Chapter 1

Types of Unclassified Appointments




Limited Appointments

Limited appointments (§36.17, Stats. and s. UWS 15, Wis. Adm. Code) are special appointments to designated administrative positions using unclassified titles, and are made for persons involved directly in formulating, interpreting, and monitoring policies and/or major programs on behalf of the administrative officer with whom such policies and/or program directions originate. Limited appointees serve at the pleasure of the authorized official who made the appointment, and usually do not have a set period of time. A minimum of a bachelor's degree is required for limited positions. 


Limited Appointments for Employees WITH Existing UW-Madison Appointments

An employee who holds a UW-Madison faculty, academic staff, or classified appointment prior to the limited appointment carries that type of appointment concurrently as a zero-dollar appointment for the duration of the limited appointment.
PLEASE NOTE: Regent Resolution #9091 directs that the status or length of the term of a concurrent appointment held by a limited appointee may not be altered while the individual is serving in the limited appointment. For clarification purposes, the intent of the resolution is to not improve the status of or increase the term of the concurrent appointment.

Governance Rights

For academic staff appointments, the employee continues to be eligible to vote in academic staff elections and participate in the academic staff governance while in a limited appointment, but is not covered by the Academic Staff Policies and Procedures (ASPP) in the limited appointment. The same is true for faculty employees (see Faculty Policies and Procedures), and classified employees (see Classified Personnel Policies and Procedures (CPPP).

Salary Rates

The salary rate for a limited appointment should be separate and distinct from the rate of the pre-existing appointment.

Limited Appointments for Employees WITHOUT Existing UW-Madison Appointments

In accordance with Regent Resolution #9091, limited appointees entering employment at UW-Madison that does not require a concurrent tenure appointment (e.g., Dean) shall not be granted a back-up or concurrent appointment.
Instead of a back-up that provides a guarantee of employment beyond the end of the limited appointment, the employing unit may provide the limited appointee with a maximum of six months notice of termination at the same salary and title with possible reassignment to other duties.


Limited Appointments for Employees With Existing UW-Madison Appointments

Upon termination of the limited appointment, the employee's zero-percent concurrent appointment (whether it is faculty, academic staff, or classified) becomes the primary position. 


Return to the pre-existing appointment does not require continuance of the limited appointment salary rate. However, the salary shall not be lower than the employee might reasonably have expected if the prior position had continued without interruption (ASPP 2.07).
For Faculty--Regent Resolution #9058 (adopted September 9, 2005) directed when a ranked faculty member leaves an administrative limited appointment to return to his/her faculty position, the faculty member will be compensated at a salary rate consistent with other faculty members of the same rank in the department while considering years of service, previous salary as a faculty member, length of time served as an administrator and other factors normally considered when setting faculty salaries. The UW System Office of Human Resources shall approve all such salaries.

Appeal Rights

Limited appointees do not have the right to appeal in any manner the decision to end a limited appointment.

Limited Appointments for Employees Without Prior UW-Madison Appointments

Appeal Rights

Limited appointees do not have the right to appeal in any manner the decision to end a limited appointment.

Faculty Concurrent Appointment

If the individual has a faculty concurrent appointment, it will be activated at the end of the limited appointment.  The salary will be set based on the principles on Regent Resolution #9058 (refer to section above).

Notice of Termination

If the appointing authority granted a notice of termination (maximum of six months), the employee may be reassigned to other duties during this period.

Resignation From a Limited Appointment

A limited appointee may resign the limited appointment and ask to return to a faculty, academic staff, or classified appointment (if applicable).

Such requests should be honored as soon as possible by the authorized official. In the event a position is not readily available, or with agreement of the limited appointee, the authorized official may place the limited appointee on an unpaid leave of absence until a vacancy becomes available. [Unclassified Personnel Guideline (UPG) 3.02]


For more information, please refer to UWS 15, § 36, Stats., Faculty Policies and Procedures, Unclassified Personnel Guideline 2, Unclassified Personnel Guideline 3.02, and ASPP 2.07.
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