Policies and Procedures Manual

Chapter 5: Personnel

05:09:01   Northeast State Community College Employee Probationary Period

Initial Probationary Period

All newly appointed full-time and part-time regular administrative/professional and support employees are placed under a probationary period of six (6) months of observable performance. During this period, an employee may be terminated without prior notice. 

The probationary period also applies to an employee who is promoted, transferred or demoted to another position and a new employment contract is required. 

Probationary employees will be evaluated throughout the first 5 months of employment or new assignment. Supervisor should review any performance concerns with the employee during these reviews. On the first working day of the fifth month of employment, the Office of Human Resources will send the new employee's supervisor a Probationary Evaluation Form. 

Supervisors should make effective use of the initial probationary period with employees. This period is an important time when employees demonstrate abilities to satisfactorily perform assigned duties and responsibilities. Supervisors are encouraged to provide appropriate training, coaching and mentoring for their employees during the probationary period. Employees should receive a job description and should understand the position requirements and the standards of conduct expected. 

Dismissal During the Initial Probationary Period:

At any time during an initial probationary period, an employee may be terminated without cause or right of appeal. However, supervisors must provide sufficient documentation to justify dismissal for review/approval through their signatory chain, the appropriate vice president, and the Executive Director of Human Resources. No regular employee shall be terminated without final approval from the President or delegated party. 

Supervisors are encouraged to contact the Executive Director of Human Resources at the first sign of performance issues to discuss the employee performance issues and methods of resolution during the probationary period.

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Revision History: March 2016; Edited Mar. 2023