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Understanding the Discipline Process

The discipline process is designed to provide a fair and consistent method of addressing issues of performance and conduct. Academic Employee Relations is available to consult with faculty, management, and union representatives to interpret the Collective Bargaining Agreements, Education Codes, and university policies relating to the discipline process.

Employees are entitled to union representation (PDF) during an investigatory interview, i.e., any time the supervisor questions the employee to obtain information which could be used as a basis for discipline or asks an employee to defend his/her conduct. If you have questions regarding the discipline process, please contact your union representative.

The Progressive Discipline Document (DOC) has more details regarding the discipline process. Employees can also reference the contract article within their Collective Bargaining Agreement.


In addition to Academic Employee Relations, the CSULB campus community has two very important resources that are available to assistant them. The Office of the University Ombuds and the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) are campus-based programs that offer a wide variety of services.

Office of University Ombuds

This office works independently as an objective and confidential advisor to help informally resolve campus issues. For additional information, visit the Ombuds Website

Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP)

This program is a free, confidential resource program available to all CSULB faculty and staff.  The program helps to explore problem areas that may affect a person’s well-being.  For more information, visit the FSAP website