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Policy 507 -

507. Special Awards and Other Pay Increases


Additional pay may be awarded to employees in certain cases where outstanding performance warrants it. In some cases, it is additive to base, in others not (e.g., bonuses). Pay adjustments may be made to address internal inequities, meet extenuating market conditions, or for other reasons.


Special Recognition Awards

When employees distinguish themselves, their departments or the University, by extraordinary outstanding performance, special bonus pay may be awarded. In such cases, a lump-sum award may be made in an appropriate amount recommended by the supervisors and approved by the appropriate executive officers. Special recognition awards do not increase the employee’s base rate.

Other Pay Increases

Occasionally, adjustments may be made to specific pay rates to address inequities or to meet extenuating market conditions. These adjustments do not include normal merit increases, promotions, or position reevaluations. Such adjustments are coordinated through Human Resources.


The Department of Human Resources administers the University’s special awards and other pay increases policy following the procedure outlined above and the University’s Compensation Philosophy.


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

Policy Approved: October 23, 1998

Last Updated: October 4, 2018

Last Reviewed: June 30 2022

Maintainer: Human Resources

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