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Policy # 5.0 Archived Version:
Staff Position Categories

Revision date of this archived policy:
July 11, 2002

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5.1 Policy 

It is the intention of the University of Kentucky to define staff positions in a manner which will support and promote sound human resources and administrative practices. Broad employment categories have been established and defined. These categories assist the University in complying with appropriate federal and state laws as well as University intent. It is the responsibility of Human Resource Services to categorize positions as follows:

  5.1.1 Professional and Administrative Category (Exempt)

Applicable to positions having University-wide, vice presidential area-wide, provost area-wide, or major program responsibility; positions responsible for planning, organizing, developing, and directing a major function of the University or a unit such as a college or division; positions responsible for carrying out the plans, procedures, and policies of the institution through daily management or supervision of a department; positions of a professional nature requiring knowledge of a specific, advanced course of study normally acquired by two or three years in a specialized field, or a license, certification or registration; positions of a professional nature performing artistic and creative activities dependent upon imagination, talent, or invention; and positions of a professional nature which require advanced knowledge in a field of learning acquired by a prolonged course of specialized instruction and study and performing tasks directly associated with daily operations of an organizational unit utilizing a specialized body of knowledge and skills in carrying out these responsibilities and with formulating and carrying out institutional policy through investigation, analysis, and counsel and advice, as well as positions with specialized consultant and development responsibilities in University extension and external service-oriented programs. 

Employees in these positions perform exempt-level work eighty percent (80%) or more of their work time.

  5.1.2 Technical and Scientific Category (Nonexempt)

Applicable to positions involved in the supporting tasks vital to the successful completion of teaching, research, and service functions and requiring specialized knowledge and skills acquired through experience or education, but which do not normally meet the criteria for the professional and administrative category.

  5.1.3 Office and Clerical Category (Nonexempt)

Applicable to a wide range of activities involved with processing, collecting, recording, and distributing various records, reports, communications, and other informational data required in support of the teaching, research, and service functions.

  5.1.4 Service and Maintenance Category (Nonexempt)

Applicable to positions involved in the supportive service activities relating to building and grounds, maintenance, food services, farm labor, hospital support, and other auxiliary functions of a nontechnical nature.

  NOTE: Nonexempt supervisory staff, whose positions do not meet the exempt criteria of 5.1.1, are included in the appropriate nonexempt category to which they have been assigned (see 5.1.2, 5.1.3, or 5.1.4).

Archived Versions of this Policy

Previous version: revised 04-01-2006
Previous version: revised 07-11-2002
Previous version: revised 06-30-1983