Handbook Committee | Kent State University

Handbook Committee

Committee responsibilities include the following:

a. initiating, reviewing, or recommending revisions to the Bylaws;

b. initiating, reviewing, or recommending revisions to the Faculty Handbook;

c. initiating, reviewing, or recommending revisions to the Bylaws and the Faculty Handbook in order to help assure compliance with each new Tenure-Track Collective Bargaining Agreement and Non-Tenure Track Collective Bargaining Agreement;

d. reviewing and recommending revisions to the Bylaws and the Faculty Handbook in order to help assure compliance with University policy.

Additionally, within two weeks of adoption by UL Faculty and UL Dean (or as otherwise covered by the Tenure-Track Collective Bargaining Agreement), the committee is responsible for:

e. adding new or changed Bylaws or Handbook content to the official electronic version of the Bylaws or Handbook;

f. providing paper copies for inclusion in the current paper handbook copies maintained in the Dean's office, in the Provost's office, and in the UL Department of Special Collections and Archives.

In order to expedite updating of Handbook content, the committee is to make non-substantive editorial changes to the Bylaws and other Handbook section content as follows:

1. Examples of non-substantive editorial changes include but are not limited to the following: 

  • Updating citations or links to other documents
  • Updating name and/or title changes of positions, offices, entities, or documents
  • Updating page references or titles of sections
  • Punctuation, grammatical, spelling, or numerical changes or corrections

 2. The process of making and tracking these editorial changes is as follows:

  • All non-substantive editorial changes are to retain the intent and meaning of the content being edited.
  • Any member of UL may bring editorial changes to the attention of the committee members.
  • All changes will be archived in committee records and presented to CAC in a timely manner.
  • All changes will be presented to the UL faculty in a summary report either in person or via the intranet.

If any faculty member is concerned about editorial changes, he/she may submit to the Handbook committee written explanations for the concern. The committee will then evaluate the concern, and enact the changes or report back to the faculty member the reasons for keeping the original editorial change. If need be, the change will be brought to a vote at a meeting of the full UL faculty.