Purdue subscribes to a policy of constructive or progressive discipline. For this reason, supervisors are advised to “use their best judgment to keep discipline constructive in action and intent.” The Human Resources Services website contains guidelines for administering a Progressive Disciplinary Action program. When discipline is administered, it should be done so in a timely fashion and should be based on doctrines of fairness and consistency. Staff members in the employee relations section of Human Resource Services are excellent resources for information about administering a constructive disciplinary program.
If a Purdue faculty member is accused of research misconduct, there is a policy and procedures in place for handling these allegations. For more information, see Purdue's Policy on Research Misconduct (VIII.3.1).
In addition, Executive Memorandum B-48, already referred to in the section on tenure and promotion, describes what procedures must be followed in the case of dismissing a tenured faculty member for cause or a non-tenured member of the faculty for any reason prior to the expiration of his or her contract.
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