Probationary and Qualifying Periods

All new, regular employees must serve a probationary period of six months. This probationary period gives you time to learn the duties of the job and decide whether the job is right for you. During the probationary period, you must demonstrate your ability to satisfactorily perform the job for which you were hired. If your work is judged to be unsatisfactory, you may be dismissed at any time during the six-month probationary period.

During the probationary period, if you experience problems in performing the duties assigned to you or you have concerns about your performance, you should discuss these matters with your supervisor. Under unusual circumstances, the probationary period may be extended up to three months. However, no employee may remain on probation for longer than nine months.

Employees who have completed their six-month probationary period and who are subsequently transferred or promoted must serve a one month qualifying period in the new position. If during this time period it is determined that the employee is not qualified or the employee does not wish to continue in the new position, the employee will be returned to the previously held position, if available, or a comparable one in the department, if available, or be placed on a six-month leave of absence from the former department to be considered for available openings in the department and on the campus as they occur. If the employee does not find employment on the campus within the six-month period, the employee will be terminated. (HR 109, HR 112)

Reviewed 2014-01-27.