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3.20 / Initiation of Employment

Purpose:
The purpose of this statement is to set forth University policy with regard to when an individual can begin to perform services, as a University employee, for the University.

Preamble:
To protect the legal and financial interests of the University, as well as prospective University employees, it is necessary that the University have a policy to specify and communicate when a person can begin to perform duties and responsibilities, as an employee, on behalf of and for the University. 

Policy Statement:

1.  No individual shall begin her/his appointment and/or perform work for the University unless and until all University forms required for the appointment of a new employee, or the change of status of an existing employee, are properly completed and on file in the appropriate offices. This policy applies to all categories of University employment: university support staff, unclassified professional employees, faculty, and student employees.

2.  Failure to comply with this policy will be grounds for immediate disciplinary action, including termination. 

Implementation:
This policy shall be included in the WSU Policies and Procedures Manual and shared with appropriate constituencies of the University.

The General Counsel shall have primary responsibility for publication, dissemination and implementation of this University policy.

Effective Date: 
July 1, 2004

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