Glossary of Terms

Civil Service

Generally, civil service means employment in government with such positions filled on merit as a result of competitive examinations or screening. Employment in civil service brings with it certain rights regarding job security; namely, that in most civil service appointments discipline or termination can only occur where there is just cause and after due process has been provided. 


The Human Resource System (HRS) is the new PeopleSoft application recently implemented that manages payroll, absence management and benefits, among other things. The UPS will NOT take the place of HRS.

Personnel System

The activities and methods of doing things that enable the attraction, development, and retention of talent focused on the mission of the University. Included in the system are human resource strategy and planning for staffing, compensation, training, performance management, diversity and legal compliance.