Employment At-Will

Employment with Spelman is voluntarily entered into, and the employee is free to resign at-will at any time, with or without cause. Similarly, Spelman may terminate the employment relationship at-will, at any time, with or without notice or cause, so long as there is no violation of applicable local, state or federal law.

No Spelman representative is authorized to modify this policy for any employee or to enter into any agreement, oral or written, which changes the at-will relationship. No statements made in pre-hire interviews or discussions, or in recruiting materials of any kind, alter the at-will nature of employment or imply that discharge will occur only for cause.

Completion of an introductory period or advancement to regular status does not change an employee's status as an at-will employee or in any way restrict Spelman's right to terminate such an employee or change the terms or conditions of employment.

Policies set forth in this manual are not intended to create a contract, nor are they to be construed to constitute contractual obligations of any kind or a contract of employment between Spelman and any of its employees. The provisions of this manual have been developed at the discretion of management and, except for its policy of employment-at-will, may be amended or cancelled at any time, at Spelman's sole discretion.

Most staff employees have twelve-month appointments. Many faculty and some staff have ten-month, or academic year appointments. A few have appointments for other periods, including spring or fall semester appointments, summer appointments, or appointments for a specified period to coincide with a grant or project.

An appointment is not an employment contract. Employees may be terminated at any time or dismissed for cause in accordance with College policy and procedures.

These provisions supersede all existing policies and practices and may not be amended without the express written approval of the President or her designee.

Policy No.  101  Effective Date:  9/1/2000  Revision Date:  6/1/2002