To ensure orderly operations and provide the best possible work environment, Wilkes University expects employees to follow rules of conduct that will protect the interests and safety of all employees and the University.

It is not possible to list all the forms of behavior that are considered unacceptable in the workplace. The following are examples of infractions of rules of conduct that may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment. This list is not exhaustive and is intended merely to be illustrative:

  • Theft or inappropriate removal or possession of Wilkes University property
  • Falsification of timekeeping records
  • Working under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs
  • Possession, distribution, sale, transfer, or use of alcohol or illegal drugs in the workplace, while on duty, or while operating employer-owned vehicles or equipment
  • Violence or threatening violence in the workplace
  • Insubordination or other disrespectful conduct
  • Sexual or other unlawful or unwelcome harassment
  • Any willful or negligent behavior that results in the destruction of University, other employee or student owned property or brings injury to another employee or student
  • Possession of dangerous or unauthorized materials, such as explosives or firearms, in the workplace
  • Violation of safety or health rules
  • Excessive absenteeism or any absence without notice
  • Unauthorized or improper use of university property or equipment including, but not limited to vehicles, computers, cell/smart phones, e mail and/or internal mail system for non-University purposes
  • Unauthorized disclosure of business "secrets" or confidential information
  • Convictions that result in employee's inability to perform the essential functions of the job or that may prejudice the good reputation of the university
  • Violation of University policies, rules or procedures
  • Unsatisfactory performance or conduct
  • Making false or misleading accusations about co-workers
  • Unauthorized access of records or documents
  • Social media posts which could be interpreted to represent the University as a whole

Regardless of the listing above, employment with Wilkes University is at the mutual consent of Wilkes University and the employee, and either party may terminate that relationship at any time, with or without cause, and with or without advance notice.

Effective Date: 02/01/2004
Revised: 11/2018