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Introduction, Equal Opportunity Statement, Management Rights


The Employee Handbook contains policies that govern all employees at Central New Mexico Community College (CNM).  A printed handbook is provided to each employee.  The handbook is also published on the CNM website.  Notifications of revisions are published in Express, the employee newsletter.  The revisions are posted on the CNM website. Each employee must sign a document showing the employee’s receipt of the Employee Handbook, which receipt will be kept in the employee’s official personnel file.

This handbook shall be in effect when approved by the Governing Board by appropriate resolution; however, the Board reserves the right to make such changes or amendments in this handbook as in its opinion are necessary or desirable for the effective operation of the College.  Such changes and amendments will be effective upon approval by the Governing Board regardless of whether or not individual employees receive actual notice of them.

College policies, administrative directives and procedures are detailed in The Source policies and procedures manual, which is available on the CNM website.  Hard copies of The Source are available in the offices of the president and vice presidents, the libraries at Main and Montoya campuses, the administrative offices at the Rio Rancho and South Valley campuses and the Workforce Training Center, and the Policies and Procedures Office.

If any provision in this Employee Handbook is found to be in direct conflict with specific provisions of a valid Collective Bargaining Agreement entered into with Central New Mexico Community College, the provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement shall control for those employees covered under that agreement.

Equal Opportunity Statement

The College affirms that it will not illegally discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation or marital status in any of its policies, practices or procedures in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws, nor will it condone any act of illegal discrimination or harassment on the part of its employees. This provision includes, but is not limited to, employment, admissions, testing, financial aid and educational services.

The College confirms that this provision of the handbook by its reference to applicable federal, state and local laws prohibits and condemns any retaliation of any kind against any employee engaging in the exercise of free speech or in activities protected by federal, state or local laws.

Upon request, the College will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities with regard to conditions of employment as provided by applicable federal, state and local laws.

Management Rights

Central New Mexico Community College shall retain management rights in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws and Governing Board policies including, but not limited to, the right to:

  1. Determine the mission of the College and its divisions and departments;
  2. Set standards;
  3. Exercise control and discretion over the College’s organization and its operations;
  4. Direct employees of the College;
  5. Hire, promote, transfer, assign and retain employees in positions within the College and suspend, demote, discharge, or take disciplinary action against employees of the College;
  6. Maintain the efficiency of the operations entrusted to the administration of the College;
  7. Relieve employees from duties because of lack of work or lack of funding;
  8. Determine the methods, means and personnel by which such College operations are to be conducted; and
  9. Take whatever actions may be necessary to carry out the functions and mission of the College and maintain uninterrupted service to its students, instructors and other employees in situations of emergency should the College determine that uninterrupted services are in the best interest of the College, its students, instructors and staff.