Employee Groups

UW-Stout employs personnel in three major categories:  classified, unclassified, and student.

Classified

  • Classified personnel include blue collar, clerical, financial, information technology, and other non-instructional occupations
  • have civil service titles and are governed by state law, rules of the Wisconsin Department of Employment Relations, and provisions of their collective bargaining agreement, if any
  • if represented by a union, may have additional benefits as specified in their collective bargaining agreement
  • are paid bi-weekly and usually are appointed to work 40 or fewer hours per week, year-round
  • are eligible for retirement and related benefits if the appointment is expected to:
    • require at least 600 hours per year (one-third of full time) and
    • last at least one year (365 days, or 366 days in leap year)
  • if not expected to qualify for retirement and related benefits when hired, they become eligible when the employer's expectations change or when 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.

A classified employee may have a permanent, project, or limited term position.

  • Permanent 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 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 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.

Unclassified

  • Unclassified personnel are engaged in teaching, university administration, and/or professional services related to instruction and research
  • include permanent and short-term executives, deans and directors, faculty, academic staff, and student assistants
  • are paid monthly and are usually appointed to work either during the academic year or year-round.
  • are eligible for Wisconsin Retirement System coverage and related benefits if the appointment:
    • requires at least 440 hours per year (equivalent to a 28% appointment for one academic year or a 21% appointment for 12 months);
    • is expected to last at least one year (365 days; academic year appointees who have an expectation of renewal meet this standard); and
    • is not excluded by statute (e.g., student assistants, some visiting professors, and others listed in s. 40.22 (2), Wis. Stats.)
  • If you were not expected to qualify for retirement and related benefits when hired, you become eligible when the employer's expectations for your position change or when you have been employed by the University for at least one year and have worked at least 440 hours in the last 365 days. See also Short-term academic employees.
  • Student assistants are considered unclassified but are excluded from retirement coverage by state statute.
  • Read more about unclassified positions in the Unclassified Title Definitions Book.

Student

  • Student personnel are employed under either a work-study program (primarily funded by Federal funds) or are paid from a university-operated state payroll.