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TABLE OF CONTENTS

(note: all pagination is based on the May 5, 2016 revision)

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PREFACE

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Faculty Handbook Revision Process

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ABOUT TAMIU

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Accreditation

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Mission Statement

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History

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Governance and Administration

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The TAMUS Board of Regents (hereafter the Board)

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President

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Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs (hereafter the Provost)

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Vice-President for Finance and Administration

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Vice-President for Institutional Advancement

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Vice-President for Student Success

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Academic Deans

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Department Chairs

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Other Academic Affairs Administrators

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General University Governance

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University Executive Council

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Council of Deans

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Council of Chairs

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Student Government Association

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Staff Senate

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Faculty Assembly

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Faculty Senate

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Faculty Senate Committees

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University Committees

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Committee Assignment Procedure

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Graduate Council

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Responsibilities

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Composition

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Membership

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Elections and Appointments

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Library and Instructional Support

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Library Policies

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APPOINTMENT AND ADVANCEMENT OF FACULTY

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Terms of Appointment

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Contract Form

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Search, Appointment, and Orientation of New Faculty

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Search Procedures

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Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action

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Application for Employment

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Appointment Procedures

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Orientation

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Pre-employment

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Employee's Affidavit

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Faculty Handbook

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Personnel Records

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Official File

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Grievance File

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Major Faculty Responsibilities

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Teaching

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Service

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Scholarship

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Definition of Faculty Status

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Instructor

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Assistant Professor

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Associate Professor

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Full Professor

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Assistant Librarian

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Associate Librarian

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Full Librarian

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Others with Faculty Status

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ETHICS AND EXTERNAL RELATIONS

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Principles of Ethical Conduct

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Conflicts of Interest and Outside Employment

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Use of Property and Equipment

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Professional Standards

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Professional Ethics

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Illegal Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Related Retaliation

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Improper Consensual Relationships

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Political Activity

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External Relations

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Communications Channels

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Publicity for Faculty Activities

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Grants Policy

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Use of Institutional Letterhead, Trademarks, Trade Names

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Fund Raising

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EVALUATION AND PROMOTION OF FACULTY

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Annual Review

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College Evaluation Procedure

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College Evaluation Criteria

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Evaluation of Teaching

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Midpoint Review of Faculty

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Post-Tenure Review

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Introduction

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Post-Tenure Review

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Evaluation Criteria

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General Evaluation Process

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Evaluation Process for Faculty with “Serious Deficiencies”

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Professional Development Plan

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Appeals

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Voluntary Post-Tenure Review

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Tenure and Promotion

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Promotion of Faculty

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Tenure

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Promotion and Tenure Deadlines

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Promotion, Tenure, and Retention Committees

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Replacement of Faculty on Promotion, Tenure, and Retention Committees

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Chairs of Promotion, Tenure, and Retention Committees

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Confidentiality

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Documentation and Presentations in Support of Applications

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Final Promotion and Tenure Decisions

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Procedure for Appeal of Promotion and Tenure Decisions

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FACULTY WORKLOAD

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Teaching

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Release Time for Research

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Baseline Expectations for Faculty Awarded Release Time for Research

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Additional Release Time for Intensive Research

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General Considerations

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Summer Teaching

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GRADUATE FACULTY

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Categories and Requirements for Membership

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Procedures for Nomination to the Graduate Faculty

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GRIEVANCES

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Faculty Complaint, Grievance, and Appeal Procedures

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Faculty-Student

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Faculty-Faculty

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Faculty-Administrator

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HUMAN RESOURCES INFORMATION

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Personal Leaves

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Sick Leave

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Military Leave

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Civic Duty

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Emergency Leave of Absence

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Parental Leave of Absence

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Family and Medical Leave

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Vacation

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Other Human Resources Information

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NEW FACULTY INFORMATION

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Alcohol and Drug Abuse

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Bulletin Boards

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Communicable Diseases

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Emergency Closing

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Keys

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Leave of Absence

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Mail and Email

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Purchase Orders / Requisitions

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Telephones

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University Awards

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Procedure

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NON-REAPPOINTMENT, DISMISSAL, AND SEPARATION OF FACULTY

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Phasing Out of Programs or Financial Exigencies

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Notice of Reduction in Force

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Hearings

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Individual’s Value to Program

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Non-reappointment

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Separation

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Resignation

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Retirement

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Failure to Meet Standards

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Discharge for Cause – Criteria and Procedure

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RESEARCH INFORMATION AND GUIDELINES

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Copyright and Intellectual Property

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Hazardous Waste

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Human Subjects

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Inventions, Patents, and Creations

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Scientific Misconduct and Animal Research

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Study Leave and Faculty Development Leave

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Study Leave

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STUDENT AFFAIRS

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Student Handbook

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Sponsorship / Organizations

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Student Violations of Academic Integrity (Cheating, Plagiarism)

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Student Leave of Absence and Pregnant / Parenting Students

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TEACHING RESPONSIBILITIES AND RELATED INFORMATION

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Academic Freedom

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Faculty Responsibilities

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Teaching Faculty

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Library Faculty

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Academic Services and Support (Media, Computer, etc.)

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Program Evaluation

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Student Advising

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Student Records (FERPA)

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Posting Grades

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Office Hours

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APPENDIX A: Changes to Faculty Handbook Since 2010

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APPENDIX B: Faculty Constitution

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APPENDIX C: Faculty Senate Members

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APPENDIX D: An Ideal Model for Faculty Workload Equivalency Units

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APPENDIX E: TAMIU Honor Code

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APPENDIX F: College Documents for Fixed-Term Faculty

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