Fall 2020 Update

Fall 2020 Update: Wright State University’s Dayton and Lake Campuses plan to return to teaching for 2020 Fall Semester on August 24 with a dynamic and flexible mixture of in-person and remote courses. Read more about our Right Here. Wright State. This Fall. plan.

Civil Service Policies and Procedures

Types of Employment

Wright State University has three types of employment based on the job duties and the relationship to the university.  Each employment category may be broken down further depending on the length of appointment, funding source, and whether or not the classification is in a bargaining unit. Each person hired by Wright State University is placed in one of the following categories and rank, or titles. More information is available in University Policy 8205.


  • Tenure Track
  • Non-Tenure Track
  • Adjunct

Unclassified (Exempt) – An individual without fully affiliated academic rank, appointed to a position outside the classified service including involving professional, administrative, or educational duties, is an unclassified employee according to Ohio civil service law. An unclassified staff member may be employed either full-time or part-time, and is considered a regular employee when he or she enters into continuing employment with the university to work on either full-time or part-time basis for an indefinite period. A special contract employee is one who is employed to perform duties or assignments for a specific period of time, usually one year or less. An unclassified employee’s entitlement to and participation in benefits is partially governed in part by these classifications.

Classified (Non-Exempt) - Persons who are classified civil servants pursuant to Section 124.11 of the Ohio revised Code. Under Ohio law, employees of a state university, except those engaged in teaching, research, and administration, are appointed under civil service. This includes all hourly paid positions except a limited number of grant funded research positions. Civil service employees are entitled to the protection and benefits of civil service as defined in the Ohio Revised Code, Chapter 124. These statutes govern many aspects of the employee’s job. Consequently, Wright State’s employment practices have been established in accordance with the state’s civil service laws.