Talent Development and Human Resources

Appointment Status Policy

University employees are appointed on the basis of qualifications and position requirements.  Offers of employment may only be made by authorized University officials and are subject to approval by the University’s Board of Trustees. 

Each position within the University of Akron’s classified and unclassified classification system is designated as either; regular, temporary or sponsored for purposes of determining the expected duration of the position.  The Office of Talent Development and Human Resources will determine the appointment status of each position.

A position is considered as full-time if it is scheduled to work 40 hours per week on a regular basis.  A position is considered as part-time if it is scheduled to work less than 30 hours per week on a regular basis.  Employees in part-time positions are not permitted to work more than 29 hours per week.

All positions at The University of Akron are subject to the availability of funding, the employment needs of The University and the employee’s ability to meet established standards of job performance.

Definition of Appointment Status:

Regular Appointment – A non-faculty appointment for which the employment relationship between the University and the employee is intended to last for an undetermined period of time and the position is funded by general or auxiliary University funds.    

  • Regular appointments may be for a 12-month period of time or for any other defined period of time (i.e. 9-month or 10-month for exempt positions or 36-weeks, 40-weeks, etc. for non-exempt positions) depending upon the needs of the assigned unit.

Temporary Appointment – A non-faculty appointment for which the employment relationship between the University and the employee is intended for a specific, designated period of time.  Temporary appointments may be approved for a maximum duration of 6 months or until the end of a current academic term, whichever is longer.  Following the completion of a temporary appointment, a department must allow a minimum of 90 days time to elapse before requesting approval to fill another temporary position that would be considered as the same or similar type of position.

  • In the event of extenuating circumstances, Academic Units may request approval from the Sr. VP and Provost to extend a temporary appointment beyond the established time limit. 
  • If a regular employee is out on an approved medical leave of absence, a department may request approval to extend a temporary appointment beyond the established time limit.

Sponsored Appointment – A non-faculty appointment funded by an external grant, sponsored research, restricted gift or other temporary restricted fund, for which the employment relationship between the University and the employee is intended for a specific, designated period of time.

  •  A sponsored appointment may extend for any length of time depending upon the external funding received by the University. 

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