Pay Raise Guidelines Issued by University

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Details have been released by Ohio University officials about the administration of the one percent faculty and staff raise-pool that was announced by President Roderick McDavis on Sept. 3.

A statement was made Wednesday by Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit and Vice President for Finance and Administration Stephen Golding saying that the additional one percent will be retroactive to July 1 and be in place for the entire fiscal year of 2014.

To be eligible, employees must have been employed prior to July 1 and must remain employed at the time of the raise’s implementation, according to raise guidelines.

All classified employees will receive one percent “across the board” increases as will members of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union and the Fraternal Order of Police.

Raises for faculty and administrators will not be “across the board” but instead, will be based upon merit, according to Benoit and Golding.

“Merit increases are to be based on the quality of an individual's performance as evidenced by her/his performance evaluation,” according to the guidelines.

The potential merit increases range from a low of 0.25 percent to a high of three percent, without prior approval from the provost or a planning unit head.

The guidelines stipulate that employees who “receive an increase outside the approved range are to be provided a written explanation of the reasons.”

Although the raises are retroactive to July 1, it is estimated that the raise process may take up to two months to implement.

“The processing of these salary changes will require two months of effort from the payroll office so it is anticipated that the process of establishing guidelines and implementing the resulting salary changes will result in these changes occurring near the end of fall semester,” the guidelines state.

The additional one-percent raise pool was created because Ohio University exceeded its fall enrollment expectations, according to McDavis.  It is added to the two-percent increase that was previously authorized.