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Purpose and Guiding Principles
Approved by the Board of Trustees, October 22 1993.
Statement of Purpose
Inspired by the love of God to serve society through education, continuing the commitment of the Franciscans who founded Mission Santa Clara in 1777 and the Jesuits who opened the College in 1851, Santa Clara University declares its purpose to by the education of the whole person within the Catholic, Jesuit tradition.
The University is dedicated to:
The following principles, based on the University's Statement of Purpose, are intended to focus the efforts of the entire University community toward achieving distinction and distinctiveness in the 1990s.
The University's Guiding Principles are to:
It is the responsibility of all members of the Santa Clara University community to work together to achieve the University's purpose according to its guiding principles. Contact the Office of the President if you have questions or if you would like more information.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Staff Policy Manual?
The Staff Policy Manual (Manual) is the official documented statement of the University's policies concerning terms and conditions of employment and related human resources matters for staff members. The University intends to abide by these policies. Staff members are also expected to know the policies and abide by them. Policies may be changed in the future, as needed or appropriate, and will be communicated to the University community.
Who approved the Manual?
The contents of the Manual were developed, considered, revised, and recommended by the Staff Affairs Committee, which worked on the policies for over a year in consultation with the campus community and other knowledgeable parties. The Committee included staff members from different levels and classifications in various departments of the University. The Committee unanimously recommended that the University approve the Manual. After review by Vice President Bob Warren, the President's Cabinet endorsed the recommended policies and authorized their implementation. The Board of Trustees gave final approval to the Staff Policy Manual at its October 23, 1998 meeting.
Can I obtain a hard copy of the policies?
The Manual is available for reading and printing (one policy at a time) from the University's web site at www.scu.edu/hr/manual/. Staff members may also request a hard copy of any particular policy from their department heads or Human Resources. Human Resources will maintain an updated hard-copy of the Manual onsite at the Loyola Hall building and will keep another one on reserve at Orradre Library.
Whom should I contact for general questions or suggestions for policy changes?
Staff members may discuss policies with their managers and supervisors or may also contact Human Resources (HR) for further clarification. Suggestions for changes to policies may be given, in writing, to any member of the Staff Affairs Committee or to the HR service desk, x4392. The Assistant Vice President for Human Resources is the University officer who is also responsible to maintain the authorized, updated version of the Manual on the web and to provide official interpretations of the policies it contains, when needed.
Why has the University asked that I sign an acknowledgment regarding the policy manual?
The University asks that staff members read and sign the acknowledgment in order to confirm that staff members know how to access the Manual and are aware of the importance of the Manual to their employment. Please read the acknowledgment and feel free to ask any questions of your manager, supervisor, or HR. (Please note that a staff member may not be treated adversely because she/he elects not to sign the acknowledgment. Supervisors will simply note, for the personnel record, that the staff member was apprised of the contents and received a copy of the acknowledgment.)
Does the Manual contain an "at-will" employment policy?
No. All general terms and conditions of employment for staff, including policies governing termination of employment, are set forth in the Manual. Staff covered by a collective bargaining agreement and members of the academic staff also have separate written agreements and policies, respectively, governing their employment.
Does the Manual have policies about resolving employment complaints, including layoff or dismissal disputes?
Yes. If a staff member believes that University management decision(s) about his/her employment have not been consistent with a policy, he/she has access to the conflict resolution procedures (see policy 309) contained in the Manual. Those procedures are the exclusive means to resolve these or other issues that may be related in any way to the University policies contained in the Manual.
Staff Policy Manual Acknowledgment
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This is to acknowledge my understanding, as a new or current member of the staff of Santa Clara University, that I am entitled to access an authorized, updated electronic version of the Santa Clara University Staff Policy Manual ("Manual") promptly and free of charge at any time on the University's website through the world wide web (www.scu.edu/hr). I also know that access to the Manual is available to me, promptly and free of charge, upon request to my department head or upon request to the University's Human Resources department (Service Desk, x4392). I understand that I am responsible for accessing the policies contained within the Staff Policy Manual and abiding by them as a condition of my employment with Santa Clara University. If I am covered by a collective bargaining agreement or employed as Academic staff, I understand that I should refer also to additional contractual documents.
I further understand that the Manual does now, and at all times during my employment with the University in a staff position will, contain the sole and entire authorized University representation to me as to the contribution and/or termination of my staff employment, and as to the other terms and conditions of staff employment referenced in the Manual, except for any writings signed by the President or his duly authorized designee and personally addressed to me.
I also understand that the Manual provides the sole and exclusive method for resolution of staff employment issues and claims raised by me or any other person concerning an adverse employment decision, or action (including but not limited to, termination or layoff from employment) the resolution of which may involve the application or interpretation of the Manual.
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Strategic Vision, University Mission, and Fundamental Values
Approved by the Board of Trustees, May 10 1996.
By combining teaching and scholarship of high quality, integrated education in the Jesuit tradition, and a commitment to students as persons, Santa Clara University will excel in educating men and women of competence, conscience, and compassion; gain increased national recognition; and achieve grater success in attracting the students, faculty, staff, and resources we seek.
Santa Clara University, a Catholic and Jesuit institution that makes student learning its central focus, promotes faculty and staff learning in its various forms, and exhibits organizational learning as it deals with the challenges facing it.
Student learning takes place at the undergraduate level in an educational environment that integrates rigorous inquiry and scholarship, creative imagination, reflective engagement with society, and a commitment to fashioning a more humane and just world.
As an academic community, we expand the boundaries of knowledge and insight through teaching, research, artistic expression, and other forms of scholarship. It is primarily through discovering, communicating, and applying knowledge that we exercise our institutional responsibility as a voice of reason and conscience in society.
We offer challenging academic programs and demonstrate a commitment to the development of:
In addition to these core programs, we also provide a variety of continuing education and professional development opportunities for non-matriculated students.
We hold ourselves responsible for living out these core values, which are critical for carrying out our mission in pursuit of our vision:
The University seeks an uncompromising standard of excellence in teaching, learning, and scholarship. All three elements are essential to academic quality at Santa Clara. We prize original scholarship for its own sake and for the contribution it makes to teaching and to the betterment of society. Our commitment to academic freedom is unwavering.
While valuing the integrity of established disciplines, we endeavor to integrate different forms of knowledge, to educate the whole person, and to foster moral and spiritual development. By promoting learning in everything we do, we foster a lifelong passion for learning.
Commitment to Students
As teachers and scholars, mentors and facilitators, we nurture and challenge students as we help them become independent learners and responsible leaders in society.
Service to Others
We promote throughout the University a culture of service - service not only to those who study and work at Santa Clara but also to society in general and to its most disadvantaged members.
Community and Diversity
We cherish our diverse community and the roots that must sustain it: shared values amidst diversity, closer personal relationships, effective communication, respect for others, and a concern for the common good.
We preserve and renew the Jesuit tradition, an expression of Christian humanism in which faith and reason together animate the most fundamental human quest - pursuit of truth and goodness. This pursuit challenges us to counter inhumanity with humanity, to act ethically, and to promote justice with faith. We also take part in the broader Catholic tradition to which Jesuits have made a major contribution.