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The Boulder Campus Division of Academic Affairs adopted this document as official policy on January 16, 2013.

Professional Rights and Duties of Faculty Members and Professional Duties of Department Chairs

CONTENTS

PREAMBLE

OVERVIEW

PART I. PROFESSIONAL RIGHTS OF FACULTY MEMBERS

In support of the University's academic mission as an institution of higher learning, a major responsibility of the Administration is to protect and encourage the faculty in its teaching, learning, research, and public service activities. The authority to discipline faculty members in appropriate cases derives from the shared recognition by the faculty and the Administration that the purpose of discipline is to preserve conditions hospitable to these pursuits. Such conditions, as they relate to faculty, include, for example, the following:

1. the right to free inquiry, and exchange of ideas;

2. the right to present relevant information, however controversial, to a course of instruction;

3. the right to conduct scholarly research or creative work, no matter how controversial;

4. the right to enjoyment of constitutionally protected freedom of expression;

5. the right to share in the governance of the University, as provided in the Laws of the Regents and the laws of the State of Colorado, and in policies and procedures of the University and the University Senate, of the Boulder Campus and the Boulder Faculty Assembly, and of the schools, colleges, departments and other academic units, including the following:

a. the faculty's principal responsibility for:

i. academic policy, including initial authorization and direction of all courses, curricula, and degrees offered;

ii. scholastic policy, including scholastic standards for admission, grading, continuation, graduation, and honors;

iii. academic ethics, including development of policies and procedures; and

b. the faculty's right to act jointly with the administration to make recommendations to the Board of Regents in the areas of:

i. establishment of policies and procedures for faculty appointment, promotion, and tenure review; establishment of policy and procedures for the appeal of decisions on faculty appointment, promotion, and tenure; and joint participation in decisions affecting these policies;

ii. regulation of student conduct and activities;

iii. budgetary review and development of recommendations concerning University resources;

iv. selection of academic administrators;

v. determination of candidates for degree; and

vi. making of other policy concerning the general academic welfare of the University; and

vii. the right to be judged by one's colleagues,

viii. the right to be judged in accordance with fair procedures, in matters of promotion, tenure, and discipline, solely on the basis of the faculty member's professional qualifications, professional achievements, and professional conduct.

Faculty rights may derive from such diverse sources as the Constitution and laws of the United States or of the State of Colorado; from the Laws of the Regents and University, Boulder Campus, and other academic unit policies; from faculty and other contracts; and from shared understandings and customs of the academic community. The statement of professional rights of faculty members set forth in this Part I is intended neither to be exhaustive nor to limit faculty rights in any manner.

PART II. PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES, ETHICAL PRINCIPLES, AND FACULTY CONDUCT [ pp 8 through 17 ]

  • A. Teaching and Students
  • B. Scholarly Research and Creative Work
  • C. Academic Citizenship
  • D. Differential Teaching, Research, and Service Loads
  • E. Conflicts of Interest Policies
  • F. Policies on Research Involving Human Subjects or Animals
  • G. Fiscal Integrity Policies
  • H. Drug Use Policies
  • I. One-Sixth Rule
  • J. Misconduct in Research and Authorship
  • K. Disruptive Conduct, Injury to Person or Damage of Property, and Impeding Freedom of Movement at the University

PART III. ROLES AND PROFESSIONAL DUTIES OF DEPARTMENT CHAIRS [ pp 18 - 23 ]

  • A. General Statement Regarding Departments and Department Chairs
  • B. Specific Statements Regarding Department Chairs (from Laws of the Regents)
  • C. Additional Professional and Ethical Obligations of Department Chairs, Not Expressly Set Forth Elsewhere.

PART IV. REVIEW OF FACULTY CONDUCT AND SANCTIONS FOR UNPROFESSIONAL CONDUCT BY A FACULTY MEMBER [ pp. 24 - 33 ]

  • A. General Principles
  • B. Definitions
  • C. Procedures for Determining Unprofessional Conduct and Sanctions
  • D. Sanctions for Unprofessional Conduct
  • E. Reporting and Records
  • F. Review by Committee on Privilege and Tenure for Dismissal for Cause

PART V. APPENDICES [ pp 34 - 45 ]

  • Appendix A. Principles of Academic Freedom (From Laws of the Regents, Article 5, Part D)
  • Appendix B. Faculty Powers (From Sections 4.A.5 and 5.E.5 of the Laws of the Regents, 1990, as revised November 3, 2005)
  • Appendix C. Additional Policy Statements

Amendments to Professional Rights and Duties of Faculty Members and Roles and Responsibilities of Department Chairs may be initiated by the Boulder Faculty Assembly, the Provost, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Affairs, or the Chair of the Boulder Faculty Assembly. Amendments require the approval of the Provost.

 
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