Staff Handbook

Employee Categories

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Wright State is a complex and diverse institution much like a small city. As such, we have a variety of employee categories for you to become familiar with during your tenure.

The Classified Employee

Classified employees provide many of the specialized skills that allow the university to function smoothly. Under Ohio law, employees of a state university, except those engaged in teaching, research, and administration, are appointed under classified civil service.  

To be employed in civil service means that you are employed in the service of the state or other jurisdiction within the state system. Wright State is one of 14 public four-year universities in Ohio and is, therefore, a state-assisted institution. Ohio’s civil service laws govern the university’s job classifications, and many policies and procedures. The university has also established some rules and policies in addition to and consistent with the civil service laws.

Under the civil service system, classified positions are determined by the duties and responsibilities of the job. Classified employees are appointed to positions in two categories: certified and provisional. A certified employee has passed a civil service examination and has been selected for appointment. Provisional appointments are made when civil service examinations aren’t required.

A classified employee is paid on an hourly basis and is subject to the non-exempt provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Ohio Civil Service Laws and the State Personnel Board of Review (SPBR)

As a civil service employee, protection and benefits of civil service apply as defined in the Ohio Revised Code, Chapter 124. These statutes govern many aspects of your job. Consequently, Wright State’s employment practices have been established in accordance with the state’s civil service laws. For more information visit, the Ohio Revised Code website.

Classified employees have a variety of rights under the Ohio Revised Code. (This process does not apply to collective bargaining unit employees). You can appeal:

  • Results of a position audit
  • University’s refusal to perform a position audit
  • Removal
  • Suspension (more than three days)
  • Fines
  • Disciplinary reduction in pay or position
  • Layoff
  • Job abolishment
  • Displacement
  • Transfer
  • Disability separation

Additional information regarding the State Personnel Board of Review is available at:
65 East State Street, 12th floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215
(Voice) (614) 466-7046
(Fax) (614) 466-6539

The Unclassified Employee

An individual without fully affiliated academic rank, appointed to a position outside the classified service involving professional, administrative, or educational duties, is an unclassified employee according to Ohio civil service law. The unclassified employee is considered a regular employee when he or she enters into continuing employment with the university to work on either a 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, typically one year and renewable.

In accordance with Fair Labor Standards Act, an unclassified employee can be either salaried or hourly; with the unclassified hourly employees subject to the non-exempt provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.  Also, an unclassified employee, whether salaried or hourly, could also be employed as a “special contract” employee who is hired to perform duties or assignments for a specific period of time, e.g. 6 months, 1 year, or 2 years.  The specific employment time for a “special contract” employee is noted in the offer letter.  If renewable, extension of the “special contract” timeframe or termination of the “special contract” is determined within 60 days of the end of the “special contract.”  If you are a “special contract” employee, please note the benefit differences.

Staff Advisory Councils

Classified Staff Advisory Council

The purpose of the Classified Staff Advisory Council (CSAC) is to promote its constituency; review, initiate and make recommendations on appropriate issues, policies, and procedures; foster and facilitate communications among members; and provide opportunities for professional growth.

Your CSAC membership begins at the time you are hired as a classified employee at Wright State. Participation in council events is strictly voluntary. Governance group meetings are held throughout the year, and council seat appointments are obtained through official election.

Numerous committees explore a variety of employee interests. You are encouraged to contact your CSAC representative with suggestions or concerns for committee action. More information and a current membership list, as well as the information to contact your CSAC representatives,  can be found on the CSAC website.

Lake Staff Advisory Council

The purpose of the Lake Staff Advisory Council (LSAC) is to facilitate communication between, and promote general welfare of all staff members; bring forth concerns, issues, and recommendations regarding individuals, policies, and procedures; plan and promote professional development opportunities. More information may be found on the LSAC website.

Unclassified Staff Advisory Council

The purpose of the Unclassified Staff Advisory Council (USAC) is to promote its members’ general welfare; advocate for unclassified staff through active participation in university governance structure; review, initiate and make recommendation on relevant university policies and procedures; encourage and facilitate communication among members; and encourage professional development opportunities.

One of the prime responsibilities of this council is to serve the educational community by creating and maintaining an environment conducive to the teaching, learning, research and service functions of higher education. The recommendations of the council are submitted to the university president. USAC is an important part of University governance and meets periodically throughout the year. More information may be found on the USAC website. You are encouraged to attend meetings, serve on committees, and seek elected office.