FAQs

Staff Relations

Where can I find the rules that apply to regular staff employees at UMCP?

Rules may originate from a number of sources. There are numerous Board of Regents (or “BOR”) policies applicable to all staff employees, as well as UMCP Policies and Procedures. There may also be departmental or even work group rules specific to where you work. If you are a bargaining unit employee, the applicable Memorandum of Understanding (exempt, nonexempt or Sworn Police) provides additional information.

How do I find out whether or not my job is in a bargaining unit?

The determination of inclusion or exclusion into one of the three campus bargaining units is made on a position-by-position basis as determined the duties of the individual job; this means that two employees sharing the same title may have different bargaining unit status. Your supervisor can tell you if your position is included in or excluded from a bargaining unit by viewing your appointment detail screen in PHR.

What is meant by the term “probationary employee”?

Each new regular employee, exempt or nonexempt, serves a trial period of employment designed to allow the university to determine if the employee has the necessary attributes and competencies to perform the essential duties of his/her position. Nonexempt regular employees new to the university generally serve an “original” probationary period of six (6) months. Exempt employees new to the university generally serve a probationary period of one (1) year. There are also different probationary periods that may apply as an employee moves to other jobs within the university.

Does the UMCP have a formal process to address employee complaints?

Yes. The University has a formal process open to all Regular employees. Regular employees who are seeking resolutions to workplace matters such as discipline or the application of rules or procedures over which management has control may use the grievance procedure. (Please see links to BOR Policy VII 8.00 – Policy On Grievances for Nonexempt and Exempt Staff Employees)

Does the UMCP have a formal policy on Time & Attendance?

The core business hours of the university are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. However, individual departments determine the specific work hours and reporting requirements of those work groups, and such hours may vary according to the business needs of the organization and the assigned duties of the individual position.

What is New Employee Orientation, and how often is it offered?

This program is designed to give new employees an understanding of what the University of Maryland is all about: our institutional mission, our students, and our services. It is important in helping new employees integrate into the campus and become enthusiastic members of the Terrapin community! Orientation is offered the 2nd Monday of every month. For more information and to register, go to training.umd.edu.