Policy Number: HR-41
Effective Date: July 2002
Last Revision: March 2013
Responsible Officer: Senior Vice President of Student Life & Administrative Services
This policy was established to advise Faculty and Professional Staff Members of their rights regarding reviewing their personnel records and their responsibilities to keep the information within these files current.
This policy applies to all eligible Faculty and Professional Staff Members, excluding any Professional Staff Member who is affiliated with a collective bargaining unit. Since the Faculty and Professional Staff Member’s file is the property of the University, terminated Faculty and Professional Staff Members do not have a right to company property once they are terminated.
Implementation of this policy is the responsibility of the Department of Human Resources.
The Senior Vice President of Student Life and Administrative Services is the Drexel University Official responsible for the administration of this policy.
Faculty and Professional Staff Members are responsible for ensuring that personal information contained in the human resources information systems’ electronic file is accurate and up to date. All changes* are to be entered via the human resources information systems within 30 days of the change. Name changes (along with required proof of change) are to be reported within 30 days to the Human Resources Department. Faculty and Professional Staff Members may review their files in the presence of a Human Resources representative after scheduling a time to do so. A Faculty or Professional Staff Member may not remove or copy any documents from her/his file. If there is a disputed item within the file, the Faculty or Professional Staff Member may add a written statement to the file. If a Faculty or Professional Staff Member is posting internally within the University for a new position, the hiring manager has the right to request the most current performance review to use in determining employment for the new position. Prior reviews will not be provided to hiring managers and are considered confidential. Only authorized supervisors and management personnel will have access to personnel files. However, the University will cooperate with and provide access to a Faculty or Professional Staff Member's personnel file to law enforcement officials or local, state, or federal agencies in accordance with applicable law. All requests to review a Faculty or Professional Staff Member’s personnel file should be referred to the Human Resources Department. Confidential health/medical records are not included in a Faculty or Professional Staff Member's personnel file. The University will safeguard them from disclosure and will divulge that information only: as allowed by law; to the Faculty or Professional Staff Member's personal physician upon written request of the Faculty or Professional Staff Member or as required for worker's compensation cases.
*Changes that impact benefits should be reported to the Benefits Administrator. Appropriate documentation and proofs may be required.
Faculty Member is defined as an individual employed by Drexel University in a tenured, tenure-track, non-tenured track or adjunct position who teaches at any college, school, center or institute in the University. A Faculty Member also is deemed to be exempt under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and/or applicable state law.
Professional Staff Member is defined as an individual employed in any non-faculty category by Drexel University, including an individual who is deemed to be either exempt or non-exempt under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and/or applicable state law.
- To review employment records within the personnel file, a Faculty or Professional Staff Member may make an appointment with Human Resources. Appointments are scheduled any business day between 9:00 AM and 4:30 PM. Identification will be requested to safeguard the file against possible access by an unauthorized person.
- Personnel files are confidential and will not ordinarily be released to anyone outside the University unless the Faculty or Professional Staff Member supplies a written statement releasing the file (or a part of it), or unless required by law.
- The following records from a personnel file will be available for review:
- Employment application or resume
- Wage or salary information
- Notices of commendation, warning or discipline
- Authorization for deduction or withholding of pay
- Attendance and leave records
- Changes in employment status
- Performance evaluations
These materials are added to the personnel file periodically by the Faculty or Professional Staff Member’s department and other business offices at the University. If a document is not available in the file, and the Faculty or Professional Staff Member or supervisor believes it should be, a HR Partner should be contacted.
AT-WILL EMPLOYMENT NOT AFFECTED
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary stated in this policy, nothing herein is intended to alter the at-will status of any Faculty or Professional Staff Member. Drexel University at all times retains the right to terminate any Professional Staff Member at any time for any lawful reason, or for no reason at all.