Below are general descriptions for appointment types. For complete information refer to the SUNY Policies of the Board of Trustees and UUP agreement.
Temporary appointments are generally given when service is to be anticipated for one year or less, or when the employee's initial appointment is made to a position vacated by a professional employee who is serving a probationary appointment; or when a position has been vacated by an employee on approved leave. A temporary appointment may be terminated at any time.
A term appointment is an appointment for a specified period, usually one year but not more than three years, that automatically expires at the end of that period unless ended earlier because of resignation, retirement, or termination. Most term appointments are renewable on an annual basis for the first seven years leading to permanency, if eligible.
Non-renewal notice dates are a minimum of 45 days for part-time, 3 months for first-year full-time term employees, 6 months for second-year full-time term employees, and one year for full-time term (third-year and beyond) employees.
A permanent appointment continues until a change in title, resignation, retirement, or termination.
A probationary appointment must be granted for a one-year period to a professional employee holding a professional title when the employee is appointed to a different professional title. A probationary appointment may be terminated at any time, in which case the employee usually retains the right to return to the former title.
Article XI, Title D, Section 6, of the SUNY Policies of the Board of Trustees lists titles under Appendix A that are not eligible for permanent appointment. Examples include Director titles. Initial appointment is for one to three year terms; after completion of three years, terms are for five years. Non-renewal notice dates are the same as for regular term appointments.
Appendix B titles were created during bargaining with UUP for the 1999-2003 Agreement. These titles are used for term appointments within the athletics area only, are not eligible for permanency, and are from one to five years in duration. The non-renewal notice date requirement for titles included under Appendix B-1 and B-2 are 6 months. For titles included under Appendix B-3, non-renewal notice dates are the same as for regular (non-Appendix) term appointments.
Article XI, Title D, Section 6, of the SUNY Policies of the Board of Trustees lists titles under Appendix C that are not eligible for permanent appointment. Examples include Fundraising titles. Initial appointment is for one to three year terms; after completion of four years, terms are for three years. Non-renewal notice dates are the same as for regular term appointments.