Policy Directory by Glossary Terms

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Wage Employee

An employee whose terms and conditions of employment stipulate an hourly rate of pay rather than a fixed salary and is paid on an hourly basis for actual hours worked. Wage employees are not eligible for leave or other benefits. These employees are not covered by the Virginia Personnel Act and are non-exempt for purposes of overtime compensation as defined by the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Waste Stream

Waste materials generated in UVa facilities that can be recovered for reuse, recycled, or disposed in a landfill as solid waste.


Any (i) firearm including any pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, air-pistol, paintball gun, or other instrument designed or intended to propel a bullet, cartridge, or other missile of any kind including a bow or cross-bow; (ii) ammunition for any firearm; (iii) dirk, bowie knife, switchblade knife, ballistic knife, butterfly knife, sword, machete, or other bladed weapon with a blade longer than four inches in length; (iv) razor slingshot, spring stick, metal or lexan knucks, or blackjack; (v) flailing instrument consisting of two or more rigid parts connected in such manner as to allow them to swing freely, which may be known as nun chahka, nun chuck, nunchaku, shuriken, or fighting chain; or (vi) disc, of whatever configuration, having at least two points or pointed blades that is designed to be thrown or propelled and that may be known as throwing star or oriental dart.


Person who makes an allegation of research misconduct.

Wire Transfer

The direct, electronic transfer of funds from one bank account to another, using the Federal Reserve Bank’s FedWire System as an intermediary.

With Term

An appointment of a defined duration and end date.

Women-owned Business Enterprise

A business that is at least 51 percent owned by one or more women who are U.S. citizens or legal resident aliens, or in the case of a corporation, partnership, or limited liability company or other entity, at least 51 percent of the equity ownership interest is owned by one or more women who are U.S. citizens or legal resident aliens, and both the management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more women.

Work Area

A work area includes, but is not limited to the following: a laboratory, laboratory support room, makerspace, shop or studio where work with any hazardous material could contaminate work surfaces, release airborne particles, mists or vapors or other means by which materials could spread with or without the knowledge of personnel or others in the area.

Working Capital

The operating liquidity available to an organization to meet financial obligations.

Working Time

The hours during which an employee is expected to be performing their University-related job responsibilities.

Worksite Evaluations

Assessment of the workplace in order to improve the fit between the worker and the work environment.


The financial data required to submit a financial transaction in the finance system, such as Cost Center, Project, Fund, Grant, and Spend category.

Work–for–Hire Rule

The “work-for-hire” rule, defined in the Copyright Act, provides that when an employee produces a copyrightable work within the scope of employment, the copyright to that work belongs to the employer and not to the author.


A transaction that removes from the University’s financial accounting records a receivable that management has determined to be uncollectible. Writing off the receivable does not relieve the debt; it remains owed to the University but is no longer reported in the University’s accounting system as a receivable.

Write-off Committee

This committee meets on a quarterly basis to review receivable balances proposed for write-off by billing departments, Central Accounts Receivable, and Student Financial Services to verify that due diligence procedures have been completed. The Write-off Committee approves or disapproves write-offs based on the facts and circumstances of each account. The Write-off Committee is comprised of representatives from UVA Finance and Student Financial Services.