SSC Board of Regents Approves Policy Updates

The Seminole State College Board of Regents approved updates on existing policies regarding service and emotional support animals, tenure and outside employment, as well as adopting a new policy to meet federal requirements of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA).

The meeting opened with a report on financials from Vice President for Fiscal Affairs Melanie Rinehart. Then President Lana Reynolds presented her report, detailing recent campus events and personnel changes.

With the first item on the agenda, the Board approved an update to the existing policy regarding service and emotional support animals. The changes clarified contact information for those seeking accommodations and added details regarding the owner’s responsibilities for the support animal.

Then the Board approved an update to the tenure reapplication process. The policy update now specifies if a tenured faculty member should leave the College and then return at a later date, the faculty member may be eligible to have their tenure status reinstated following one year of service.

With the third action item on the agenda, the Board approved a revision to the policy regarding outside employment for SSC employees. The revision details that employees should notify their supervising Vice President or the President of the College regarding employment outside of their SSC work hours. Full-time faculty must submit an Outside Teaching Notification through their Division Chair to teach for any other institution during their contract period with the College. These notifications of instruction will be reviewed case-by-case by the Division Chair.

With the last action item, the Board approved a new policy detailing the information security requirements of the College. The policy was developed in response to federal requirements of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act to maintain confidentiality, integrity and availability of information.

On the consent agenda, the Board ratified a contract modification with TransAct for the scope of coverage related to student payment services, and ratified the deletion of the Associate in Applied Technology in Business Operations degree program due to low enrollment.

Regents present at the meeting were Chair Ryan Pitts, Marci Donaho, Kim Hyden, Curtis Morgan and Robyn Ready. The Regents’ next meeting will take place on June 15.