Under state law, the University has three broad groupings of staff:
- Exempt Staff. Staff who are exempt from the Regents Merit System, Iowa Code 8A.412(5) include: all presidents, deans, directors, teachers, professional and scientific personnel, and student employees under the jurisdiction of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.
- Regents Merit System Staff. Staff to whom the Regents Merit System applies, which includes all staff not listed in paragraph a.
- Merit Supervisory Exempt/Confidential Staff. Certain merit staff classifications — merit supervisory exempt and select merit staff positions (confidential) — are exempted from contract coverage under the Iowa Public Employment Relations Act. These staff members are governed by the Board of Regents Merit rules, and these staff members are not represented by a collective bargaining agency.