Federal and state laws require the collection and retention of detailed personnel information. The Human Resource Office houses a separate file on each employee of Cumberland University, faculty and staff, in a separate and secured file cabinet accessible only to those with a legitimate need to review the information. These files include information that (1) is employment-related; (2) relates to compensation, including benefits; (3) concerns disciplinary action; and (4) provides general personnel data. Information regarding an employee's health or request for medical leave will be maintained in a separate and secured file cabinet accessible only to those with a legitimate need to review the information.
The file for all staff members contains the Cumberland University employment application, official transcripts and copies of offer letters,, biographical information, evaluations, records of discipline, grievance, or appeals of administrative decisions, transcripts and certifications of all relevant credential information for the staff member.
Staff members are required to furnish official transcripts of all undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate work to the Human Resource Office in the personnel files.
The personnel files are the property of the University. The files may be reviewed by the employee, his/her immediate supervisor, the executive member in charge of area of position (most cases the Vice President of the staff members Department), and/or the President of the University with a legitimate need to have access to the information contained. It is also open to the legal counsel of the university when needed for official legal matters relative to the university, but it is not open to anyone else except by legal process. The employee, upon request, may review the files by contacting the Director of Human Resources for an appointment. A record will be maintained that shows the viewing activity of the file.