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About UC Policies & Procedures

All employees of the University of Cincinnati are expected to comply with university rules and policies at all times. Labor Relations and Policy Development and Human Resources are providing access to this information to make employees aware of the university's expectations and to assure equitable and consistent application of rules and policies. We encourage you to browse the links below to become familiar with the rules and policies that apply to you.

Units may propose the creation, modification, or recession of human resources policy.  The procedure for doing so is provided in the policy on Policies (See 3.8.1).  Additional policies may be found in human resources policies.


House Bill 187

Ohio House Bill 187, signed into law in 2006, allows Ohio public universities to opt out of civil services laws covering Ohio state employees by creating and modifying their own rules regarding human resources.

The areas impacted by House Bill 187 include:

  • Classification Plans
  • Recruitment, Selection, and Appointment
  • Performance, Discipline, and Termination
  • Layoff and Reduction-in-Force
  • Paid Leave and Holiday Leave
  • Appeal Processes
  • Metrics and Measures for Implementation

Please check this web page for periodic updates on the university's efforts to comply with the legislation.

Note: If you are represented by an exclusive employee organization, the provisions of the union contract, applicable to your position, will apply when they differ from the rules and policies described in these links. 

Human Resources Policies and Procedures Manual

The Human Resources Policies and Procedures Manual has been prepared to provide staff with policies and procedures necessary to their functions in carrying out the teaching, research, and service missions of the university. Generally, the contents of the Policies and Procedures Manual apply to non-union, non-faculty, staff members. These employees may be in classified or unclassified service positions.

Human Resources Policies & Procedures

About this Manual

This manual does not create an expressed or implied contract of employment.  No one at the university can enter into an employment contract unless authorized by the Board of Trustees and unless the contract has been reduced to writing and signed by an authorized administrator.  This manual has been prepared by Human Resources to set forth the policies, procedures, benefits, and obligations that relate to employment at the University of Cincinnati.  The information contained in this manual is necessarily brief and is subject to change.  It does not and cannot amend or modify any applicable provision of federal or state law or the rules of the university (available for your examination at the Office of the Secretary of the Board of Trustees on campus, or the Board of Trustees website). While every attempt has been made to insure that the information in this manual accurately describes the rules and policies of the university, if there is a discrepancy, the rules of the university shall prevail.

If there are questions that this manual does not answer, additional information is available upon request, from Labor Relations and Policy Development by calling (513) 556-6372 or via email.  This is a living document and will be revised on-line as new information is added.  The university retains the right to modify, amend, or supplement the information in this handbook.  If you are represented by an exclusive employee organization, the provisions of the union contract applicable to your position will apply when they differ from those described in this manual.

Area 3 Policy and Procedures
Area 11 Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunities
Area 12 Benefits
Area 13 Classification
Area 14 Compensation
Area 15 Conduct
Area 16 Employment
Area 17 Complaints and Grievances
Area 18 Performance Evaluation and Probation
Area 19 Records
Area 20 Organization Development and Training
Area 21 Time Off From Work