Number: 210


It is the intent of Amberton University to clarify the definitions of employment classifications so that employees understand their employment status and benefit eligibility. These classifications do not guarantee employment for any specified period of time. Accordingly, the right to terminate the employment relationship at will at any time is retained by both the employee and Amberton University.

1        Staff:  (a)Operational Staff--The operating staff includes wage earners assigned non-managerial duties in specific areas. Operational staff is expected to work 40 hours per week.  (b) Professional Staff--The professional staff includes those salaried individuals who have been assigned professional or managerial responsibilities over specific operating areas. Professional staff is expected to work no less than 40 hours per week.

2        Faculty--The faculty includes those individuals who are salaried and who have been assigned the primary responsibility of managing the teaching functions of the University. Both full-time and part-time teaching personnel are considered faculty. Faculty work responsibilities are task-oriented rather than time oriented. Each faculty member is expected to spend whatever time necessary to accomplish assigned tasks.

3        Administrators--Administrators include all officers selected by the Chief Executive Officer to serve on his Administrative Council. Administrators are expected to provide for the efficient operations of the University, expending whatever time and effort required to meet the organization's needs.

All staff positions must be recommended by the immediate supervisor, divisional vice president and presented to the Chief Personnel Officer and Chief Operations Officer for final approval.  All staff personnel are considered employees at will and are free to resign at any time, with or without cause. Similarly, Amberton University may terminate the employment relationship at will at any time, with or without notice or cause, so long as there is no violation of applicable federal or state law.

All faculty positions must be recommended by the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) and approved by the Chief Executive Officer. Faculty employment contracts and procedures are addressed in section 405.

The Chief Executive Officer will appoint all administrative personnel. Appointments are for one year and may be renewed annually at the CEO’s discretion.

In addition to the above categories, each employee will belong to one other employment category:

REGULAR FULL-TIME employees are those who are not in a temporary or introductory status and who are regularly scheduled to work Amberton University's full-time schedule. Generally, they are eligible for Amberton University's benefit package, subject to the terms, conditions, and limitations of each benefit program.  For specific benefit eligibility for all employment categories, see Regulation #240 – Employee Benefits.

PART-TIME employees are those who are regularly scheduled to work less than full-time (40 hours per week.) While they receive all legally mandated benefits (such as Social Security and Medicare), they are ineligible for all of Amberton University's other benefit programs.  While part-time employees may occasionally work 40 hours in a particular workweek, or in a series of workweeks, that by itself will not change their regular schedule or change their employment status.