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Policy 401 - Orientation, Training and Development

401. Orientation, Training, and Development


Santa Clara University strives to welcome new employees into the University through an active orientation program. Further, the University supports continued training and development for employees within its organizational and resource limits.

As an academic organization, Santa Clara University is committed to the orientation, growth, and development of the individual employee and supports targeting resources to accomplish that end. Recognizing that the organization is only as effective as its individual members and work teams, Santa Clara University supports orientation and ongoing training and development efforts designed to:



Orientation occurs at three levels: University orientation, department orientation, and position orientation. Human Resources will arrange for new employees to attend the University’s Orientation Program during the first three months of employment. Department orientations should be arranged by the department head. Supervisors are responsible for orienting a new employee to the position.

Training and Development Program Costs

Training and development program costs may be paid by the employee, the department and/or the University depending on the nature of the program and the financial resources available.

Time Away from Work

Time away from work for attending a class or training program may be considered work time and paid accordingly if the following conditions are met:

All other requests for time away from work to attend training programs or classes must be processed in accordance with the current leave policies.


A variety of on-campus and on-site training and development resources are available, including:

Contact the school or center directly for information about courses and enrollment.


The employee and supervisor share the responsibility for defining and planning individual work-related skill development. The employee has the primary responsibility for his/her own career development. The supervisor can be supportive of this process by arranging access to University sponsored resources as appropriate and available.

Each division and/or department is responsible for communicating its policy for divisionally and/or departmentally funded training and development programs to its members. Human Resources administers University sponsored training and development.


Contact Human Resources if you have questions about this policy or if you would like more information regarding the University’s education benefits and tuition remission program.

Policy Approved: October 23, 1998

Last Updated: October 28, 1998

Last Reviewed: June 30 2022

Maintainer: Human Resources

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