Faculty and Staff Handbook

24th Edition, 2015 Version

Chapter VI:  Academic Staff Personnel Policies and Procedures

6.1 Coverage and Definition: UWRF 1

6.1.1 Coverage

Pursuant to UWS 9.01, these policies and procedures apply to all academic staff appointments on the University of Wisconsin-River Falls campus.

6.1.2 Definition

Academic staff were granted "faculty" status by action of the Faculty Senate and the Chancellor on July 29, 1975 and Sept. 16, 1975, respectively, in accordance with UWS 1.05 (UWRF Faculty Constitution, Article II, 19th Edition, Faculty and Academic Staff Handbook, Chapter III). Members of the academic staff who have been given faculty status have employment rights under the rules and policies concerning academic staff: UWS 3.01 (1) (d).

Academic staff members are professional and administrative personnel, other than faculty and classified staff, with duties and types of appointments that are primarily associated with higher education institutions or their administration: UWS 1.01.

Non-instructional academic staff (Category A academic staff) are defined by titles contained in the University of Wisconsin Title Code List, UPG #1. Non-instructional academic staff appointments cover a broad range of functions; all serve in an administrative or professional capacity: UPG #1 pp. 6-10; UPG#1, Attachment 1, section 6 p. 23 ff.; and UPG#2, 2.04. 


Instructional academic staff (Category B academic staff) are defined by titles (function codes D00-D99) contained in the University of Wisconsin Title Code List, UPG #1, which states: “Instructional Academic Staff provide for-credit instruction and training to students in an academic discipline”: UPG #1, p. 6; UPG #1, Attachment 1, Section 4, p. 11 ff.; and UPG #2 p. 3.

Academic staff does not include, nor do these policies and procedures cover, the following:

  1. persons holding faculty rank under UWS 1.04
  2. classified staff employees
  3. persons on limited appointment (however, academic staff members do not lose existing rights to an academic staff appointment by accepting a limited appointment; see 6.14, this chapter)
  4. other employees defined in UWS 16.01