The Virginia Higher Education Restructuring Act in 2009 provided William & Mary and VIMS more control over various operations, including human resources systems. Employees had the option to remain under the state's HR system as a classified employee or transition to the university's HR system as an operational or professional employee (based on position classification).
The university offers on-going open enrollment, meaning classified employees can convert to the university system at any time.
How to Transition from Classified to University System
To enroll into the university system, classified employees should complete the University Human Resources System Enrollment Form (pdf). Employees must enroll in the university system by May 9th of each year to be eligible to receive any potential university merit-based salary increase for that year.
If you move to the university system, this decision is irrevocable, and you cannot return to a classified employee status as long as you remain an employee of the university.