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Factors in Determining Severity of Disciplinary Action

The following list identifies some factors for managers to consider prior to imposing any disciplinary action.

  • Degree of severity of the infraction/offense
  • Employee’s length of service and history with the university
  • Provocation, if any, that may have led to the offense
  • Number of previous offenses
  • Previous warnings or other disciplinary action for previous offenses
  • Employee’s pattern of conduct
  • Fairness of past and present supervisory practices
  • Clearly communicated university and department rules
  • Consistently applied university and departmental rules
  • Appropriate penalties for similar offenses
  • Past practices of the department for handling similar offenses