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CHAPTER I: INTRODUCTION
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A. STATUS AND ROLE OF THE FACULTY HANDBOOK
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B. APPROVING AND MAINTAINING THE HANDBOOK
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CHAPTER II. HISTORY, MISSION, GOVERNANCE, ADMINISTRATIVE ORGANIZATION, FACULTY ORGANIZATION
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IIA. GENERAL OVERVIEW
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II.A.1. History and Charter
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II.A.2. Accreditation/Memberships
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II.A.3. The Physical Campus
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II.A.4. Nondiscrimination Policy
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II.B. MISSION
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II.B.1. Mission Statement
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II.B.2. Educational Opportunities
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II.C. GOVERNANCE
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II.C.1. Bylaws of Birmingham-Southern College
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II.C.2. Board of Trustees
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II.D. ADMINISTRATIVE ORGANIZATION
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II.D.1. Office of the President
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II.D.2. Office of Academic Affairs
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II.D.3. Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment
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II.D.4. Office of Admission
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II.D.5. Office of Student Development
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II.D.6. Office of Institutional Advancement
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II.D.7. Office of Finance
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II.D.8. Office of Administration and Government Relations
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II.D.9. Religious Life
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II.D.10. Athletics
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II.E. FACULTY ORGANIZATION
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II.E.1. The Faculty Role in Governance
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II.E.2. Academic Areas and Departments
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II.E.3. Service on Committees
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II.E.4. Elected Committees of the Faculty
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II.E.5. Appointed Committees of the College
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CHAPTER III: CONTRACTS, TENURE, PROMOTIONS, AND TERMINATIONS: FACULTY RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
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III.A. TYPES OF CONTRACTS
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III.A.1. New Faculty Appointments
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III. A.1.a. Definitions
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III.A.2. Tenure Status
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III.A.3. Status and Promotion in Rank of Professional Librarians
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III.A.4. Full-Time Term Contracts (Non-tenured; Non-tenure-track)
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III.A.5. Annual Contract Renewal
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III.B. PROCEDURES FOR DECIDING PROMOTION, TENURE, NON-REAPPOINTMENT, AND TERMINATION
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III.B.1. Pre-tenure Reviews
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III.B.2. Procedures for Granting Tenure
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III.B.2.a. Application for Tenure
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III.B.3. Procedures for Granting Promotion in Rank
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III.B.4. Non-Reappointment of Non-Tenured Faculty
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III.B.4.a. Non-Reappointment for Reasons of Performance
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III.B.4.b. Notice of Non-Reappointment
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III.B.5. Grievance Procedure
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III.B.5.a. Purpose
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III.B.5.b. Initiation of a Grievance
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III.B.5.c. Role of the Grievance Committee
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III.B.6 Cause For Termination
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III.B.7. Procedure For Termination For Cause
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III.B.7.a. Initiation
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III.B.7.b. Provost
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III.B.7.c. Promotion and Tenure Committee
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III.B.7.d. Provost
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III.B.7.e. President
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III.B.7.f. Suspension
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III.B.7.g. Hearing Committee
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III.B.7.h. President
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III.B.7.i. Review Panel of the Board of Trustees
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III.B.7.j. Compensation Upon Termination For Cause
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III.B.8. Discontinuance of an Academic Program or Department and Terminations Due to Educational Considerations
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III.B.8.a. Constituting a Faculty Review Committee
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III.B.8.b. Procedures for Discontinuance of an Academic Program or Department
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III.B.8.c. Termination of Faculty Members Due to Discontinuance of an Academic Program or Department
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III.B.9. Declaration of Financial Exigency, Resulting Discontinuance of Programs and Departments, Reductions in Force, and Resulting Terminations
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III.B.9.a. Role of Faculty in Declaration of Financial Exigency
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III.B.9.b. Role of Faculty Review Committee During Financial Exigency
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III.B.9.c. Termination of Appointment Due to Discontinuance of an Academic Department or Program Necessitated by Financial Exigency
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III.B.9.d. Termination of Appointment Due to Reduction in Force Necessitated By Financial Exigency
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III.C. FACULTY EVALUATION
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III.D. FACULTY DEVELOPMENT
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III.D.1. Philosophy of Faculty Development
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III.D.2. Sabbatical Leave
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III.D.3. Working for Pay during Sabbatical
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III.D.4. January Leave
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III.D.5. Summer Stipends
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III.D.6. Professional Travel and Conferences
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III.D.7. Named Chairs and Funding
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III.D.8. Taking Courses at the College
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III.D.9. The Bob Whetstone Faculty Development Award
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III.D.10. New Faculty Mentors
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III.E. WORKLOAD
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III.E.1. Academic
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III.E.2. Outside Employment/Consulting
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III.E.3. Responsibilities Outside of the Classroom
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III.E.4. Offices and Equipment
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III.F. BENEFITS
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IIIF.1. Medical Insurance
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III.F.2. Retirement
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III.F.3. Life Insurance
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III.F.4. Flexible Benefits Plan
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III.F.5. Long-Term Disability Insurance
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III.F.6. Institutional Benefits: Tuition Remission/Grants
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III.F.7. Faculty Family and Medical Leave Policy
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III.F.8. Other
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III.G. Compensation Policies, Salary Schedule, and Rationale
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III.H. Employment of Relatives
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CHAPTER IV: ACADEMIC POLICIES AND SERVICES
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IV.A. TEACHING AND ACADEMIC ADVISING
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IV.A.1. Teaching Methods
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IV.A.2. Academic Advising
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IV.A.3. Advising Mission Statement
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IV.A.4. FERPA
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IV.A.5. Student Referrals
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IV.B. STUDENT EVALUATION
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IV.B.1. Syllabi
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IV.B.2. Tests
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IV.B.3. Final Examinations
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IV.C. GRADES
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IV.D. GRADE APPEALS
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IV.E. COURSE EVALUATION
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IV.F. THE HONOR CODE
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IV.F.1. Description of the Honor Code
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IV.F.2. Examinations
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IV.F.3. Out-of-Class Work
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IV.F.4. Use of Old Quizzes and Papers
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IV.F.5. Instructor's Interpretation
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IV.G. CONVOCATIONS
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IV.H. REGISTRATION
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IV.I. DROPPING AND ADDING COURSES
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IV.J. WITHDRAWALS
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IV.K. CLASS ABSENCES
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IV.L. LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SERVICES
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IV.M. SUMMER SCHOOL
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CHAPTER V: ADMINISTRATIVE AND FINANCIAL POLICIES AND SERVICES
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V.A. ACADEMIC PROGRAM SECRETARIES
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V.B. TELEPHONES
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V.C. SMOKING ON CAMPUS
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V.D. TEXTBOOKS AND CLASS SUPPLIES
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V.E. COMPUTERS FOR FACULTY
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CHAPTER VI: STUDENT DEVELOPMENT POLICIES AND SERVICES
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VI.A. COUNSELING
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VI.B. CAREER SERVICES
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VI.C. ORGANIZATION OF THE STUDENT BODY
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VI.D. THE PUBLICATION BOARD
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VI.E. STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
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VI.F. MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS
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VI.G. EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
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VI.H. THE ATHLETIC PROGRAM
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VI.H.1. Intercollegiate
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VI.H.2. Intramural
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VI.H.3. Individual Recreation & Fitness
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VI.I. THE CHORAL PROGRAM
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VI.J. ARTISTIC PERFORMANCES
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VI.K. OTHER ACTIVITIES
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VI.L. FACULTY INVOLVEMENT IN STUDENT LIFE
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VI.M. ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
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CHAPTER VII: EXTERNAL RELATIONS POLICIES
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VII.A. POLITICAL ACTIVITIES
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VII.B. DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE
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VII.C. EXTERNALLY FUNDED GRANTS AND CONTRACTS
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APPENDIX
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Appendix A: Tuition Remission and Tuition Exchange Policy
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Appendix B: A Statement of Ecumenical and Interfaith Respect
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Appendix C: Sexual and Gender-based Misconduct Policy [adopted by the Board of Trustees, October 23, 2014]
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Appendix D: Policy on the Legal and Ethical Use of Technology Resources, Electronic Mail, and the Internet
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Appendix E: Website
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Appendix F: Charles B. Vail College Fellows Program
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Appendix G: Family and Medical Leave Policy
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Appendix H: Confidential Complaint Procedure for Reporting on Potential Financial Misconduct at the College
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Appendix I: Guidelines for Faculty Professional Development Travel
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Appendix J: Policy on Intellectual Property
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Appendix K: Faculty Evaluation Forms
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Appendix L: Faculty Diversity Resolution
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Resolution of the Faculty Monday, 12 May 2003
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