Northwestern 325 D-06

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  1. Successively severe punishment for repeated infractions is the common definition of ______________ __________________.
    Progressive discipline
  2. ________________ must be reasonable under the circumstances.
  3. True or False - The progression of discipline cannot be accelerated for serious infractions.
  4. What is the standard at a disciplinary hearing?
    • Just Cause
    • Every wrong doing by the employee or some impairment to the employee/employer relationship
  5. True or False – When conducting an investigation of unacceptable behavior of an employee, “Conduct unbecoming” should always be cited.
    • False
    • Specific behavior should be cited; a catch all phrase / violation should not be utilized.
  6. True or False - Just cause prevents arbitrary discipline against public employees
  7. In terms of misconduct that occurred during “Off-duty” activity, the department must show a ___________ between the employees’ actions and their position in order to impose discipline.
  8. True or False – With regard to Garrity v. New Jersey, it was ruled that information given to an employer by an employee in an administrative hearing cannot be used against the employee in criminal proceeding.
    • True
    • This is a protection under the 5th Amendment; self incrimination.
  9. True or False – If a police officer has not been granted immunity under Garrity, the agency cannot compel an officer to make statements that may lead to or be used in a criminal proceeding.
  10. True or False – If an officer invokes his/her rights under the 5th Amendment, the officer cannot be disciplined for failing to answer question in an administrative hearing unless the officer is granted immunity.
  11. An employee’s ____________ is determinative of their rights and the employer’s obligation during the disciplinary process.
    • Status
    • Appointed, elected, tenured, etc. are all considered “Statuses”
  12. _______________ __________________ are critical and must be outlined in the job description at the time of hiring.
    Critical functions
  13. True or False – can higher ranking officers be more severely punished than a lower ranking officer for the same offense / infraction.
    • True
    • The higher ranking officer has more responsibility and higher expectations.
  14. The __________-____________ is a function of the Civil Service Commission that investigates facts, holds hearing and draws conclusions.
  15. A ____________ ________ ____________ is not an investigative body but functions similarly to a Civil Service Commission having both administrative and quasi-judicial functions and the decisions of the Board are appealable to the state trial court.
    Sheriff’s Merit Board
  16. With regard to appeals to decisions of a Civil Service Board or a Sheriff’s Merit Board, the decisions will be upheld unless the decision was ___________________.
  17. True or False – An at will employee can be changed to a tenured employee after completing probation if they are treated as such and given property rights, if their contract is renegotiated or if the status is granted by policy.
  18. Requiring “just cause” for discipline creates a property interest in the position thus requiring due process and that requirement prevents _________________ discipline against government employees.
  19. Name two circumstances that require both a pre-deprivation hearing (Loudermill) and a post-deprivation hearing.
    • Termination
    • Unpaid suspension
    • Involuntary unpaid leaves
    • Demotions
    • Involuntary retirement for disability
  20. ___________________ due process is the notice and opportunity to be heard.
  21. ___________________ due process addresses whether or not the agency’s actions were arbitrary
  22. Name three circumstances in which a person can be disciplined for what they say and cannot use protection under the 1st Amendment.
    • Inflammatory comments
    • Insubordination
    • Demoralizing comments
    • Violation of Right of Privacy
    • Participating in Pornography that attaches to the agency (uniform, etc)
  23. When can an agency prohibit an officer from joining a group or organization?
    When there is specific intent by the officer to carry out illegal activity
  24. If an agency chooses to implement drug testing the selection process of who is selected for testing must be _____________________.
  25. In a constructive discharge case it is the responsibility of the _____________ to show that a reasonable person faced with same conditions would have ended their employment.
  26. List three common defenses utilized by employees who receive discipline.
    • Charges not factually proven
    • Punishment does not fit the infraction
    • No thorough investigation
    • Inconsistent punishment
    • Inadequate supervision or training
    • Should have considered the officer’s state of mind
    • Discipline not progressive
    • No due process
    • No recognition of prior good conduct
    • Anti-union bias
    • Conduct not likely to occur againPolicy and rules not clear and understandable
  27. True or False – The employee must exhaust administrative remedies before filing an appeal.
  28. True or False – A Post-deprivation hearing requires a full evidentiary hearing.
  29. The burden of proof for a police agency in a police discipline case, because it’s civil in nature is, _______________ __ _____________.
    Preponderance of evidence
  30. In the pre-deprivation phase of the disciplinary process a Loudermill hearing is held to advise the employee of their _________________ and gives them a chance to respond.
  31. If a comment is made that effects and employee’s privacy or defames them even though they are an at will employee, they are entitled to a ____________ _______________ _____________.
    Name clearing hearing
  32. True or False – Substantive Due Process deals with whether or not the agency’s actions were arbitrary (Fundamental Fairness).
  33. True or False – Procedural Due Process deals with technical issues, i.e. Notice and the opportunity to be heard.
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Northwestern 325 D-06
2012-02-13 20:36:36
Northwestern 325 06

Legal Aspects of Discipline
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