University Employee Records

Policy no. II-15
Effective date: 01/01/2002
Scope: faculty, staff and student employees

Policy Statement

The university respects the right to individual privacy and its employees will work to ensure that right. As a general guideline, the university will only retain one official personnel file of personally identifiable information relating to employment and work performance. The Provost's office, or Dean's offices; and the HR Information Systems office in the Human Resources Department will maintain and ensure controlled access to the personnel files of faculty. The HR Information Systems office will maintain and ensure controlled access to staff personnel files. The Student Employment office or the Graduate office, and Payroll will maintain and ensure controlled access to student employee personnel files. Information that is appropriate to maintain includes:

  1. Payroll and withholding records
  2. Benefits enrollment and changes
  3. Personnel information relating to hire, compensation, and performance.

The supervisor is responsible for placing appropriate information in the official records and only those records appropriate to his or her role as supervisor. The supervisor is also responsible for providing a copy of items submitted to the employee. Supervisors who keep working files must limit the information in the file to attendance records, credentials, licenses, job descriptions, notes of conferences, commendations, and on-going performance management information. On a regular basis these working records should be consolidated into performance-related documentation and submitted to the official file or destroyed, whichever is appropriate.

Employees are responsible for updating necessary personal data as appropriate. Employees have the right to access their personnel files. They also have the right to submit a document to the file if they wish to correct inaccurate information or express disagreement with information on file. The employee should also provide his or her supervisor with a copy of submitted items.

Other employee information may be kept at the University but not included in the personnel file. These records are critical to a service or compliance agency but not appropriate for inclusion in the personnel record. Examples of these record sources are the Employee Relations office, office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, office of Foreign Faculty and Scholars, University Health Services, Payroll, and Safety and Protective Services. These functions are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of records in their care and for controlling access to these records.


Policy Administration: Provost's office or designee, HR Information Systems office in the Human Resources Department, Student Employment office and supervisors

Reference: Employee Records - Change in Personal Information Procedure (II-15a)