Prohibitions & Penalties
The Prohibitions and Penalties: A Guide for Classified Staff is a handbook intended as a guide for both employees and supervisors to clarify existing rules and regulations for discipline. It does not constitute coverage for all infractions and violations that could conceivably occur. It does, however, cover the majority of situations that are a source of concern to supervisors and the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE). The handbook has been approved by the State Personnel Commission and thus has the same force and effect as other rules and regulations covering classified employees. The penalties identified for the various infractions are merely guidelines. Any offense may result in dismissal depending on the circumstances. A supervisor is not bound by penalties suggested in the guidelines and may impose a more or less severe penalty depending upon circumstances. As indicated earlier in this document, appropriate disciplinary or corrective action may also be taken for any cause listed in Section 284.650 of the Nevada Administrative Code, "Causes for Disciplinary Action."
There are steps built into the disciplinary review process to ensure the action of the employer has been based on evidence that shows the good of the public service is served through the administration of discipline. These steps include participation in the Pre-Disciplinary Hearing process, a review of intended action pursuant to the State Administrative Manual 1702.0, participation in the classified employee grievance process, and/or participation in the state appeal hearing process.
In the event that disciplinary decisions are reviewed after the fact by a Hearing Officer appointed by the State of Nevada, the hearing officer is charged with taking a new and impartial view of the evidence and assessing, among other things, the reasonableness of the proposed discipline. This impartial view must include a review of the prior record of discipline, any negative or below standard work performance evaluations, and any good works or earned commendations.
Employees and supervisors are encouraged to contact the Employee Relations unit for advice and counsel regarding disciplinary issues and concerns.