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Policy Post October 2011

What's new in University-Wide Administrative Policies? Here are some highlights from the past few months. Additional policy changes can be found at http://policy.umn.edu/User/POLICYLIB_UPDATED.html.

NEWS FLASH ... Regents Scholarship Program ...

President Kaler has considered the current tuition coverage for employees matriculating for the first time in a baccalaureate degree program under the Regents Scholarship Program policy.  He has decided to increase the tuition coverage from the current 90% to the prior threshold of full tuition coverage for these individuals, beginning fall semester 2012.  All other program-eligible employees will still be responsible for 25% of the tuition cost. 

Want to see it for yourself?  The policy version that will be posted after summer session is accessible through the current Regents Scholarship Program policy at http://policy.umn.edu/categories/hr/Regents_Scholarship_Policy.pdf.

Making the Call

Executives and key administrators have been focused over the past 6-12 months on conducting a review of their policies to identify areas in which operational excellence should occur.  One of the many policies examined was Cell Phone and PDA Business Expenses. A policy revision is currently available for your review and comment.

Key Change
Salary allowances (augmentations) for business cell phone expenses currently allowed by policy will be eliminated effective July 2012. Exceptions will continue for business use in special situations (e.g., public safety and disaster preparedness, departmentally-owned contracts, international expenses.)

  • Why is this change being made?
    This policy change will reduce administrative burden and costs. Departments and employees will no longer have to monitor eligibility or track cell phone usage.  A savings of approximately $250,000 annually is anticipated as a result of the policy change.

  • What is the impact to faculty and staff who are currently receiving a salary allowance for this reason?
    These employees will be grandfathered into the new policy, provided they still meet the eligibility requirements when transitioning from the former policy.  Allowances will be eliminated and a fixed amount of $65/monthly will be added to the employee's base salary until such time as the employee has left the University or their current position.

  • What if I no longer need/want the allowance?
    Currently eligible employee may voluntarily "opt-out" of receiving the additional pay altogether and/or departments may enter into mutual agreements with the affected employees to receive an amount less than $65.00 per month.

Emeritus/Emerita Title for Retiring Faculty

Faculty retiring from the University are conferred the title of emeritus or emeriti per Board of Regents Policy:  Faculty Emeriti.  In this latest revision of the administrative policy, there is a new provision for the president to withhold or withdraw the emeritus/emerita title in circumstances:

  1. where a faculty member retires during suspension or termination proceedings initiated under Board of Regents Policy: Faculty Tenure; or
  2. where evidence presented to the president demonstrates that the faculty member has engaged in conduct that violates the standards of the Faculty Tenure policy

Faculty members in this situation will be afforded an opportunity to be heard, after which a final decision will be made.  This final decision by the president is not subject to further review.

Closing Up Shop

The publishing of the University-Administered Graduate Student Fellowships and Traineeships for 30-day review marks the conclusion of the Graduate Education Policy Committee. This committee, having devoted more than two years of work to the effort, has delivered thirteen graduate education policies.  When drafting the policies, committee members focused on consistencies across programs, clarity both of policy and processes, and reducing the burden where possible for graduate students and staff.  The Policy Owner will continue to address ongoing needs, the implementation, and monitoring the effectiveness of the policies.

This latest policy:

  1. establishes standards that apply to all University-Administered fellowships and traineeships;
  2. distinguishes fellowships and traineeships from salaried graduate student employment;
  3. requires fair and transparent select processes for awards; and
  4. extends the applicability of these policy requirements to all programs, including those not formerly under the aegis of the Graduate School.

With an institution this large, it is not realistic for a committee of any size to know what the impact will be of the specific policy requirements without engaging end users, both in the development cycle as well as the 30-day review. The committee chair, Dr. Nita Krevans, and the rest of the committee members wish to acknowledge the significant contributions by all of you who have participated along this long journey, and encourage you to review this latest draft at http://policy.umn.edu/User/POLICIESREVIEW.html

You Report

Actually, it's UReport.

The University provides options for community members to make good faith reports of misconduct.  While we encourage the reporter to resolve the issue at their local level, the University also offers a confidential online reporting mechanism at www.UReport.ethicspoint.com and a toll-free number (1-866-294-8680).

The associated policy, Reporting and Addressing Concerns of Misconduct, has undergone a comprehensive review.  The policy owner has enhanced this policy by incorporating a new section on mandatory reporting for the protection of minors, as well as expanded information on the prohibition of retaliation.

30 Days and Counting!

We encourage you to review the above administrative policies during the 30-day public review and comment period. Feedback received from the University community (you!) will be considered prior to the policy change going into effect. The policies are available at http://policy.umn.edu/User/POLICIESREVIEW.html.

  1. Using Controlled Substances for Research (revised) - A non-required licensing step has been eliminated, which will save the University both time and money.

  2. Processing Accounting Transactions (revised) - This policy simplifies the timelines and deadlines for accounting transactions, as well as eliminates the departmental head approval on sponsored journal entries. Only the PI and certified approver will need to approve a transaction if it occurs after the accounting period.

  3. Funding and Approvals of Capital Projects (new) - All related project and resource information has been consolidated into one policy and it documents current practice.  This policy also specifies allowable internal expenses for personnel and project management.

  4. Export Controls (new) - This policy codifies the processes and information that currently exists into an administrative policy and procedures, and defines the roles and responsibilities for units and individuals who are engaged in international travel or activities. This document also consolidates resources to be used by faculty and staff who are engaged in activities that may be subject to export controls.

A Great Bargain

If you've appreciated the information provided today, we have a special offer for you! We are, once again, running a subscription promotion.

For any new subscribers, we are waiving the membership fee.  That's right.  It costs you nothing, zip, zero, nada (it never did, but that's not the point).  Of course, we look forward to you adding in your two cents while reviewing the policies, but the opportunity to do so is priceless...literally! 

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