Although the university is an at-will employer and may terminate the employment relationship at any time and for any reason, our employment policy, as stated in the Staff Handbook, is “designed to give each employee a full opportunity for ... success”.
To this end, the university uses a positive discipline process to address job-related behavior that does not meet expected and communicated performance standards.
The goal of the positive discipline process is to improve performance by helping the employee understand that a performance problem or opportunity for improvement exists.
Positive discipline is most successful when it assists an individual to become an effective member of the university. Failing that, positive discipline enables the organization to fairly, and with substantial documentation, terminate the employment of employees who are unable or unwilling to improve.
NOTE: While the components of positive discipline may appear to be "progressive", where one action must come before another, managers should not interpret this guidance to require that each and every situation must follow the same progression. Some circumstances may require more severe discipline, up to and including discharge, while a progressive approach is appropriate for other situations.
Managers are encouraged to consult with HR Employee Relations or HR Business Partners when considering the discipline of an employee.