Probationary Period Policy


Regular full and part time, temporary and limited term staff.

Policy Statement: 

All newly hired, transferred, and promoted employees are required to complete a probationary period of six months. Probationary status does not affect eligibility for enrollment in benefit plans.

The probationary period allows the supervisor time to assess the employee’s qualifications, performance, and general suitability to meet position requirements and standards. It also provides the employee with the opportunity to experience the University, the department, and the position and to determine whether the position meets their expectations. During the probationary period, employees are ineligible for transfer or promotion to another position at the University.

During the probationary period, employees who do not meet the requirements of the job may be released at any time, for any reason.

Satisfactory completion of the probationary period does not negate the at-will nature of the employment relationship.

Roles & Responsibilities:

Responsiblities of the Supervisor: 

  • Make clear the job responsibilities, performance standards and workplace practices;
  • Assess employee performance and indicate areas that need improvement;
  • Determine if the employee should be continued in the position.

View the Probationary Period Policy .