Employees separate from the campus in a variety of ways. Some separations are voluntary and initiated by the employee, such as resignation or retirement. Others are involuntary and initiated by management, such as layoff or medical separation. The death of an employee or dismissal for cause creates unique challenges.

Each type of separation requires specific, different actions by you, though some processes are common to all. Your common sense and good judgment will serve you well in response to the special circumstances that arise with each employee's separation.

Whatever the circumstances, every employee leaving the campus, whether voluntarily or involuntarily, should feel that he/she was treated with respect. Keep this goal in mind as you review the guidelines for different types of separations in this chapter.