Submitting Recommendations For UUP Discretionary Lump-Sum Awards

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Learn about how to determine eligibility and how to enter discretionary award recommendations using the discretionary award recommendation tool (DART).

Determine Who Is Eligible

All full-time and part-time faculty and professional staff in the UUP negotiating unit are eligible if they meet either of these two (2) conditions:

  • They are staff or non-adjunct faculty on the payroll as of June 30, 2016
  • They are adjunct instructors on the payroll as of April 30, 2016


  • They are in pay status on November 30, 2016, the end of pay period 18 (PP18) 
Employee Recommended For an Award Resigns

If the employee resigns prior to November 30, 2016, the end of PP18, please contact Jamie Lynn Bluhm at 716-645-4433 immediately. Pool dollars will need to be redistributed.

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Criteria For Distribution

  • The discretionary awards will be performance-based for the period July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. The primary criterion for all employees is true excellence in performance 
  • The discretionary awards can be used to redress for salary inequities, especially in cases where the quality and quantity of an individual’s performance significantly surpass expectations and current compensation 
Earmarked Pool Dollars

28% of the total SUNY pool is earmarked for distribution to part-time employees. Consequently, in addition to indicating the amount recommended, you should be prepared to prioritize your recommendations.

Expected Timeline

  • All recommendations must be entered in DART by the date indicated in the tool access email
  • Awards will be paid in PP18, check dated December 14, 2016
  • Verbal notification can be given to individuals starting December 5, 2016
  • Individual notification letters will be sent from HR the week of December 5, 2016

Technical Requirements

System Requirements

  • Macromedia Flash Player version 7.0 or higher.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view and print reports.
  • Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Excel viewer, or a compatible application is required to make use of the tool export feature.

Pop-Up Blocking

  • Users employing a browser pop-up blocker must add the Discretionary web tool site address ( to their trusted sites.
  • If you are using Internet Explorer running Windows XP service pack 2, choose "allow pop-ups" and put the tool web address in your trusted sites in order to allow Excel files to be downloaded (if desired).

Contact an Expert

Jamie Lynn Bluhm

Jamie Lynn Bluhm


State Workforce Planning and Recruitment

Phone: 716-645-4433


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