This Staff Policies and Procedures Manual has been prepared for the staff employed by the University of Puget Sound. The staff policies in the employment, wage and salary, benefits and services, and standards of conduct sections of the Manual (alphabetized by topic within each section) are maintained by the Human Resources Department. These policies apply only to members of the staff and not to faculty, vice presidents, or students. The policies in the Campus-Wide Policies section of the Manual apply to all members of the campus community. In each case, the office responsible for the policy and the title of the appropriate contact person is provided.
The manual has been developed by many people within the university community. The manual is a living document and will change as we change. Suggestions for changes are welcome and should be directed to the Human Resources Department.
These staff policies and procedures are necessarily general in scope and nature. Operating departments may develop department-specific staff policies and procedures, submit them to the Human Resources Department for approval.
A copy of the manual should be maintained in each department of the university as a resource for staff members and department heads. Staff members who have questions about the application of a particular policy or procedure should direct those questions to their supervisors or to the Human Resources Department.
This manual and any department-specific policies are not intended to create, and should not be construed as creating, any contractual obligations. The university reserves the right to change this manual at any time. As university policies, programs, practices, or procedures change, the information in this manual also changes. The university reserves the right, whether in an individual case or more generally, to alter, reduce, or eliminate any policy, program, practice, benefit or procedure, in whole or in part, without notice.
Staff members have the right to terminate their employment at any time with or without cause, and the University of Puget Sound retains the same right to terminate a staff member's employment at any time with or without cause or prior notice, regardless of any other documents or oral or written statements issued by the University of Puget Sound or its representatives.