A demotion is a movement to a position in a lower pay grade. Demotions may occur as a result of organizational realignments or performance difficulties among other possible reasons. If an employee is demoted, the circumstances of each case will be reviewed to ascertain the appropriate pay rate for the new job. It is the general practice that the wage rate of the employee will not be cut if the demotion is not a result of poor performance. However, if a reduction in force was ever to become a necessity, the university reserves the right to decrease individual wage rates to an appropriate pay level for the newly assigned lower level responsibilities.