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Employee Resources

CPPS Policies & Procedures

Faculty Experts Policies

For the Compensation Policy and Conflicts of Interest please reference the WSU Faculty Manual online or the Human Resources website.

Employee Handbooks

Personnel policies applicable to all employee categories can be found in the Business Policies and Procedures Manual (BPPM). These policies work in tandem with the employee handbooks and manuals.

WSU Manuals

Business Policies and Procedure Manual (BPPM)
The BPPM contains instructions for completing forms and provides detailed procedures for requesting services from University units and external organizations.

Procedures are based upon approved University administrative policies and applicable state and/or federal statutes and regulations. Sections may include both policy and procedural statements.

Executive Policy Manual
The Executive Policy Manual includes University policies approved by the appropriate governing body of University executive officers.

Safety and Security

Safety Policy and Procedure Manual (SPPM)
See SPPM 1.02: Table of Contents, for the complete list of subjects that the SPPM covers. Business-related health and safety functions, e.g., insurance and risk management, are described in Chapter 50 of the Business Policies and Procedures Manual (BPPM) and EP6 of the Executive Policy Manual. Topics in the SPPM have general interest to many or all University departments.

Laboratory Safety
Washington State University’s Laboratory Safety Manual is a tool to assist responsible parties with developing their laboratory specific Chemical Hygiene Plan and related laboratory safety programs. Implementation of the Laboratory Safety Manual/Chemical Hygiene Plan is a critical element in achieving a safe and healthful laboratory environment.

  • Spokane Lab Safety WSU’s Laboratory Safety Program strives to minimize the risk of injury or illness to laboratory workers by assisting principal investigators and laboratory managers with the development of a comprehensive specific safety program. Please contact Gang Chen at 509-368-6576 for more information.

Spokane Environmental Health & Safety
Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) is a non-academic service department that provides training, consultation, and services in the areas of employee health and safety, public health, chemical waste disposal and cleanup.

Please contact Gang Chen at 509-368-6576 for more information.

Yakima/PNWU Environmental Health & Safety

Ethics and Related Policies

Washington State University Ethics, Conflict of Interest, and Technology Transfer
To promote integrity and objectivity in University research, including research funded by federal grants or cooperative agreements, and to meet regulatory requirements.

Ethics Policy
This section provides a brief summary of applicable elements of the Washington State Ethics Law (RCW 42.52) and provides cross references to related University policies and procedures. The Ethics Law applies to all University employees and officers.

Human Resource Services

Human Resource Services has designed the following web pages with the goal of connecting you with the many benefits and services available to university employees and providing a place where you can find policies, guidelines, and resources related to your employment type.

HRS Resources
Access to the latest HRS communication and news, personnel policies, employee handbooks, budget information, HR forms and letters, access to HR systems and other information

Human Resource Services has designed the following web pages with the goal of connecting you with the many benefits and services available to university employees and providing a place where you can find policies, guidelines, and resources related to your employment type.

Payroll Services

Workplace Climate Resources

University Ombudsman
An effective, informal, and neutral channel for students, staff, and faculty to voice university-related concerns.

The primary purpose of the office is to protect the interests, rights, and privileges of students, staff, and faculty at all levels of university operations and programs.

The ombudsman is designated by the university to function as an impartial and neutral resource to assist all members of the university community.  The ombudsman provides information relating to university policies and procedures and facilitates the resolution of problems and grievances through informal investigation and mediation.

The office does not replace or supersede other university grievances, complaint or appeal procedures.

Bullying Prevention and Reporting
The University is committed to maintaining an environment that is free from all acts of bullying by or against employees, students, or members of the public.

Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct
This policy applies to all students, faculty, staff, and others having an association with the University including, but not limited to, such individuals at all campuses and WSU employment sites.

This policy applies whether conduct occurs on campus or off campus, if the continuing effects of the conduct have the potential to unreasonably interfere with or limit an individual’s work, academic performance, living environment, personal security, or participation in any WSU activity.

WSU’s Office of Civil Rights Compliance and Investigation (CRCI) is the University’s central intake office for matters involving discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct.

All WSU employees and units must coordinate with OEO on matters that implicate this policy.

Washington State University Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Policy
WSU is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing equal opportunity in education, employment, membership and contracts without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religion, age, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, physical, mental or sensory disability, marital status, genetic information, and/or status as a veteran.

Workplace Violence
The University is committed to maintaining an environment that is free from all acts or threats of violence perpetrated by or against employees, students, or members of the public. See also BPPM 50.31 regarding workplace bullying.

Compliance and Civil Rights
Compliance and Civil Rights seeks to integrate principles of equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, fairness and equality into all academic and employment activities and practices throughout Washington State University (WSU).


Discrimination Sexual Harassment Prevention
WSU is committed to being an institution that demonstrates trust and respect for all persons and cultivates individual and institutional integrity in all that we do.

FERPA Training
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA or the Buckley Amendment) is a United States federal law. FERPA gives parents access to their child’s education records, an opportunity to seek to have the records amended, and some control over the disclosure of information from the records.

Employee Training & Development

  • Skillburst! The WSU Online Training System hosts over 400 Instructor Led Training (ILT) sessions each year, upwards of 3,500 interactive online courses and more than 25,000 online books and other publications
  • WSU Training for Supervisors Washington State University recognizes the impact front-line supervisors have on the quality of work, level of productivity and work attitude of the employees they direct. Effective supervisory training, therefore, is linked to the success of the University.All current supervisors and managers are welcome to attend these courses. Newly promoted and newly hired Civil Service supervisors may be required to complete the entire series as set forth by WAC 357-34.

Employee Wellness Resources

WSU Employee Wellness
Wellcoug is a comprehensive employee wellbeing program sponsored by Human Resource Services. It offers WSU employees and their families a wide range of resources to support their physical and mental health. Through Wellcoug, employees can receive help in accessing education, identifying resources, developing skills, and making healthy choices.

WSU currently offers campus wellness programs.  For information on the programs provided for the Spokane and Yakima campus, please contact Human Resources at (509) 335-4521.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
WSU provides an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) as part of its employee benefit package. It is a free and confidential service available to Faculty, Administrative Professional, and Classified employees.

SmartHealth is Washington State’s voluntary wellness program that supports you on your journey toward living well. The secure, easy-to-use, mobile-friendly website offers tips and tools through fun activities such as sleeping better, eating healthier, and planning for retirement. Subscribers and their spouses or state-registered domestic partners enrolled in PEBB medical coverage can participate in SmartHealth.

Spokane Fitness Club Benefits
WSU employees are eligible for discounted memberships to local fitness centers, such as MUV Fitness, the Spokane Club, and the YMCA.

Yakima Fitness Club Benefits
WSU does not currently have a program for discounted memberships for employees located in Yakima.  Discounted memberships for WSU employees in Yakima are currently being evaluated and we hope to have a program in place in the near future.  Please contact local fitness centers to inquire as to if they have any discounts available.

Maps, Libraries and Parking

*PNWU provides free parking as a courtesy for employees, students, and visitors on campus.  General parking spaces are open for all vehicles.