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December 2015
4.1.3 Affirmative Action

This Committee shall review all University policies and practices pertaining to diversity and affirmative action inclusion in the recruiting and retaining of students, staff and faculty. The committee shall submit an annual report in May evaluating the status of policies and practices, including current data on the recruitment and retention of underrepresented faculty and students. It shall recommend for consideration by the Senate statements of goals, policies and practices pertaining to (1) the recruitment, retention, promotion, and general well-being of underrepresented faculty; (2) teaching by faculty that contributes to an inclusive, dynamic campus community in which underrepresented populations are welcomed, represented, and engaged; and (3) encouraging faculty research that furthers knowledge of diversity in its many forms. for consideration by the University community and the Senate whenever changes in these functions are needed.
The committee shall consist of five faculty members who shall serve three-year terms, one of whom shall be appointed chair by the Committee on Committees and Nominations, one graduate student who shall serve a one-year term, and two undergraduates who shall serve one-year terms, and the Vice President for Administration or his/her designee. The Committee will also consult regularly with the Vice Provost for Diversity in order to ensure open lines of communication between faculty and administration about diversity initiatives on campus. Initial appointments shall be staggered to ensure continuity on the committee.
 

October 2015
1.3 Standing Committee System of the Faculty and its Senate

The Committee shall consist of a chairperson, three faculty members from the College of Arts and Science (if feasible, one from natural sciences and mathematics, one from arts and humanities, and one from social and behavioral sciences) and one representative from each other college offering a graduate program, serving for three-year terms to be arranged in sequence such that the terms of no more than four members shall expire in any academic year. In addition, there shall be two ex officio members, the Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Education Studies and the Director of the University Library. There shall be two graduate student members appointed. In the absence of a duly constituted graduate student government, the Committee on Graduate Studies shall have the responsibility of arranging the election of graduate student senators. Members as they retire from the Committee shall be replaced by members with the new period of tenure.

1.3 Standing Committee System of the Faculty and its Senate

1.3 Standing Committee System of the Faculty and its Senate

Promotions and Tenure, Committee on (3rd paragraph)

This committee shall consist of four tenured professors, and two tenured associate professors, and one Continuing Track faculty member at the rank of associate professor or higher.  The Continuing Track faculty member will be fully involved in deliberations and voting on all matters pertaining to Continuing Track faculty. Two of these six tenured faculty members shall be from the College of Arts and Sciences. At least one member of the committee shall be a woman and at least one member shall be a man. No administrative officers (including department chairs) should be appointed to serve on this committee.

1.3 Standing Committee System of the Faculty and its Senate

Section deleted:

RETIRING, RETIRED AND EMERITI FACULTY SUBCOMMITTEE 
(subcommittee of the Committee on Faculty Welfare and Privileges)

This subcommittee is charged with examining University policy and making recommendations with regard to the welfare and privileges of retiring, retired, and emeriti faculty, and it shall report to and through the Committee on Faculty Welfare and Privileges to the Faculty Senate.

Members of the subcommittee shall be selected by the Committee on Committees and Nominations and shall be confirmed by the Faculty Senate. The subcommittee shall consist of two tenured faculty members, one of whom is a member of the Committee on Faculty Welfare and Privileges and two members who have retired from the faculty of the University. The subcommittee shall select its own chair, but for convenience, the chair of the Committee on Faculty Welfare and Privileges may designate one member as acting chair to call the first meeting of the subcommittee each academic year. Members of the subcommittee shall serve for two year terms; the Committee on Committees is empowered to adjust the initial terms of appointment so that one half of the subcommittee members are replaced each year. 
(Rev. 9/82;
5/2015)

1.3 Standing Committee System of the Faculty and its Senate

This committee shall annually canvass the faculty for individual faculty member's interest in serving on committees, and may employ the members of the Senate to conduct the canvass on a personal basis. The willingness of nominees to serve on committees shall be ascertained before their names are submitted for action. The committee in preparing nominations shall have regard for equitable distribution with respect to academic ranks and with respect to disciplines and academic units of the University. The committee will strive for diversity in committee staffing, with special emphasis on assuring diversity in those committees that may handle student or faculty personnel matters. The committeeand  may consult with Deans and Department Chairpersons concerning workloads of faculty members, and. The committee may otherwise consult with the President and other appropriate members of the University Community regarding its nominations. To ensure adequate information-flow between the Faculty Senate and the faculty committees the Committee on Committees and Nominations shall take care that Senators are adequately distributed over the family of committees with appropriate memberships therein. It shall designate one of the faculty appointed to the Committee on Student Life to serve also as a member of the Council on Judicial Affairs. The committee’s nominations shall specify committee chairpersons.

4.4.12 Tenure

An untenured faculty member who becomes the parent of a newborn or newly adopted child may choose to take a one-year extension of the pre-tenure probationary period for each child, up to a maximum of two years. The notification for such an extension should be made in the year in which the faculty member becomes a parent or adopts a child. The pre-tenure probationary period shall be extended for one year upon a tenure-track faculty member submitting a “Stop the Tenure Clock electronic Web form.  extension shall be granted upon written notification to the department chair or program director, with notification toThat form automatically notifies the Dean of the College and the Office of the University Provost. The extension takes effect upon submission of the Web form.  Faculty who choose this option must indicate in writing that they have done so in their dossier.

(Rev. 10/7/91, 11/20/08, 1/28/15)

4.1.14.3  Parental Leave

The University of Delaware recognizes the importance of having a maternity parental leave policy, which that helps all faculty balance the responsibilities of work and parenthood. The University of Delaware encourages faculty to develop a dialogue with their chairs/directors so that their career paths can be maintained while assuming the added responsibilities of parenthood. 

It is the policy of the University to comply with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993, which grants an eligible employee up to a total of 12 workweeks of unpaid leave in any 12-month period for certain circumstances. The following Maternity Parental Leave policy sets forth the options that are available to faculty. An eligible employee is entitled to up to a total of 12 workweeks of maternity parental leave during a 12-month period for the birth or placement of a child for adoption or foster care. Due to the academic calendar, faculty may receive unpaid FMLA leave for an entire semester. This maternity parental leave will count against the employee's total family and medical leave entitlement of 12 weeks in any 12month period. 

Faculty may have time off with pay if they are physically unable to work due to pregnancy, childbirth, miscarriage, abortion, or other related medical conditions. The University reserves the right to require a doctor's certification at any time for periods longer than six weeks. 

If possible, faculty requesting time off for reasons associated with childbirth must notify their supervisor three months prior to the anticipated date of the leave. Faculty members are encouraged to follow professional advice concerning the length of time worked during pregnancy and the appropriate time to resume work after childbirth or related medical conditions. (Rev. 3/15/01, Office of Labor Relations through AAUP contract negotiations).

The University and the AAUP also recognize that childbirth and adoption can affect the teaching and service availability of a faculty member. Department chairpersons and faculty members must develop workload options that meet department and individual needs immediately following the birth or adoption of a child under the age of five by the faculty member. If the faculty member is the primary caregiver, he or she will be granted a one semester administered load that allows a choice of either partial or full relief from teaching and service during the semester of the birth or the adoption of a child under the age of five by the faculty member or immediately following the birth or adoption. (Rev. 9/2012) The Vice President for Administration andProvost or designee and the AAUP Contract Maintenance Officer are available to discuss such options with faculty and department chairs. (20052013-2008 2016 Collective Bargaining Agreement between the University and the AAUP, Article 9.1416).

 

4.1.14.3 Parental Leave

4.1.14.3  Parental Leave
The University of Delaware recognizes the importance of having a maternity parental leave policy, which that helps all faculty balance the responsibilities of work and parenthood. The University of Delaware encourages faculty to develop a dialogue with their chairs/directors so that their career paths can be maintained while assuming the added responsibilities of parenthood. 
It is the policy of the University to comply with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993, which grants an eligible employee up to a total of 12 workweeks of unpaid leave in any 12-month period for certain circumstances. The following Maternity Parental Leave policy sets forth the options that are available to faculty. An eligible employee is entitled to up to a total of 12 workweeks of maternity parental leave during a 12-month period for the birth or placement of a child for adoption or foster care. Due to the academic calendar, faculty may receive unpaid FMLA leave for an entire semester. This maternity parental leave will count against the employee's total family and medical leave entitlement of 12 weeks in any 12month period. 
Faculty may have time off with pay if they are physically unable to work due to pregnancy, childbirth, miscarriage, abortion, or other related medical conditions. The University reserves the right to require a doctor's certification at any time for periods longer than six weeks. 
If possible, faculty requesting time off for reasons associated with childbirth must notify their supervisor three months prior to the anticipated date of the leave. Faculty members are encouraged to follow professional advice concerning the length of time worked during pregnancy and the appropriate time to resume work after childbirth or related medical conditions. (Rev. 3/15/01, Office of Labor Relations through AAUP contract negotiations).
The University and the AAUP also recognize that childbirth and adoption can affect the teaching and service availability of a faculty member. Department chairpersons and faculty members must develop workload options that meet department and individual needs immediately following the birth or adoption of a child under the age of five by the faculty member. If the faculty member is the primary caregiver, he or she will be granted a one semester administered load that allows a choice of either partial or full relief from teaching and service during the semester of the birth or the adoption of a child under the age of five by the faculty member or immediately following the birth or adoption. (Rev. 9/2012) The Vice President for Administration andProvost or designee and the AAUP Contract Maintenance Officer are available to discuss such options with faculty and department chairs. (20052013-2008 2016 Collective Bargaining Agreement between the University and the AAUP, Article 9.1416).
 

4.4.11 Changes in Unit Priorities

When departments and colleges change priorities (e.g., development of a graduate program, reorientation of the direction of departmental teaching at all levels) there are faculty members hired when their departments had one set of priorities that are now at some disadvantage because of the change. Departments have clear obligations to recognize such situations and to provide such faculty members with both the time and the resources to accommodate themselves to the new priorities. Those faculty who are candidates for promotion and/or tenure during the probationary period prior to the granting of tenure have the right to be reviewed under the policy and procedure in force at the time of hiring, rather than under any revised policy or procedure subsequently adopted. Any candidate for tenure who wishes to be considered under the policy and procedure in force at the time of hiring must do so by informing the Department Chair of his or her desire at the time of the initial written application for promotion. Faculty who are candidates for a promotion subsequent to the granting of tenure and/or promotion during the probationary period shall be reviewed under the policy and procedure in force at the time they declare such candidacy for promotion

June 2015
1.2 Bylaws and Regulations of the University Faculty Senate

4. Changes in Bylaws, Rules and Regulations
The Bylaws of the Senate may be adopted, amended, or repealed at any duly called meeting of the Senate by an affirmative vote of two-thirds of those present voting yes or no, provided that due notice has been given of such proposed changes in the Bylaws. The rules and regulations of the Senate may be adopted, amended, or repealed at any duly called meeting of the Senate by an affirmative vote of a majority of those present voting yes or no, provided that due notice has been given of such proposed changes in the rules and regulations. (Rev. fall 2012)
5. Regular Meetings
The Senate shall hold its regular meetings on the first Monday of each month during the academic year. Regular meetings of the Senate shall convene at 4 pm unless otherwise designated. Votes in the Senate for regular business are decided by a simple majority of those voting yes or no. For a motion to change the Bylaws, changes requiring two-thirds are decided by a two-thirds majority of those voting yes or no.

January 2015
1.3 Standing Committee System of the Faculty and its Senate

Revision to FWP Termination and Complaint document.

September 2014
1.3 Standing Committee System of the Faculty and its Senate

Addition of Budget Committee

April 2014
4.2.7 Consulting and Other Outside Employment

Teaching and teaching-related other course-type activities for remuneration that are undertaken for an institution, organization or entity other than the University, such as serving as the instructor or developer of a traditional or online course offered by an institution, organization or entity other than the University, outside the University require the approval of the faculty member's department chair and dean, and the Provost and the President. Because of the possibility of conflict with University Professional and Continuing Studies programs, the department chairperson or the dean should consult with the Director of Professional and Continuing Studies before any arrangements are contemplated. (Rev. 3/2014)

March 2014
3.1.7 Class Meetings/Size

Class meeting hours at the University of Delaware follow the normal standards adopted by most colleges and universities. For a three credit course meeting three times a week (e.g., on Monday-Wednesday-Friday), there typically will be three, 50 minute weekly meetings for a minimum of 39 scheduled class meetings during the fall and spring terms (40 or 41 class meetings are normally scheduled). For a three credit course meeting twice a week (e.g., on Tuesday-Thursday), there typically will be two, 75 minute weekly meetings for a minimum of 26 scheduled class meetings (27 or 28 class meetings are normally scheduled. class, this is typicaly three, 50 minute weekly meetings on a Monday-Wednesday-Friday sequence for a minimum of 41 class meetings during the fall and spring terms. Three credit classes meeting on the Tuesday-Thursday sequence will meet for 75 minutes for a minimum of 27 class meetings. Courses for other than 3 credit hours should likewise meet for the equivalent of 50 minutes per credit hour per semester week. Classes Courses with laboratory components grant one credit for every two or three hours of laboratory work per week. Class meeting time during the winter and summer sessions should be equivalent to that scheduled in the fall and spring other academic terms.(Rev. 3/2014)

4.1.2 Secondary, Joint, Affiliated, and Visiting Faculty Appointments

added
...Adjunct faculty (Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, or Instructor) are those persons who teach a course (or courses) at the University on a supplemental ("S") contract and who are not otherwise fulltime faculty of the University. Rev. 9/2013
...

4.4.11 Changes in Unit Priorities

When departments and colleges change priorities (e.g., development of a graduate program, reorientation of the direction of departmental teaching at all levels) there are faculty members hired when their departments had one set of priorities that are now at some disadvantage because of the change. Departments have clear obligations to recognize such situations and to provide such faculty members with both the time and the resources to accommodate themselves to the new priorities. Those faculty who are candidates for promotion and/or tenure during the probationary period prior to the granting of tenure have the right to be reviewed under the policy and procedure in force at the time of hiring, rather than under any revised policy or procedure subsequently adopted. Any candidate for tenure who wishes to be considered under the policy and procedure in force at the time of hiring must do so by informing the Department Chair of his or her desire at the time of the initial written application for promotion. Faculty who are candidates for a promotion subsequent to the granting of tenure and/or promotion during the probationary period shall be reviewed under the policy and procedure in force at the time they declare such candidacy for promotion. (Revised by the Faculty Senate 4/7/80; Approved by the Board of Trustees 12/10/80; Revised by the Faculty Senate 4/97, 2/98 9/14/98.) Rev. 4/20/13

January 2014
4.1.2 Secondary, Joint, Affiliated, and Visiting Faculty Appointments

The term "adjunct" has been changed to "affiliated."  (Rev. Jan. 2014)

September 2013
3.4 Academic Program Review

Title change: Vice Provost for Academic Affairs & International Programs changed to Deputy Provost

May 2013
1.2 Bylaws and Regulations of the University Faculty Senate

Section IV - Changes in Bylaws, Rules and Regulations - revised. Old version:
 

The rules and regulations of the Senate may be changed at any regular meeting of the

Senate by a two thirds vote of those present and voting, provided that due notice has been

given in the call that the proposed changes in the rules and regulations are to be considered.

(Rev. fall 1988)

 

3.1.14 Use of Innovative Technology and Online Course Formats

Section 3.1.14 name change; was: Use of Distance Learning Course Formats

Section 3.1.14 content change; was:

The University of Delaware is committed to the use of distance learning to enhance and extend undergraduate and graduate instruction. To insure that these formats, including videotape, online, CD-ROM, and interactive video are used to support rather than replace live instruction in Newark, the following policies will direct their use. Live course instruction must remain the standard with distance learning formats intended as supplemental or optional delivery systems for instruction. The development of courses in distance learning course formats shall be based on sound pedagogical value, not solely on financial expediency. They may not be used to replace faculty, or to change faculty teaching loads, and faculty may not be required to participate in videotaped courses.

4.4.4 Departmental Responsibilities

Sentence in bullet 4 changed from:

The department committee should insert a separate document in the external letters section of the dossier, identifying the specific external reviewers who were nominated by the candidate versus those nominated by the department, and the criteria used to request letters from specific reviewers.

April 2013
3.1.4 Examinations and Tests

Wednesday changed to Monday:
Common examinations will be scheduled only from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday thru Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

March 2013
Section 2: Academic Program Organization

Provost paragraph changed to reflect title changes. Old entry:
The Provost is the chief executive officer next in authority to the President. The Provost's responsibilities include the supervision of the academic programs of the entire University and the development and administration of the University academic budget. In addition to the Deans of the various colleges, he or she is assisted by the Vice Provost for Academic and International Programs, Vice Provost for Research, Assistant Provost for Student Services and University Registrar, Assistant Provost for Academic Budget Planning, and Assistant Provost for Student Diversity and Success.

February 2013
2.2 Academic Organization & the Roles of Academic Officers

Changed to Deputy Provost from: The Vice Provost for Academic and International Programs coordinates University-wide academic functions at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He or she is assisted by Faculty Director of the Office of Undergraduate Studies, Faculty Director of the Center for International Studies, Assistant Provost for Graduate Studies and Assistant Provost for Professional and Continuing Studies.
Changed description of: The Vice Provost for Research coordinates the identification, application and support for research activities by faculty from government and non-government sponsors and the stewardship of research funds and equipment. He or she is assisted by the Associate Provost for Research.
Combined and changed descriptions to Associate Provost for Administration and Enrollment Services from: The Assistant Provost for Student Services and University Registrar is responsible for the overall administrative management and program development in undergraduate admissions, financial aid, student records, course scheduling and registration, and enrollment and student information.
The Assistant Provost for Academic Budget Planning provides support to the Provost in the development and management of the University’s academic budget.
Changed to Executive Director of the President’s Diversity Initiative from: The Assistant Provost for Student Diversity and Success is responsible for the development and implementation of University-wide policies and inititiatives to enhance the enrollment and success of diverse undergraduate and graduate students.

September 2012
3.1 Instructional Program Policies

Modification made concerning number of semester instructional days.

4.4.12 Tenure

Revised policy to include a description of tenure.

4.1.14.3 Parental Leave

Wording change: "...one such option is to...." changed to: "...he or she will be...."

3.1.6 Course Scheduling, Cancellation and Assignments

New option for weekly class meeting schedule.

August 2011
3.1.8 Exams and Grading

Revised.

December 2010
Foreword: A Mission Statement for the University

Revised Mission Statement for the University.

Preface:  About the Handbook

Revised link to current Collective Bargaining Agreement.

June 2010
Section 3: Conduct of Academic Programs

Revised Research Program Policies.

April 2010
1.3 Standing Committee System of the Faculty and its Senate

Revised Instructional Computing and Research Support Services.

3.1.13 Student Class Attendance and Excused Absences

Revised.

March 2010
4.4.9 Promotion Dossiers

Revised.

March 2009
4.1 Faculty Appointments and Conditions of Employment

Revised Academic Leave of Absence for One or More Semesters and Research/Scholarship Semester for Tenure-track Assistant Professors.

5.11 Benefits for Retired Faculty

Revised.

March 2008
4.4.1 Faculty Promotion and Tenure

Revised.

4.4.2 Minimum Standards for Promotion

Revised.

August 2007
3.1 Instructional Program Policies

Revised Academic Calendar, Class Meetings, Course Scheduling, and Attendance.

July 2007
5.11 Benefits for Retired Faculty

Revised.

May 2007
4.4.9 Promotion Dossiers

Revised Promotion and Tenure.

January 2007
Related Documents

Revised Credit by Examination in Policy Guide for Department Chairs and Academic Program Directors.

4.2.14 Faculty Adoptions of Instructional Materials

Added.

November 2006
4.1.2 Secondary, Joint, Affiliated, and Visiting Faculty Appointments

Added to replace previous separate sections on Adjunct Faculty and Visiting Faculty.

4.1.14 Academic Leaves of Absence

Added.

4.1.14.3 Parental Leave

Updated.

October 2006
4.1.14.9 Vacation Leave

Added.

September 2006
Table of Contents

Removed all references to the Annual Physical Examination benefit, which is no longer available.

August 2006
4.3 Workload and Evaluation

Added Alteration of Electronic Processes.

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