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December 20, 2005

Board approves three new policies


Cowley’s Board of Trustee’s approved three new policies during its regular monthly meeting Monday night.

Policies approved by the Board were, the Alcohol Policy, the Exempt Employee Pay Policy, and the Keys to the College Facilities and Equipment Policy.

The Alcohol Policy makes certain areas of the college exempt from the prohibition against consumption of alcoholic liquor on public property, which is not used for classroom instruction. Those buildings are, the McAtee Dining Center and adjacent grounds, W.S. Scott Auditorium and adjacent grounds, Tony Buffo Plaza, Calder Bonfy Amphitheater, Recreation Building and adjacent grounds, and the Jungle located in the Nelson Student Center.

No alcohol may be served or used on the Cowley College campus except in or on the exempt properties, and at performing arts or fund-raising events sponsored by the college, the Tiger Booster Club, or the Cowley College Endowment Association.

Cowley College President Dr. Pat McAtee must approve all events in advance. Any event or activity pursuant to this policy shall be in full compliance with the Kansas Liquor Control Act. Thus, for example, under no circumstances shall any individual under the age of 21 be served or be allowed to consume alcoholic beverages at any event.

The Exempt Employee Pay Policy, in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), states that exempt employees who are required to be paid on a salary basis may not have their pay reduced in certain circumstances.

Deductions from pay cannot be made as a result of absences due to jury duty, attendance as a witness, temporary military leave, absences caused by the employer, or absences caused by the operating requirements of the college.

An employee who believes his or her pay has been improperly reduced should contact the Director of Human Resources to request an investigation.

The final policy approved on Monday was the Keys to College Facilities and Equipment Policy. The policy is designed to make sure college property is kept as secure as possible yet remain available for its intended uses.

Keys to college facilities and equipment will be issued to employees only on an as needed basis. No keys will be issued to any employee without proper approval from the appropriate Dean/Vice President and the Chief Business Officer.

In other matters, the Board:

1. Heard about Board member Donna Avery’s attendance at the KACCT/COP meeting held at Fort Scott Community College Dec. 4-5.

2. Set the date for the joint Trustee/Legislative Breakfast with Cowley College and Butler County Community College for Jan. 21 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Terradyne Country Club in Wichita. 

3. Viewed a spring enrollment report that indicates as of Dec. 15, full-time equivalency was 2,569, which is up from 2,511 on Dec. 15, 2004.

4. Received an update on the remodeling of the Kerr Technology Building. All of the construction work in the building is finished and all of the walls have been primed with new colors. The project completion date is Dec. 31.

5. Accepted the resignation of Jeffrey Wacker as Coordinator of Academic Support Services, effective Nov. 28. Accepted the resignation of Troy Brooke as Automotive Lab Assistant-Mulvane Industrial Tech, effective Dec. 2.

6. Approved the employment of Zachary Lind as Graphic/Web Design Instructor, effective Jan. 11. Approved the employment of Mark Grant as Automotive Instructor, effective Jan. 3. Approved the employment of Sara Eubanks as the Faculty/Coordinator of the Interpreter Training Program, effective Jan. 3.

7. Agreed to change the January Board meeting date to Tuesday, Jan. 17.

8. Planned to hold the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration of Unity at 4 p.m. Jan. 15 in the Robert Brown Theatre.

9. Held an executive session to discus professional negotiations, non-elected personnel, and also consult with legal counsel.