Blue collar, clerical, financial, information technology, and other non-instructional occupations are considered classifies employees.  These positions fall under the State of Wisconsin civil service system.  Many classified positions are non-exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), while some supervisory and/or  professional positions are exempt.  All classified staff are paid biweekly.

Permanent positions

These positions are expected to continue indefinitely, and to be refilled if the current employee leaves the position. Employees in permanent positions automatically qualify for retirement and other benefits provided they are expected to work at least 600 hours per year.

Project positions

These positions are created for a specific, temporary purpose, and are expected to end at a definite point in the future, usually after two or more years. Employees in project positions usually qualify for retirement and other benefits.

Limited term appointments

These positions are made to fill temporary needs and should require no more than 1,043 hours per year. Limited term employees (LTE's) usually do not qualify for retirement and most other benefits when first hired. They become eligible for retirement and most other benefits when and if they have been employed by the University for at least one year and have worked at least 600 hours in the last 365 (or 366) days.