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E12.4 Staff Recognition Awards

Scope:

This policy applies to all staff who are regular employees of the university (see Policy E1.0) excluding divisional vice presidents and chief officers.

  1. Definitions

    1. Team. A team is defined as two or more individuals either 1) working together on a single innovative, impactful project; or 2) demonstrating ongoing innovation and/or creating best practices that have notable impact.
       

  2. Policy Statement

    1. Purpose. The university-wide Staff Recognition Awards recognize the contributions of individual staff members and/or teams of co-workers whose work has had a major impact on the university, who have excelled in the performance of their duties, promoted team work, and inspired excellence in other members of the RIT community. The purpose of the awards is to identify and reward staff for outstanding contributions to the university and to provide staff with an opportunity to recognize and learn from outstanding co-workers. The Staff Recognition Awards are part of the Presidential Awards for Outstanding Staff,

    2. Sponsorship. This award program is sponsored and funded by the Office of the President and administered by the RIT Staff Council (RSC).

  3. Award Categories/Criteria

These awards recognize staff members who have integrated RIT’s Core Values into their daily performance. Six awards are given annually to individuals and/or teams as described below: one Rising Star award; four Excellence Awards; and one Dancy Duffus Outstanding Citizenship award.

  1. The Rising Star Award. This award recognizes a staff member with three years or less of service to the university, as of May 1st of the current year, who has embraced the RIT spiRIT and made a unique departmental contribution. This award is given to one individual who has not previously received the award.

    Criteria: The recipient:

  1. Presents progressive examples of high quality of service.

  2. Shows imagination, creativity and innovation which embody the RIT spiRIT.

  3. Has demonstrated willingness to work collaboratively with colleagues and university constituents.

  1. The Staff Excellence Award. This award recognizes staff members who have excelled in the peformance of their duties as well as promoted team work and inspired excellence in others. Four awards are given annually to any combination of individuals and/or teams. Prior recipients in any category will be eligible for an Excellence Award after a three-year waiting period. The waiting period is waived for an individual recipient nominated as a member of a team and for team awardees nominated individually.

Individual Excellence Award

Criteria: Awardees will have made outstanding contribution(s) to RIT by:

  1. Consistently performing job responsibilities at a level above and beyond normal expectations and/or demonstrating an innovative approach to their job.

  2. Exhibiting an extraordinary ability to foster collaboration, communication, and cooperation among colleagues and university constituents.

  3. Clearly demonstrating respect for and earning the respect of colleagues, students and administrators.

  4. In addition, awardees may demonstrate one or more of the following:

  1. An exceptional contribution to their department’s level of service satisfaction.

  2. A significant contribution to the efficiency of an operation or unit.

  3. A significant contribution to student success, directly or indirectly.

Team Excellence Award

Criteria: Awardees will have made outstanding contribution(s) to RIT by:

  1. Impacting the university in an exceptional way through exemplary service, ongoing innovation and/or creation of best practices

  2. Exhibiting an extraordinary ability to foster collaboration, communication, and cooperation among colleagues and university constituents.

  3. Clearly demonstrating that all team members are active, essential contributors to the team’s success

  4. In addition, awardees may demonstrate one or more of the following:

  1. An exceptional contribution to their department’s level of service satisfaction.

  2. A significant contribution to the efficiency of an operation or unit.

  3. A significant contribution to student success, directly or indirectly.

  1. The Dancy Duffus Award for Outstanding Citizenship within the RIT Community. This award recognizes a Staff member who consistently demonstrates a high degree of excellence, professionalism, and integrity in the performance of their duties and who has proven their willingness to extend themselves to help other members of the RIT community. The award was renamed in 2006 to honor Mrs. Dancy Duffus, RIT Trustee Emeritus, who has long been a staunch supporter of RIT staff and who energetically advocated to establish this Staff Recognition program. This award is given to one individual who has not previously received the award.

    Criteria: In addition to the Excellence Award criteria, the recipient:

  1. Demonstrates exceptional service to university constituents.

  2. Exhibits outstanding leadership qualities.

  3. Serves as a model of service to the RIT community.

  4. Shows imagination, creativity and innovation which embody the RIT spiRIT.

  1. Awards

Each award recipient will receive a framed certificate, a personal memento, and a cash award. Cash awards will be made through Payroll and taxed accordingly:

  1. Rising Star Award: $900.00

  2. Staff Excellence Award

  • Individual: $1700.00

  • Team: $1700 divided evenly among team members with a minimum of $500.00 per team member

  1. Dancy Duffus Award for Outstanding Citizenship Within the RIT Community: $2500.00 to the recipient and $500 donated in the recipient’s name to a campus organization or charity of their choice

Recipients' names will be displayed on campus.

Responsible Office:
Staff Council. Inquiries may be directed to stafcoun@rit.edu

Policy History:
Approved 7/16/1996
Revised April 13, 2006
Revised March 29, 2007
Revised September 29, 2011
Revised March 10, 2014
Revised October 1, 2015
Revised April 13, 2018

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