Department Offboarding Guide

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Department Offboarding Guide

Working with the separating faculty/staff member as well as any designated contacts in your department, please follow the steps outlined below to ensure the exit process runs smoothly. Not all steps will apply to all employees; complete only if applicable. Printable Version

Contact your unit HR representative for assistance with any involuntary terminations.

If you have any feedback about our current Offboarding process, please let us know.

Preparing for the Exit/Transfer

As soon as you are aware of an employee’s resignation/retirement, it is important that you notify key roles such as your department HR representative, IT support, and College Research Officer (CRO). Each of these roles have time sensitive actions that need to be started.

Send the separating employee to the Separating Employee Guide and ensure they work to complete the tasks.

Upon notice of separation, the college’s Faculty Offboarding Point of Contact should be notified and the separating Faculty, Department Head, and College Research Officer(CRO) should follow the college’s defined offboarding process to work together on the completion of the items in this guide.

At a minimum, the following tools (or equivalent department processes/tools) should be used and documentation of these completed actions should be maintained in the personnel file.

Asset Tracking Form
Systems Access Removal Checklist
Knowledge Transfer Plan
Research Disposition Plan (if involved in research)

The separation action is what is used to notify Human Resources of the separation and is what kicks off the offboarding process. It is critical that these are entered timely to ensure proper offboarding and to avoid overpayments of payroll.

NOTE: Ask the employee if they are transferring to another state of NC agency. If so, it is critical that the separation action is coded correctly to ensure the correct leave payout or transfers. Failure to notify the HR Representative will result in an inaccurate payout and loss of leave transferred to the new agency.
NOTE: Is the separating employee a supervisor? If yes, update the “Reports To” for any subordinates to ensure seamless processing of time/leave.
NOTE: If an employee gives notice during the HR System lockout period, contact Regina House in Payroll AND your HRIM Specialist to discuss options of entering the action during this period to avoid overpayments.

The separation action should be submitted EXCEPT in the following situations:

*Employees transferring within the university–the receiving department processes a JAR Transfer or Promotion action.
*Term/Temporary Employees (including Fixed Term) whose appointments are ending on their expected end date

FAQs and instructions on how to process termination/retirement actions.
Payroll Schedules
Contact your HRIM Specialist with any questions.

• Employees should provide a written resignation to their supervisor which includes their last anticipated day of work. A copy of this letter should be forwarded to the HRIM Specialist assigned to your college/division. It does not have to be the original and it can be sent via email.

IMPORTANT NOTE – A letter is not required for term/temporary employees (including Fixed Term) whose appointments are ending on their expected end date.

• Send departmental Personnel File to HRIM.

If the separating employee’s employment-based immigration status was sponsored by NC State, the department or employee should reach out to International Employment at to inform them of the last day of employment. If the sponsoring unit has ended employment earlier than the end date on the status approval notice (or I-94 card), then it might be required to offer the employee reasonable costs of return transportation abroad if they are in H-1B or O-1 status. Please contact the International Employment Manager for more information.

J-1 Scholars should complete and submit the Scholar Departure Form to the Office of International Services (available for download on OIS’s Forms for Scholars page).

Connect with Separating Employee

Use these two checklists to collect assets and terminate system/data access.
This form should have initially been completed at the time of hire to document the assets (keys, access cards, computers, credit cards, microscopes, equipment, phones, vehicles, uniforms) and system access rights that were assigned and maintained in the employee file. At the time of separation, the form should be used to document the return of those assets and inactivation of system access (even if not used to initially assign assets).
NOTE: Security Liaisons for the department must contact Security Applications & Technologies at to have key card door access removed for buildings, offices, labs, etc.

Property Disposition and Transfer Policy and Procedures
Disposal of University Property.
Notify appropriate IT staff to review the individual’s current access to systems (e.g. Moodle, Google, PeopleSoft HR, Financials, SIS, RADAR, ADVANCE, etc)** and submit a revoke/termination access request through appropriate channels.
NOTE: Prior to separation, managers can have the employee set up delegated email account(s) and ensure that email messages needed by the department are forwarded to those accounts. The delegated person will have access to the separating employee’s email until it is deactivated, approximately 21 days after the termination date. (Use with caution for individuals who will continue to be an active NC State student as their account will not be deactivated.)
**Important Note: Employees will need Duo and Google 2-Factor Authentication active to access any NC State University accounts after separating from the University.
Learn about when access to services/systems will be revoked.
Employee Account Deprovisioning
Systems Access Request (SAR) for HR, FIN, and SIS requests
Campus Directory: Encourage your employee to change any customized information (e.g. working title) in the Campus Directory back to the default information. This will eliminate confusion and mis-information if the employee ever returns to the University in a different role. This is especially important for retirees to complete.

Direct employee to complete the Knowledge Transfer Plan.
Arrange a time to meet with your employee to discuss the status of their teaching / projects / committee involvement / etc. and plans for knowledge transfer as needed. In addition to any knowledge transfer that must take place, ensure any university information / data is transferred to an accessible secure shared drive and is not saved on individual drives, hard drives, or Google drives.

Ensure all time and leave is approved in WolfTime before the termination date. Inaccurate balances have a direct impact on leave payout amounts.
* Leave will be paid out the month following the separation with the exception of retirees. Leave for retirees is paid out in the month of retirement.
* Employees, supervisors, and leave coordinators can continue to enter/approve leave actions up to the employees termination date. After the termination date, only the leave coordinator can enter actions.
* If the separation is effective within the same (or a prior) month as when the separation action is entered, then the leave system recognizes the separation during the overnight run on the day that the separation action is entered, and the balances will reflect zero as of the next day. If the separation is effective in a future month, the balances will zero out on the first of the month in which the separation is effective.
Example 1: Separation effective the same (or prior) month as when the action is entered
Action entered: 1/11/2023
Separation effective date: 1/20/2023
Balances reflect zero as of: 1/12/2023
Example 2: Separation effective date is in a future month from when the action is entered
Action entered: 1/11/2023
Separation effective date: 2/3/2023
Balances reflect zero as of: 2/1/2023
* To view final balances (even if balance is moved to “zero”) and to verify leave, use the forecasted balances as these include any future accruals and any pending/approved actions up to the employee’s termination date. Video instructions on how to view forecasted balances.
* For FLSA subject employees, verify that sum of total hours worked and leave used for the last week equals 40 (or weekly FTE requirement) before they leave on their last day.
* It is not recommended to use the Certify Leave process to view final leave balances prior to the termination date as these numbers will not reflect pending actions or ANY actions for the last week of employment until after the weekly Leave Calculations are finalized on the Tuesday after the termination date.
More info on leave balances, payout, and transfers

Ensure all outstanding expenses & reimbursements have been submitted and approved before the employee’s last day.
• P-Card–The Cardholder or reconciler can initiate a change request to Inactivate the card through the NCSU Card Center. The card must be shredded or cut into pieces. DO NOT return the card to the PCard Administrator. Standard Operating Procedures
• Cancel all future travel
• Cancel all future trainings
• Terminate the individual’s signature authority on bank accounts (such as Foundation accounts).

An SHRA employee transferring to another university department or state agency must receive a transfer appraisal from his/her current supervisor to be forwarded to the gaining unit. More Info

Transfer Appraisal Form

Encourage separating employee to complete an Exit Survey. The University wants to better understand what faculty and staff value most in their workplace and why they leave. It is highly encouraged, but not mandatory, for all separating employees to complete an Exit Survey. The information furnished is confidential and will only be used in summary form as a means to identify patterns or trends in the work environment at the University.
SHRA/EHRA Non Faculty:
Exit Survey

More Info
Faculty Exit Survey
To request an in-person exit interview, please call 919-513-3245 or email Danielle Carr at
Postdoc Exit Survey

Principal Investigators, Co Principal Investigators, and Key Research Personnel

Is separating employee engaged in research?

The separating employee should meet with the faculty and/or graduate/post Doc student(s) to discuss the next steps. Once discussed and Department Head and/or Associate Dean of Research agree with the plan, they should meet with the College Research Officer (CRO) for assistance with transitioning the research portfolio.
The Campus Research Officer will assist in developing a disposition plan to include the following:
* Grants, contracts and cooperative agreements for which you serve as PI: For each, will the project transfer to a new institution, remain at NC State under the direction of a different PI, or be relinquished? Verify technical reporting obligations are current. PI Transfer (if applicable)
* Grants, contracts and cooperative agreements for which you do not serve as PI: For each, will you continue to work on the project through a subaward, consulting agreement, or other arrangement? Changes in key personnel effort commitment, including change in employing institution, usually require sponsor prior approval.
* Other agreements such as data use agreements and membership agreements for which you are responsible.
* Project personnel: Will support staff and trainees be supervised by someone else, transfer employment, or be given notice of a position ending date?
* IRB and IACUC protocols, Lab Animal orders
* Data security and technology control plans in which you are named
* Laboratory safety/biohazard plans in which you are named: Disposition of waste, decontamination needs, identification of responsible individuals if operations continue.
* Capital assets, materials and supplies: Transfer of items associated with active project transfers, update CAMS.
* Records and data: Disposition of databases, lab notebooks, etc. Arrange for copies if you will continue to work on the project.
* Intellectual property: Ensure invention disclosures are current in the innovator’s portal and notify the Office of Research Commercialization of departure.
* Special licenses or security clearances
* Documentation retention-Where will items be stored, who pays for it (Department, departing faculty member, etc)
* Who owns the samples/materials, what leaves and what stays, who pays for storage/destruction, retention policy?

Laboratory Relocation-Move-out/Move-in/Start up procedures and checklists

Property Disposition and Transfer Policy and Procedures–Provides guidance on the disposal/transfer/loans of ALL NC State University property-regardless of value. Note: Of particular value is the decision tree at the end of the document providing a snap shot view of how to handle the disposal/transfer/loan of property.
More guidance can be found in the PRR for Disposal of University Property.

Before Employee Leaves the University

Send an email to the individuals in your faculty/unit to let them know the employee will be leaving. A sample email is included below:

It is with mixed feelings that I announce [employee’s name] will be leaving our team and her/his last day will be [Date]. Please join me in thanking [employee’s name] for all he/she has done over the last [x months/years] to [provide some specific details about the employee’s contributions, projects, etc.].
Please join me in wishing [employee’s name] all the best in his/her future endeavors.
Best regards,

• If this employee was an approver or initiator in campus systems or processes for your faculty or unit, contact the HR and Finance Partners in your area to identify impacts their departure might have on administration of budgets, HR functions, etc. It is important that their departure does not leave a gap in the approval processes required to maintain consistent faculty or unit operations.
• Create appropriate reply-back messages and forwarding rules for the individual’s email account.
• Update outgoing voicemail message and forward phone accordingly.

Ensure the phone and email lists as well as website contact lists/information including their profile, have been updated by contacting the appropriate administrator(s) in your area.


Contact the Office of General Counsel (919-515-3071) if separating employee is involved in a Litigation Hold to arrange a successor custodian of records.

Retain the individual’s student access (student email account, Moodle, etc.) if applicable.


Retirees may retain their NC State email account (including Google Workspace) at the discretion of their department management. A department HR representative will submit a no-pay action in the HR System to maintain access. Instructions for submitting Retiree and Guest Accounts.
Instructions for submitting Retiree and Guest Accounts (found near bottom of page)
Retirees that keep their NC State email account (including Google Workspace):
*Are required to take OIT’s Data Security Training annually
*Are required to acknowledge the Information Security & Privacy Acknowledgement form via the MyPack Portal annually
*Must review and renew the account access on an annual basis with their department
*Should remember that use of your NC State account after retirement means it remains subject to discovery and/or open records requests.
Note: Be sure to update/remove business phone numbers from the HR System so that they do not feed to the campus directory. Remind employee to update any customizations they entered to the online campus directory as those will remain visible if not updated.

Upon approval of the Chancellor, emeritus/emerita status is granted to retiring full-time faculty in recognition of dedicated service at NC State University. It is an earned rank and as such entitles its holders to commensurate rights and privileges.
Procedures For Granting Emeritus/Emerita Status:
Senior Administrators
Note: Once approved, emeritus status should be entered via JAR in the HR system using the appropriate “N” job code that is associated with their Emeritus Title.
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