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15. How does your library handle librarians’ time away from their normal duties in order to attend
college credit courses that are job related? Check all that apply. N=68
Counted as time worked 42 62%
Employee uses personal time, e.g., vacation 24 35%
Employee is allowed to make up the time 32 47%
Not allowed during normal assignment hours 3 4%
Other response 3 4%
Counted as time worked
Can use professional development time.
For college credit courses that are required by the supervisor for job-related training, the time away from normal duties
is counted as time worked.
If an employee is REQUIRED by the Libraries/CCP to attend a university class, full release time for class attendance will
be given (e.g., three (3) hours for a three (3) credit class).
Library managers determine whether requested classes are “job-related” or not.
Requires supervisor’s approval.
Supervisors may approve work time if the course is determined to be related to professional responsibilities.
The maximum number of credit hours is determined by the Graduate College.
The university has a tuition waiver/reimbursement plan (employees qualify after one year of full-time service or 2 years
of part-time service). An employee can take up to 2 credit courses per semester. If the classes are taken at the university,
the tuition is waived. Employees must pay full price for credit courses taken at another school and upon successful
completion of the course the employee is reimbursed at 80%.
The university offers the College Program, an educational benefit available to all full-time, benefits-eligible employees
to encourage their development through formal education. To participate in this program, employees must have
completed at least six months of employment. The program allows full-time employees release time from work to
attend college courses. In general, courses may be job-related, degree-related or for career development. A maximum
of three hours per week can be allowed for course attendance, and requests to take courses at other college campuses
may be approved. Prior to registering for a class during work hours, an employee must obtain written approval from his
This happens very rarely classes must be VERY “job-related.”
This hasn’t come up so it’s hard to answer but generally if we would require someone to take a course to enhance their
skills, then it would count as time worked. There is no maximum number of credit hours, but generally taking college
courses is frowned upon during work hours.
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