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Progressive Discipline

The college expects employees to follow rules of conduct that will protect the interests and safety of all employees and the organization. Listing all forms of behavior that are unacceptable in the workplace is not possible, instead it is expected that employees will use good judgment and rely on feedback from managers and supervisors to establish and enforce appropriate workplace behavior.

In most cases, a series of steps will be followed when discipline is necessary. These steps will not be followed in all cases, and Augustana College reserves the right to follow alternate courses of discipline. The following steps may be used at the discretion of management:

  • Verbal warning
  • Written warning
  • Unpaid suspension
  • Termination
The disciplinary process used in response to employee performance problems and/or misconduct will be determined by the college in light of the facts and circumstances of each case. While a variety of factors may be taken into consideration, the college will generally consider:
  • The seriousness of the situation
  • The employee's past conduct and length of service
  • The nature of the employee's previous performance or incidents involving the employee

Severe breaches of workplace rules and/or standards may result in immediate termination. These items are listed in the "Employee Conduct" section of this handbook and are not intended to be an exhaustive list.

Updated February 2011