University of Minnesota
Office of Human Resources
http://www.umn.edu/ohr
612-625-2016

P&A Appointment Letter Checklist

An appointment letter for a P&A position must include each of the following provisions:

  1. University job title and corresponding job code
  2. Working job title, if different from the University job title
  3. Employee ID
  4. Specific University of Minnesota college/campus/administrative unit and, if applicable, department/division for this position
  5. The name of the person to whom the position reports
  6. Whether the appointment is an academic professional or academic administrative position
  7. Length of probationary period (optional at the discretion of the responsible administrator and only applicable for multiple year academic professional positions)
  8. Percent time of appointment
  9. Appointment type
  10. Appointment term (length of appointment)
  11. Actual beginning and end dates of the appointment (Note: assignment of an end date for P&A staff is often not known, and a letter of non-renewal would be issued as appropriate)
  12. Reference existence of electronic Notice of Appointment accessible at http://hrss.umn.edu; Notice should be consistent with the terms of this appointment letter
  13. Policies governing position, found through the Office of Human Resources Policy website, http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/policies/
  14. Salary
  15. Reference to Summary of Benefits, http://www.umn.edu/ohr/benefits/summary/
  16. General position responsibilities and performance expectations
  17. Indicate that employee must continue to comply with any and all licensing, certification, work eligibility, and other requirements of the position, as set forth in the position description
  18. If appropriate, whether the job offer is contingent on something, e.g., approval by the Board of Regents, successful completion of a background check, etc.
  19. This offer is contingent upon the ability to provide authorization to work in the United States and the University of Minnesota prior to the start date identified in the offer letter
  20. This offer is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. You will receive an email from the University’s background check vendor, General Information Services, Inc. (GIS) that will include the link to enter your personal information and authorization for the check. Please enter your information as soon as possible upon receipt of the eLink from GIS.
  21. Right to review the employee's personnel file once every six months while employed with the University of Minnesota. To exercise this right, the employee must submit a written request to review their file to the unit HR contact. If, after reviewing the file, the employee disputes specific information, he/she should inform their unit HR contact. The University may agree to remove or revise the disputed information. After the employee has had an opportunity to review their file, he/she may make a written request for a copy of the record at no cost to the employee.
  22. Other items or monies being provided and the terms of provision (e.g., relocation expenses, computer, laboratory, professional development funds)
  23. Information regarding New Employee Orientation, http://www.umn.edu/ohr/newemployee/neo/
  24. Signature of authorized hiring authority
  25. Signature of the employee accepting the term and conditions of the position as described in the letter

Additional information for individuals appointed on a probationary (H)/Continuous (G) appointment track:

  1. Performance expectations referencing the criteria by which the employee will be evaluated for continuous appointment
  2. If probationary (H) appointment, reference Appendix B: Administrative Guidelines, Criteria, and Procedures for Review of Probationary (H) Academic Professionals Considered for Continuous (G) Appointment accessible at http://policy.umn.edu/Policies/hr/Hiring/APPOINTPA.html