The Employee Code of Conduct
Compliance with Law
Respect in the Workplace
Representing our Company through Social Media
Our Employee Code of Conduct company policy outlines our expectations regarding employees’ behavior towards their colleagues, supervisors and overall organization. This policy applies to all our employees regardless of employment agreement or rank.
The South Gate Society School of Creative Writing(SGS) promotes freedom of expression and open communication. But we expect all employees to follow our code of conduct. They should avoid offending, participating in serious disputes and disrupting our workplace. We also expect them to foster a well-organized, respectful and collaborative learning environment.
All employees must protect our company’s legality. They should comply with all environmental, safety and fair dealing laws. We expect employees to be ethical and responsible when dealing with our company’s finances, products, partnerships and public image.
All employees should respect their colleagues as well as the students. We won’t allow any kind of discriminatory behavior, harassment or victimization. Employees should conform with our equal opportunity policy in all aspects of their work, from recruitment and performance evaluation to interpersonal relations.
Physical restraint, assault, or any other act of violence or use of physical force against any member of the faculty, or students, or any act that threatens the use of physical force is forbidden. Conduct- whether reckless or intentional- that a person knows, or which any reasonable person under the circumstances would know, places oneself or another at risk of bodily harm is subject to disciplinary action, whether or not the risk is realized.
Bullying is not tolerated. Bullying includes any electronic, written, verbal, or physical act or a series of acts of physical, social, or emotional domination that is intended or any reasonable person should know would cause physical or substantial emotional harm to another employee or students. Bullying conduct may not only cause a negative effect on individuals targeted, but also others who observe the conduct.
Intimidation is any verbal, written, or electronic threats of violence or other threatening behavior directed toward another person or group that reasonably leads the person(s) in the group to fear for her/his physical well-being constitutes intimidation, is prohibited.
Discrimination, including harassment based on a protected class is defined as unreasonable, unwelcome conduct that is based on things such as an individual’s sex, race, color, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, marital status, medical condition, veteran status, or disability. This type of discrimination can occur in any form and can be directed at individuals or groups. In all cases, SGS encourages individuals to seek support and assistance as soon as discriminating conduct occurs. Before any conduct can be considered for the student conduct process, it must be clear that no substantial free expression interests are threatened by bringing a formal charge of discrimination.
Protection of Company Property
Employees should respect all kinds of incorporeal property. This includes trademarks, copyright and other property (information, reports etc.) Employees should use them only to complete their job duties. Employees should protect company facilities and other material property (e.g. company cars, office equipment, film equipment, etc.) from damage and vandalism, whenever possible.
All employees must show integrity and professionalism in the workplace. All employees should fulfill their job duties with integrity and respect toward customers, students, and the community. We expect team members to follow team leaders’ instructions and complete their duties with skill and in a timely manner. Employees are expected to act in a professional manner which includes meeting obligations, being truthful, being cooperative with SGS’s administration, maintaining integrity in their work and civility in their conduct and communications.
Employees should follow their schedules. We can make exceptions for occasions that prevent employees from following standard working hours or days. But, generally, we expect employees to be punctual when coming to and leaving from work. We expect employees to avoid any personal, financial or other interests that might hinder their capability or willingness to perform their job duties.
Employees should be friendly and collaborative. They should try not to disrupt the workplace or present obstacles to their colleagues’ work. All employees must be open for communication with their colleagues, supervisors or team members.
SGS may have to take disciplinary action against employees who repeatedly or intentionally fail to follow our code of conduct. Disciplinary actions will vary depending on the violation. Possible consequences include: Demotion, reprimand, suspension or termination for more serious offenses, detraction of benefits for a definite or indefinite time. SGS may take legal action in cases of corruption, theft, embezzlement or other unlawful behavior.
Representing SGS through Social Media
If you handle our social media accounts or speak on SGS’s behalf, we expect you to protect our company’s image and reputation. Specifically, you should:
- Be respectful, polite and patient.
- Avoid speaking on matters outside your field of expertise when possible. Always answer, “I’d be happy to look into that question further” and then contact the dean.
- Follow our confidentiality and data protection policies and observe laws governing copyrights, trademarks, plagiarism and fair use.
- Coordinate with our [PR/Marketing department] when you’re about to share any major-impact content.
- Avoid deleting or ignoring comments for no reason.
- Correct or remove any misleading or false content as quickly as possible.
Creating a good Learning Environment
SGS expects its employees to foster an environment which reflects the school’s values of:
- cultivating a creative environment;
- Caring for the artists who join SGS as students, mentors, or participants;
- Create an open learning environment in which questions are encouraged;
- Maintain and promote integrity and respect for one another.
- Adhering to high ethical standards while performing their duties.
Employees are expected to promote and support a respectful, inclusive and safe work environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity.