The GUIDE is an online
tool that contains information on how to respond to instances involving
possible employee misconduct. The GUIDE applies to all University Support
Personnel System (USPS) employees of the University with regular status
and Administrative and Professional (A&P) employees.
The disciplining of an employee is considered to be a very serious action
that is undertaken with care, objectivity and full consideration for the
rights and interests of both the employee and the University. Discipline
should be administered in a judicious manner that assures equitable treatment
for all employees included in the USPS and A&P pay plans. If
you need assistance with faculty issues, contact the Office of Faculty Development and Advancement at 644-6876.
The GUIDE Consultation will assist you in determining when disciplinary
action may be appropriate. It is the policy of FSU that discipline should
be administered to employees only when there is "just cause."
Probationary and OPS employees: USPS employees that have not achieved
regular status in any class may be terminated at any time during their
probationary period. The probationary period is a trial period of time
to determine whether the employee should earn regular status in the
class. Also, OPS employees do not attain regular status and may be terminated
at any time without the right to appeal or grieve such action. For probationary
and OPS employees, you should contact Employee/Labor
Important note: The GUIDE is not meant to replace the expertise
of the Employee/Labor
Relations professionals, and they should always be contacted to ensure
appropriate and consistent disciplinary action is administered. No decision-making
tool, such as the GUIDE, can replace the human thinking of experienced
and trained professionals. The facts of cases always vary somewhat, which
requires human thinking to discern sometimes subtle differences.