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Employee Resource Manual

Kent State University Division of Human Resources is welcoming, affirming and inclusive. Our mission is to foster talent while empowering a culture a respect.


Welcome to Kent State University! As a university employee, you are part of an eight-campus system that includes more than 42,000 students and 5,000 faculty and staff.

In a large organization, it is often difficult to know where to look for information regarding policies and procedures, employment, and other resources that employees may need. The Division of Human Resources has developed this employee resource manual with general information and guidelines on a variety of topics related to employment at Kent State.

The manual provides an overview of the policies and procedures for employees, but it is not meant to replace or override existing policies. Policies referenced in the manual include a link to the policy; it is the employee's responsibility to read and understand information located within the university's policy register.

The information presented here applies in general to faculty, classified and unclassified employees; however, faculty and classified employees represented by a bargaining unit (AAUP or AFSCME) should refer to their respective collective bargaining agreements for information on employee-related issues.


All employees are asked to familiarize themselves with the Employee Resource Manual.

This manual is not intended to create any kind of contract with the employee. It is designed for informational purposes only and the provisions are not contractually binding. This manual does not override the at-will employment relationship or term relationship indicated in your original offer of employment. The University has the discretion in making revisions to the manual to remain current and consistent with our current practices or changes in local, state or federal law. Thus, the University retains the right to modify or discontinue any policies, programs or procedures described in the publications unless doing so would conflict with the terms of some other express agreement. 

Furthermore, the University reserves all management rights and retains all rights and prerogatives conferred on the University such as the right to take whatever actions are deemed necessary to achieve organizational goals and the right to set productivity and performance standards. The descriptions of benefits provided to you in this manual are not intended to be complete. Benefit plan details are contained in separate documents, and those documents take precedence over any conflicting information in this manual. Any failure to exercise a particular right does not constitute a waiver of the right or preclude the University from exercising it in the future.