Development of the August 2011 University Faculty Handbook

On April 5, 2011, the University Faculty Council (UFC) voted to approve the Faculty Handbook. The revision of the Faculty handbook was the result of a year-long process led by an advisory committee appointed and charged by the UFC.  For details, see University Faculty Handbook Advisory Committee and Charge 2010-11

Following UFC approval, the next step was to determine if there were any challenges to this action by the UFC.   Any full-time faculty member who wanted to challenge a specific portion of the revised Handbook as approved by the UFC had the opportunity to do so by sending the challenge electronically with accompanying documentation to Ernie Ackermann, UFC Chair. The deadline for receipt of challenges was by noon on Thursday, April 7, 2011.  NO challenges were received. The Handbook as approved by the UFC was presented to the Board of Visitors for their final approval.

The Board of Visitors had to approve the Handbook before it became official, which they did at their meeting on April 14-16, 2011.

These were several KEY MILESTONE and DEADLINE DATES in the process for adopting the new Handbook:

  • March 15, 2011 — Approval was obtained from each college of various sections of the Handbook (as required by current procedures specified in the 2010-11 Faculty Handbook, §2.3.3)
  • April 5, 2011 — The University Faculty Council voted to approve the Faculty Handbook
  • April 8, 2011 — Possible General Faculty Meeting (if called to dispute Handbook decisions)
  • April 16, 2011 — Action by the Board of Visitors to approve  the Faculty Handbook  at their April Business Meeting
  • August 16, 2011 — New Faculty Handbook takes effect

This document– Changes_in_FacHbk_Draft_2011 — summarizes major changes to the Handbook and serves as a guide to easily locating “what’s new” in the August 2011 Handbook. (The document was last updated on April 5, 2011.)