Involuntary Termination and Progressive Discipline

Date Updated: May 9th, 2012

Involuntary termination refers to a decision made by the College to end an individual’s employment with Scripps. Progressive discipline refers to a set of increasingly severe consequences imposed on an employee following their failure to meet specific requirements. These actions would be based on activities/behaviors exhibited by an employee that may warrant disciplinary action.

The College has established a progressive discipline system that includes verbal warnings, written warnings, and suspension. The system is not formal, meaning progressive disciplinary measures are tailored to individual employment situations and positions. Scripps College can use its discretion to utilize whatever form of discipline is deemed appropriate under the circumstances, up to and including immediate termination of employment. The College’s progressive discipline system in no way limits or alters the at-will employment relationship.

The following are examples of action or inaction (unacceptable conduct) on the part of an employee that may lead to progressive discipline and/or termination. The list provides an idea of some of the more severe circumstances that may result in termination of employment. However, it is not a comprehensive or exhaustive list. Representative examples of unacceptable conduct include but are not limited to: unsatisfactory job performance, negligence, misconduct, excessive absenteeism, tardiness, willful misconduct, theft, insubordination, sleeping on the job, fighting or other altercations, threatening and/or engaging in violent actions, drug or alcohol use or intoxication, falsifying records, violation of rules, or involvement in activities that may bring harm to the name and reputation of Scripps College.