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Probationary Period

Individuals receiving initial appointments to permanent positions must serve a probationary period. The probationary period is an extension of the selection process, and provides the time the new employee needs to achieve performance at or above the expectations of the job or to be separated if performance does not meet acceptable standards. Individuals who are reemploying to a permanent position after a separation shall also serve a probationary period. The probationary period shall be 12 months of either full-time or part-time employment from the actual date of employment or reemployment. Periods of extended leave of absence with or without pay do not suspend or increase the duration of the probationary period beyond 12 months. Extended leave is defined as leave in excess of one-half of the regularly scheduled workdays and holidays in the month.

The probationary period is an extension of the selection process, and to provide the time for effective adjustment of the new employee or elimination of those whose performance does not meet acceptable standards. All new Clinical Support Services (CSS) employees, including rehires and transfers from SHRA positions (both internal ECU SHRA hires, as well as those from other State agencies), will serve a six (6) month probationary period. The University retains the right to discharge new CSS employees during the initial six (6) month probationary period, without notice or without cause. Probationary dismissals are not subject to appeal. The initial six (6) month probationary period may be extended for a period not to exceed six (6) additional months. Extension of the probationary period should be done in three month increments. Probationary employees are not eligible to apply for other positions with the University only with prior supervisory approval. Probationary employees are eligible to earn vacation and sick leave and holiday time as they accrue. Any vacation and sick leave time may only be used in accordance with applicable leave policies. Probationary employees with more than three (3) occurrences of unscheduled absence may be subject to termination. Employees who resign or are terminated during the initial six (6) month probationary period, or during the applicable extension period, are not eligible to be paid accrued vacation leave or legislative vacation bonus leave. This policy applies to all probationary Clinical Support Services employees hired with an effective date of May 1, 2014 or later.

EHRA Non-Faculty employees and temporary employees (SHRA, CSS, & EHRA Non-Faculty) are not subject to a probationary period.