Section: 3-Faculty

Policy No: 6

Approved: 6/7/96



Faculty members possess all the legal rights and responsibilities of citizens; however, because of their position as seekers and promulgators of knowledge and because that position can often come under social, religious, political, or economic pressures, they must, for the common good of society at large, be guaranteed certain rights. This policy will be interpreted consistently with faculty responsibilities, employment, governance, and other applicable policies and procedures.

6.1 Among those rights, faculty members have the right to participate in college governance, including the following:

6.1.1 Approval of curriculum.

6.1.2 Requirements for degrees.

6.1.3 Selection of department chairs and certain academic administrators.

6.1.4 Appointment and promotion of faculty.

6.1.5 Discipline of faculty and students.

6.1.6 Determination of evaluation methods for student achievement and for faculty and administrator performance.

6.1.7 Determination of teaching responsibilities, methods, texts, and course context.

6.1.8 Determination of departmental governance.

6.1.9 Consultation regarding budget decisions.

6.2 Additional rights of faculty include, but are not limited to:

6.2.1 Due process in proceedings involving the possibility of disciplinary action. Faculty members will normally expect a presumption that their conduct is proper and made in good faith. In bringing formal allegations or complaints, accusers have the burden to provide facts and evidence sufficient to overcome this presumption.

6.2.2 In keeping abreast of developments in their specialties, faculty members can expect administrative and financial support from available resources. To this end, faculty members can expect to benefit from travel policies, sabbatical leaves, and leaves of absence. Generally, the facultyís committee and other non-teaching responsibilities should be equitably assigned, assuring adequate time for teaching responsibilities and personal research.

6.2.3 Faculty members whose competence is challenged will receive notice of the areas where their academic performance is low, with adequate time to receive instruction and guidance to raise their competency to the required level -- keeping in mind that nontenured faculty hold probationary appointments.

6.2.4 Faculty members may normally expect, and the college will normally respect, their individual privacy in personal offices. Other policies may qualify or limit this expectation as to college equipment and resources assigned to them.

6.2.5 Faculty members will be evaluated by their colleagues in matters of promotion, tenure and discipline in accordance with established policies and procedures and solely on the basis of the faculty memberís professional qualifications and professional conduct. An individualís private lifestyle should not be a factor in these judgements unless: That lifestyle affects the faculty memberís ability, willingness, or professional fitness to perform college duties. It constitutes a violation of the standards of behavior listed in Policy 3-4.

6.2.6 Faculty members may receive legal assistance from the college in civil litigation brought against them as a result of the performance of their duties; limitations and exceptions will be in accordance with the Utah Governmental Immunity Act (63-30-1et.seq) (U.C.A.63-30-36).

6.2.7 Faculty members may examine their personal college records as provided by the Government Records Access and Management Act (GRAMA) U.C.A ß 63-2-1, et.seq., unless otherwise legally privileged or restricted by other applicable law.