DIXIE STATE COLLEGE OF UTAH

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES MANUAL


Section: 3-Faculty

Policy No: 4
Approved: 10/27/95
Revised: 11/17/00
Revised: 03/15/01

Policy: FACULTY RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACADEMIC FREEDOM

3-4 FACULTY RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACADEMIC FREEDOM

4.1 SUPERVISION BY: Department chair and dean of respective academic division.

4.2 GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Provide learning opportunities for students and meet professional responsibilities.

4.3 RESPONSIBILITIES

4.3.1 Organize courses of instruction in which content is equal to that of comparable freshmen/ sophomore level courses at four-year colleges and universities or in which content will provide appropriate job entry skills for students seeking certificates or Associate of Applied Science degrees.

4.3.2 For each course, prepare a syllabus which includes a brief description of the course, course objectives, a list of topics to be covered and class policy information as appropriate to the course, which also meets legal and accreditation requirements.

4.3.3 Select textbooks that have appropriate content and reading level. It is suggested that cost, departmental considerations and sequential use be factors in textbook selection.

4.3.4 Inventory, update and select supplies and other supplemental materials for use in courses and laboratories as appropriate to the discipline.

4.3.5 Supervise the care and upkeep of equipment and facilities and maintain appropriate safety standards.

4.3.6 Prepare and present lectures, instructional laboratories and/or other learning experiences appropriate to the class

4.3.7 Evaluate students' learning progress and assign grades based on standards of performance, before the established deadline for submitting grades.

4.3.8 Encourage students to use the library for class research and writing assignments and to use opportunity areas such as the Academic Support Center (ASC) and Career Center, and other appropriate resources.

4.3.9 Begin and end classes on time and use class time efficiently and effectively.

4.3.10 Alteration of existing schedules and cancellation or rescheduling of classes should be done only for valid reasons. Such changes should be coordinated with the department chair and/or dean.

4.3.11 Provide office time of one hour minimum each weekday for consultation with students concerning course work as appropriate to the discipline.

4.3.12 Fulfill academic and campus committee assignments. Faculty committee assignments for the following school year are determined in June of each year, in a meeting with the Faculty Senate President, Staff Association President, President of the College, Human Resources Director, and Vice Presidents. Recommendations by the Faculty Senate President for committee assignments will be taken into consideration and an attempt will be made to apportion the committee assignments among faculty. Faculty assigned to committees which require a substantial time commitment shall have no other committee assignments, unless requested by the faculty member.

4.3.13 Participate in academic advisement.

4.3.14 Attend department, division and general college faculty/staff meetings, unless these meetings conflict with scheduled classes.

4.3.15 Attend inservice meetings, including those held prior to the opening of Fall semester and county-wide inservice.

4.3.16 Attend commencement exercises.

4.3.16.1 Inservice days and the commencement activities are considered part of the faculty contractual duty days. Missing these days without the approval of the Vice President of Academics will result in the forfeiture of a day's pay for each day of absenteeism. Subsequent incidents will result in further disciplinary actions. Other failures to fulfill faculty responsibilities, such as committee assignments, may result in similar consequences.

4.3.17 Professional responsibility provides that persons having a formal association with Dixie State College shall not be involved in acts which violate the academic freedom or constitutional rights of others, or the rules and regulations of Dixie State College, the Board of Trustees or the Board of Regents.

4.4 ACADEMIC FREEDOM

4.4.1 Introduction - The institution is operated for the common good and not to further the interest of either the individual faculty member or the institution as a whole. The common good depends upon the free search for truth and its free exposition. Academic freedom is essential to these purposes and applies to both teaching and community service. Academic freedom in its teaching aspect is fundamental for the protection of the rights of the teacher in teaching and of the student to freedom in learning.

4.4.2 Academic freedom in teaching - Faculty members possess the right to full freedom in the classroom in discussing their subjects. They may present any controversial material relevant to their courses of instruction, but they shall be careful not to introduce into their teaching controversial matter which has no relation to the subject being taught.

4.4.3 Academic freedom in research - A faculty member is entitled to full freedom in research and in the publication of the results. Research for monetary return should be conditional upon prior disclosure to and the consent of the officials of the institution.

4.4.4 Academic freedom in public life - A college faculty member is a citizen, a member of a learned profession, and an officer of an educational institution. When the faculty member speaks or writes as a citizen, he/she should be free from institutional censorship or discipline, but the faculty member's special position in the community imposes special obligations. As a person of learning and an education officer, the faculty member should remember that the public may judge his/her profession and institution by his/her utterances. Hence the faculty member should at all times strive to be accurate, should exercise appropriate restraint, should show respect for others, and should make every effort to indicate that he/she is not speaking for the institution.

4.4.5 Academic freedom of probationary and non-tenured faculty - Non-tenured and probationary faculty members have the same academic freedom that tenured faculty members enjoy.