Human Resources

University System of Georgia

Human Resources Administrative Practice Manual

Classification, Compensation, and Payroll

Interim and Acting Assignments

Citation Reference  
Official Title Policy on Interim and Acting Assignments
Abbreviated Title Interim and Acting Assignments
Volume Human Resources
Responsible Office Human Resources
Originally issued April 2009

Policy Statement

The University System of Georgia recognizes the need to assign additional responsibilities of a higher level position to an employee on a temporary basis and to make interim and acting appointments. Temporary salary adjustments may be warranted when additional responsibilities are assigned on an interim or acting basis, or when an interim or acting appointment is made. These adjustments are subject to budgetary authorization and funding limitations as well as human resources review to ensure a temporary increase is warranted.

Reason for Policy

This policy ensures consistency in organizational and compensation practices among institutions of the University System while affording the appropriate level of flexibility needed at the institutional level.

Entities Affected By This Policy

All units of the University System of Georgia are covered by this policy.

Who Should Read This Policy

All Human Resources personnel within the University System of Georgia should be aware of this policy.


Contact Phone Email/URL
Office of Human Resources 404-962-3235
Institution Chief Human Resources Officers See University System HR Officer Listing at
Institution Payroll Officer Refer to institution directory

Website Address for This Policy


Related Documents/Resources


These definitions apply to these terms as they are used in this policy:

  • Board of Regents: The governing body of the University System of Georgia

  • Acting Title: An ‘acting’ title is used if an administrator is absent or reassigned for a short period of time (usually three months or less). The absent administrator retains the responsibility of his/her position but delegates the authority to the ‘acting’ person.

  • Interim Title: An ‘interim’ title is used if an administrator resigns and a replacement is sought or if an administrator is absent for a longer period of time (usually exceeding three months). The ‘interim’ person has both the authority and responsibility of the office.


Reassignments as described in this policy shall normally be for no less than one month and no more than twelve months and shall only occur when the responsibilities being undertaken by the employee are those of another position that is vacant or because of temporary sufficient change in the duties and responsibilities of a filled position. A temporary pay increase may be made when a significant change in duties and responsibilities occurs. Such pay increases may only be made if funding is available. The pay increase should be consistent with additional responsibilities assigned and with institutional salary guidelines; and should be approved by the Chief Human Resources Officer or designee. The pay increase should generally be at least the minimum of the salary range for the position for which the interim or acting appointment is made. The former rate of pay will be re-assigned when the interim or acting assignment is completed.


Each institution shall establish procedures to implement this policy.


The responsibilities each party has in connection with the Policy on Salary Increase Administration Process are:

Party Responsibility
Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, USG Maintain policy, provide guidance to institution human resources officers on effective utilization of policy, and monitor campuses for compliance.
Institution Chief Human Resources Officers Ensure all hiring managers are aware of the policy. Provide guidance management on appropriate application of the policy. Ensure that an appropriate process or institutional level policy is in place to facilitate fair and equitable evaluations of requests to extend offers above the minimum of a salary range. Ensure requests are properly evaluated and administered in accordance with policy and applicable federal and state laws. Ensure appropriate documentation is maintained when necessary.





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