Other Academic Unit Guidelines

  1. Grievance Procedures

    1. Student Grievance Procedures

      Student Academic Complaints shall be initiated and addressed in accordance with the procedures outlined in UPR 4-02.3, Administrative policy and procedure for student academic complaints (which is also published in the Digest of Rules and Regulations).

    2. Faculty Grievance Procedures

      1. Faculty have the option of addressing their complaints directly with the appropriate University officials.

      2. A faculty grievance is a claim based upon an event or condition that affects the terms and conditions of employment stated in and governed by the Collective Bargaining Agreement between Kent State University and the Kent State Chapter of the American Association of University Professors.   The CBA describes the procedures to be followed for a formal grievance.  Prior to contacting the Association about initiating a formal grievance, a faculty member should make a reasonable effort to meet with the departmental chairperson in order to resolve the grievance in an informal manner.

  2. Curricular Policies and Procedures

    All economics courses taught under the auspices of Kent State University, including electronically purveyed courses, are subject to review and approval by the Department.  Proposals for curriculum changes and/or changes in mode of delivery (e.g. distance learning, internet based, etc.) must be submitted, in writing, to the Department Curriculum Committee. The Curriculum Committee shall make a recommendation to the FAC who then makes a recommendation to the Department Chairperson.  Throughout this process there should be appropriate consultation with the Department Faculty.  Minutes of all Curriculum Committee meetings will be distributed to the entire Department faculty in a timely manner.

  3. Professional Ethics and Responsibilities

    Faculty in the Department of Economics are bound by the provisions and procedures of the Faculty Code of Ethics contained in the University Policy Register (UPR).

    1. Conflict of Interest

      Because employment of a faculty member at Kent State University is a trust conferred by public authority for a public purpose, a faculty member is forbidden from placing himself or herself in a position in which private interest conflicts with public duty.  No faculty member should receive special treatment or favors from other University employees or persons who do business with the University.  No personal advantage, pecuniary or otherwise, should be gained from such employment without prior written approval.  (See UPR 6-23).

    2. Consulting

      Faculty members may engage in consulting activities for remuneration in addition to their employment responsibilities at the University.  However, such outside consulting activities must be scheduled and limited so that they do not interfere with a faculty member’s teaching, research, and service duties at the University.  Prior to accepting continuing remunerative employment, each member of the faculty shall seek and obtain approval from the Chairperson, the Dean, and the Provost or designee.  (See UPR-6-24).

  4. Sexual Harassment

    The Department does not condone sexual harassment of any kind.  The Department supports the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Sexual Harassment Guidelines and the Kent State University policy on Sexual Harassment.

  5. Procedures for Review and Revision of the Handbook

    The Departmental handbook shall be reviewed and updated, as necessary, by the departmental FAC and Chairperson.  At a minimum, the Department will review the handbook for possible changes no later than five years from its effective date.  Any amendments thereto require approval by a majority vote of the department Faculty.  The handbook and any amendments thereto are subject to final approval by the Dean.