This policy outlines the use of cell phones (to include blackberries and smart phones) for authorized employee users. Cabrini College offers a non-taxable allowance for cell phone service to employees whose duties and responsibilities require them to carry cell phones.
This policy was reviewed by Cabinet and approved by the President on 11/29/11. Policy was implemented on January 1, 2012.
The Human Resources and Administrative Services departments are charged with implementing the policy, which is applicable for all Cabrini College authorized users.
Cabrini College Cell Phone Policy and Procedures
Policy Beginning January 1, 2012 the college will no longer purchase cell phones, blackberries, smart phones, etc., nor will any existing cell/blackberry/smart phone contracts be extended.
In order to avoid cancellation fees and to allow for an orderly transition, employees currently using a college-owned device have until the end of the current contract to make alternative arrangements to comply with the revised policy.
Please contact the Administrative Services Coordinator to find out the termination date of the college owned cell/data plan.
The appropriate area vice president may authorize a cell phone allowance for staff who carry a cell phone for College business. If authorized, employees required to carry a cell phone for College business will receive compensation in the form of a cell phone allowance. Simple convenience is not a criterion for a cell phone allowance. An allowance may be authorized if at least one of the following two criteria is met:
The job function of the employee requires considerable time outside of their assigned office or work area and it is important to the College that they are accessible during those times.
The job function of the employee requires them to be accessible outside of scheduled or normal working hours.
Scope and Applicability This policy is applicable to all staff of Cabrini College as referenced in the specific procedures and guidelines outlined below.
Approval of Allowance The use of cellular telephones is not a work requirement for most employees. Employees who are not issued a College cell telephone, and/or are not receiving a cell phone allowance per this policy, will not be reimbursed for the use of their personal cellular telephones unless otherwise agreed upon and are expected to make business calls from the office.
Employees whose duties and responsibilities require them to carry a cell phone are eligible for a cell phone allowance. A cell phone allowance may be requested using the Cell Phone Allowance Request Form.
The form must be approved by the vice president for the area in which they work and forwarded to Administrative Services to begin the allowance and again at the beginning of every fiscal year.
Determination of Allowance Amount The dollar amount of the cell phone allowance should approximate the employee's anticipated business-related expenses only.
The allowance is intended to reimburse the employee for the business use of the phone, not to pay the entire phone bill, under the assumption that most employees also use their cell phone for personal calls.
Supervisors should use the following schedule to determine the appropriate allowance. Under no circumstances should the approved monthly allowance amount exceed the actual monthly cell charges incurred by the employee.
Tier 1 - $30/month: This allowance is for the employee who has light usage of the cell phone for business purposes (less than 450 minutes).
Tier 2 - $45/month: This allowance is for the employee who has heavy cell phone usage (450 minutes or more) plus extra phone services such as email and calendar integration for their job.
Tier 3 - $70/mo: This allowance is for the employee who is out in the field a significant amount of the time (50% plus), and is specifically for cell phone usage and mobile broadband for wireless card/laptops (not internet usage for their phone). Hardware and any additional costs are not the responsibility of Cabrini.
Note: any employee who receives a cell phone allowance is required to register their cell phone number with the College’s Emergency Notification System at www.cabrini.edu/TXT. Transition PeriodPlease note that this policy is for any new phone allowance authorized. During the transition period, lasting for two years, or the duration of the current contract period, if longer than two years, phone ownership will remain with the college and the full amount of the contract will be paid.
Upon expiration of each contract, the device will transfer ownership from the College to the employee at no cost. At that point, the employee is responsible for the transfer to a personal cell phone contract, and the College no longer holds liability for the condition of the equipment.
Establishing the Allowance Use the Cell Phone Allowance Request Form:
This form is also available from the Administrative Services Department. Fill out the form completely, obtain the appropriate signatures and forward to the Administrative Services Department for processing.
The Cell Phone Annual Allowance Request Form must be re-submitted to Administrative Services at the beginning of each fiscal year.
Payment The cell phone allowance is paid monthly through accounts payable and is non-taxable. This allowance does not increase the employee’s base salary and will not be included in the calculation of any College benefits. This allowance is subject to all applicable taxes.
The allowance is not an entitlement. The amount can be changed or withdrawn without notice at any time.
Discontinuance of Allowance If an employee is terminated, resigns, transfers, or is no longer eligible for a cell phone allowance, the employee’s supervisor should submit a revised Cell Phone Allowance Request Form noting “Discontinue allowance as of XX/XX/XX” in the business justification section of the form and forward to Administrative Services.
Digital and Email Plan While most new phones are easily synced with mail servers, the College has the ability to connect our email system to cell phones via ActiveSync and/or Blackberry Enterprise software.
It is up to the discretion of the department head or dean to determine if there is a need to receive College emails on their on-call phone. Individuals using their personal phone for College related business may opt to have connected with ActiveSync, or the Blackberry Enterprise Server.
In the event that it is deemed necessary, the department or individual may be responsible for purchasing additional licenses through the IT department. Existing licenses will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. The IT department is not responsible for data loss or connection errors due to provider-network issues.
Cell Phone Service and Use The cell phone service is personally owned by the employee. An employee with a cell phone allowance must maintain an active cell phone contract for the life of the allowance.
Employees are encouraged to take appropriate safety precautions when using their cellular telephone. If your job requires that you keep your cell phone turned on while driving, you must use a hands-free device. Under no circumstances should employees place calls while operating a motor vehicle while driving on college business and/or during college time.
In addition, writing, sending, or reading text-based communication—including text messaging, instant messaging, and email—on wireless or cell phone while driving is a violation of this policy. If you must conduct Cabrini business while in your vehicle, then safely pull off the road or do so while parked. Employees are expected to comply with applicable state laws regarding the use of cellular telephones.
College-Owned Cell Phones Institutional cell phones are for business purposes. A Cabrini-owned shared cell phone that does not leave the campus and is turned in by each employee at the end of his/her shift or is assigned to an employee for on-call purposes and used for business purposes only is exempt from the cell phone allowance policy. Phone bills for exempt cell phones must be reviewed monthly by department heads to verify business use.
Although the occasional use of a Cabrini cell phone for personal calls may be necessary, incoming and outgoing personal calls are discouraged. Employees must reimburse the College for personal phone calls made from an institutional cell phone. Reimbursements should be processed through your supervisor.
Note that misuse of the phone—using it in ways inconsistent with College policy or with local, state or federal laws—will result in immediate cancellation of the cell-phone privilege.