University Faculty Handbook

2010-2011 University Faculty Handbook

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The Board of Visitors adopted a new University Faculty Handbook on April 9, 2010. The Handbook takes effect in the fall 2010 semester and was approved to cover the 2010-11 academic year. It will be revised as the University Faculty Council and other groups initiate changes required to fully implement university governance and to more fully develop some necessary details related to the University’s new organizational structure (which went into effect on July 1, 2010).


The University Faculty Handbook for 2010 – 2011


The current version of the Faculty Handbook supersedes all previous versions, and its terms replace those contained in previous versions. The Office of the Provost will maintain the official version of the Faculty Handbook, which may be amended as necessary according to the procedures outlined within (§1.11). The Office of the Provost shall notify the faculty of any changes by appropriate and expeditious means, and the official version of the Faculty Handbook shall be updated to reflect such changes. Persons with questions about the Faculty Handbook should contact the Office of the Provost.

When a Handbook-specified date or deadline falls on a weekend, a holiday, or during a University recess, the operational date or deadline in all instances will be the first University business day after that weekend, holiday, or recess.

While this Handbook contains much useful information, other official publications (such as the Academic Catalogs) also contain information about institutional policies and procedures that faculty members are expected to follow in their various roles. Additionally, other offices will from time to time distribute information about policies and procedures that apply generally to all employees.

Finally, each of the colleges of the university has and/or is developing additional policies, procedures, and regulations that are (or will be) contained in separate documents (some of which appear as appendices in this Handbook). These apply to the faculty of a particular college, as opposed to material in the University Faculty Handbook, which applies generally to all instructional faculty. Wherever possible, the University Faculty Handbook refers either by name or URL to these individual college documents, policies, and procedures.