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Introduction

The purpose of the MICA Employee Handbook is to introduce you to the College, explain our current policies, practices and benefits, and serve as a reference tool for you. In your employment at MICA, you should thoroughly familiarize yourself with the policies and procedures contained in this handbook, as well as any additional updated policies or procedures that may be communicated to you.

1.1 Welcome to MICA

If you are a new employee of Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), I would like to extend my sincere welcome to the MICA community.  If you are a current staff member, I would like to express my appreciation for your continuing service to this College. 
 
MICA employees are individuals who come from varied backgrounds and bring many different skills and levels of
experience to the College.  These individuals work together to achieve a single goal: to provide the highest quality and most professional service to MICA students.  In my nearly 30 years as president, I have learned that each and every employee plays an important role in helping MICA fulfill its mission.
 
This Employee Handbook outlines MICA's current personnel policies.  You will find it an important guide to your
employment at MICA and should refer to it regularly.  If you have any questions about these policies, I encourage you to speak with your supervisor or to ask the Department of Human Resources.  Please do not hesitate to ask any questions that will help you learn your job more quickly or clarify MICA policies or expectations. 
 
Please note that the information contained in this handbook does not and is not intended to create a contract of employment or for benefits, and does not create any express or implied contractual rights.  Regular updates and changes will be made available at www.mica.edu/hr and distributed via bulk e-mail and by supervisors.
 
If you are just joining the MICA team, you will soon see that MICA sets very high standards for all of our employees, ensuring that the educational and campus life experience MICA offers to our students is of the highest quality, and that MICA maintains our national reputation as one of the nation's most prestigious colleges of art and design.  While we hold you to a high standard of performance and conduct, the College also seeks to provide you with recognition for your hard work, as well as compensation and benefits. 
 
I hope that that you will find your employment at MICA not only challenging but also enjoyable.  We want to help
you to achieve your career objectives and we appreciate your role in helping the College achieve its goals.

I look forward to working with you,

Fred Lazarus

President

1.2 Introduction

The purpose of the MICA Employee Handbook is to introduce you to the College, explain our current policies, practices and benefits, and serve as a reference tool for you, in your employment at MICA you should thoroughly familiarize yourself with the policies and procedures contained in this handbook, as well as any additional updated policies or procedures that may be communicated to you.

It is important to understand that you are employed in an "at will" employment relationship, which means that either you or the College can end your employment at any time, with or without notice, for any reason or no reason at all. Please note that only the president of the college has the authority to alter at-will employment status or make promises of any kind regarding the conditions or terms of employment for any employee of the College, and then, only in writing.

The information contained in this handbook does not, and is not intended to, create a contract of employment or benefits, and does not create any express or implied contractual rights. The policies contained in this handbook may be altered, modified or deleted by the College at any time without notice. If there are errors or information subject to interpretation, the College may interpret, change or correct that information. Although we have tried to draft this handbook with as much attention to detail as possible, some information pertaining to the College's policies or procedures may have been omitted.

Please read this handbook in its entirety within five days of receiving it, so that you fully understand the policies that will govern your employment at MICA. If there is any item that you do not understand, please request clarification from your supervisor or Human Resources. This handbook supersedes all previous handbooks, manuals, letters, memoranda or understandings that may have been issued on subjects contained herein.

After completing your review of the handbook, please so acknowledge by signing the statements on the following pages of the handbook, returning one page to Human Resources and retaining one page for yourself. The signed acknowledgment will be placed in your employee file.

This handbook is the property of MICA. If you leave the employment of the College, your printed copy of this handbook must be returned to the College.