The policies below address the principal features relating to staff employment. Given the diversity of University operations, these policies are not designed to anticipate every situation or workplace concern. Individual managers or departments may also have work rules or guidelines for employees based on their unique operations. In the event you have a question not addressed by these policies, you are encouraged to consult with your manager or a Human Resources representative for further guidance. The policies are updated from time-to-time to reflect changes in policies. However, policy changes may be communicated either via the web or using campus communication vehicles before changes are made.  

"Staff" for the purposes of these policies refer to all non-faculty employees of Drake University. If any provision conflicts with any applicable collective bargaining agreement, the applicable collective bargaining agreement will govern with respect to the union employees covered by such agreement. Drake University may change, rescind, or add to any policies, benefits or practices described at its discretion with or without notice.

"Manager" is used to indicate the person to whom you directly report. At Drake, that typically is the person who conducts and signs your performance evaluations. Each job description designates the appropriate manager for that position. 

"Human Resource Designees" as described in these policies are individuals throughout the University who assist in human resource matters in their particular area. These designees typically work with Human Resources when job openings occur. 

Collective bargaining agreements and benefit plan documents are binding documents that supersede any of the provisions of the policies.  Therefore, if any collective bargaining agreement (CBA) or benefits plan document conflicts with the provisions of these policies, the CBA and/or plan document shall govern.  

In some cases, grant-funded programs may have policy provisions that conflict with University policies due to operational differences, grant requirements or deviations in fiscal calendars.  Grant employees should check with their HR Designate or Human Resources with questions. 

Employment: Includes policies involving the University Nondiscrimination StatementUse of Genetic Information in Employment ProhibitedAmericans with Disabilities ActBackground Check PolicyAt-Will EmploymentOpen Door PolicyEmployment and Retention of RelativesPosition Openings and Job PostingsTransfers and PromotionsPersonnel RecordsRequests for Personnel InformationSeparation from EmploymentRehired Employees, Death BenefitsSolicitation and Distribution

Workplace Conduct:  Includes information about Performance ExpectationsDrug-Free WorkplaceAlcohol PolicyViolence-Free WorkplaceCommunicationReporting Improper Workplace Conduct, and Child Abuse Reporting Policy

Work Schedules and Job Classifications: Includes information about Regular Work WeekFlexible Work SchedulesSummer HoursEmployment ClassificationsIndependent ContractorsArrangements for Nursing MothersSmoking and Work TimeExtra Compensation for University Staff, and University Closings, Delays and Class Cancellations.

Attendance, Time-Off, and Leave: Includes policies including AttendancePersonal TimeSick Leave/Parental LeaveFaculty Short Term Disability PolicyVacationHolidaysHoliday WeekJury DutyCommunity Service LeavePersonal Leave of AbsenceFamily and Medical Leave, and Bereavement Leave.

Education Programs: Includes the Excellence in Learning & Development, Learning and Development Leave, Tuition Rebate, Tuition Exchange, and PhD Reimbursement Policies.

University Health Safety and Security: Includes policies pertaining Work Related Injuries and Illnesses, Campus Security, Emergency Procedures, and Smoke Free Campus Environment.

Special Policy Statements: Includes Community, Diversity, and Freedom of Expression, Sexual and Other Discriminatory Harassment, FLSA Safe Harbor Policy, Conflict of Interest, Whistleblower Protection Policy, and Telecommuting Policy.

Additional Policies and Guidelines

Guidelines for Work Authorizations for Foreign Nationals

Relocation Expense Policy for Newly Hired Faculty and Staff

Policy Specific Frequently Asked Questions

Faculty Reference Materials

Faculty Manual

Faculty Short Term Disability Policy
Modified Duties for Faculty Upon Becoming a Parent