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Standards of Conduct

Employee Handbook: Standards of Conduct

Whenever people gather together to achieve goals, some rules of conduct are needed to help everyone work together efficiently, effectively, and congenially. By accepting employment with us, you have a responsibility to APS and to your fellow employees to adhere to certain rules of behavior and conduct. The purpose of these rules is not to restrict your rights, but rather to be certain that you understand what conduct is expected and necessary.

Employee Standards of Conduct

APS employees serve as positive role models for students and set good examples in conduct, manners, dress and grooming. APS expects each employee to maintain the highest standards of conduct and act in a mature and responsible manner at all times. Employees must not engage in activities which violate federal, state or local laws or which, in any way, diminish the integrity, efficiency or discipline of the District.

Staff Conduct with Students

Staff members will maintain appropriate professional behavior while working with students and refrain from harassment, malicious or prejudicial treatment, and/or violations of student rights. View the Procedural Directive

Conflict of Interest

Employees are prohibited from using confidential information acquired by virtue of their associations with the District for their individual or another's private gain. Employees are prohibited from requesting, receiving or accepting a gift or loan for themselves or another that tends to influence them or appear to influence them in the discharge of their duties as employees.

Unacceptable Activities

APS expects each employee to act in a mature and responsible way at all times. If you have any questions concerning any work or safety rule, or any of the unacceptable activities listed below, please see your supervisor. Note that the following list of unacceptable activities does not include all types of conduct that can result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination/discharge. Nothing in this list alters the at-will nature of employment for some employees of the District.

  1. Violation of any APS policy or Procedural Directive.
  2. Violation of security or safety rules or failure to observe safety rules or APS safety practices; failure to wear required safety equipment; tampering with APS equipment or safety equipment.
  3. Negligence or any careless action which may endanger the health, safety or well-being of the individual or another person.
  4. Being intoxicated or under the influence of a controlled substance, including alcohol, while at work; use, possession or sale of a controlled substance in any quantity while on District premises, except medications prescribed by a physician which do not impair work performance, except cannabis, which cannot be used or possessed even with a prescription.
  5. Possession of dangerous or illegal firearms, weapons or explosives on District property or while on duty.
  6. Engaging in criminal conduct or acts of violence at any time or making threats of violence toward anyone on District premises or when representing APS; fighting, or provoking a fight on District property, or negligent damage to property.
  7. Insubordination or refusing to obey instructions properly issued by your supervisor pertaining to your work; refusal to help out on a special assignment or refusing to cooperate in investigations.
  8. Threatening, intimidating or coercing fellow employees on or off the premises at any time, for any purpose.
  9. Engaging in an act of sabotage; negligently causing the destruction or damage of District property, or the property of fellow employees, customers, suppliers, or visitors..
  10. Theft or unauthorized possession of District property or the property of fellow employees; unauthorized possession or removal of any District property, including documents, from the premises without prior permission from management; unauthorized use of District equipment or property for personal reasons; using District equipment for profit.
  11. Dishonesty; falsification or misrepresentation on your application for employment or other work records; untruthfulness about sick or personal leave; falsifying reason for a leave of absence or other data requested by APS; unauthorized alteration of District records or other documents.
  12. Spreading malicious gossip and/or rumors; engaging in behavior which creates discord and lack of harmony; interfering with another employee on the job; restricting work output or encouraging others to do the same.
  13. Immoral conduct or indecency on District property.
  14. Conducting a lottery or gambling on District premises.
  15. Unsatisfactory or careless work, failure to meet work productivity or work quality standards.
  16. Any act of harassment or retaliation based on disability, race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry, religion, age, veteran status, HIV status and/or any other protected status as defined by law.
  17. Leaving work before the end of a workday or not being ready to work at the start of a workday without approval of your supervisor; stopping work before time specified for such purposes.
  18. Sleeping or loitering during working hours.
  19. Excessive use of telephones or electronic devices for non-business related activities including but not limited to personal calls, text messaging, social networking, etc. .
  20. Smoking on District property or in District vehicles.
  21. Creating or contributing to unsanitary conditions.
  22. Failure to report an absence or late arrival; unauthorized or excessive absences or lateness.
  23. Obscene or abusive language toward any supervisor, employee, parent, or student; indifference or rudeness; any disorderly/antagonistic conduct on District premises.
  24. Speeding or careless driving of District vehicles.
  25. Failure to immediately report damage to, or an accident involving, District equipment.
  26. Unauthorized soliciting during working hours and/or in working areas; selling merchandise or collecting funds of any kind for charities or others without authorization during business hours, or at a time or place that interferes with the work of another employee on District premises.
  27. Failure to use required timesheets, alteration of your own timesheet or records or attendance documents, punching or altering another employee's timesheet or records, or causing someone to alter your timesheet or records.
  28. Sharing or disseminating personal, sensitive, or confidential information about an employee, student, or parent. No employee will disclose confidential information unless legal requirements demand such information be revealed or disclosure is necessary to prevent serious and foreseeable harm.
  29. Negligence or any careless action which allows others access to personal or confidential information about employees or students. Willfully providing someone access to personal or confidential information about employees or students.
  30. Any other act or omission which impairs or restricts the ability of the District to provide a safe and healthy environment for employees and students.

Progressive Discipline Process

Managers may use a number of methods to motivate, correct, and/or discipline employees, including but not limited to warnings, reprimands, suspension with or without pay, and termination/discharge, as determined to be appropriate in each individual circumstance.

Progressive discipline may be used to correct employee behavioral or performance problems. However, there may be situations where the severity or seriousness of the offense justifies the omission of one or more of the steps in this process. Likewise, there may be situations where a disciplinary step is repeated.

Employees always have the opportunity to respond to disciplinary action in writing to the supervisor or department which notifies the employee of the action.

Administrative Leave Pending Possible Disciplinary Action

If you are suspected of violating the District's policies, procedures, or work rules you may be placed on administrative leave with or without pay, pending an investigation of the situation.

The New Mexico School Personnel Act, particularly NMSA 22-10A-24 and NMSA 22-10A-25, also provides an opportunity for an employee to state his or her response to being terminated, in the event disciplinary action results in termination.

For Additional Information Contact:

Albuquerque Public Schools
Human Resources Department
6400 Uptown Blvd. NE, Suite 200 East 
Albuquerque 87110 Map
(505) 880-3700

U.S. Department of Labor
Employee Standards Administration, Wage and Hour Division
1-866-4US-WAGE (1-866-487-9243)
TTY: 1-877-889-5627