Preface:  About the Handbook

This electronic version of the Handbook for Faculty was extensively developed in 2003. The online version of the handbook is the official version of the handbook containing all appropriate policies approved by the Faculty Senate and University administration. Questions about policy updates should be addressed to the Office of the Provost.

The Faculty Handbook informs faculty of major policies and regulations of the University. In addition, the Collective Bargaining Agreement contains policies that are in effect during a contract period.

Certain information in the Faculty Handbook is based on the University of Delaware Charter and the Bylaws of the Board of Trustees. If in matters that are covered by these documents there is a difference in wording, content, or interpretation between the Faculty Handbook and the Bylaws and Charter, the latter two documents will prevail.

Policies contained in the Faculty Handbook are official policies of the University and remain in full effect until changed by appropriate University actions. The Handbook is a revision of the official 1963 Handbook adopted by the Board of Trustees as University policy, and it has been approved for publication by the Board.

The Office of the provost will update the on-line document as new policies and policy revisions are approved.

Faculty should also consult the following manuals and publications all of which are linked to the handbook for faculty:


AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER The University of Delaware is committed to assuring equal opportunity to all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status, age, or disability in its educational programs, activities, admissions, or employment practices as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, other applicable statutes and University policy. Inquiries concerning these statutes and information regarding campus accessibility should be referred to the Affirmative Action Officer,305 Hullihen Hall, (302) 831-2835 (voice), (302) 831-4552 (TDD).