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Faculty Handbook

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1       Towson University Mission and Goals.......................................................................................................................8
                 I. Towson University Mission Statement and Goals          

Chapter 2       The University System of Maryland (USM) and Towson University (TU) Governance Structure……….....9

                 I. Governance of the University System of Maryland
                II. USM Policy on Governance
               III. Organization of Towson University/Organizational Charts
               IV. Responsibilities of the Deans
                V. Academic Department Chairpersons’ Roles and Responsibilities
               VI. Constitution for Faculty Council
              VII. USM Policy on Role of Faculty in Development of Academic Policy
             VIII. The University Senate
               IX. Faculty Association/AAUP

Chapter 3       The Faculty: Appointment, Rank, and Tenure; and Workload…….....................................................…………10
                 I. TU Policy on Appointment, Rank and Tenure of Faculty
                II. USM Policy on Appointment, Rank and Tenure of Faculty
               III. TU Comprehensive Faculty Workload Guidelines
               IV. USM Policy on Faculty Workload and Responsibilities
                V. Towson University Comprehensive Faculty Workload Guidelines

Chapter 4        Faculty Benefits…………………………………………………………………………….....................................…11
                IA. USM Policy on Compensation of Faculty
                IB. TU Summer and other Compensation Pay
                IC. Salary Annualization
                II. TU Benefits Package for Faculty
               III. USM Policy on Annual Leave for Faculty
               IV. USM Policy on Accident Leave and Creditable and Non-Creditable Sick Leave for Faculty Members
                V. USM Policy on Family and Medical Leave Act for Faculty
               VI. TU Policy on Leave or Absence Without Pay
              VII. USM Policy on Tuition Remission for Regular and Retired Faculty and Staff Employees
             VIII. USM Policy on Tuition Remission for Spouses and Dependent Children of Regular and Retired Faculty
                    and Staff Employees
               IX. TU Statement on Sabbatical Leave
                X. TU Policy on Terminal Leave for Faculty
               XI. USM Policy on Salary Advances
              XII. USM Policy on Moving Expenses

Chapter 5       Separation……………………………………………………………………...……………..................................…20
                I. Termination of Tenure and Tenure-Track Faculty Procedures
               II. USM Policy on Procedures for Appeals to USM Board of Regents of Decision to Terminate Tenured or Tenure-
                   Track Faculty Members
              III. TU Retrenchment Policy and Procedures

Chapter 6       Policies and Procedures for the Classroom…………………………………….................................................31                   I. TU Policy on Instructional Space
                 II. TU Policy on the Sale to Students of Instructional Materials from Which a Faculty Member May Earn Monetary Gain
                III. TU Policy on Intellectual Property
               IV. Copyright Resource Center
                V. TU Guidelines on Double Sections
               VI. TU Guidelines for Team Teaching
              VII. Faculty Members Must Meet Classes
              VIII. Faculty Absences from Class
                IX. TU Policy on Student Class Attendance/Absence
                X. Student Class Attendance (Drop/Add)
               XI. Undergraduate Academic Advising
              XII. Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
             XIII. Policies, Procedures and Guidelines Affecting Students (Division of Student Affairs)
             XIV. Classroom Discrimination
             XV. Student Classroom Expression
            XVI. Course Syllabus
           XVII. USM Policy Concerning the Scheduling of Academic Assignments on Dates of Religious Observance
           XVIII. TU Grades and Grading Policy
            XIX. USM Policy for Review of Alleged Arbitrary and Capricious Grading
             XX. TU Policy on Final Examinations
            XXI. TU Faculty and Student Procedures Regarding Emergency Absence or Lateness of Faculty During
                     Final Examinations
           XXII. TU Policy on the Retention of Final Examinations and Grade Books
          XXIII. TU Policy and Procedures on the Disclosure of Student Education Records (03-06.30)
           XXIV. USM Policy on Faculty, Student and Institutional Rights and Responsibilities for Academic Integrity
          XXV. Cheating and Plagiarism
         XXVI. University Sponsored Field Trips
        XXVII. TU Policy for the Care and Use of Vertebrate Animals
       XXVIII. TU Policy on Notice to Students on Use of Animals in Instruction

Chapter 7       Additional Faculty Policies………………………………………………………………..............................……58
                I. USM Policy on Professional Commitment of Faculty
               II. USM Policy on the Regents Professorship
              III. USM Policy on Classified and Proprietary Work
              IV. TU Policy on the Use of the University’s Name by Members of the Faculty
               V. TU Policy on Jury Service for Faculty Members
              VI. Commencements, Convocations, and Faculty Meetings

Chapter 8       Faculty Development, Grants, and Sponsored Research……………………...........................................…59
               I. Policies and Procedures of the TU Faculty Development and Research Committee
              II. Policies and Procedures of the TU Faculty Development Teaching Enhancement Grants Programs
             III. Policies and Procedures of the TU Summer Mini-grant Program
             IV. Policies and Procedures of the TU Grant-Writing Assistance Awards Program
              V. Office of Sponsored Programs and Research
             VI. USM Policy on Solicitations and Acceptance of Sponsored Proposals
            VII. TU Policies and Procedures for Sponsored Projects
           VIII. TU Guidelines for Contracts Between External Agencies and Faculty or Academic Departments
             IX. USM Policy on Human Subjects of Research
              X. TU Policy on Protection of Human Participants in Research Conducted by or with Faculty, Staff, Students
             XI. TU Policy for Research/Grant Contractual Personnel Employment
            XII. TU Patent Policy
           XIII. TU Policy on Intellectual Property
           XIV. TU Procedures on Conflict of Interest for Faculty Interested in Sponsored Research or Development
            XV. Policies and Procedures for Inquiries and Investigations Concerning Allegations of Scholarly Misconduct

Chapter 9       Related University Policies…………………………………………………… ….......................................…..74
               I. Rights and Responsibilities of Members of the TU Community
              II. Academic Freedom
             III. Professional Ethics
             IV. Consensual Relations with Students
              V. TU Guidelines on Use of Prayer or Other Religious Activities
             VI. TU Policy on Diversity and Equal Opportunity
            VII. USM Policy on Sexual Assault
           VIII. TU Guidelines for Responsible Computing
             IX. TU E-Mail Policy
              X. USM Policy on Acts of Violence and Extremism
             XI. TU Bomb Threat Procedure
            XII. TU Weapons Policy
           XIII. Disruptive Student Enrolled in Class
           XIV. TU Policy on Suspension in Case of Campus Disruption
            XV. USM Policy on Emergency Conditions: Cancellation of Classes and Release of Employees
           XVI. TU Policy on External use of the University’s Name
          XVII. TU Policy on Publications and Public Relations
         XVIII. TU Policy on Non-Credit Activities
           XIX. TU Policy on Solicitation of Advertising
            XX. Collections and Donations
           XXI. TU Policy on Fund Raising, Gifts, Voluntary Support, and Grants
          XXII. TU Policy on the Preservation of Items of Historical Interest
         XXIII. TU Policy on Substance Abuse for Faculty, Staff and Students
         XXIV. TU Policy on Smoking
          XXV. TU Policy on Gambling and Raffling
        XXVI. Procedures for Reporting Suspected or Known Fiscal Irregularities
       XXVII. Classroom Copying of Books and Periodicals
      XXVIII. TU Student Academic Integrity Policy
        XXIX. TU Policy on Intellectual Property
         XXX. TU Policy on the Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect

 

 
 
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