Probationary periods are used to determine if an employee’s performance meets the expectations of the position and if continued employment is warranted. 

New staff members must be informed of the existence and length of the probationary period at the time of the offer of employment.

Upon hire and/or within the first week of employment, the supervisor should:

  • Provide the employee with a copy of his/her position description and establish performance expectations for which the staff member will be evaluated on
  • Meet with the employee to discuss the job responsibilities, practices, performance expectations, policies and procedures
  • Ensure that the employee receives the appropriate orientation to the university, school/center/institute and department

Throughout the probationary period review process, the supervisor should:

  • Meet with the employee regularly to discuss performance and provide constructive feedback as to whether s/he is meeting the expectations for the position, determine if employee needs additional training and, if necessary, provide employee with a plan for improvement
  • Determine whether the employee meets the required performance expectations for continued employment
  • For Legacy-UMDNJ staff positions, complete the Probationary Assessment Form

If performance expectations have not been met and progress has not been made within the probationary period, the employee should be terminated before attaining the last day of probation.

Probationary Periods

If you have questions about the probationary period or how it should be applied, please contact your HR Consultant, HR Generalist, your human resources representative in Camden or Newark,  or the Office of Labor Relations.

AAUP-AFT/EOF 90 calendar days
AFSCME Local 888 90 calendar days with management right to extend (with concurrence of the Union)
AFSCME Local 1761 (COLT) 90 calendar days with management right to extend (with concurrence of the Union)
CWA Local 1031 180 calendar days with management right to extend 30 calendar days
CWA 1040 (UCHC) 180 calendar days with management right to extend 30 calendar days
Doctors Council, SEIU 90 calendar days with management right to extend
Confidential (Legacy-UMDNJ Staff Positions) 180 calendar days with management right to extend 90 calendar days
Fraternal Order of Police-Primary Lodge 62 90 calendar days
Fraternal Order of Police-Superior Lodge 164 180 calendar days
Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 74 180 calendar days with management right to extend an additional 180 days.
Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 155 (Sergeants) 180 calendar days with management right to extend an additional 180 days.
HPAE Local 5089 (Nursing) 180 calendar days with management right to extend 30 calendar days
HPAE Local 5094 (Professional) 180 calendar days with management right to extend 30 calendar days
HPAE Local 5135 180 calendar days with management right to extend 30 calendar days
International Union of Operating Engineers Local 68 90 calendar days 
International Union of Operating Engineers Local 68 (Legacy-UMDNJ) 180 calendar days with management right to extend 30 calendar days
MPSC 90 calendar days with management right to extend
OPEIU Local 153 180 calendar days
Teamsters Local 97 180 calendar days with management right to extend 30 calendar days
URA-AFT 90 calendar days with management right to extend

For more information please refer to the applicable University Policy and collective negotiations agreement.