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Human Resources
University of Mississippi

Progressive Discipline for Staff Employees

Job performance is of paramount importance to the University. It is the policy of the University to assist employees in improving job performance or correcting improper conduct to avoid termination when possible. If any employee is performing unsatisfactorily or exhibiting improper conduct, the supervisor should work with the employee in an attempt to improve his/her conduct or performance. If corrective action is necessary, a system of progressive steps consisting of increasingly stronger degrees of action will normally be followed. Such actions are considered constructive measures for the correction of deficiencies in employee performance or conduct. The nature or severity of the offense will determine the first step.

Formal Documentation Process:
After the supervisor has reviewed the performance and/or incident, including discussing the concern(s) with the employee, the supervisor must communicate to a human resources manager to request access to the electronic progressive discipline action notice. The supervisor will receive an email with instructions to access the online form on the University’s site, connectU, at, within the “Performance & Engagement” tile within the “To Do” section (top of the page).

The electronic form is made available to the supervisor and the employee for acknowledgement. The form will also be routed to the supervisor’s manager (next level manager) and Human Resources. Once received, a Human Resources representative will acknowledge receipt and the form will be completed. A copy of the form is retained in each person’s “Completed” folder within the Performance module, accessed through the drop down menu.



Probationary Reviews for New Staff Members
Annual Staff Performance Review

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