Because of the missions of the University and Kent State University at East Liverpool, and the close relationships between the campus and the local communities it serves, the primary responsibility of the faculty assigned to this campus is instructional, with emphasis on classroom teaching and its concomitant responsibilities. Additionally, each faculty member should pursue an individualized program of professional growth and development that is appropriate for that member’s discipline. Lastly, “university citizenship”, service activities that make both significant and positive contributions to the advancement of the educational, scholarly, and governance missions and operation of the university, is a responsibility and concern of all regular full-time faculty members.
Faculty members are bound by the Faculty Code of Professional Ethics (revised), as set forth in the University Policy Register.
Kent State University at East Liverpool embraces the institutional core values as noted in the University Policy Register-namely, that academic freedom is necessary to the mission of the faculty of the university, and that professional responsibility is a logical correlative of this freedom. Faculty members have the responsibilities to the students they teach, the university, and to their respective disciplines.
1. Responsibilities to Students
As summarized in the University Policy Register, the “central responsibility of a faculty member is to attempt to impart a knowledge and understanding of a field of study, develop in students appropriate and relevant skills, and to so in accordance with the best standards of scholarship and pedagogy in the discipline.” As summarized in the Regional campus handbook (Section VIII), faculty members are expected to serve as “role models to students to help them define and support campus-wide standards of integrity.” In meeting these responsibilities, faculty members are expected to maintain professional standards when conduction their classes. Summaries of expected behavior can be found in the University Policy Register and Regional campus Handbook.
2. Responsibilities to the University
Faculty have certain obligations to the university. The following serve as guidelines regarding the professional code of conduct.
Conflicts of Interest: Faculty members of Columbiana County Campus at East Liverpool are bound by the University policy regarding conflict of interest of university employees, as set forth in the University Policy Register.
University Policy Regarding Outside Employment: Outside activities of a professional nature are encouraged if the activities are consistent with the individual’s responsibilities to the university and in the furtherance of the aims of the university. The university recognizes that one mark of an individual’s distinction is the esteem in which he or she is held by those outside the university who may request services, professional judgments, or expertise. No individual, however, should accept employment or pursue other activity of a professional or nonprofessional nature that compromises his or her responsibilities to the university. (See university Policy Register. Faculty must seek permission of the Dean and Chief Administrative Officer of the Columbiana County Campuses before pursuing outside employment.
Use of Human Subjects in Research and Teaching: Faculty members are bound by the university policy regarding academic research involving use of human subjects for investigation, as set forth in the University Policy Register and Federal Regulations. In brief, faculty must submit a required form and secure approval from Institutional Review Board (IRB) before engaging in research that involves human subjects.
Use of Live Animals in Research and Teaching: Faculty members are bound by the university policy regarding academic research involving the use of live animals, as set forth in the University Policy Register.
University Policy Statements Regarding Faculty Use of Computers: Kent State University recognizes its role as guardian of a forum the free and open exchange of ideas and information. Additionally, the university recognizes its responsibility to provide an environment of research and learning free of hostility and considerate of others’ sensibilities. The university, while not desirous of playing the role of censor, must assure that it provides proper avenues of redress if a member of the university community feels degraded or harassed by something that he/she sees on a university computer display. The university’s network system allows access to all manner of textual and graphic information from around the world, some of which may be considered offensive by some people. Individuals who display information of graphic or textual nature in a public or private area, viewable by others who consider it offensive or degrading, are liable to face charges of harassment.
3. Responsibility to the Profession: Faculty members are responsible for maintaining professional standards with respect to research, dissemination of research, and interactions with colleagues as outlined in the University Policy Register.
There are certain contractual expectations that faculty must meet:
- Meeting Classes: Faculty members shall meet their classes and conduct final examinations at scheduled times. The Dean and Chief Administrative Officer or designee must approve changes in listed class times and room assignments. You should report all absences to the Dean's Office.
- Personal Illness or Emergencies: Classes missed due to illness or personal emergency should be recorded on the appropriate form as soon as the faculty member returns to campus.
- Professional Conference Participation: Participation in conferences is an important facet of a scholar’s professional growth. However, it should not be done at the expense of student instruction; nor should classes be cancelled to attend conferences unless absolutely necessary. Coverage for missed classes should be arranged if possible. This may mean that conferences of more than a week or multiple conferences within one semester might be discouraged. Travel to conferences and professional meetings should be cleared in advance with the Dean and Chief Administrative Officer of the Columbiana County Campuses.
- Faculty Professional Travel Policy: At the beginning of the academic year, the chief financial officer at the campus shall notify all FTT faculty regarding the available funds for travel during the academic year and the amount available to all FTT faculty wishing to travel. FTT faculty wishing to travel must follow all pertinent university guidelines (e.g., completing faculty travel authorization forms to be submitted to the Campus Dean and CAO). FTT faculty are also encouraged to pursue other venues supporting faculty travel (such as the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs RAGS and the University Teaching Council).
- Personal Leaves of Absence: There are many legitimate reasons why a faculty member may request a leave-of-absence, e.g., court duty, military service, pregnancy, illness, temporary disability, research, graduate study, or travel. Most of these leaves are acquired without pay. Special circumstances govern each category of leave. As an example, the university will pay a faculty member full salary if he/she is subpoenaed to attend court as a witness or for jury duty by the United States or State of Ohio.
- Military Leaves-of-Absence can also be requested, as described in the University Policy Register.
- Faculty Development: A variety of programs are available through the university, including travel grants, grants to conduct research, during the summer or academic year, etc., which may require faculty to miss all or part of the semester. Special arrangements must be made with the Dean and Chief Administrative Officer of the Columbiana County campuses for a faculty member to go forward with such awards.
All faculty members are required to accommodate those students with disabilities who are identified by the Office of Student Accessibility Services. For more information, contact the Columbian County Campus at East Liverpool, Student Accessibility Officer.
The statement of Accommodating Students with Disabilities must be included on all course syllabi.