Current Employees

Probationary Employees


If you are a newly hired career employee, you are most likely in a probationary status for the first six months of your employment at UC Santa Barbara. The probationary period allows your supervisor time to assess whether your skills, performance, and reliability fit the requirement for the position and merit continuation of university employment. (The length of your probationary period should have been communicated to you during the hiring process by the Employment recruiter or your direct supervisor. If you are uncertain about your probationary status, ask your direct supervisor for clarification.)

General Recommendations

We encourage you to take the following steps to manage your performance during your probationary employment period:

  • Review the applicable University policy or collective bargaining agreement relating to your probationary status.
  • Review the job description for your position and ask your supervisor to go over your new duties and his/her expectations and standards of performance.
  • Ask your supervisor if there are any particular department expectations or guidelines for:
    • Reporting to work in a regular and timely manner
    • Scheduled breaks or lunch periods
    • Reporting sick leave use and other absences
    • Appropriate conduct
    • Following specific health & safety rules
  • Do not hesitate to ask your supervisor for feedback about how you are doing during the probationary period.

Performance Evaluations During Probationary Period

In most cases, probationary employees should receive at least one written performance evaluation during the probationary period. Please consult the applicable University Policy or collective bargaining agreement that covers your job title for more information about these requirements. More information about the general performance evaluation process is available in the Performance Evaluation section.

Probationary Releases & Extensions

Probationary employees are at-will and may be released, with or without cause, during probation. In some circumstances, the probationary period may be extended an additional three months. If you are being released or extended during your probationary period, you will receive written notification. If you have questions about a probationary release or extension, contact Employee & Labor Relations.

Completion of Probationary Period

At the conclusion of your probationary period, you should receive notification, in writing, from your supervisor that you have successfully completed your probationary period. Congratulations on becoming a career employee at UCSB.


When the information presented on this web page or elsewhere on this site is in conflict with University policies, procedures or applicable collective bargaining agreements, the terms of those University policies, procedures and agreements shall govern.