Offices & Services

Human Resources

Employee Separation


If an employee decides to resign from their position at Washington College, they should submit a letter in writing to their supervisor and a copy to the Office of Human Resources in a timely fashion (normally at least two weeks prior to the last day of work) to permit the replacement process to be undertaken and to provide for an organized transition. A date for departure should be discussed with the supervisor and mutually agreed upon.


An employee who plans to retire must notify their supervisor and the Assistant Director of Human Resources as soon as possible. Any employee who is retiring should schedule an appointment with the Assistant Director of Human Resources to discuss the exit process. It can require three to four months to plan for the commencement of retirement benefits.


A supervisor or department head may discharge an employee after a recommendation for discharge and documentation of the reasons for recommended discharge have been reviewed and approved by the Director of Human Resources.

If any employee is being discharged, they will be presented with a termination letter. An employee who disagrees with the grounds for termination may submit a written rebuttal to the Director of Human Resources within five days of the date of the Discharge Letter. The employee may also file a grievance with the Chief of Staff.

View the Grievance Policy 

Exit Process

At the time of voluntary or involuntary termination of employment, the employee should follow these procedures:

  1. Meet with supervisor to discuss separation.
  2. Send a signed copy of your resignation letter to Human Resources. The resignation letter should include the date of your last day of work. 
  3. Schedule an Exit Interview with Human Resources that will include a discussion regarding final wage payments and benefits options available to the employee. Call 410-778-7298 or email to schedule an appointment. 
  4. On your last day of employment, complete an Exit Clearance Form. Submit to Human Resources at Exit Interview.
  5. On or before your last day of employment, complete an Exit Interview Questionnaire

At the time of the Exit Interview, the Exit Clearance Form must be submitted to Human Resources, all property must be returned to the College for an employee to be cleared. All areas designated on the Exit Interview form must be signed off by the designee and Human Resources must have completed the exit interview prior to the last day of work so that the final paycheck can be released on time.