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Policy 505 -

505. Promotion, Lateral Transfer, and Demotion


The University has established definitions and procedures concerning employee promotions, lateral transfers, and demotions.



A promotion is any movement of an employee or a position from a lower to a higher pay range.


A demotion is any movement of an employee or a position from a higher to a lower pay range.

In the case of a promotion or demotion, the amount of the incumbent’s pay change, if any, will be determined based on the expected performance in the new position and rates of pay for other positions in the range. However, the employee’s pay may not exceed the maximum of the range for the new position. For more information, see the University’s starting pay policy.

Lateral Transfer

A lateral transfer is any movement of a person or position between positions assigned to the same pay range. No change in pay rate results from a lateral transfer. If internal inequity in pay results from a lateral transfer, it should be addressed at the next regularly scheduled annual increase.


Human Resources develops, administers, and interprets the University’s compensation policies in consultation with University officers and governing bodies.


Contact Human Resources if you have questions about this policy or if you would like more information.

Policy Approved: October 23, 1998

Last Updated: October 28, 1998

Last Reviewed: June 30 2022

Maintainer: Human Resources

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