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Chapter 4.

Effective Date: 09/01/2010

4.3 Employment Policy for Professional Staff - Satisfaction or at Will

All employees of the University who complete a probationary period and who agree to arbitrate any claims over the termination of their employment shall be "satisfaction employees," unless they are employed pursuant to a written contract, collective bargaining agreement, or the University tenure policy, or unless they are excepted as follows: Temporary employees, student employees, upper administrators and probationary employees. Temporary employees, student employees, upper administrators, probationary employees, and those who do not agree to arbitrate termination claims shall be "at-will" employees.

Probationary Period

All new regular employees of Michigan Technological University who are not employed pursuant to a written contract, collective bargaining agreement, or the University tenure policy, shall serve a probationary period of nine (9) months. During the probationary period, employees shall be considered to be "at-will employees" and not eligible for alternative dispute resolution procedures.


The termination of satisfaction employees for lack of satisfactory performance after their probationary period shall follow University procedures established by the Vice President for Administration. The University reserves the right to end any program or service, which may include the necessity of laying off employees for appropriate business and economic reasons. The rights of affected laid off employees are to be covered by the University procedures on layoffs.

08/03/2000 Changed Executive Vice President and Provost title to Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs
07/15/2010 Was previously Policy 3.5. Renumbered, corrected position titles, and provides that Vice President for Administration rather than Board of Trustees establish any new staff - related procedures and modify existing procedures.
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