Relationship Between the University and Employee Elected or Appointed to Public Office

(MUPIM 3.14/OAC 3339-3-14)

Instructional and administrative staff who are elected or appointed to public office shall notify the appropriate vice president upon their election or appointment. The form “Request for Approval to Perform Outside Service“ shall be used for this purpose.

Members of the instructional or administrative staff, elected or appointed to public office, need not reduce their University commitment if the duties of the public office to which they are elected or appointed do not exceed an average of one day per working week in any semester.  Time spent on such duties must be in addition to the normal effort expected for University work and may not interfere or conflict in any way with the performance of an individual’s University duties.  Examples of the public offices to which this provision normally applies are school board member, city councilperson, or township trustee.

Members of the instructional or administrative staff elected or appointed to public office, the duties of which exceed an average of one day per working week in any semester, must either resign, be granted a personal leave, or reach an agreement based on negotiations with the appropriate vice president regarding a reduction in University commitment and corresponding reduction in compensation.  All such agreements are subject to the written approval of the President.  If the individual and the University fail to reach an agreement, then the individual must either be granted a leave or resign.  Examples of the public offices to which this provision normally applies are judge, state representative, county commissioner, clerk of courts, or any other full- or part-time state, county, or local office.

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