Section: Personnel
Policy Number: 4-28
Policy Name: International Activities
Date: June 5, 1989
Revisions: March 16, 2001

  1. PURPOSE

    To provide guidelines for the employment, promotion, and career advancement of personnel engaged in international activities, subject to the limitations that may be imposed by external sponsoring agencies.

  2. POLICY

    It is the policy of the University of Delaware to encourage its personnel to become involved in and benefit from international activities.

    Personnel wishing to participate in international activities should initiate discussions with appropriate administrators such as their department chairperson, dean, or director. The Office of Sponsored Programs Administration and the Office of International Programs, as well as the Council on International Programs and other University bodies that may be involved are encouraged to provide full cooperation in furthering international activities.

    1. Employment, Promotion and Career Advancement

      1. Committees considering persons for employment shall take note of candidates expressing an interest in and desire for involvement in international activities.

      2. Results of teaching, research, service, extension, and other scholarly activities associated with international activities may be submitted and shall be given appropriate consideration in decisions involving promotion, tenure, and merit increases.

        Other tangible achievements resulting from international involvement should also be recognized.

        Criteria for promotion, tenure, and merit increase decisions with respect to persons employed with a major responsibility to an international program shall include specific reference to the weight of such activities in the decision making process.

    2. Long-term Assignments

      1. Assignments of more than sixty (60) days may be considered long-term duty.

      2. Individuals on such assignments funded by a sponsoring agency through the University of Delaware may receive:

        1. Regular University pay charged to the sponsoring agency.

        2. An overseas incentive may be charged to the sponsoring agency in accordance with the guidelines of the sponsoring agency.

        3. An appropriate authorized post "differential and allowance," if any, for the area of service following the standard regulations of the granting agency.

        4. Departments or budget units will be entitled to receive funding to provide necessary replacement personnel to support programs affected by the absence of unit personnel on international activities. Such funding will be arranged through authorized budgetary procedures.

      3. The authorized pay and allowance will be made by University check. The overseas incentive and post hardship allowance will not be included for pension plan deductions.

      4. Appropriate dependent travel may be approved by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Employees traveling on extended leave, funded by external awards, should contact OVPR for sponsor regulations governing dependent travel. The value of dependent travel is taxable to the employee and will be included in the individual's taxable income and reported in the year incurred.

    3. Short-term Assignments

      1. Assignments of sixty (60) days or less may be considered short-term duty.

      2. Individuals on such assignments funded by a sponsoring agency through the University of Delaware may receive:

        1. 11-month appointees

          1. Regular University pay charged to the sponsoring agency.

          2. An overseas incentive may be charged to the sponsoring agency in accordance with the guidelines of the sponsoring agency.

        2. 9-month appointees

          1. If the overseas assignment occurs between September 1 and May 31, regular University pay charged to the sponsoring agency.

          2. If the overseas assignment occurs between June 1 and August 31, summer salary policy will apply. For each summer month of assignment effort the participant may receive an additional 1/9 of his academic year salary charged to the sponsoring agency. Shorter or longer periods will be pro-rated on this base with a maximum summer period assignment of three months without vacation time.

          3. An overseas incentive may be charged to the sponsoring agency in accordance with the guidelines of the sponsoring agency.