Memorandum 6 – Children in the Workplace

Revised and approved December 2016

Purpose

This policy establishes practices intended to reduce the potential liability of the University and to help eliminate distractions and disruptions for colleagues, students, and visitors on campus while also recognizing that there will be occasional extenuating circumstances.

Policy

While there are extenuating circumstances when it may seem necessary for an employee to have a child in the workplace, children in the workplace can be distracting and disruptive for colleagues, students, and visitors, as well as for the employee whose child or children they are. Children in the workplace also create additional liability for the University. Therefore, employees’ children are not permitted in the workplace on a frequent or routine basis Supervisors are encouraged to be liberal in granting leave to employees who need to make emergency arrangements when left unexpectedly without child care. If, however, extenuating circumstances arise and there is agreement between the employee and supervisor, children may be allowed in the workplace. These occurrences shall be infrequent, irregular, and very short in duration. Children who are ill shall not be present in the workplace. The parent/guardian assumes full responsibility for the well- being and constant visual supervision of their child and the parent/guardian must ensure his/her professional duties, and that of others, are not disrupted. Parents shall ensure that children follow all University rules and expected conduct while on campus. An employee may be asked to remove their child from Campus property and/or denied permission to bring their child to the workplace. Securing good, convenient, and affordable day care can be difficult, but Norwich’s Family and Medical Leave Policy eases some of the burden of caring for a new baby or a sick child.

Responsibility

All employees, their supervisors, and visitors to Norwich University are expected to comply with this policy.

Implementation/Guidelines

All Norwich employees and visitors will make arrangements for the care of their children that will assure that children are not frequently or routinely in University workspaces during working hours.

Contact Offices

  • Human Resources: Ext. 2075

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