The document Professional Rights and Duties of Faculty Members and Roles and Professional Responsibilities of Department Chairs was first developed by the faculty at CU Boulder in the early 1980s. The document describes the professional standards faculty members are expected to maintain and provides a mechanism for addressing allegations that a faculty member has failed to meet those standards.

The current document was endorsed by the Boulder Faculty Assembly, on March 4, 2010, and became a Division of Academic Affairs policy approved by Provost Russell Moore on January 16, 2013.