Governing Guidelines, Policies and Procedures
The College adheres to various federal, state, and institutional policies and guidelines. Below are the key guidelines, policies, and regulations that govern the College.
Middle States Accreditation
Essex County College is a member of the Middle States Association (MSA) for accreditation. MSA activities are carried out through its the Commission on Higher Education. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is a voluntary, non-governmental, peer-based membership organization dedicated to educational excellence and improvement through peer evaluation and accreditation. MSCHE reviews the performance of institutions periodically through on-site evaluation or other reports. Accreditation is continued as a result of periodic reviews and evaluations through assessment of institutional achievements. The peer review process of Essex County College is conducted every 10 years to ensure full compliance with accreditation standards.
New Jersey Statutes and Administrative Code
The State Board of Education adopts regulations to aid with implementation of portions of education law where specified. Education rules and regulations must adhere to the provisions of state education laws covered under New Jersey Statutes Annotated (N.J.S.A.) 18A and the New Jersey Administrative Code (N.J.A.C.) Title 9A. The Commissioner of Education has jurisdiction over matters that violate Title 18A or applicable administrative code.
- New Jersey Statutes Annotated (N.J.S.A.) Title 18A – Education
- New Jersey Administrative Code (N.J.A.C.) Title 9A – Higher Education
Board of Trustees Policies
Essex County College Board of Trustees is accountable to the citizens of Essex County and the State of New Jersey and is responsible for developing the policies governing the general conduct of affairs of the College. A copy of the Board of Trustees Policies is distributed to members of the Board upon appointment.
College regulations are developed to exercise the authority vested in the College pursuant to N.J.S.A. Title 18A, N.J.A.C. Title 9A, and policies of the Board of Trustees. Section 4 of the manual contains regulations related to personnel matters.
Other Institutional Policies
The College also adheres to a number of other institutional policies. Click on the links below to view a description of these policies.
- Accommodation Policy (ADA)
- Drug-Free Workplace
- Ethics & Conduct Institutional Code
- Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- NJ Family Leave Act (NJFLA)
- NJ Family Leave Insurance (NJFLI)
- NJ Gender Equity Notice
- Non-Discrimination Policy
- Open Public Records Act (OPRA)
- Smoke-Free Workplace
- Staff Promotion Guidelines
- Workplace Harassment Policy