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700 - Personnel

704.2 Letter of Appointment

Date Adopted: 08/03/2009
Date Revised:
References: BOR 711.1; BOR Criteria for Contracts; Collective Bargaining Agreements
Issuing Office: Administration and Finance
Approved By: Susan Briggs

  1. Policy

    The University of Montana Western offers Letters of Appointment for professional non-classified positions.

  2. Purpose

    The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines for issuing Letters of Appointment for employment at the University of Montana Western.

  3. Procedures

    Employment automatically ends without notice at the end of the specified term. If funding is no longer available, termination may occur at any time during the specified period of employment upon 15 working days notice.

    Letters of Appointment may be issued for a contract professional or administrator meeting Board of Regents criteria set forth in the “Criteria for Board of Regents Contracts’ in the University Personnel Procedures.

    Individuals on a Letter of Appointment are hired for a specified period, not to exceed employment in excess of one (1) year. Letters of Appointment cannot be used for individuals who hold an academic appointment and qualify for inclusion in the UFA bargaining unit or would otherwise be subject to the staff pay plan system.

    1. Appointment

      Established recruitment and selection procedures will be followed when hiring an employee on a Letter of Appointment status. See Professional & Letter of Appointment Process at www.umt.edu/hrs/recruitment.html

      Letter of Appointment renewals require a newly signed and completed Hiring Authorization Form.

      The appropriate Executive Officer and the Chancellor must approve salary adjustments for employees on Letter of Appointment. Only one salary increase in any 12-month period is allowed absent specific approval by the appropriate Executive Officer and the Chancellor.

    2. Termination/Non-Renewal of Employment

      Employment expires automatically at the end of the term set forth in the Letter of Appointment. No additional notice concerning non-renewal need be provided. A termination form must be completed and submitted to Human Resource Services as soon as the appropriate administrator is aware that the Letter of Appointment will not be renewed.

      1. Except in situations involving termination for cause, the employment of individuals hired on a Letter of Appointment automatically ends without notice at the end of the specified term. Since individuals on a Letter of Appointment must be in an active work status, they are not eligible to take discretionary leave without pay. Individuals on a Letter of Appointment qualify for state and federally mandated leaves in accordance with eligibility requirements.

      2. Letters of Appointment shall include a notation that employment is contingent upon continuation of funding for the position. If anticipated funding is not forthcoming, an individual may be terminated at any time during the expected term of the contract upon 15 working days written notice.

    3. Benefits

      Employees hired on a Letter of Appointment will receive all applicable benefits set forth in State law, Regents’ policy, and University policy. If appointments are of sufficient duration, eligible employees will be entitled to certain benefits (e.g., an individual who works six months or more at least .50 FTE is eligible for insurance benefits). Month-by-month employment notices given to the Human Resource Services office based on availability of funding may preclude an employee’s eligibility for certain benefits.

  4. Authority

    BOR 711.1; BOR Criteria for Contracts; Collective Bargaining Agreements

  5. Responsibility

    Chancellor, Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance/Student Affairs, Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Executive Assistant to Chancellor, Associate Director of Human Resource Services