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Employment Classifications

Civil Service Act (CSA) 

Civil Service includes all employees not exempted in accordance to ARSD 55:01:03:02.01. Criteria for exemption from the Civil Service Act include managerial duties at a policy-making level, high degrees of confidentiality, and responsibility for providing advice of a legal or technical nature to a department secretary, bureau commissioner or institution administrator. 

Non-Faculty Exempt (NFE) 

Non-Faculty Exempt are employees who are not faculty but are exempt from the State Civil Service System based on South Dakota Codified Law 3-6A-13. These are employees who perform administrative and professional/technical support functions. 


Faculty are employees who are in faculty related positions who are exempt from the State Civil Service System and perform research, instruction and other faculty duties. Some of these positions may be part of the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) and the recognized union representatives are Council of Higher Education (COHE).