Do companies have 90 probation periods for new employees? She could be fired and not be able to sue for hostile work environment-sexual harassment?
Universities should have probationary periods for staff positions--it would vary from place to place. So, yes, she could be terminated during the probationary period. She could also be terminated if Petrino failed to follow standard hiring procedures. Most staff positions need to be defined and classified by Human Resources and follow some approved procedure for selecting candidates, and a hire may require a waiver if the candidate doesn't possess the job qualifications (say, education or prior experience). This doesn't even address a sexual relationship with a subordinate, which is a violation of university policy.
I bet that Petrino's and the football programs' expenses are also being audited, too.
Based on his experience here in Louisville, I can tell you that Petrino is a brilliant coach, but he is also an abrasive personality and an inveterate liar. He tries the patience of those around him, including his athletic directors, who often sense no reciprocal loyalty to them. Were this the only offense--as bad as it is--he would probably survive at most schools. This may be a case of enough being enough.
Based on early reports, how's this working out?
Repeated lying about accident and affair to athletic director? Check.
Questionable forwarding of money to Dorrell? ($20,000, but not sure from what source.) Check.
Affair in violation of school policy? Check.
Inappropriate hiring over 158 other candidates, and in violation of conflict-of-interest policies? Check. Dorrell got the job in a time frame "shorter than our normal affirmative action hiring process," according to the athletic director.
You could read this one like a book.