2,370: Disciplinary Actions
Last Revised: August 2005
The guidelines and the NSHE Prohibitions and Penalties have been developed as a supplement to Chapter 284 of the Nevada Administrative Code to provide supervisors and classified employees with information about those specific activities which will be considered inconsistent, incompatible, or in conflict with their duties, as classified employees as well as to advise all parties of the kinds of penalties that may be imposed. It is not intended to provide an all inclusive list of all infractions or violations that could conceivably develop. Action taken in each case will depend upon the seriousness of the offense and on the facts of each incident, realizing that problems which call for disciplinary action are too individual and complex to permit the complete application of standardized procedures.
It shall be the responsibility of the classified employee's supervisor, with the concurrence of the appointing authority, to take prompt, fair, and impartial corrective measures when necessary. The main objective of discipline should be to improve the performance or behavior of the offender rather than punish him. This is especially true when the offense is a relatively minor one. The principal of progressive discipline is herein reaffirmed as an effective personnel management tool, and departments within the University are advised to utilize this process. There are occasions, however, when the severity of the offense requires prompt and severe measures. The following disciplinary actions may be taken, depending upon the seriousness of the offense:
Verbal Warning: A verbal warning should be followed up with a letter of instruction summarizing the verbal warning. A "letter of instruction" is not placed in an employee's official personnel file.
Written Reprimand (NPD-52): A written reprimand is the next step in the progressive disciplinary process. This is a more formal disciplinary action taken against an employee for violating any of the rules and regulations set forth in NAC 284.650 and the NSHE Prohibitions and Penalties. Typically, a written reprimand is given to an employee where a verbal counseling has not been effective. A copy of the written reprimand must be sent to BCN Human Resources to be placed in the employee's official personnel file.
Suspension Without Pay: When the severity of the offense warrants it or when warnings or written reprimands have not been effective, an appointing authority may suspend a classified employee for a period not to exceed 30 calendar days. The director of BCN Human Resources must be consulted when considering this action, which must be reported on a Personnel Action Form (PAF) and NPD-41 specificity of charges. The pre-disciplinary hearing procedure must be followed for permanent employees.
Demotion (including reduction of pay within rate range): There is some question as to advisability of using demotions as a disciplinary measure because it sometimes creates additional problems. However, in a particular case this may be the best available disciplinary method and may be considered. The director of BCN Human Resources must be consulted when considering this action, which must be reported on a PAF and NPD-41 specificity of charges. The pre-disciplinary hearing procedure must be followed for permanent employees.
Dismissal: This is the severest disciplinary measure that can be taken and should be used only after corrective efforts have proved ineffective or when the offense is so serious that there is no other alternative. The director of BCN Human Resources must be consulted before any formal action is taken, which must comply with the pre-disciplinary hearing procedure. This action must be reported on a PAF and, for permanent employees, on a NPD-41 specificity of charges.