817.9 Probationary Period -- Support Personnel

Created by: Dana Trebing on 03/01/2005
Category: 8 - Human Resources; 10 - Benefits/Services
Originator: Director of Human Resources
Current File: 817.9
Adoption Date: 03/01/2005
Reviewed for Currency: 03/01/2005
Replaces File: 817.9
Date of Origin: 12/18/1995
Classification: Personnel
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817.9 Probationary Period -- Support Personnel


A. Background

Furman University established a probationary period for all support personnel to provide time for the supervisor to evaluate the new hire's skills and performance. This policy was prepared to ensure uniform understanding and treatment of employees in all departments during their probationary period.


B. Policy

All new employees will be employed for a probationary period of three (3) months. This probationary period may also be applied to employees who have transferred or been promoted to positions requiring significantly different or greater responsibility. During the probationary period, supervision will ensure that the employee receives the proper orientation and training. The supervisor will evaluate the employee's work progress to determine if he or she should become a regular employee. Separations may be effected at any time during the probationary period if the supervisor determines that the employees progress is unsatisfactory. However, the supervisor has the option of extending the probationary period if additional time is warranted, upon the approval of the Director of Human Resources.


C. Guidelines

1. The performance and over-all work progress of probationary employees will be rated by the supervisor at the end of the third, eighth, and twelfth weeks. The probation review form will be completed and discussed with the employee at these times.

2. The Human Resources Office will provide the budget unit head (supervisor) with the required for in advance of each work progress reporting date.

3. Probationary employees are not eligible for pay increases until the end of their probationary period. Employees who are hired at the entry level may receive an increase at the end of the probationary period, upon approval of the Director of Human Resources.

4. Newly hired employees will not be authorized to take vacation until after the completion of the probationary period. Upon completion of the probationary period, vacation will be credited from the beginning of full-time employment date. (See File 833.1.)