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Human Resources

Policies & Procedures

Introduction

1.1 Preface

The Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual has been prepared as a reference for all University employees and is a supplement to the Board of Regents Policy Manual. This Manual is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute an employment contract.It contains information about employment conditions, opportunities, policies, and procedures. It is to be used as a working guide throughout your employment at Rogers State University (RSU). Additional procedures related to faculty are found in the Academic Policies and Procedures Manual. In the event of a conflict between this Manual and the Academic Policies and Procedures Manual, the Academic Policies and Procedures Manual controls, as to faculty issues. While policies and procedures have been established to provide guidance for University administrators and employees, the policies herein shall not be construed to limit or abrogate the rights of Rogers State University or its employees under the employment-at-will relationship.

The Employment and Benefits Coordinator is designated by the Vice President for Business Affairs to act in a staff advisory capacity to the President and Vice President for Business Affairs in matters of human resources policy. In the event of disagreement or misunderstanding of any item presented in this manual, the official interpretation rests with the President of Rogers State University, or if the item is a Board of Regents’ policy, with the Board of Regents.

It is the responsibility of each supervisor to enforce all provisions of these policies and procedures with respect to employees under his or her supervision. This Manual will assist supervisors in providing an equitable environment for employees. It will also help promote uniformity of human resources policy interpretation and application throughout the University.

The University retains the right to revise or update any of the provisions in this Manual at any time. When revisions are warranted, new pages will be printed and distributed to designated offices and/or departments, where updated copies of the Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual will be available for reference by employees. The new pages will be dated and will include instructions to remove any pages that are suspended. Any portion of this Manual which is determined to be invalid is severable from the other policies and statements in the Manual and does not invalidate the entire Manual.

After reading this Manual, employees with questions should discuss them with their supervisor or the Department of Human Resources.

For purposes of this document, references to the Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual and the Board of Regents’ reference to Staff Handbook should be considered one and the same. For purposes of this document, references to Rogers State University, RSU, the University, and the Institution should be considered one and the same.

The State of Oklahoma is an at‑will employer, and the University, as an agent of the State, also employs at‑will. The contents included in this manual in no way modify or amend the right of the University as an at‑will employer in originating or terminating employment of human resources. At‑will employment is for no specified term and is terminable at the will of either the employee or employer. Further, promises or representations made by anyone concerning the conditions of employment, express or implied, do not negate the right of the University to terminate employment at any time, with or without cause.