Skip to main content Skip to navigation
Washington State University
Office of the President

Staff and Faculty Release Time for Committee Participation

Washington State University values and recognizes the important service staff and faculty provide through their participation on university committees, commissions, and task forces, including Presidential Committees.   The University supports a structure of shared university governance that promotes system-wide representation, encourages responsible participation and open feedback, and provides opportunities to present diverse viewpoints.

The knowledge shared and the feedback provided by staff and faculty through their participation and involvement in Presidential Committees enhance the quality of decision making at the WSU and are critical mechanisms for representative participation in shared university governance.

The time involved in performing these activities is considered worktime, as long as it does not interfere with or negatively impact the accomplishment an employee’s job responsibilities. Staff and faculty members must obtain supervisor approval to serve.  Supervisors will not unreasonably deny permission for such service.

Questions about release time to perform service on behalf of the University may be directed to Human Resource Services (for staff) at or 509-335-4521 or the Office of the Provost (for faculty) at or 509-335-5581.