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Policy 201 - General Employment Policy

201. General Employment Policy


Employment with Santa Clara University continues or terminates according to the terms of the University's Human Resources Policy Manual.


An individual's employment with the University will terminate according to the terms and procedures described in the Policy Manual. University decisions to terminate involuntarily the employment (including layoff) of a staff member who has successfully completed the introductory period will not be contrary to the applicable provision of the Policy Manual. This policy cannot be changed or amended except in writing and signed by the President. Eligible staff employed at the time of approval of the Policy Manual will receive notice of the Policy Manual within a reasonable time after University approval and shall acknowledge receipt of such notice in writing at that time on a form provided by the University. Thereafter, new employees will receive notice of the Policy Manual at the time of initial employment or within a reasonable time thereafter. Continued employment subsequent to notification of the Policy Manual constitutes acceptance of the contents of the Policy Manual on the part of a staff member.

A regular employee who is involuntarily terminated under this policy may, in some cases, in the sole discretion of the University, be offered severance pay according to the following schedule in consideration for the execution of a general release in favor of the University in a form which is mutually agreeable. Outplacement support may also be available under similar circumstances.

Years of continuous regular University employment

Severance pay in months of base pay

1 but less than 2


2 but less than 3


3 but less than 4


4 but less than 5


5 but less than 6


6 or more



Human Resources is responsible for administering the University's General Employment Policy.


Contact Human Resources if you have questions or if you would like more information about this Policy. See also the University's Corrective Action for Performance Problems (310) and Conflict Resolution (309).

Policy Approved: October 23, 1998

Last Updated: October 28, 1998

Last Reviewed: June 30 2022

Maintainer: Human Resources

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