15.1 Employees may participate in the University's tuition exemption program as authorized by RCW 28B-15.558 and in accordance with guidelines approved by the Board of Regents. The following guidelines are applicable at the time of printing this contract, however, changes to the program may occur as a result of legislative action or guideline modifications made by the Board of Regents.
15.2 Employees will be granted up to three (3) hours of paid release time per day, per shift, to attend course sessions to enhance professional development, subject to operation necessity. Employee will discuss course with supervisor and get approval prior to class starting. Uniformed officers will attend classes that are held during work time in uniform. Radios or cell phone will be taken to class and employee will respond when needed.
15.3 Understanding the essential nature of emergency services, and subject to operational needs and management discretion, supervisors will make a good faith effort to allow the use of flex time for employees who wish to take a class during their scheduled shift.