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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

April 14, 2010

Northwest Regents approve changes to sick leave, vacation policies

MARYVILLE, Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State University Board of Regents conducted a meeting by telephone on Thursday, April 8, in the shared conference of the Administration Building.

The meeting was newly-appointed Regent Joseph B. Bosse's first meeting.

Unfinished Business

The Board unanimously approved the remainder of the University's Schedule of Miscellaneous Fees, an agenda item that was continued from the March meeting. With the approval, the Board accepted Vice President of Finance Stacy Carrick's recommendation that a fee for a fish and float class be deleted, and that mileage charges for use of the University's vehicles be left unchanged.

The Board voted 6-1 in favor of revising the University's policy for sick leave pay; Regent Rita Hanks cast the "no" vote. Under the sick leave revision, effective July 1, Northwest will eliminate the cash-out compensation policy that allows eligible staff employees to be compensated in cash for one half of their unused sick leave accrual up to 500 hours when they retire. Mary Throener, vice president of human resources and organizational effectiveness, said all unused sick leave balances are reported to MOSERS upon an employee's retirement and retirement benefits would not be affected by the changes. The revision, Throener also said, aims to limit a possible liability to Northwest of more than $800,000 should all of the 84 eligible employees retire with the current policy intact. Northwest was the last state university in Missouri to have the cash-out policy.

The Board voted unanimously to revise the University's vacation pay policy. Under the revised policy, effective July 1, vacation leave balances will be limited to one year's accrual or 192 hours maximum. The revision also will limit vacation payouts to 75 percent of the balance of one year's accrual when employment is discontinued. Throener said the revision is meant to encourage the use of vacation and limit a potential cash liability by more than $600,000 in future vacation payouts.

New Business

The Board unanimously approved a change to the history, humanities, philosophy and political science department's comprehensive major in social science. The change adds 33-301 The Historian's Craft to the major's core requirements, moves 33-484 U.S. Economic System-A Comparative History to the major's American History requirements, reduces electives in the American History requirements from 12 hours of electives to nine hours of approved electives, and removes 33-375 Latin America from the elective options under the World History category. The net effect of these changes is to reduce the number of hours required for the major from 52 to 51 hours.

The Board unanimously approved the list of the Candidates for Degree, provided all requirements are met by May 1 and certified by the Registrar.

The Board also voted 6-0 to approve a motion to allow the University President to execute a contract on behalf of the University with BKD to provide external auditing services. Board President Bill Loch abstained.

The next Board of Regents meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, May 14 in the Board Room of the J.W. Jones Student Union.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468