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Faculty Endorsed 5/12/03, Board Approved 5/15/03
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 9/20/04, Board Amended/Approved 10/7/04
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 10/17/05, Board Amended/Approved 10/21/05
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 8/24/07, Academic Affairs Committee Amended/Approved 4/10/07
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 5/6/08, Board Amended/Approved 5/9/08
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 4/14/09, 5/5/09; Board Approved 5/8/09
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 12/7/2011; Board Approved 1/27/12
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Each Faculty member has an individual appointment letter and/or employment contract, the
original of which is maintained in the personnel file of the Faculty member in the office of the
Provost. The provisions of Chapter III parts A and B of the Handbook establish procedures to be
followed in a variety of circumstances involving individual faculty members. The procedural
provisions of Chapter III parts A and B will, if incorporated by reference, be applicable to the
individual contract between the current Faculty members and the College. Whether a particular
procedural provision applies depends on the status of the Faculty member and the particular
category of contract or situation. In the event of a conflict between the Faculty member’s
individual contract and the Handbook provisions in Chapter III parts A and B, the individual
contract terms shall prevail in determining the respective rights and responsibilities of the
Faculty member and the College. If the College modifies the provisions of Chapter III parts A
and B, the effect of such changes shall be prospective only, which means, for example, that the
provisions applicable to a tenure-track Faculty member will not change for that Faculty member
while he or she is on tenure track. Likewise, the provisions applicable to a tenured Faculty
member will not change while he or she is in tenure status. By implementing this Handbook, the
College does not reduce, eliminate or otherwise alter its powers and authority under the College
Charter, College Bylaws or other governing instruments of the College.
Contents of the Faculty Handbook other than the procedural provisions of Chapter III parts A
and B are regarded as College policies, practices, and guidelines that are subject to modification
by the College in its discretion; it is not a contract. The College will not unilaterally modify the
Faculty Handbook in a manner that would modify the individual contract of a Faculty member.
The College Charter and the College Bylaws govern the College but are not contracts between
the individual Faculty member and the College. With regard to the Faculty Constitution and
Faculty Bylaws, the College recognizes these documents as embodying core values of the
College, but they are subordinated to the College Charter and Bylaws and are not contracts
between an individual Faculty member and the College. The Faculty Handbook contains, among
other matters, the College’s organizational structure for the Faculty and the College’s
commitment to the AAUP guidelines for the Faculty’s academic freedom, rights, and
responsibilities, but these other documents are not contracts as between the individual Faculty
member and the College. These College documents are available online, in the College library,
and in the Provost’s Office.