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The University of Kentucky is an institution of higher education founded under the land grant act of 1862 by the Congress of the United States. Subsequently, the University was recognized by the Commonwealth of Kentucky as a state institution of higher education and as an independent agency and instrumentality of the Commonwealth. The University is made up of three Sectors (the Medical Center, the Community College System, and the Lexington Campus) and the Central Administration.
Governance of the University is vested by statute in a Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees has the statutory power traditionally vested in such a body. The decisions regarding policies are recorded in the official minutes of meetings of the Board of Trustees. TheGoverning Regulations of the University contain the basic policy statements of the Board of Trustees. The Governing Regulations also reflect Board decisions.
The Board of Trustees has authorized the President of the University to develop and publish this Human Resources Policy and Procedure Administrative Regulation and otherAdministrative Regulations to provide interpretation and implementation of the GoverningRegulations and the official minutes of the meetings of the Board of Trustees. Development, implementation and coordination of University human resources policies and procedures remain an institution-wide function with appropriate advice, counsel, and action from the chancellors and vice presidents in accordance with the Governing and Administrative Regulations. The President has delegated to the Vice President for Fiscal Affairs the human resources functions not assigned to the chancellors and vice presidents by the Governing and Administrative Regulations. Human resources functions include the processing of employment decisions, wage and salary, human resources development, promotion, and transfer. The Vice President for Fiscal Affairs has, pursuant to authority, delegated many of the foregoing functions to the human resources office.
This Human Resources Policy and Procedure Administrative Regulation promulgated by the President contains the relevant policies of the Board of Trustees affecting non-faculty staff of the University, the administrative procedures attendant to those policies, and any official interpretation of the policies and procedures. The policies and procedures in this AR are applicable to faculty employees to the extent that they deal with subjects not covered in the Governing Regulations or in other Administrative Regulations. This Administrative Regulation has been published on line in the University’s Computing Center. (See "View" or "References" in Netscape.) Hard copies are not distributed, but employees may print copies from the computer.
Issues which are not specifically addressed in this manual should be directed to the Associate Director of Human Resources for Policy Administration.