7.5 Felony Charges
Any employee of the University charged with a felony offense may be suspended without pay pending the disposition of the charge. A temporary employee who is charged with a felony offense may be suspended without pay pending disposition of the charge or the ending date of the employee’s temporary appointment, whichever is earlier. You are responsible for notifying your supervisor if you are charged with a felony offense.
If you are suspended without pay because of a felony charge, and are otherwise eligible for benefits, you may continue to participate in the group medical, dental and life insurance programs. You are responsible for arranging with the Payroll Office to pay the total monthly premium costs for these benefits.
Conviction of a felony could warrant a range of disciplinary sanctions, including suspension or immediate termination. Appropriate levels of discipline may be applied based on the severity of the employee's behavior. The facts and circumstances will be given all due diligence. The University maintains the right to discipline notwithstanding disposition of the criminal charge. The University, at its sole discretion, may choose which level of discipline to administer and implement. All decisions of the University are considered final and may not be grieved.
Suspension without pay is not to exceed a six-month period. If disposition of your case has not been reached within the six-month period you will be separated from employment. If you are found not guilty of the felony offense as charged within the six-month suspension period, you shall be reinstated with back pay for the period during which you were suspended without pay pending disposition of the charge, with no break in service, and you shall retain accrued vacation, sick leave or PTO, as applicable. A temporary employee who is found not guilty within the six-month period and who has not reached the ending date of his or her temporary appointment shall be reinstated with back pay until the ending date of the employee’s temporary appointment.