make reports without fear of reprisal. Anyone found to be engaging in any type of unlawful discrimination will be subject to disciplinary actions, which include termination of employment. For more information on reporting a concern related to unlawful discrimination or harassment, please see the section titled, “Discrimination and Harassment — Grievance Procedure.”

Additionally, neither the college nor its direct-support organization will expend any funds, regardless of source, to purchase membership in, or goods and services from, any organization or business which discriminates on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, pregnancy, age, marital status, national origin, genetic information or disability status or against any qualified individual with a disability.

College of Central Florida is an equal opportunity college and avows its belief in equal access and opportunity for all students, employees and guests of the institution.

The following individuals are responsible for assuring and/or monitoring equity issues at CF. Their offices are located on the Ocala Campus.

Information is also located at www.CF.edu/equity

If you have a concern regarding discrimination or harassment, please contact: 

Equity Officer, Carol W. Smith
Ewers Century Center, Room 201C, 352-854-2322, ext. 1437

Director of Human Resources, Jennifer Klepfer
Founders Hall, Room 104, 352-854-2322, ext. 1291

Manager of Public Safety, Doug Prevatt
Public Safety Building, 352-854-2322, ext. 1261

If you have concerns, other than discrimination or harassment that fall within one of the following categories, you should contact the representative listed below by that category:

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Director of Access and Counseling Services for Students, Dr. Victoria Colleli
Bryant Student Union, Room 204, 352-854-2322, ext. 1580.

Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator for Employees, Dr. Henri Benlolo
Bryant Student Union, Room 205D, 352-854-2322, ext. 1430

Academic Ombudsman for Students, Dr. Jennifer Fryns
Ocala Campus, University Center, Room 211
Ocala Campus, Dassance Fine Arts Center, Room 103, 352-854-2322, ext. 1728

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Official, Human Resources Benefits Coordinator
Ocala Campus, Founders Hall, Room 104, 352-854-2322, ext. 1290



Business Ethics and Conduct

The successful business operation and reputation of CF is built upon the principles of fair dealing and ethical conduct of our employees. Our reputation for integrity and excellence requires careful observance of the spirit and letter of all applicable laws and regulations, as well as a scrupulous regard for the highest standards of conduct and personal integrity.

The continued success of CF is dependent upon public trust, and we are dedicated to preserving that trust. Employees are reminded that they are to conduct themselves in a way that will merit the continued trust and confidence of the public.

CF will comply with all applicable laws and regulations and expects its officers and employees to conduct business in accordance with the letter, spirit and intent of the law and to refrain from any illegal, dishonest or unethical conduct. In general, the use of good judgment will guide an employee with respect to lines of acceptable conduct. If a situation arises where it is difficult to determine the proper course of action, an employee should discuss the matter with his/her immediate supervisor and, if necessary, contact the Human Resources Office for advice and consultation.

Compliance with this policy of business ethics and conduct is the responsibility of every CF employee. Disregarding or failing to comply with this standard of business ethics and conduct could lead to disciplinary action, which may result in termination of employment.

Anonymous Reporting for Fraud Compliance Ethics and Equity

The college is working with Lighthouse Services to offer an online, anonymous fraud reporting tool. This service provides a safe place for both employees and citizens to voice concerns or issues related to workplace fraud, ethics, employee relations, discrimination and harassment. Reports will be forwarded to designated college business officers and risk managers unless they are specifically named in the report, in which case the report will be sent to an alternate college official.

Anonymous reports can be made online, by phone or via email or fax:

  • Website: www.lighthouse-services.com/fcsrmc

  • Toll-Free Telephone:

    • English speaking USA and Canada: 833-650-0005

    • Spanish speaking USA and Canada: 800-216-1288

    • Spanish speaking Mexico: 01-800-681-5340

    • French speaking Canada: 855-725-0002

  • E-mail: reports@lighthouse-services.com (must include “FCSRMC” and college name with report)

  • Fax: (215) 689-3885 (must include “FCSRMC” and college name with report)

Please note: Regular business issues and matters not requiring anonymity should be directed to the employee’s supervisor, Human Resources Department, or college Equity Officer as appropriate. For more information on filing a grievance, see the Discrimination and Harassment — Grievance Procedure or the Employee Complaints - Grievance Procedure section of the Employee Handbook.