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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
Part I, "Professional Rights of Faculty," sets forth the responsibility of the University to maintain conditions and rights supportive of the faculty's pursuit of the University's academic mission. Many of these conditions and rights are derived from principles of academic freedom of faculty members, and from the essential principle that a university is in its most critical aspects a collegial enterprise in which the faculty has principal authority with respect to academic and scholastic policies, and shares authority in many other matters.
Part II, "Ethical Principles and Professional Duties of Faculty Members," elaborates standards of professional conduct for faculty members, derived from general professional consensus about the existence of certain precepts that adequately describe acceptable faculty behavior. Conduct which departs from these precepts is viewed by faculty as unacceptable because it is inconsistent with the mission of the University. The articulation of types of both expected and unacceptable faculty conduct is appropriate both to verify that a consensus about expected professional conduct and minimally acceptable standards in fact does exist and to give fair notice to all that departures from expected professional conduct and from minimal standards may give rise to disciplinary proceedings.
In Part II, “Professional Responsibilities, Ethical Principles, and Faculty Conduct,” a clear distinction is made between statements of (1) ethical principles, (2) expected professional conduct, and (3) types of unacceptable behavior. Although the listings in none of these categories of statements are exhaustive, they encompass major concerns traditionally and currently important to the profession. It is expected that case adjudication, the lessons of experience, and evolving standards of the profession will promote reasoned adaptation and change of this Professional Standards Document.
Part III, "Roles and Professional Duties of Department Chairs," deals with the role and professional duties of department chairs. This part states standards and procedures for the selection, role, and responsibilities of department chairpersons. These matters are brought together in the same document as professional rights and duties of faculty members in order to provide both department chairpersons and faculty members with readily accessible information on the faculty member's right to participate in the selection of department chairpersons, and to provide a description of the authority and limitations on authority of department chairpersons, and a statement of the ethical obligations of department chairpersons in dealing with faculty members. Most of the material in Part III comes directly from the Laws of the Regents, and a related Appendix B thereto. However, several additional statements of professional obligations of department chairpersons are set forth in Section III.C, and supplement the material from the Laws of the Regents.
Part IV, “Review of Faculty Conduct and Sanctions for Unprofessional Conduct by a Faculty Member,” provides a procedure for responding to allegations of unprofessional conduct, including a description of sanctions that may be imposed at the department, college, and university level. This part also describes a procedure for appealing sanctions.
Part V, "Appendices," contains appendices as follows:
Appendix A, "Principles of Academic Freedom," sets forth the statement on academic freedom contained in the Laws of the Regents, 1990, Article 5, Part D, as amended. This Professional Standards Document is to be read and interpreted consistently with the statement of academic freedom.
Appendix B, "Faculty Powers," sets forth the powers of the faculty provided for in Article 4, section A.6 and Article 5, section E.5 of the Laws of the Regents, 1990, as revised November 3, 2005.
Appendix C, "Additional Policy Statements," provides further elaboration of various University and Boulder Campus policies referred to in this Professional Standards Document.
PART II. PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES, ETHICAL PRINCIPLES, AND FACULTY CONDUCT [ pp 8 through 17 ]
PART III. ROLES AND PROFESSIONAL DUTIES OF DEPARTMENT CHAIRS [ pp 18 - 23 ]
PART V. APPENDICES [ pp 34 - 45 ]
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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