Other School Guidelines/Policies | Kent State University

Other School Guidelines/Policies

  1. Assignment of Offices

    A memorandum notifies faculty members when office space allocated to the School becomes available. Faculty members may present the Director with a written request for an office assignment if they would like to move. While the Director may exercise discretionary authority in the assignment of workspace and offices, when possible the Director should try to give preference to those at a higher rank (i.e., professor, associate professor, and assistant professor) and when rank is equal, preference may be given based on seniority. Faculty members are responsible for moving office supplies, books, journals, files, etc. and assistance is provided when moving desks.

    The Director may exercise discretionary authority in the assignment of workspace and offices to other members of the instructional staff (i.e., part-time Faculty, Teaching Fellows, and Graduate Assistants) once all regular full-time Faculty members have been assigned offices.

  2. Faculty Representation at Commencement

    Participation in commencement exercises is an important part of the responsibility of full‐time Faculty. It shows regard for student achievement and demonstrates not only to the graduates but their parents and significant others the Faculty’s pride in such accomplishment.

    The School welcomes any Faculty member who wishes to volunteer to attend commencement at any time. However, not enough volunteers may step forward each time to provide a sufficient representation. Therefore, the School full-time Faculty will be asked to attend following a rotation system to achieve a quota of three participating in each exercise.

    In order to empower the policy, the following procedures were established:

    • Subsequent to each commencement, the list of who has attended will be updated with notations about the dates of attendance.
    • The roster of all full‐time Faculty will be reviewed and those with the longest hiatus between the present time and the last attendance will be identified as those who will attend. Attendance in doctoral commencement will be considered equivalent to participation in undergraduate/master’s commencement.
    • The number of full‐time Faculty from the School attending the undergraduate/master’s commencement will be at least 15% of the total number of school TT and NTT Faculty.
    • Should the identified person not be able to attend, it will be that person’s responsibility to provide the name of a substitute Faculty member from the school list who will attend. The substitute will have their attendance acknowledged in the next revision of the list.
  3. Handbook Modification, Amendment, and Revision

    The applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement governs the implementation, modification, amendment, and revision of this Handbook. The School 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 Director, the Dean, or by any Faculty member. Proposed modifications or amendments are subject to discussion, revision, and recommendation by the FAC. When a proposed modification or amendment involves a major change in School policy or practice, the Director may seek the recommendation of the entire Faculty. If the Director concurs with a proposed modification, amendment, or revision, he/she 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 the School does not adopt these revisions, 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