2019-2020 Employee Handbook

General Information

Continuous Notice of Nondiscrimination

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, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status 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.

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

Title IX Coordinator/Equity Officer Ocala Campus, Ewers Century Center
Room 306A
Telephone: 352-291-4410
Email: equity@cf.edu

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 Coordinator for Employees Dr. Henri Benlolo 
Ocala Campus, Bryant Student Union
Room 205D
Phone 352-854-2322, ext. 1430
Email: benloloh@cf.edu
Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator for Students Dr. Henri Benlolo
Ocala Campus, Bryant Student Union
Room 205D
Ocala, FL 34474-2322, ext. 1580
Email: benloloh@cf.edu

The college will make every effort to resolve concerns or problems as quickly as possible and to make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities. Below are links to specific documents:

  • Equal Access/Equal Opportunity Policy No. 1.01

    CF.edu/Policies

  • Discrimination, Harassment and/or Sexual Harassment Complaint Procedure for Employees and Students

    CF.edu/Procedures

  • Complaint Form for Discrimination, Harassment and/or Sexual Harassment Procedure is available at

    CF.edu/Equity

  • Observance of Religious Holidays Policy No. 3.18

    CF.edu/Policies

  • AIDS and Blood Borne Pathogens Policy No. 3.02

    CF.edu/Policies

Copies of policies and procedures are also available from the Equity Officer and Human Resources Department located in Founders Hall, Ocala Campus. In compliance with state and federal regulations, the District Board of Trustees of the College of Central Florida has approved the above nondiscrimination policies and procedures to govern all areas of college operation including enrollment, admissions and equal opportunity employment. The following federal and state laws apply:

  • Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), 34 CFR Part 100
  • Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), 34 CFR Part 106
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), 34 CFR Part 104
  • Vocational Education Programs Guidelines For Eliminating Discrimination and Denial of Services on the Basis of Race, Color, and National Origin, Sex and Handicap (Guidelines), 34 CFR Part 100 Appendix B
  • Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), 28 CFR Part 35
  • ADA Amendments Act of 2008
  • Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008

College Equal Access/Equal Opportunity Policies and related procedures can be accessed on the college website at CF.edu/equity.

College of Central Florida, under applicable rules of the Administrative Procedures Act, may change any of the announcements, information, policies, rules, regulations or procedures set forth in this catalog. The catalog cannot always reflect new and modified regulations. Statements in this catalog may not be regarded in the nature of binding obligations on the institution or the state of Florida.

Ombudsman

An ombudsman is a neutral third party who helps students address problems or concerns. At CF, you may contact the college ombudsman if you feel a policy or procedure is not being followed fairly by the college. The ombudsman is impartial, and considers the interests and concerns of all parties involved with the goal of achieving fair and equitable solutions. The ombudsman does not arbitrate, adjudicate, or participate in any internal or external processes.

Ombudsman

Dr. Charles McIntosh
Ocala Campus, Building 31, Room 108G
Telephone:  352-854-2322, ext. 1360
Email:  mcintosc@cf.edu

Prohibition of Misrepresentation to Students and Others

The College of Central Florida strives to provide accurate, honest and clear information in print, online, broadcast media or oral presentations. The college will make every effort to avoid misrepresentation to students and others in communications made in writing, visually, orally, or through other means. All misrepresentations should be avoided; however, this procedure specifically applies to the three areas covered by statute 20 USC § 1094(c)(3). Those three areas include:

  • The nature of the institution’s educational programs.
  • The institution’s financial charges.
  • The employability of the institution’s graduates.

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.