Staff Handbook

The Staff Handbook is a reference that has been prepared to provide you information about Northwestern State University, its history, its mission, governance, administration, policies and procedures, opportunities, and obligations and responsibilities affecting employees of the University. Intended as a convenient guide, the Staff Handbook does not contain every policy and has only excerpts from others. You may obtain complete information from the actual policy documents located in offices of deans, directors, and department heads on campus. Additionally, these policies and procedures are available on the University's computer network.

The University policies are subject to change at the sole discretion of the University. The most current information will be maintained on the Business Affairs website.

Information contained in this Handbook is not a contract and does not create any contractual rights for University employees. University policies and procedures that appear in the Handbook do not increase or diminish the legally enforceable rights of the University and its employees. The misapplication or failure to follow any specific provisions in this Handbook should not be grounds for setting aside or modifying any employment decision when it has been determined by appropriate administrative authority that the decision was fairly made and in the best interest of the University.

The Handbook is not a contract guaranteeing employment for any specific duration. Although we hope that your employment relationship with Northwestern will be long-term, either you or the University may terminate this relationship at any time for any reason, with or without cause in accordance with Civil Service Rules. Please understand that no supervisor, manager, or representative of Northwestern State University other than the President or his/her designee, has the authority to enter into any agreement with you for employment for any specified period or to make promises or commitments contrary to the foregoing. Further, any employment agreement entered into by the President or his/her designee shall not be enforceable unless it is in writing. We wish you success in your position and hope that your employment with Northwestern will be a rewarding and enjoyable experience.