4.15.1 Probationary Period for Classified Employees

A. Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines regarding a classified employee’s initial six-month probationary period.

B. Authority/Persons Affected

There is not a primary policy to which this policy responds. Persons affected: All newly appointed classified employees.

C. Definitions

D. Policy and Procedures

All newly appointed classified employees of The University of Texas at Tyler shall be subject to a probationary period of six (6) continuous months from the beginning date of employment.

  1. This period shall be used for the supervisor’s observation of a new employee’s work performance and to permit the employee to adjust to the job and working conditions. Throughout this period, the immediate supervisor shall provide any assistance considered necessary to improve performance or facilitate adjustments.
  2. During this period, The University of Texas at Tyler is free to terminate the employment of any probationary employee who is judged not to be competent or otherwise qualified to continue employment without said employee being subject to the discipline and dismissal policies and procedures. Provided, however, that an employee claiming the status of whistle blower or who alleges that his/her constitutional rights have been violated or that he/she is the victim of discrimination shall be permitted to appeal the termination decision on that basis and shall have the burden of proof to establish these allegations. Any action associated with this paragraph should be documented and shall become a part of the employee’s files. Prior to termination, the administrative official probationary employee’s supervisor must review the facts of the case with the Office of Human Resources.
  3. Upon completion of the probationary period, an employee shall have all privileges of a non-probationary employee.

E. Responsibilities

See Policy and Procedures section.

F. Review

This policy shall be reviewed by Human Resources every five years or as legislation changes.


LAST AMENDED:  04/22/2008

REVIEWED:  AY 2014-15