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President signs furlough policy

Guidelines for policy preparation also approved


On Jan. 25, President Roderick J. McDavis approved Ohio University policy 41.016, the university's furlough policy, as well as revisions to university policy 1.001, which provides the procedures for adopting and amending policies.

The new furlough policy provides guidelines for creating and implementing a mandatory furlough plan as a cost reduction strategy for consideration in the event of an unexpected reduction in the university's revenue. 

The policy requires that if the university considers developing and implementing a furlough plan, the president must meet with the chairs of employee senates and other appropriate constituency groups for input prior to finalizing the plan. The policy also outlines certain elements that need to be included in the plan and indicates which employees may be subject to a furlough.

The Ohio University Board of Trustees approved the policy at its November meeting.

Chief Human Resource Officer Linda Lonsinger reiterated previous statements by the administration and the board that the University has no plans to employ a furlough in the near future. Instead, it will serve as one of many contingency plans that will allow the university to remain flexible in the face of an uncertain economic climate.

The revisions to policy 1.001 simplify and streamline the rule-making process for adopting and amending policies while retaining the current emphasis on consultation with interested
constituencies.

According to General Counsel John Biancamano, the updated policy more clearly describes the sequence of committee reviews necessary to adopt or amend a policy. There is also a new requirement for comments from reviewers to be posted online. 

The policy development process will be overseen by the Executive Staff Policy Committee, which is chaired by Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit. The Office of Legal Affairs will provide administrative support. 

New Policy Drafting Guidelines approved by Provost Benoit on Jan. 25 provide user-friendly instructions for amending policies or creating new ones. Questions concerning the revised policy and the guidelines can be directed to the Office of Legal Affairs.

To view the full policies visit:
http://www.ohio.edu/policy/01-001.html
http://www.ohio.edu/policy/guidelines.html
http://www.ohio.edu/policy/41-016.html