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3.21 / Emergency Hires

The purpose of this statement is to set forth University policy to describe and define when an emergency hire may be justified or appropriate.

It is recognized that there may be limited emergency circumstances where a University position may be temporarily filled without a search. This policy statement is intended to define and describe those limited circumstances. 

Policy Statement:
In limited emergency circumstances where illness, death, an unexpected retirement or resignation, a change in enrollment or a change in departmental responsibility or direction creates a need for an immediate replacement or an additional employee, a faculty or an unclassified professional position may be temporarily filled without a search. Budget officers should submit a justification to their budget review officer and appropriate vice president explaining the need for an emergency hire. If the proposed emergency hire is authorized by the budget review officer and appropriate vice president, the proposal should then be submitted to the Director of Equal Opportunity for review. After review by the Director of Equal Opportunity, the vice president may finalize the emergency hire. The Director of Human Resources and the Director of Equal Opportunity should receive notification of the hire. Any position filled by an emergency hire shall be a contingent, temporary or executive appointment. A search process must be initiated within twelve months unless otherwise authorized by the President or the President's designee.

This policy shall be included in the WSU Policies and Procedures Manual and shared with appropriate constituencies of the University.

The Director of Equal Opportunity shall have primary responsibility for publication, dissemination and implementation of this University policy.

Effective Date: 
December 3, 2004

Revision Date:
January 14, 2013
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