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Faculty and Contract Staff Handbook

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(9)    Appendix

(9A)    SUMMARY OF RECENT REVISIONS TO THIS HANDBOOK

(9B)    OTHER HANDBOOKS, BULLETINS, AND PUBLICATIONS

(9C)  POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR PROMOTION AND TENURE OF ACADEMIC FACULTY 


(9A)    SUMMARY OF RECENT REVISIONS TO THIS HANDBOOK

Each substantive change to the text of the Faculty and Contract Staff Handbook is summarized in the following table. Such changes as capitalization, punctuation (except when the meaning is affected), addition or removal of boldface and italics, and insertion of a hyperlink will not require notice. Unless otherwise noted, revisions to the Handbook go into effect at the beginning of each academic year.

Date Chapter   Summary of revision to the text of this Handbook
8/24/2012 5A and 7F Revision of the Sponsored Projects policy and the Conflict of Interest Policy to comply with guidelines from the U.S. Public Health Service.
8/14/2012 8A, II, A Revision of guidelines for Filling a Vacant or New Position for contract staff members, to remove the President from the hiring process.
6/12/2012 8E, III Revision of the Tuition Remission and Exchange Policy Summary to reflect the addition of same-sex domestic partners.
6/7/2012 2E, II, F Revision of the description of the Conduct Review Board, as approved by the Faculty Senate, the Association of Student Representatives, and the President.
6/7/2012 3C, I, C Revision of language governing the evaluation of academic administrators, as approved by the Academic Faculty Assembly on December 8, 2011.
6/7/2102 3C, I, B, 7, and 3C, I, B, 12 Revision of language governing the appointment of department chairs and program directors, as approved by the Academic Faculty Assembly on October 21, 2011.
6/7/2012 2E Revision of the procedures for appointments to Standing Committees of the University, as approved by the Faculty Senate, the Association of Student Representatives, and the President.
6/7/2012 2D, III, F Addition of the Committee on Course and Faculty Evaluation to the Faculty Senate Bylaws, as approved by the Faculty Senate.
6/7/2012 2A, IV Revision of the Constitution of the Faculty Organization to provide a succession model for the office of Chair of the Faculty Senate, as approved by the Academic Faculty Assembly on October 21, 2011, and by the Board of Trustees on February 17, 2012.
6/7/2102 IC, VII Revision of job descriptions for the Office of University Communications.
6/7/2012 IC, III Revision of job descriptions for the Office for Finance and Administration.
6/7/2012 1C, V Revision of job descriptions for the Office of Student Affairs.
5/24/2012 8G Revision of policies governing Family and Medical Leave, Parental Leave for Academic Departmental Faculty, Parental Leave for Faculty Who Accrue Sick or Vacation Time, and Military Leave, as approved by the Faculty Senate.
5/24/2012 1C, VI, A Revision of the job description for the Vice President for Information Resources.
5/24/2012 1C, II Revision of the job descriptions for the Vice President for Faculty and Student Affairs, the Associate Vice Presidents for Academic Affairs, and the Associate Vice President for Enrollment and Student Retention.
3/15/2012 8B Revision of the Non-Discrimination and Diversity Policy to reflect the addition of gender identity and gender expression, as approved by the Faculty Senate and the President.
3/14/2012 2E, II, H Revision of the description of the Employee Benefits Committee, as approved by the President on March 14, 2012.
3/14/2012 8A, II, A, 2 Revision of Search Plan guidelines for contract staff positions.
3/14/2012 2E, 3, D Addition of the Administrator Review Oversight Committee as approved by the Faculty Senate.
10/20/2011 2E, II, N Addition of the Advisory Committee for the Collaborative for Learning and Teaching, as approved by the Faculty Senate.
10/20/2011 2E, II, N Deletion of the Teaching and Learning Committee, as approved by the Faculty Senate.
9/23/2011 2E, III, E Addition of the Faculty Committee on Information Technology as approved by the Faculty Senate on April 15, 2011.
9/23/2011 2E, II, I Deletion of the Information Technology Committee as approved by the Faculty Senate on April 15, 2011.
8/05/2011 2A, II Revision of the Duties of the Academic Faculty Assembly to create a deadline of fourteen days for submission of proposals to the Academic Faculty Assembly, as approved by the Academic Faculty Assembly on October 29, 2010.
8/05/2011 2A, IV, B Revision of the section governing Terms of Office for members of the Faculty Senate, as approved by the Academic Faculty Assembly on October 29, 2010.
8/05/2011 2A, IV, G Revision of election procedures for members of the Investigating and Hearing committees, as approved by the Academic Faculty Assembly on October 29, 2010.
8/05/2011 3C, I, B Revision of the policy governing Selection of Academic Administrators Other than the President, as approved by the Academic Faculty Assembly on October 29, 2010.
8/05/2011 3C, I, C Revision of the policy governing Evaluation of the Vice President for Faculty and Student Affairs, Associate Vice Presidents for Academic Affairs, the Vice President for Information Resources, and the University Librarian, as approved by the Academic Faculty Assembly on October 29, 2010.
8/05/2011 3E, II Addition of a section governing Spouse/Partner Hiring Procedures, as approved by the Academic Faculty Assembly on December 9, 2010.
3/22/2011 8A, II, C, 2 Revision of the policy governing termination of contract staff members.
7/29/2010 6B, XV Revision of the policy governing Reading Days to reflect a new final exam schedule.
7/29/2010 8E, I, B, 1, b and 8E, I, B, 2, b Revision of Undergraduate Tuition Remission policy for dependent children of retired or deceased full-time employees and Graduate Tuition Remission policy for dependent children of retired or deceased full-time employees. 
7/27/2010 6A Addition of "Statement on Student Rights and Responsibilities" as approved by the Academic Faculty Assembly on March 26, 2010. 
7/27/2010 6A Deletion of "Joint Statement on Rights and Freedoms of Students" as approved by the Academic Faculty Assembly on March 26, 2010. 
7/13/2010 3C, I, B, 4, a Revision of language relating to representation on the search committee for the Vice President for Faculty and Student Affairs, Associate and Assistant Vice Presidents for Academic Affairs, and the University Librarian, to reflect changes approved by the Academic Faculty Assembly on March 26, 2010.
7/13/2010 3A, VIII, A Revision of "Severe Sanctions" as approved by the Academic Faculty Assembly on October 23, 2009.
7/13/2010 3A, VI, C Addition of "Dismissal Procedures for Gross Misconduct" as approved by the Academic Faculty Assembly on October 23, 2009.
7/13/2010 3A, VI Revision of "Due Process" to reflect changes approved by the Academic Faculty Assembly on October 23, 2009.
7/13/2010 3A, V Revision of "Termination of Tenured or Unexpired Appointments" to reflect changes approved by the Academic Faculty Assembly on October 23, 2009.
7/13/2010 8D Addition of "Code of Conduct" as approved by the Academic Faculty Assembly on October 23, 2009.
7/13/2010 6H, III Revision of "Guidelines for the Course Evaluation Instrument" to reflect changes approved by the Academic Faculty Assembly on October 23, 2009.
7/13/2010 3A, IV, D;
8F, VI; &
8F, VII
Revision of policies governing family leave as approved by the Academic Faculty Assembly on October 23, 2009.
7/12/2010 2E, II Revision of the Admissions, Scholarship, and Financial Aid Committee; the Bookstore Operations Committee; the Information Technology Committee; the Library Activities Committee; the Safety, Security, and Health Committee; and the University Standards Committee; as approved by the Faculty Senate, the Association of Student Representatives, and the President of the University.
7/12/2010 2E, III, E Addition of the Open Access Committee as approved by the Faculty Senate.
7/12/2010 2E, II, N Addition of the Sustainability Committee as approved by the Faculty Senate, the Association of Student Representatives, and the President of the University.
6/18/2010 8C Revision of Anti-Harassment Policy as approved by the Academic Faculty Assembly on March 26, 2010.
2/26/2010 8E, I, and 8E, V Revision of the rule that defines which retirees will be allowed to continue participating in the University's group health insurance plan.
10/7/2009 5C Revision of "Use of Human Subjects in Research" to reflect changes approved by the Institutional Review Board.
8/11/2009 4B Revision of the Faculty Development Committee Standard Operating Procedures to reflect changes approved by the FDC on September 26, 2008.
6/16/2009 1A, III Revision of the Bylaws of the Board of Trustees to reflect changes approved by the Board on May 16, 2008, and January 23, 2009.
6/3/2009 8E, V Revision of "Special Benefits for Retired Faculty and Staff."
6/2/2009 8E, II, B Revision of "Voluntary Retirement Contributions."
6/2/2009 2E Revision of "Standing Committees of the University" to reflect the elimination of the following committees: Academic Integrity, University Court, University Honorary Degrees, Voluntary Employment Benefits Association, and Mitchell Visiting Professor Committee.
6/2/2009 2A, II, D, & 2A, II, V Revision of the "Constitution of the Faculty Organization" to reflect changes approved by the Academic Faculty Assembly on March 20, 2009.
6/2/2009 6B, XII Revision of "Policy Regarding Disruption of Class" to reflect changes approved by the Academic Faculty Assembly on March 20, 2009.
6/2/2009  6D Revision of "Academic Integrity Policy" to reflect changes approved by the Academic Faculty Assembly on March 20, 2009.
8/14/2008 6K Revision of "The Academic Honor Code" to reflect changes approved by the Academic Faculty Assembly on May 2, 2008.
7/16/2008 7B, I-XIV Addition of Information Technology Policies, approved by the President July 2008.
7/7/2008 8D, I, B, 1, c Addition of sentence waiving the Student Activity Fee for non-degree-seeking spouses taking only one undergraduate course per semester.
6/20/2008 2E, V, H Addition of the Faculty Gold Room Oversight Committee to the listing of Administrative Committees.
6/5/2008 2E, III, D Revision of the title and description of the Committee for Student Evaluation of Courses and Faculty to reflect changes approved by the Academic Faculty Assembly on October 19, 2007.
6/5/2008 6H Revision of "Student Evaluation of Courses and Faculty" to reflect changes approved by the Academic Faculty Assembly on October 19, 2007.
6/5/2008 6J, VII Revision of the rationale for "Understanding the Arts and Literature" to reflect changes approved by the Academic Faculty Assembly on December 6, 2007.
6/5/2008 8F, VI Deletion of the section on "Leave without Pay."
2/23/2008 6B, VII Revision of the section on "Excused Absences from Class" to reflect the addition of University-sponsored theatrical productions (approved by the Academic Faculty Assembly on October 19, 2007).
2/12/2008 7C Revision of the section on "Use of Trinity University Facilities."
8/28/2007 1C, VII Revision of the section on "The Office of University Communications" in order to reflect the reorganization of that office.
8/27/2007 2B, VI, D Addition of the Interdisciplinary Second Major Committee to the standing committees of the University Curriculum Council (approved by the University Curriculum Council on February 2, 2007).
8/27/2007 2B, VI, A, 3 Revision of the section on the Commission on Graduate Studies to include "the Registrar or his/her representative" as a member of the Commission (approved by the University Curriculum Council on October 27, 2006).
7/23/2007 1C, VI Revision of the section on "The Office of Information Resources" to reflect the reorganization of this office.
7/6/2007 8E, II, A Revision of the section on "Retirement/Pension Plan and Social Security" to reflect the addition of Fidelity Investments.
4/19/2007 2E, II, H Revision of the description of Employee Benefits committee to reflect changes approved by the Faculty Senate and the administration in Fall 2005.
4/2/2007 1C, III, C Addition of the Director of Internal Audit to the section listing "Other Fiscal Affairs Administrators."
3/26/2007 6A, II, A Revision of the section governing "Protection against Improper Academic Evaluation" to reflect changes approved by the Association of Student Representatives, the Academic Faculty Assembly, and the administration.
3/26/2007 1C, IV, A Deletion of public relations from the duties of the Vice President for External Affairs.
3/26/2007 1C, I Deletion of Internal Auditor from the list of persons reporting directly to the President.
3/19/2007 1C, I Addition of the Assistant Vice President for University Communications and the change of title for the Executive Assistant to the President.
3/15/2007 6J, VII Revision of the rationale for "Understanding Cultural Heritage" to reflect changes approved by the Faculty on December 7, 2006.
3/1/2007 1C, VII Addition of The Office of University Communications.
10/18/2006 3C, I, B, 4 Deletion of academic divisions from the description of search committees for academic administrators other than the President.
10/18/2006 3C, II Deletion of academic divisions and divisional councils from the discussion of "Curriculum and Academic Policies."
10/18/2006 3C, II, B Deletion of divisional councils from the description of the responsibilities of chairs.
10/18/2006 3C, II, C Deletion of section describing divisional councils.
10/18/2006 3C, II, D Deletion of academic divisions from the description of the responsibilities of the Vice President for Faculty & Student Affairs.
10/18/2006 3C, III Deletion of academic divisions from the description of the budgetary process.
10/18/2006 6A, VI Revision of "Procedural Standards in Disciplinary Proceedings."
8/14/2006 3C, III, C Deletion of The Comptroller. Change of the title "The Director of Human Resources" to "The Assistant Vice President for Human Resources" and of the title "The Director of Campus Safety" to "The Director of Campus Security."
7/24/2006 6J Revision of the Common Curriculum.
7/24/2006 2E, VI, C Deletion of academic divisions from the description of the Council on Teacher Education.
7/20/2006 1C, II, C Deletion of section describing The Academic Divisions.
7/20/2006 2E, II, I Deletion of academic divisions from the description of the Information Technology Committee.
7/20/2006 2E, II, N Deletion of academic divisions from the description of the Teaching and Learning Committee.
7/20/2006 2E, III, E Deletion of academic divisions from the description of the Piper Professor Committee.
7/20/2006 2E, III, F Deletion of academic divisions from the description of the Mitchell Visiting Professor Committee.
7/20/2006 2E, VI, E Addition of Film Studies and revision of the term "Women's and Gender Studies" in the list of Interdisciplinary Study Committees.
7/20/2006 3C, VI Deletion of divisional councils from the list of Bodies of Advice and Consent.
7/20/2006 4A, I, B Deletion of the term "Divisional" from "Divisional Faculty Development discretionary funds."
7/20/2006 4A, II Deletion of the term "Divisional" from "Divisional Faculty Development discretionary funds."
7/20/2006 4A, III, A, 1 Deletion of academic divisions.
7/20/2006 4B Revision of the Standard Operating Procedures for the Faculty Development Committee.
7/20/2006 4C Revision of the description of Discretionary Faculty Development Funds to replace Associate Vice President for Faculty & Student Affairs: Curriculum and Faculty Development (AVPAA:CFD) with Associate Vice President for  Academic Affairs: Budget and Research (AVPAA:BR).
7/20/2006 6B, IX, H Deletion of academic divisions from the description of Trinity University Study Tours.
7/20/2006 7B, IV, C Deletion of academic divisions from the policies governing Official University Web Pages.
7/20/2006 8A, II, D Revision of the grievance procedure for contract employees to provide for a committee of final appeal.
4/5/2006 7C, I, II, IV Conforming changes made to Use of Trinity Facilities section of the Handbook.
3/24/2006 2E, II G Addition of Diversity Committee to University Committees
3/24/2006 2E, V G Deletion of Advisory Committee on Diversity from Administrative Committees
1/27/2006 1B,I Revision of the Mission Statement by the Board of Trustees at their 1/20/2006 meeting
11/23/2005 1A Revision to the Selection of the President section to change Policy Statements of the Board of Trustees of Trinity University to Charter and Bylaws of the University.
6/10/2005 2E, III, D Revision of the description of the Committee for Student Evaluation of Courses and Faculty (circulated to the faculty on 10/2/2004 and approved by the faculty on 11/5/2004)
6/10/2005 2E, II, B Insertion of revised description for the Admissions, Scholarships, and Financial Air Committee (circulated to the faculty by the Faculty Senate on 2/27/05 and approved by the Faculty on 4/29/2005)
6/6/2005 1A Add XVI, a Compensation Committee, to the list of committees of the Board of Trustees and adjust the numbering of the sections following.
6/3/2005 4A Revision of the Statement on Faculty Development to form two separate panels: one to consider academic leaves and the other to consider summer stipends and course development grants.
6/1/2005 3C/D Revision of section on Evaluation of Chairs of Departments and Programs to specify that the VPFSA is to meet individually with departmental or program faculty.
5/31/2005 2B Revision & Reorganization of the UCC By-Laws in order to delete references to "divisions" and including creation of a separate category, section VI, named "Standing Committees of the UCC."
8/9/2004 1A c&d Corrections to Presidents and Board lists
7/26/2004 8D & 8E Revision of conditions for undergraduate and graduate tuition remission for dependent children of retired or deceased full-time employees and for group health insurance for retired faculty and staff.
6/5/2004 2A:VD Changes to Terms of Office for P&T Members section
6/5/2004 2A: VH Changes to the Rules for Senate Appointment of Alternate Members to the P&T Commission
6/5/2004 6B:VII Insertion of religious holidays under Excused Absences from Class

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