Initial employment period


The purpose of this Policy is to provide an opportunity for both new, transferred, and promoted staff employees and their supervisor(s) to assess how well the employment relationship is working.


Every new employee goes through an initial period of adjustment to learn about the University and about the job. During this time the employee will have an opportunity to find out if s/he is suited to the new position.

Additionally, the initial employment period gives the employee’s supervisor a reasonable period of time to evaluate performance. The initial employment period is ninety (90) days.

During this time, the new employee will be provided with training and guidance from their supervisor. The employee may be terminated at any time during this period if the supervisor concludes that progress and performance does not warrant continued employment. As is true at all times during an employee’s employment with the University, employment before and after the initial employment period is not for any specific time and may be terminated at will, with or without cause and without prior notice.


Introductory Employment Period- the initial period of employment, during which the supervisor carefully considers whether the employee is able to meet the standards and expectations of the job and if the employee should be retained by the University as an employee.


I. Interruption of Introductory Period
The introductory employment period cannot be accomplished during an approved leave of absence (i.e., for medical reasons). An introductory period interrupted by an absence of one week or longer will be extended by the length of the absence.

II. Reclassification
Upon the successful completion of the introductory period, the employee is reclassified as a Regular employee.

To learn more about this policy or the supporting procedures, please contact Employee Services.

Policy updated on: Oct. 24, 2018