Employment

Timecard Submission Requirements and Deadlines

Title: Timecard Submission Requirements and Deadlines
Policy Owner: Payroll Department
Applies to: All Employees
Campus Applicability:  UConn Storrs and Regional Campuses
Effective Date: August 19, 2014
For More Information, Contact Payroll Department
Contact Information: (860) 486-2423
Official Website: http://www.payroll.uconn.edu/

 

REASON FOR POLICY

The purpose of this policy is to ensure the timely and accurate completion and approval of time and attendance records.

APPLIES TO

This policy applies to all employees at the University of Connecticut, Storrs and Regional Campuses required to complete biweekly time and attendance records.  This includes all members of the classified bargaining units; all members of the University of Connecticut Professional Employee’s Association (UCPEA); all Management and Confidential staff; student employees; and certain special payroll appointees.

This policy also applies to University employees who have been granted signatory authority to approve time and attendance records.

DEFINITION

A time and attendance record is a true and accurate statement of time worked and time taken.  These records must be completed in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act, collective bargaining agreements, State regulations and University policies.  By submitting and/or approving a time and attendance record, employees and their supervisors are attesting to the accuracy of the time reported.  An approved time and attendance record also authorizes the expenditure of funds in accordance with time reported.

POLICY STATEMENT

Employees are required to submit biweekly time and attendance records for the purposes of calculating payments, and managing accruals and other entitlements.  In the event that an employee is unable to complete his/her time and attendance record (or is not included in the self-service population) it is the supervisor’s responsibility to complete it on their employee’s behalf.

All time and attendance records must be submitted and approved by the deadlines posted on the Payroll website.  Changes to the biweekly submission and approval deadline due to holidays, severe weather events and unforeseen circumstances will be communicated to the University community in as timely a manner as possible.

Corrections to previously reported time must be submitted as soon as the discovery is made.

Access to the time and attendance systems is administered by the Payroll Department, subject to the established guidelines on the Payroll website and consistent with the security policy administered by University Information Technology Services.  Under no circumstances should a login ID and password be shared.

ENFORCEMENT

Violations of this policy may result in appropriate disciplinary measures in accordance with University Laws and By-Laws, General Rules of Conduct for All University Employees, applicable collective bargaining agreements, and the University of Connecticut Student Conduct Code.

PROCEDURES/FORMS

Time and attendance procedures for employees and supervisors are posted on the Payroll Department website at www.payroll.uconn.edu.

 

Paycheck Distribution

Title: Paycheck Distribution
Policy Owner: Payroll Department and the Office of Faculty and Staff Labor Relations
Applies to: All Employees
Campus Applicability: UConn Storrs and Regional Campuses
Effective Date: August 19, 2014
For More Information, Contact Payroll Department
Contact Information: (860) 486-2423
Official Website: www.payroll.uconn.edu

 
REASON FOR POLICY

The purpose of this policy is to ensure the appropriate handling, and timely distribution, of paychecks to University employees.

APPLIES TO

This policy applies to all employees at the University of Connecticut, Storrs and Regional Campuses, as well as department liaisons responsible for claiming and distributing biweekly paychecks.

DEFINITION

Pay periods occur in two week cycles that begin on the Friday of a pay week and end on the Thursday of the following pay week.  There is a two week interval between the date of a check and the period for which employees are paid, with the exception of Graduate Assistants who are paid ‘to-date’ (see Graduate Assistant Pay Schedule Policy).  Biweekly paychecks are collated and distributed based on the ‘section number’ assigned to a department by Payroll.  Employees who have elected to utilize direct deposit do not receive a paper advice of deposit.  All employees are able to access their paystub information via ‘ePay’ on the State’s Core-CT portal.

POLICY STATEMENT

Distribution at the Storrs Campus: Designated department liaisons on the Storrs Campus must retrieve paychecks at the Payroll Department Main Office between 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on alternating Thursdays.  At the time of pickup, the ‘Payroll Authorization Check Card’ (issued by the Payroll Department) must be presented.  Checks that are not claimed at the Payroll Department Main Office will be delivered to departments on Friday via intercampus mail.

Distribution to the Regional Campuses: Representatives from the regional campuses are not required to retrieve paychecks at the Payroll Department Main Office on the Storrs Campus.  Paychecks will be delivered to the regional campuses via mail delivery service or courier.

Section Number Assignment: Departments are assigned unique section numbers for ease of distribution, and employee checks are coded accordingly.  At the discretion of the Payroll Department and under limited circumstances, new section numbers will be created.

ENFORCEMENT

Violations of this policy may result in appropriate disciplinary measures in accordance with University Laws and By-Laws, General Rules of Conduct for All University Employees, applicable collective bargaining agreements, and the University of Connecticut Student Conduct Code

PROCEDURES/FORMS

Departments are responsible for distributing paychecks to their employees.  Although departments may have their own internal distribution protocol, Payroll has established the following requirements:

  • Every attempt must be made to distribute checks to employees on the day they are picked up (Storrs Campus) or received (Regional Campuses).
  • Paychecks must be secured at all times.  Departments may not distribute paychecks by placing them in open mail slots in unprotected, public areas.
  • Employees must not cash or deposit checks until 3:00 p.m. on pay Thursday (the start of the next banking day).
  • Departments must not hold checks for more than one (1) pay cycle.  Unclaimed checks must be mailed to the employee or returned to the Payroll Department, unless prior alternative arrangements have been made with the employee.
  • Departments may not open employees’ paychecks since they contain personal and sensitive information.

Notification to departments and/or employees will be sent via email (or other appropriate media) in the event that a check distribution date must be changed due to a holiday or inclement weather.

Workers’ Compensation Light Duty Policy

Title: Workers’ Compensation Light Duty Policy
Policy Owner: Payroll Department
Applies to: All University Employees
Campus Applicability: Storrs and Regional Campuses (see details below)
Effective Date: August 19, 2014
For More Information, Contact Payroll
Contact Information: (860) 486-2423
Official Website: http://www.payroll.uconn.edu/

REASON FOR POLICY

The University strives to provide a safe and healthy work environment and is committed to returning employees to work, as appropriate, from a work-related injury or illness.  Administering a policy on light duty provides benefits to both the injured worker and the University.  Statistically, employers that facilitate return to work programs have a higher percentage of injured workers achieving full recovery over employers who fail to provide such programs.  Additionally, employers that utilize such initiatives have lower direct costs associated with workers’ compensation than those who do not.

APPLIES TO

This policy applies to all permanent and temporary employees at the University of Connecticut, Storrs and Regional Campuses who are paid salary or wages by the State of Connecticut are covered by the State’s Workers’ Compensation Program, and are eligible to participate in the light duty program.  This includes faculty, staff, student labor, work study, special payroll, and graduate assistants provided that the injury occurred while performing a function related to their employment with the University.

DEFINITIONS

Injured Worker:  An employee who initiates a workers’ compensation claim pursuant to the State of Connecticut and the University of Connecticut’s injury reporting requirements.
Temporary Modified/Restricted Duty:  A work capacity given to an injured worker by their treating physician stating that the employee is not capable of performing their regular job duties, but is capable of working in a modified or restricted capacity within their normal job classification.
Regular Duty:  A work capacity given to an injured worker by their treating physician stating that the injured worker is capable of returning to work without restrictions or modifications to their normal job classification.

POLICY STATEMENT

The University of Connecticut provides a light duty program for all employees who sustain a workplace injury or illness.  The University will provide modified or light duty assignments, as available, to an employee with an approved workers’ compensation claim, once they have been released to temporary modified/restricted work by a licensed medical professional.  Placement into a light duty position is on a temporary basis and should never become permanent.  Light duty is not guaranteed and may be modified, or ended, at any time, even if the employee’s physician has not released him/her to regular duty.  Employees who are working a light duty assignment will be held to the same standards of accountability for performance and conduct standards as an employee on regular duty.  An employee working on a light duty assignment is to abide by the restrictions imposed by their treating physician and should not exceed those restrictions until released by the doctor.  It is also the employee’s responsibility to immediately inform their supervisor and the Workers’ Compensation Administrator of any changes made to their work capacity while working a light duty assignment.

If a light duty assignment is offered by the University, an employee’s refusal to accept the offer of light duty may affect the employee’s right to workers’ compensation benefits and will be determined by the third party administrator.

ENFORCEMENT

Violations of this policy may result in appropriate disciplinary measures in accordance with University Laws and By-Laws, General Rules of Conduct for All University Employees, applicable collective bargaining agreements, and the University of Connecticut Student Conduct Code.

PROCEDURES/FORMS

An injured employee should immediately notify their supervisor and the Workers’ Compensation Administrator once their treating physician has released them to any type of modified or restricted work.  The employee must also provide the Workers’ Compensation Administrator with a signed, written copy of the modifications/restrictions given to them by the treating physician.  The Workers’ Compensation Administrator will coordinate with the employee’s supervisor to determine if a light duty assignment is available.  If such a position exists, the employee will be contacted and expected to return to work on the next scheduled business day.  Under no such circumstance should an employee work outside their prescribed restrictions until cleared to do so by their treating physician.  Supervisors should monitor the tasks being completed by an employee working temporary modified/restricted duty to ensure that the employee is working within their prescribed restrictions.

If a light duty assignment is not available, the employee will be continued on their workers’ compensation leave.  Should a light duty assignment become available prior to a change in the employee’s work capacity, the employee will be notified by either their supervisor or the Workers’ Compensation Administrator, and would be expected to return to work on the next business day.  An employee with a light duty work capacity that cannot be accommodated may be required to do job searches at the discretion of the third party administrator, in order to continue to receive payment.

External Investigations, Audits and Requests for Information Protocol

Title: External Investigations, Audits and Requests for Information Protocol
Policy Owner: The Office of Audit, Compliance & Ethics
Applies to: All University Faculty, Staff, and Administrators
Campus Applicability:  All Campuses, except UConn Health
Effective Date: August 15, 2014
For More Information, Contact Office of Audit, Compliance & Ethics
Contact Information: (860) 486-6195
Official Website:  http://audit.uconn.edu/

 

Background and Reasons for the Protocol: Under certain circumstances, representatives of the Federal or State government or other external auditors or inspectors, including accrediting organizations, may arrive without advanced notice at the University to perform investigations into possible violations of laws and regulations or to conduct certain audits. It is the University’s policy that employees fully comply with all such audit and inspection rights.

The entire protocol is available here.

Pre-Employment Criminal Background Check Policy

Title: Pre-Employment Criminal Background Check Policy
Policy Owner: Department of Human Resources and Office of Faculty and Staff Labor Relations
Applies to: Faculty, Staff, Others
Campus Applicability:  Storrs and Regional Campuses
Effective Date: January 8, 2014
For More Information, Contact Department of Human Resources
Contact Information: (860) 486-3034
Official Website: http://hr.uconn.edu/cbc/

 

BACKGROUND

The University of Connecticut prides itself on hiring qualified employees who are prepared to work in the best interests of the University and its students.  Pre-employment criminal background checks serve as an important element of the University’s ongoing efforts to ensure a safe and secure campus and workplace.  Criminal history information can identify prospective employees who may be predisposed to engage in violence, sexual misconduct, misappropriate of resources, identity theft, data breaches and other misconduct.

APPLIES TO

This policy applies to the following:

  • All full-time and part-time final candidates for employment in regular payroll positions (faculty, professional, and classified).
  • All individuals selected for temporary appointments as Adjunct Faculty, Special Payroll Lecturers, and Instructional Specialists that are not dually employed at the University or that have had a break in University service for more than two consecutive semesters.

At the specific request of the hiring department, other prospective special payroll appointments or volunteers may be subject to a criminal background check when the special payroll or volunteer position is a position of trust or when required by law to perform a criminal background check.

Employees who are already employed at the University and apply for transfer or promotion are not covered by this Policy.

 

GENERAL POLICY

It will be a condition of employment at the University of Connecticut to submit to a criminal background check.  Offers of employment will be conditional pending the result of a background check, which shall include, at a minimum, the following:

  • Social Security Number Verification / Past Address Trace
  • Statewide criminal history (where applicable)
  • County Criminal
  • National Criminal
  • Federal Criminal
  • Statewide Sex Offender
  • Nationwide Sex Offender
  • International Criminal (where applicable)

Pre-Employment criminal background checks will be centrally administered by the Department of Human Resources.

Pre-employment criminal background checks and the use of criminal history information will be in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.

Procedures on the pre-employment criminal background check process are available at: http://hr.uconn.edu/cbc/

Reimbursement of Moving Expenses Policy and Procedures

Title: Reimbursement of Moving Expenses Policy and Procedures
Policy Owner: Committee formed by the Office of the Provost
Applies to: Faculty
Campus Applicability:  All Programs at all Campuses except UConn Health
Effective Date: November 21, 2014
For More Information, Contact Workforce Solutions / Office of the Provost
Contact Information: (860) 486-3034
Official Website:  http://hr.uconn.edu/

This policy is currently under revision. While the policy is still in effect, it should be noted that the tax law changed January 1, 2018 and now ALL moving reimbursements are taxable and will be reported by Payroll in your earnings.

Reason for Policy

The University recognizes the competitive nature of the hiring process and therefore grants departments the flexibility to pay for or reimburse moving expenses for faculty or management-exempt administrator positions.

Policy Statement

The hiring process includes three phases: interview, offer and acceptance, and move.

The final phase, the move, begins the date of the final one-way trip of the selected candidate and their family to their new residence. The move phase ends upon the day of arrival.  As stated in more detail below, expenses incurred in connection with the move phase are reimbursable to the employee.

Individuals should refer to the Reimbursement of Recruitment Expenses Policy for guidance regarding appropriate payment or reimbursement of expenses related to the interview and offer and acceptance phases.

Consistent with IRS regulations the following are considered Nontaxable Expenses that are eligible for reimbursement, up to the amount authorized in advance by the hiring department in accordance with the limitations set forth in this policy.

  1. Moving of household goods and personal effects (packing, crating and transporting);
  2. Actual expenses for gas and oil OR Standard IRS moving mileage rate based on most direct route;
  3. Parking fees;
  4. Tolls;
  5. Lodging for the employee and their immediate family while traveling from former residence to new residence, including the day of arrival (please refer to the Travel and Entertainment Policies and Procedures for guidelines regarding accommodations).
  6. Storage of household goods after arrival; not to exceed 30 consecutive days after the day your things are moved from the former residence;
  7. Airfare (please refer to the Travel and Entertainment Policies and Procedures for guidelines regarding approved class of travel);
  8. Shipping of car;
  9. Shipping of household pets;
  10. Car rental through and including the day of arrival

The following are considered Taxable Expenses that are eligible for reimbursement, up to the amount authorized in advance by the hiring department in accordance with the limitations set forth in this policy.  Reimbursement of Nonqualified Expenses is subject to withholding of applicable income, social security and Medicare taxes; these expenses are included in taxable income and reported on the annual Form W-2.

  1. Meals;
  2. Lodging outside of the nontaxable time frame;
  3. Storage of household goods outside of the nontaxable time frame;
  4. Car rental outside of nontaxable timeframe.

The following expenses will not be reimbursed by the University:

  1. Entertainment;
  2. Side trips, sightseeing;
  3. Violations (parking tickets, moving violations, etc.);
  4. Return trips to former residence;
  5. Expenses related to prior residence;
  6. General repairs or maintenance of vehicle resulting from self-move.

If employment with the University ends prior to working at least 39 weeks full-time in the first year after arriving, he/she will be required to pay back the University for all moving expense reimbursements received.

Moving expenses are weighted by the rank of the position and the distance of the move (see table below).

The allowance for a particular move constitutes the maximum commitment for reimbursement of University and/or Foundation funds, rather than an entitlement of the employee.

Procedure

All requests for moving expenses will identify the fund source, including any commitment to use private funds.

Reimbursements using UConn Foundation funds, or other private sources, will be remitted to the University and paid to the employee as if they were University funds and in accordance with this policy. Department funds may also be used to pay for moving expense reimbursements.

Payments exceeding the reimbursement schedule, or for purposes other than those herein specified, may be granted upon recommendation of the President or Provost. The President will recommend payment of any moving expenses for another Officer of the University to the Board, and the Chairman of the Board will make such recommendations for the moving expenses of the President.

The formula for determining the amount to be reimbursed is based on the rank of the position and on the distance of the move. The sum of these two represents the maximum reimbursement allowed.

Rank Weight Base Rank Total
Assistant Professor 1 x $1000 $1000
Associate Professor 2 x $1000 $2000
Professor 3 x $1000 $3000
Dept. Head/Director/Assoc. VP 4 x $1000 $4000
Dean/Vice President 5 x $1000 $5000

The distance factor is calculated on the mileage of the move as follows:

Mileage Base
< 500 Miles $350
< 1,000 Miles $700
< 1,500 Miles $1,050
< 2,000 Miles $1,400
< 2,500 Miles $2,100

 

After identifying a valid account number, department heads should sign and forward a written request for moving expenses to the dean/director for approval and signature.

Once Dean, Director or Department Head approval has been received, the department should notify the candidate of the approval and amount authorized.

The candidate may then proceed in either of the following ways:

A. Direct Payment by the University

The University has a contract with a moving broker (with access to 10 different moving companies) who bills the University directly up to the approved amount. See the UConn Landing Page   for more information.

Departments wishing to use one of the movers provided through the moving broker should follow the procedure below:

1. The department should provide the employee with the moving broker’s name, telephone number, and landing page and instruct them to obtain and select a written and signed quotation. The moving broker can provide up to three quotations from which the employee can select. The selected quotation must include a statement of the departure and destination points for the move. A “not to exceed” quote can be provided with some limitations.

2. The employee should forward the quotation to their department, indicating their vendor preference. (The University assumes no liability for damage or loss, and because the employee is personally responsible for expenses exceeding the amount approved by the University, vendor selection is the employee’s decision).

3. The department should obtain a signed copy of the quotation, a signed copy of the Moving Expense Request Form (ME13), and enter a requisition into KFS identifying the moving broker, the amount the University will pay, the moving date, and the departure/destination points.  Once Procurement Services receives all required information, a purchase order will be issued.

4. A purchase order will be sent to the moving broker authorizing it to invoice the University up to the amount approved. All charges in excess will be the employee’s responsibility.

B. Reimbursement

The employee may, if so desired, make arrangements with a moving company of his/her choice or self-move. Employees may request reimbursement of out of pocket expenses up to the amount authorized by this policy and for other permissible items. A Request for Reimbursement of Moving Expenses and Moving Expense Reimbursement form (ME13) should be completed by the Department for approval by the Dean, Director or Department Head.  The Department Head’s signature acknowledges that the expenses requested are reimbursable under this policy. Departments should forward these forms and original receipts to the appropriate office to obtain the second approval signature.  Reimbursement requests that do not have the required two signatures will not be processed.

The Dean, Director or Department Head will forward the approved package to the Payroll Department, which will review the documents to ensure compliance with this policy. Taxes will be applied for any portion of the authorized reimbursement that is taxable as described in this policy.

NOTE: As described in this policy, employees will be reimbursed for the shortest, most direct route available. Travel incurred for side trips or vacations en route, etc. may proportionally reduce the amount reimbursed.

Approval

The Board of Trustees originally approved the Reimbursement of Recruitment and Moving Expenses Policy on July 1, 2003. The Board of Trustees approved the Reimbursement of Moving Expenses Policy and Procedures on August 7, 2013.

Revisions: November 21, 2014

Separation Policy for Unclassified Board of Trustees Exempt Managers and Confidential Employees

Title: Separation Policy for Unclassified Board of Trustees Exempt Managers and Confidential Employees
Policy Owner: Board of Trustees
Applies to: June 26, 2013
Campus Applicability: All Campuses
Effective Date: June 26, 2013
For More Information, Contact Office of Faculty and Staff Labor Relations
Contact Information: (860) 486-5684
Official Website:   http://lr.uconn.edu/

 

 

POLICY STATEMENT

This policy applies to the University of Connecticut at Storrs, all regional campuses including the Schools of Law and Social Work and the University of Connecticut Health Center. Managerial and Confidential employees of the University of Connecticut who do not have academic tenure are generally employed at-will and may be separated from employment for any lawful reason without advance notice. Management and Confidential employees who are involuntarily separated from the University of Connecticut for reasons  unrelated to their job performance such as lay off, position elimination, or management reorganization  may, at the sole and exclusive discretion of the University, be eligible for  separation benefits in accordance with this policy. This policy does not apply to: (i) separation of an employee due to voluntary resignation or retirement; (ii) separation of an employee as the result of disciplinary action or for misconduct; or (iii) separation of an employee due to job performance.

SEPARATION BENEFITS

The separation benefits, if offered, will be in accordance with the guidelines provided below.
1.  Release

In order to receive separation benefits, the employee must execute a separation agreement and general release in a form acceptable to the University.  Typically, the University will require a non-disparagement provision.
2. Notice and/or Lump Sum Payment
At the discretion of the employer, the University may offer one of the following:
(a)     written notice in advance of the effective date of separation, based on years of credited service at the University as shown below;
OR
(b)     lump sum payment of salary in lieu of notice according to years of credited service at the University as shown below;
OR
(c)    a combination of written notice and lump sum payment up to the maximum allowable limit, based on years of credited service at the University as shown below.

Less than
Years of Service

1 year
Notice Period or Lump Sum Payment

–0–
Minimum

1 year

2 months

Minimum

2 years

3 months

Minimum

4 years

4 months

Minimum

6 years

5 months

Minimum

8 years

6 months

3.  Health Insurance:
If the separating employee is receiving health insurance through the University, the  University may extend the employee’s health insurance beyond the date of separation until the earlier of (a) up to six months (or such shorter time as the University specifies) or  (b) when the separated employee becomes employed with an employer who offers health insurance.
Upon expiration of University-subsidized health insurance, the separated employee may elect to purchase additional health insurance continuation by paying the employee and employer share of the premium as provided by relevant state and/or federal law.
4.  Outplacement Counseling
The University may choose, in its discretion, to offer job search assistance, career counseling or outplacement services.

EXCEPTIONS

Compensation or benefits in excess of this Policy may only be extended for good cause and only with the written approval of both the relevant Vice President or Vice Provost and the Director of Labor Relations.
Policy Created: 6-26-2013 (BOT Approved)

Policy Relating to Low Speed Vehicles

Title: Policy Relating to Low Speed Vehicles
Policy Owner: Logistics Administration
Applies to: Faculty, Staff, Students
Campus Applicability:
Effective Date: February 1, 2013
For More Information, Contact Logistics Administration
Contact Information: (860) 486-3029
Official Website: https://park.uconn.edu/

Policy Relating to Low Speed Vehicles
This policy supersedes Utility Cart Policy 4/11/2008

1. Introduction

This policy establishes requirements for the procurement, maintenance and operation of golf carts and other low speed vehicles (hereinafter “LSVs”) (i.e., “Club Cars,” “Golf Carts,” “Cushman Carts,” and comparable utility vehicles) on the grounds of the University of Connecticut.

The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles does not register LSVs. Effective with the enactment of Section 14-300g of the Connecticut General Statutes, the traffic authority of a city, town, or borough may decide to allow the operation of LSVs on roadways within its jurisdiction that have speed limits of twenty-five (25) mph or below. Pursuant to Section 10a-139 of the Connecticut General Statutes, the University of Connecticut constitutes a traffic authority which can establish policy for the use, purchase, and maintenance of LSVs on its grounds.

2. Purpose and Applicability

The purpose of this policy is to regulate the procurement and use of LSVs and enhance the safety of our faculty, staff employees, students, visitors, and University property. All members of the University of Connecticut community are subject to this policy including students, staff, and faculty. Employees of University contractors who utilize LSVs owned or leased by the University shall be subject to this policy as well. The policy:

  • Discusses the appropriate use of LSVs;
  • Establishes requirements pertaining to the operation of LSVs;
  • Establishes requirements for maintenance and repair of LSVs;
  • Establishes requirements for LSV identification; and
  • Establishes operator and supervisor responsibility.

3. Definition

Low Speed Vehicle: A four-wheeled motor vehicle that has a gross vehicle weight rating (“GVWR”) of less than 3000 pounds and whose speed attainable in one (1) mile is more than twenty (20) miles per hour and not more than twenty-five (25) miles per hour on a paved level surface.

4. Use of Low Speed Vehicles

LSVs may be used at the University for a variety of purposes for which larger vehicles may be less well-suited, including, but not limited to:

  • Transportation of persons with physical disabilities;
  • Transportation of items long distances that are too large/bulky to be carried by hand;
  • Transportation of University guests or VIPs;
  • Emergency response;
  • Access to areas where a licensed vehicle may have difficulty navigating;
  • Avoidance of damage to sidewalks, landscaping or other property that may occur with traditional licensed road-use vehicles; and
  • Landscape, maintenance and agricultural use.

5. Operator Requirements

All operators of LSVs shall meet the following requirements before operating an LSV on the grounds of the University of Connecticut:

  • Operators must possess a valid U.S. driver’s license and be at least eighteen (18) years of age. Approved operators shall immediately notify their supervisor if and when their driver’s license is suspended or revoked. Operators who are contractor employees shall immediately notify their supervisor if their driver’s license is suspended or revoked.
  • Operators shall have knowledge of and comply with the state of Connecticut motor vehicle laws;
  • Employees of University contractors may not operate University-owned or leased LSVs unless the contractor, in an existing agreement with the University, is contractually obligated to indemnify the University against all suits, actions, claims, demands and liabilities arising out of or in connection with the operation of the LSVs or has signed a separate indemnification agreement obligating it to do so.
  • Contractors/vendors may not operate University-owned or leased LSVs unless and until they have signed a copy of the “Low Speed Vehicle Operator Acknowledgment” form, available on the web at https://transpo.uconn.edu/low-speed-vehicles/.
  • undergraduate students may operate LSVs with the following additional restrictions:

° Undergraduate students assigned to operate LSVs must be employed by the University through the Office of Student Employment.

° Undergraduate students operating LSVs will be subject to all the requirements of the LSV Policy applicable to University employees.

° In addition, students will be subject to the University Student Code of Conduct. Any violations will be reported to the Office of Community Standards.

Volunteers, visitors, and all other individuals shall not be permitted to operate LSVs on University grounds.

6. Safety Devices

Each LSV shall be equipped with:

  • a horn and an automatic audible back up warning device;
  • a flag that is positioned to assist operators of motor vehicles in observing the location and operation of such LSV;
  • a side and rear view mirror;
  • a flashing yellow hazard light on the top of those LSVs equipped with cabs;
  • electric wipers on LSVs equipped with windshields;
  • a window defroster/defogger on LSVs equipped with windshields; and
  • a three point seat belt or a lap belt.

LSVs shall not be modified in any manner that affects the manufacturer’s recommended mode of operation, speed or safety of the vehicle without the manufacturer’s prior written approval.

Any person who operates an LSV in violation of these requirements, in violation of any insurance requirement, or in violation of any other condition or limitation established by the local traffic authority shall have committed an infraction.

7. Vehicle Operating Standards

The following standards shall apply to the operation of LSVs on University property:

  • The operator of any LSV shall carry his or her valid Connecticut motor vehicle operator’s license while operating such LSV.
  • Operation of LSVs shall be limited to daylight hours.
  • No LSV shall be operated on any street or highway where the posted speed limit is more than twenty-five (25) miles per hour.
  • The speed limit for LSVs operating on pedestrian ways and bike ways shall be five (5) MPH. LSVs shall be operated at speeds not greater than fifteen (15) MPH on roadways, and shall be operated at lesser speeds as conditions dictate.
  • Operators shall consider the terrain, weather conditions, visibility, and existing pedestrian and other vehicular traffic which may affect the safe operation of the vehicle.
  • Although LSVs may be operated off-road when being used for official business, they should be operated on roadways or walkways whenever possible. When operated off- road, LSVs shall be operated at low speeds (not exceeding five (5) MPH) that allow stopping time in the event of unexpected pedestrians or other obstacles.
  • Operators shall stop at all blind intersections. They will also stop when rounding the corners of buildings when the LSV is being operated off-road or on walkways.
  • Pedestrians shall be given the right-of-way at all times. LSVs shall be operated with the utmost courtesy, care, and consideration for the safety of pedestrians.
  • LSV operators shall be diligent and pay particular attentions to the needs of disabled persons, as limitations in vision, hearing and/or mobility may impair the ability of such persons to see, hear, or move out of the way of vehicles.
  • Operators shall be responsible for the security of the ignition key while an LSV is assigned to them. Anytime an LSV is unattended, the key shall be removed from the ignition and kept in the possession of the authorized operator.
  • LSV operators shall not be permitted to drive while wearing devices that impede hearing, such as stereo headsets or earplugs. LSV operators shall not talk on the phone or text while driving.
  • LSV operators may cross roadways only at intersections or at pedestrian crosswalks by slowly driving alongside the pedestrian crosswalk. LSVs shall only cross roadways in areas that are clearly visible from all directions. During low light conditions, LSVs shall cross only in well-lighted areas.
  • LSV operators shall come to a complete stop before crossing a roadway or proceeding through intersecting sidewalks or other areas that may have blind spots.
  • All passengers shall be seated in seats designed for such use. No passenger shall be allowed to be transported on the bed, back or side of the LSV except for medical emergency transportation.
  • LSVs shall never carry more passengers than the number of seat belts in the vehicle, except for medical emergency transportation.
  • LSVs shall not be parked:
    ° in handicap accessible or otherwise reserved spaces;
    ° on any walkway that constitutes a pedestrian travel route except when temporarily parked on walkways while the operator is performing work-related duties inside the building; or
    ° in such a way that blocks any building entrance or exit.

8. Department Administrative Responsibilities

Department supervisors shall:

  • Advise each employee under his or her supervision who operates an LSV of this policy.
  • Arrange for all operators to review the pertinent LSV owner’s manual and receive appropriate hands-on training prior to operating an LSV.
  • Obtain from each operator a fully-executed copy of the “Low Speed Vehicle Operator Acknowledgment” form https://transpo.uconn.edu/low-speed-vehicles/ and a copy of the driver’s license for each person operating an LSV on University property; and
  • Send a copy of the fully-executed “Low Speed Vehicle Operator Acknowledgment Form” to University Transportation Services, attention Erin Lirot (or her successor in office), at 3 N. Hillside Road, U-6199, Storrs, CT 06269-6199.

9. Procurement

University Departments seeking information about purchasing an LSV shall be directed to the Supervisor at the Motor Pool at (860) 486-3029.

LSVs are considered part of the University fleet and in general fall under Motor Pool policies. Accordingly,

  • If the LSV ordered is replacing another within the same department, the Department Head is responsible for coordinating with the Manager of Motor Pool and the Purchasing Department to obtain the proper identification markings and logo.
  • A new purchase which will replace an existing LSV should so state on the purchase order.
  • Additions to the fleet shall be approved by the Director of Logistic Administration and reviewed by the Supervisor of the Motor Pool.
  • All LSVs shall be ordered with four (4) keys. The Motor Pool shall retain a key to each University vehicle.
  • All new LSVs shall be delivered to the Motor Pool.
  • The Motor Pool shall get the ‘Receiving’ copy of the purchase order (which should include a complete list of all options and specifications).
  • Trade-in LSVs shall be so identified on the purchase order, which shall also include: the UConn ID number, year, make and model, trade-in allowance, and Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).

10. Signage on Low Speed Vehicles

It shall be the responsibility of the Motor Pool to install the standard Oak Leaf –UCONN Logo on the doors of all new vehicles that come through Motor Pool.

11. Maintenance Responsibilities

  • Each LSV operator shall be responsible for providing timely notification of any safety and/or maintenance concern to his or her supervisor.
  • Supervisors shall be responsible for arranging for the timely repair of the LSV when problems are reported. If timely repairs cannot be made, the LSV shall be taken out of service until the repairs are completed. All maintenance and repairs to University-owned LSVs shall be administered by the University of Connecticut Motor Pool, located at 9 N. Hillside Road, Unit 3016 Storrs, Connecticut (phone: 860-486-3029).
  • Individuals operating LSVs shall be responsible for thecleaning and non-mechanical maintenance of the vehicles.

The department to which the LSV is assigned shall be responsible for maintenance of the LSV and the cost of such maintenance. (See above maintenance and repair information.)

12. Accident Reporting

Any accident involving an LSV shall be reported to the operator’s supervisor, or, if the operator is a contractor employee, to their supervisor and the University’s Project Manager. The supervisor or the University’s Project Manager, shall contact Transportation Services at (860) 486-6092 within forty-eight (48) hours of the accident, regardless of fault, and whether or not the accident has resulted in damage or personal injury. The supervisor or the University’s Project Manager shall also complete an accident report at www.transpo.uconn.edu.

Low Speed Vehicle Operator Acknowledgment Form can be accessed at: https://transpo.uconn.edu/low-speed-vehicles/

Provost’s Policy on Faculty Leaves

Title: Provost’s Policy on Faculty Leaves
Policy Owner: Office of the Provost
Applies to: Faculty
Campus Applicability:
Effective Date: July 13, 2015
For More Information, Contact Office of the Provost
Contact Information: (860) 486-4037
Official Website: http://provost.uconn.edu/

Please see the following July 13, 2015, memo from Provost Mun Choi regarding Faculty Leaves and proper administrative notification: Administrative Notification of Faculty Leaves, July 13, 2015.

Parking and Vehicles on the Grounds of the University of Connecticut, Rules and Regulations for the Control of

Title: Rules and Regulations for Control of Parking and Vehicles on the Grounds of the University of Connecticut
Policy Owner: Transportation, Logistics, and Parking Services
Applies to: Faculty, Staff, Students, Visitors
Campus Applicability:  Storrs and Regional Campuses
Effective Date: July 11, 2017
For More Information, Contact Transportation, Logistics and Parking Services
Contact Information: (860) 486- 3628
Official Website: https://park.uconn.edu/

The complete Rules and Regulations for the Control of Parking and Vehicles on Campus (Revised 11.21.18) are available in PDF.

Approved by the Board of Trustees on August 8, 2012.

Revised July 11, 2017 and approved by the President’s Cabinet.