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Human Resources: Employee Handbook Introduction

Purpose of Handbook

This handbook provides in a brief , readable form the policies and benefits of the Board of Regents applicable to employees in the University System of Georgia and Armstrong State University.

Interpretations and enforcement of policies in the handbook shall be made by the vice president for business and finance and/or the director of human resources of Armstrong State University. These policies are subject to review and change by the Board of Regents and the administration of the university.

This handbook is prepared for the convenience of employees and is not an official publication of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. In case of any divergence from or conflict with the Bylaws or Policies of the Board of Regents, the official Bylaws and Policies of the Board of Regents shall prevail. An institutional or Board of Regents policy or procedure shall override any departmental policy or procedure which conflicts with those outlined in this handbook.

Any questions should be directed to your supervisor or the Human Resources Department which is located in the Human Resources Annex.

To Whom Does This Handbook Apply?

The information contained in this handbook applies to all classified employees working one-half time or more. A classified employee is one who is not identified as a member of the faculty or a student employee. There are two categories of classified personnel. They are as follows:

The Human Resources Department

The Human Resources Department functions to serve the best interests of both the employees and Armstrong State University. The director of human resources and the human resources staff are responsible for implementing university personnel policies, recruiting, position classification, wage and salary administration, orientation, training, employee records, and staff benefits. If you need information or guidance, please contact the Human Resources Department for assistance.

History of the University

Armstrong State University was founded in 1935 as Armstrong Junior College to enhance educational opportunities in the community. The city-supported college was housed in the historic Armstrong House, a gift to the city from the family of George F. Armstrong. Over the years, the college occupied eight additional buildings in the Forsyth Park and Monterey Square areas. Armstrong Junior College of Savannah became a two-year unit of the University System of Georgia in 1959, and in 1964 the Board of Regents conferred four-year status on Armstrong State College. In January 1966, the college moved to its present 250-acre site, a gift from the Mills B. Lane Foundation and Donald Livingston. Additional buildings joined the eight original structures as Armstrong added professional and graduate programs and quadrupled in size. In 1996, the institution gained university status and a new name: Armstrong State University.

The Armstrong Sports Center and University Hall are the grandest and most recent additions to campus. Both provide state-of-the-art facilities for students and faculty. A $20 million science building and a new residence hall for 300 students are scheduled for completion by the year 2000.

Armstrong State University offers seventy-five academic programs and majors in the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health Professions, the College of Education, and Graduate Studies. The AASU community includes approximately 5,700 students and 250 faculty.

Armstrong State University was fully accredited as a senior institution by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in December 1968, with accreditation retroactive to January 1, 1968 and was last reaccredited in December 1992. A substantive change to offer master's degrees was submitted and approved in June 1996. AASU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees.