Arizona's largest public university could soon create a new class of at-will employees, meaning staff in non-academic positions could be fired at any time.

The controversial proposal could mean less job security beginning July 1 for about 3,000 employees at Arizona State University.

The University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University have no immediate plans to create a new employment classification, officials say.

The Arizona Republic reports that state Board of Regents will consider the proposal at its meeting next month.

The change would apply to about one-third of ASU's benefits-eligible employees — 3,000 service professionals and 90 non-faculty administrators.

Examples of service professionals include managers, accountants, lawyers, financial analysts, physicians and computer-systems programmers. The policy would not apply to faculty.