Progressive discipline

The progressive discipline guidelines are designed for university leadership, managers, employees and human resources personnel to use in conjunction with the Working @ VCU: “Great Place” HR Policies in the implementation of the progressive discipline process for VCU University and Academic Professionals. The objective is to provide a common understanding of the purpose, methods, and procedures involved in progressive discipline within the performance management process at VCU. See also: the Progressive Discipline Infographic which explains VCU's progressive discipline process, or the progressive discipline side-by-side infographic, which explains the difference between the progressive discipline process for Classified staff and University and Academic Professionals.

Definition of progressive discipline
Progressive discipline is a process that generally includes a series of increasingly severe employment actions that address employee performance or conduct, typically beginning with counseling and potentially leading to further disciplinary actions, up to and including dismissal.

Importance of the progressive discipline process
The performance and conduct of employees are evaluated by managers as set forth in the performance management section of the Working @ VCU: “Great Place” HR Policy. Where issues arise concerning employee performance or conduct, the university uses, whenever possible, a system of progressive discipline to respond to the issues raised. The steps in the progressive discipline process are intended to foster productive working relationships and to resolve conduct issues at the earliest and least confrontational stage, whenever possible.

Manager’s responsibilities
The manager’s responsibility in this process is to identify the issues, address the concerns and provide constructive guidance to the employee in an effort to promote a healthy and productive work environment. 

Steps in the progressive discipline process

Counseling
Verbal warning
Written warning
Imposed probation
Suspension
Demotions
Dismissal
Due process