University of Minnesota
Office of Human Resources

Article 11 Discipline

11.1 The Employer will discipline employees for just cause only. Discipline will be in the form of:

  1. oral reprimand
  2. written reprimand
  3. suspension
  4. demotion, or
  5. discharge

Both the Employer and the Union agree that the above list of types of discipline is not meant to imply a sequence of events.

11.2 Suspension, demotions and discharges will be in written form.

11.3 Written reprimands, notices of suspension and notices of discharge to become part of an employee's personnel file shall be presented in the presence of a Union representative, read and acknowledged, by signature, of the employee. Employees and the Union will receive a copy of such reprimands and/or notices.

11.4 Employees may examine their own individual personnel files at reasonable times under the direct supervision of the Employer.

11.5 Discharges will be preceded by a five (5) day suspension without pay.

11.6 Employees will not be questioned concerning an investigation of disciplinary action involving suspension, demotion, or a discharge unless the employee has been given an opportunity to have a Union representative present at such questioning.

11.7 Grievances relating to a suspension or discharge shall be initiated by the Union at Step 2 of the Grievance Procedure under Article 8, within seven (7) calendar days.