Handbook Modification, Amendment and Revisions

The implementation, modification, amendment and revision of this Handbook is governed by the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement.  The Department faculty will review and update this Handbook, as needed, but at least every three (3) years.  Suggestions for modifications or amendments to the Handbook may be initiated at any time by the Chair or by any faculty member.  Proposed modifications or amendments are subject to discussion, revision, and recommendation by the FAC.  An Ad Hoc Handbook Committee may be called into existence if the FAC finds this advisable.  When a proposed modification or amendment involves a major change in Department policy or practice the Chair may seek the recommendation of the entire faculty.  If the Chair concurs with a proposed modification, amendment or revision, she/he will recommend the change(s) to the Dean.  All modifications, amendments and revisions of the Handbook require the approval of the Dean. In reviewing this Handbook, the Dean may request revisions before lending final approval.  If these revisions are not adopted by the Department, the Dean shall consult the CAC with regard to the provision(s) in dispute before making a final determination and certifying final approval of the Handbook. Further, the Dean may direct that the Handbook be modified, amended or revised to reflect changes in College or University policy.  Amendments shall be in force when voted favorably on by a majority of the full time tenure-track faculty members present at a meeting and approved by the Dean. If a department member has a legitimate reason for not being able to attend such a meeting, he or she may complete a written ballot.  A simple majority suffices to pass amendments.

This handbook, as approved by the full-time tenure-track faculty of the Department, is effective spring semester 2017.