Bereavement Leave

In the event of the death of a member of your immediate family, you are permitted three (3) working days off with pay.  Immediate family includes husband, wife, child, parent, brother, sister, grandparent, grandchildren, and in-laws and step relationships in these categories.  If you wish additional time off it may be granted at the discretion of your supervisor and the Office of Human Resources, or you may use PTO days.

Lactation Breaks

CCS supports breastfeeding mothers by accommodating mothers who wish to express breast milk during the workday when separated from a newborn child. For up to one year after the child’s birth, any employee who is breastfeeding her child will be provided reasonable break times to express breast milk for her baby. Employees should contact Human Resources to discuss a location for lactation breaks that is convenient to the employee’s work location.  For non-exempt employees, breaks of more than 20 minutes in length will be unpaid, and the employee should indicate this break period on her time record.

Attendance and Timeliness

Absenteeism and tardiness place a burden on other employees and can affect the level of service your department provides.  If you must absent yourself from work, arrive late or depart early, you must notify your supervisor as soon as possible in advance of the anticipated tardiness or absences.  Employees must contact the supervisor directly and speak to them personally.  If the supervisor does not answer, the employee should leave a voicemail and also send an email or text message to the supervisor.  Employees who fail to notify their supervisors of an absence in accordance with this procedure may be subject to disciplinary action.  Employees must notify their supervisors each day they will be absent, in accordance with this procedure.  If the absence extends for a period of time, a schedule for reporting on a less frequent basis may be established. 

Employees may be subject to discipline, up to and including termination of employment, when unscheduled absenteeism or tardiness becomes excessive.  Even if an employee has Paid Time Off available, excessive use of unscheduled time off is disruptive and may lead to disciplinary action.  Whether absenteeism or tardiness is excessive is at the sole discretion of the College.  The College will consider the frequency of unscheduled absences and/or tardiness, the patterns of absences (such as a pattern of Monday or Friday absences or absences on the day before or after a holiday or weekend), and the reasons for the absences.  Pre-approved, pre-scheduled absences, bereavement leave, military leave, jury duty leave, and medical leaves (including Family and Medical Leave Act leave) shall not count against the employee, provided that proper notice and any required documentation are provided.

Absences, late arrivals and early departures may result in a reduction in wages for non-exempt employees. 

Any employee who fails to report to work without notification to his or her supervisor for a period of three consecutive days will be considered to have voluntarily terminated his or her employment.

Work Schedules and Digital Time Sheets (Time Clock Plus)

Full-time staff are generally expected to work a minimum of 35 hours per week.  Some full-time staff are expected to work 40 hours per week.  Core hours of operation for most departments are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.  Actual work schedules may vary from department to department based on individual department needs.

Work Schedules

For purposes of benefit plan administration, recording Paid Time Off benefits, and reporting hours worked, administrative staff employees are required to log hours in TimeClock Plus using the Webclock.   Digital Time Sheets (TimeClock Plus) are to be completed by all staff and should report days or hours worked.  Hours are to be entered by the employee and approved by the supervisor no later than three (3) business days following the completion of a pay period.

Special Events

The Special Events is responsible for overseeing all the logistics of fundraising, community, and third-party events for the College. It works with academic and administrative departments, outside organizations, and individuals to schedule auditoriums, galleries, and conference spaces for purposes other than regular classes. The events team books facilities ensuring that the appropriate facilities are used, and coordinates audio-visual and other equipment set-ups, catering, crowd control, security, and parking arrangements.

The College has outlined General Event Policies for events being held at the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education, and the Walter and Josephine Ford Campus in the Facility Use and Special Events Manual.

Public Relations

Public Relations, primarily news media outreach, is managed from within IA Marketing and Communications. The CCS Public Relations function is charged with engaging key audiences (potential students, donors and potential donors, industry and government opinion leaders) to promote and strengthen the CCS brand image. Chief responsibilities of the public relations unit include initiating and maintaining relationships with the media, promoting newsworthy CCS events and activities to key audience segments, while helping coordinate CCS involvement in community activities.  Any requests made to faculty or staff for media interviews, tours, etc. should be run through the Public Relations manager prior to being accepted.

Marketing and Communications

The IA Marketing and Communications unit is responsible for planning, budgeting, writing, design, production and distribution of all internal and external CCS communications including student recruitment materials and the CCS website and social media channels. The Marketing and Communications unit also manages the CCS brand and graphic identity standards. 

CCS staff needing print, or video, web-based marketing materials should contact the Director of Marketing and Communications. CCS personnel other than Marketing and Communications staff should not hire designers, contract printing or develop websites or Facebook pages without the involvement of IA. All print jobs must go through the Marketing and Communications office.

Sponsored Projects

The College partners with corporations, associations and other enterprises to incorporate sponsored research projects into the educational experience for CCS students. Sponsors typically present a design challenge of strong educational value to a CCS studio class for the class to work on over the course of a semester.  Students present their solutions to leading industry representatives at the end of each project. Beyond the educational benefits to students, sponsored research projects enable CCS to build relationships with industry for internships and career placement as well as generating revenue and helping create marketing and public relations opportunities for the College.