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Probationary Period

The probationary period is a working test period of 12 months from the date of hire which is used to determine whether or not an employee is performing satisfactorily in the position, and if the right person has been hired for the job. Employees who receive an overall rating of “successful” or better in their written performance evaluations (EPMS) at the end of the probationary period may be given permanent status. The probationary period may not be extended. Employees who do not perform satisfactorily during the probationary period will have their employment terminated.

 During the probationary period, the supervisor appraises the employee’s:

  • ability to learn and perform job duties
  • quality of work
  • productivity
  • work habits
  • cooperation
  • attendance
  • punctuality
  • other standards and expectations to the employee's work situation
Employees in probationary status, who are not successfully meeting the requirements of the job, may have their employment terminated at any time during the probationary period, for any reason (with the exception of unlawful discrimination) and without explanation, with no right to appeal through the university’s employee grievance process or to the State Employee Grievance Committee.

Supervisors should consult with Employee Relations prior to terminating a probationary employee.

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