SPP 303: Probationary Period
To define the probationary period for regular classified employees
Regular classified employees, including those transferring from positions within the tri-university system, those changing employment categories, those being promoted or transferred through a competitive process or focused recruitment, and employees reclassified from administrative or service professional positions
Initial Probationary Period
The length of the initial probationary period is six months from the date of hire or rehire into a classified position. Upon completion of the initial probationary period, an employee will not be required to serve another probationary period if he or she has received an internal promotion, transfer, or salary adjustment. However, if a probationary employee accepts a transfer, promotion, or voluntary reassignment prior to completion of his or her initial probation, time spent in the former position will not count toward completion of the initial probationary period in the new position and a new six-month initial probationary period will begin.
Promotion/Transfer Probationary Period
If an employee is promoted/transferred through a competitive process, including a position obtained through re-employment as outlined in SPP 213, “Reduction in Force,” or focused recruitment into a regular classified position, the employee will serve a six-month probationary period beginning the effective date of the promotion/transfer.
An employee assigned to a law enforcement officer, dispatch, or police aide position in the ASU Police Department (ASU PD) is required to serve a one-year probationary period upon hire or promotion/transfer by ASU PD regardless of whether a probationary period has been completed in another ASU position.
Time spent on leave, with or without pay, will not count toward completion of the initial or promotion/transfer probationary period. A probationary employee must complete the initial or promotion/transfer probationary period upon return from the leave.
Time spent as a non-regular employee or in a position assigned through the alternate duty assignment program is not counted toward the initial or promotion/transfer probationary period.
An employee may be released at any time during the initial or promotion/transfer probationary period (see SPP 1011, “Involuntary Termination”). It is recommended that an employee in a promotion/transfer probationary period be provided with a three-month performance evaluation (see SPP 309–01, “Classified Staff Performance Evaluation”) and an opportunity to improve performance prior to termination.
Supervisors should consult with the Office of Human Resources Partners prior to releasing probationary employees.
An employee who has successfully completed a probationary period and then is hired for an ASU PD law enforcement officer or police aide position is required to serve a one-year probationary period in the ASU PD position. The employee is therefore subject to termination during the one-year probationary period in ASU PD under SPP 1011, “Involuntary Termination.” This employee does not have recall rights to the former classification held. However, an ASU PD employee promoted to corporal, sergeant, or classified lieutenant position may return to the former classification held if requested by the employee, or if the promotional probation is not satisfactorily completed.
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