Stipends are temporary, non-base-building sums of money (i.e., not permanently added to the base salary) awarded in the following instances:
- To career employees who are temporarily assigned responsibilities of a higher-level position (also known as an "acting appointment"), or
- To career employees who are temporarily assigned higher-level duties which, if permanent, would result in an upward reclassification.
- The relevant collective bargaining agreement may govern the duration and amount of a stipend.
- Stipends are not granted while a classification review is pending or underway.
Departments need to document the process used for selecting the employees for whom a stipend will be requested. Consideration should be given to the business needs of the department; the knowledge, skills and abilities required to meet those needs; the qualifications of the employees who are eligible for the stipend opportunity; and the department’s obligations for promoting diversity and equal opportunity.
The relevant collective bargaining agreement may govern the duration and amount of a stipend, which will typically be limited to 5% for up to six months. Larger stipends may be required if necessary to ensure the employee’s total compensation equals at least the minimum of the salary range for a higher classification. In other cases, stipends greater than 5% require the approval of the appropriate Associate Director or Department Chair, and are subject to review and approval by the Compensation Unit.
Approval by the Senior Associate Vice Chancellor – Human Resources is required for stipends for MSP employees.
To request a stipend, use this form: Request for Stipend.