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Presidential Orders


Administrative Order


No. 6



Personnel Actions



1.  Academic Personnel

The Provost and Executive Vice President, or his or her designee, is authorized to act for the President of the University regarding all personnel and employment matters concerning academic personnel except the following: new appointments of deans and chancellors, department chairs, and directors of academic units; new appointments to the rank of professor, associate professor, and assistant professor; new appointments to faculty positions with tenure; new appointments of full-time lecturers; new appointments of full-time acting and visiting faculty in professorial ranks; and new appointments to endowed chairs or professorships.

2.  Non-Academic Personnel

Except as provided in Sections 3, 4, and 5 below, the Provost and Executive Vice President, vice presidents, vice provosts, chancellors, deans, and executive directors or CEOs of hospitals and medical centers, are authorized to take all personnel actions concerning any University of Washington classified or professional staff employees within their respective organizations, subject to applicable Washington State Department of Personnel or University personnel regulations and procedures. The above-named University employing officials may further delegate to designees within their respective organizations the authority to take any or all personnel actions for employees under their supervision; provided that any such delegation to designees must be in writing and that the Vice President for Human Resources, or his or her designee, must receive advance notification of the intent to terminate the employment of any classified or professional staff employee. Furthermore, only the Vice President for Human Resources, or his or her designee, can authorize the placement of an employee on administrative leave during the course of an investigation in response to allegations of misbehavior, or as otherwise may be necessary.

3.  The Attorney General's Division at the University of Washington

The Senior Assistant Attorney General or the Senior Assistant Attorney General's designee is authorized to act for the President of the University regarding the execution and administration of personnel actions concerning non-academic personnel within the Attorney General's Division at the University.

4.  The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics

The Director of Intercollegiate Athletics (Director) is authorized to act for the President of the University regarding personnel actions concerning all non-academic personnel employed by or volunteering for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics (Department); however, all head coach contracts will require a signature from both the Director and the President of the University. The Director may further delegate to subordinate officers within the Department the authority to take any or all personnel actions for employees under their supervision, provided that any such delegation to subordinate officers must be in writing.

5.  The Vice President for Human Resources

The Vice President for Human Resources, or his or her designee, is authorized to act for the President of the University in the following actions:

  • Exempting certain job classifications of non-academic personnel;

  • Authorizing the placement of non-academic personnel on administrative leave during the course of an investigation in response to allegations of misbehavior, or as otherwise may be necessary; and

  • Executing and administering all collective bargaining agreements, except initial collective bargaining agreements with representatives of newly certified bargaining units, collaborating with other vice presidents and vice provosts as appropriate.

June 13, 1988; [Renumbered from Administrative Order No. 20] July 1, 1992; [Temporary order] August 18, 1995-September 22, 1995; March 1, 1996; August 15, 2000; April 22, 2005; October 27, 2005; July 2, 2012.


For additional delegations of authority, see:

  • Board of Regents Governance, Bylaws, Article V, "Officers of the University"
  • Board of Regents Governance, Standing Orders, Chapter 1, "Delegation of Authority"
  • Board of Regents Governance, Standing Orders, Chapter 8, "Authority for Washington Administrative Code Rule Making"
  • Executive Order No. 1, "The Office of the President"
  • Executive Order No. 4, "The Provost"
  • Executive Order No. 5, "The Senior Vice President for Finance and Facilities"
  • Executive Order No. 6, "The Chief Executive Officer (CEO), UW Medicine and Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine, University of Washington"
  • Executive Order No. 7, "The Vice President for Minority Affairs"
  • Executive Order No. 9, "The Vice President for Human Resources"
  • Executive Order No. 10, "The Vice President for Student Life"
  • Executive Order No. 11, "The Vice President for External Affairs"
  • Executive Order No. 12, "The Deans"
  • Executive Order No. 14, "Chancellor, UW Bothell and UW Tacoma"
  • Executive Order No. 18, "The University Ombud"
  • Executive Order No. 62, "The Vice President for University Advancement"
  • Executive Order No. 63, "The Vice President for UW Information Technology and Chief Information Officer"
  • Administrative Orders: Delegations of Authority