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University Faculty Bylaws

Policy Number: 3349-03-01
Effective Date: 06/01/2011
Updated: 08/22/2018
Responsible Department: Office of the VPAA
Applies To: Faculty

J. Faculty

  1. Include all persons who hold the rank of professor, associate professor, assistant professor and instructor, whether the title is qualified or not.  Each College may authorize the creation of other ranks and titles for faculty within the College and criteria for appointment, promotion and tenure as described in Appendix A of the respective College bylaws.  Titles of Distinction include, but are not limited to, Distinguished and Emeritus.  Upon the recommendation of the University Faculty Council, the University may authorize the creation of other ranks and Titles of Distinction within the University;
  2. Rights and Responsibilities. The University sustains a community of faculty whose members are engaged in education, discovery, evaluation, and the transmission and extension of knowledge. Faculty:
    1. Have academic freedom regardless of their tenure status;
    2. Have the authority and responsibility to establish academic policy to govern the education, research, scholarship and service activities of the College, subject to the final authority of the Dean;
    3. Subscribe to the highest standards of education, research, scholarship, service and professional integrity;
    4. Endeavor to perform at the highest level of professional proficiency throughout the period of their appointment;
    5. Subscribe to the highest standards of conduct and ethical behavior including, but not limited to, honesty, integrity and civility (these standards are embodied in the University Faculty Code of Professional Conduct);
    6. Are entitled to academic freedom in the conduct of education, research and publication of results, subject to the adequate performance of their academic obligations.
  3. In speaking or writing, the faculty shall be responsible and accurate. As scholars and educators, faculty members should remember that the public may judge their profession, College and the University by their public statements.  When faculty speak or write as private citizens with no indication of College or University affiliation, they shall be free from College or University censorship and discipline.

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