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Regular Faculty Handbook

The Regular Faculty Handbook provides policies, regulations, practices and expectations which prevail at Grand Valley State University. Faculty Governance deals with any academic issue or faculty concern, and makes recommendations to the Provost and/or the President.  

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About GVSU

Title Policy Number Responsible Office
University Values, Vision, and Mission BOT 1.1 - 1.3 Office of General Counsel
President's Office and Administrative Structure BOT 2.1 - 2.6 Office of General Counsel
Academic Affairs BOT 3.1 Office of General Counsel
Academic Policies BOT 3.3 Office of General Counsel

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Academic Governance

Title Policy Number Responsible Office
Academic Governance BOT 3.1.4 Office of General Counsel
University Academic Senate Bylaws: Responsibilities, Rules, and Procedures SG 1.01 Provost Office
University Academic Senate Bylaws: Standing Committees SG 1.02 Provost Office
University Governance Committees SG 1.03 Provost Office
College Governance Policies SG 1.04 Provost Office
Procedure for the Establishment of Non-Academic Institutes, Centers and Offices SG 2.06 Provost Office
Academic Program Budgetary Review Process SG 2.07 Provost Office
Accreditation SG 2.08 Provost Office

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Faculty Responsibilities & Workload

Title Policy Number Responsible Office
Faculty - Tenured and Tenure Track BOT 4.2.1 Office of General Counsel
Non-Tenure Track Faculty BOT 4.3.0 Office of General Counsel
Faculty Responsibilities SG 3.01 Provost Office
Faculty Planning: Faculty Activity Plans and Faculty Activity Reports SG 3.02 Provost Office
Reassigned Time SG 3.03 Provost Office
Instructional Policies SG 3.04 Provost Office
Professional Ethics SG 3.05 Provost Office
Collegiality Policy SLT 3.3 Provost Office
Textbooks and Course Materials Policy SLT 3.12 Provost Office
Accompanying Students Outside the U.S.A. Policy SLT 3.16 Office of the Provost
Cancellation/Closure/Remote Policy SLT 6.3 Finance and Administration
Interim Policy Prohibiting Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation, & Sexual Misconduct (including Sexual Assault, Intimate Partner Violence, Stalking, & Sexual Exploitation) SLT 9.1 Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity
Disability Accommodation Policy for Faculty and Staff SLT 9.5 Inclusion and Equity
Religious Inclusion Policy SLT 9.6 Inclusion and Equity/Office of Affirmative Action

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Curriculum

Title Policy Number Responsible Office
Faculty Academic Policies - Curriculum SG 2.01 Provost Office
Undergraduate Certificate Program Criteria and Guidelines SG 2.02 Provost Office
General Education Criteria and Guidelines SG 2.04 Provost Office
Establishment of New Programs or Units SG 2.05 Provost Office
Accreditation SG 2.08 Provost Office
Policy on the Establishment and Revision of Credit by Exam Requirements SG 2.10 Provost Office
Textbooks and Course Materials Policy SLT 3.12 Provost Office

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Faculty Evaluation Procedures

Title Policy Number Responsible Office
Faculty Evaluation Procedures SG 3.07 Provost Office
Faculty Salary Adjustment Program SG 3.08 Provost Office

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Graduate School

Title Policy Number Responsible Office
Graduate Certificate Policies SG 2.03 Provost Office
Graduate Assistantship SG 6.03 Provost Office
Dissemination Policy for Scholarly Work with Graduate Students SG 6.04 Provost Office
Graduate Program Directors SG 6.05 Provost Office

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Research Policies

Title Policy Number Responsible Office
Bridge Fund Request Policy SLT 3.2 Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence
Conflict of Interest in Research Policy SLT 3.4 Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence
Copyright Policy SLT 3.5 University Libraries
Export Control Policy SLT 3.6 Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence
Externally Sponsored Projects Policy SLT 3.11 Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence
Allowable Cost Policy SLT 3.11.1 Office of Sponsored Programs
Cost Sharing Policy for Externally Sponsored Projects SLT 3.11.2 Office of Sponsored Programs
Supplemental Compensation on Externally Sponsored Projects Policy SLT 3.11.3 Office of Sponsored Programs
Facilities and Administrative Cost Policy SLT 3.11.4 Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence
General Responsibilities of Principal Investigators/Project Directors Policy SLT 3.11.5 Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence
Service and Consulting Agreements Policy SLT 3.11.6 Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence
Principal Investigator Eligibility Policy SLT 3.11.7 Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence
Training of Personnel Involved in Animal Research SLT 3.13 Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence
Animals on Property Owned or Controlled by the University SLT 6.1 Public Safety

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Faculty Personnel Policies per Board of Trustees

Title Policy Number Responsible Office
General Personnel Policies for Faculty and Staff - Personnel BOT 4.1.1 Office of General Counsel
General Personnel Policies for Faculty and Staff - Equal Opportunity BOT 4.1.2 Office of General Counsel
General Personnel Policies for Faculty and Staff - University Responsibilities BOT 4.1.3 Office of General Counsel
General Personnel Policies for Faculty and Staff - Disciplinary Procedure BOT 4.1.4 Office of General Counsel
General Personnel Policies for Faculty and Staff - Personnel Information BOT 4.1.5 Office of General Counsel
General Personnel Policies for Faculty and Staff - Conflict of Interest BOT 4.1.6 Office of General Counsel
General Personnel Policies for Faculty and Staff - Emeritus Appointment BOT 4.1.7 Office of General Counsel
General Personnel Policies for Faculty and Staff - Honorary Titles BOT 4.1.8 Office of General Counsel
General Personnel Policies for Faculty and Staff - Verification of Credentials BOT 4.1.9 Office of General Counsel
General Personnel Policies for Faculty and Staff - Obligations of Appointees BOT 4.1.10 Office of General Counsel
General Personnel Policies for Faculty and Staff - Parking BOT 4.1.11 Office of General Counsel
General Personnel Policies for Faculty and Staff - Keys BOT 4.1.12 Office of General Counsel
General Personnel Policies for Faculty and Staff - Identification Cards BOT 4.1.13 Office of General Counsel
Faculty - Tenured and Tenure Track BOT 4.2.1 Office of General Counsel
Academic Freedom BOT 4.2.2 Office of General Counsel
Regular Faculty - Kinds of Regular Academic Appointments BOT 4.2.3 Office of General Counsel
Regular Faculty Written Statement of Appointment (Including Joint Appointments) BOT 4.2.4 - 4.2.4.1 Office of General Counsel
Regular Faculty Rank BOT 4.2.5 Office of General Counsel
Regular Faculty Initial Appointment BOT 4.2.6 Office of General Counsel
Regular Faculty Probationary Appointments BOT 4.2.7 Office of General Counsel
Regular Faculty Academic Tenure BOT 4.2.8 Office of General Counsel
Regular Faculty Areas of Evaluation for Renewal of Probationary Appointments, Promotion, Tenure, and Periodic Performance Reviews BOT 4.2.9 Office of General Counsel
Procedures for Regular Faculty Appointment Renewal, Promotion, Tenure, Sabbaticals, Periodic Performance Review, and Dismissal for Adequate Cause. BOT 4.2.10 Office of General Counsel
Regular Faculty Applicability to Executive, Administrative, and Professional Positions and other administrative assignments. BOT 4.2.11 Office of General Counsel
Regular Faculty Resignation BOT 4.2.12 Office of General Counsel
Regular Faculty Termination Processes and Disciplinary Action BOT 4.2.13 Office of General Counsel
Regular Faculty Merger or Reorganization of Appointment Structures BOT 4.2.14 Office of General Counsel
Regular Faculty Reduction in Force BOT 4.2.15 Office of General Counsel
Regular Faculty Grievance Procedure BOT 4.2.16 - 4.2.17 Office of General Counsel
Regular Faculty Complaint Procedure BOT 4.2.18 Office of General Counsel
Regular Faculty Salary Administration BOT 4.2.20 Office of General Counsel
Regular Faculty Benefits BOT 4.2.30 Office of General Counsel

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Policies Relevant to Faculty Per Senior Leadership Team

Title Policy Number Responsible Office
Space Assignment Policy SLT 3.15 Provost and Facility Planning Offices
Animals on Property Owned or Controlled by the University SLT 6.1 Public Safety
Relocation Policy (Moving) SLT 6.15 Business and Finance
Travel Policy SLT 6.18 Business and Finance
Use of Security Cameras SLT 6.29 Public Safety
Disorderly Conduct Policy SLT 6.31 Public Safety
Violation of Local, State or Federal Law SLT 6.32 Public Safety
Web Policies for Academic and Administrative Units SLT 7.5 Institutional Marketing
Fundraising Policy SLT 8.3 University Development
Interim Policy Prohibiting Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation, & Sexual Misconduct (including Sexual Assault, Intimate Partner Violence, Stalking, & Sexual Exploitation) SLT 9.1 Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity
Consensual Relationship Policy SLT 9.2 Inclusion and Equity/Office of Affirmative Action
Web Accessibility Policy SLT 9.7 Equity, Planning, and Compliance Unit
Conflict of Interest Policy SLT 10.1 Office of General Counsel
Freedom of Information Act Policy SLT 10.3 Office of General Counsel
Commercial Activity Policy SLT 10.4.1 Office of General Counsel
Political Activity Policy SLT 10.5 Office of General Counsel
Email Policy SLT 11.2 Information Technology
Email Signature Block Policy SLT 11.2.1 Office of General Counsel
Computer Virus and Malware Policy SLT 11.3 Information Technology
Voicemail Policy SLT 11.4 Information Technology
Computing Conditions of Use (Information Technology) SLT 11.5 Information Technology
Digital Media Policy SLT 11.6 Information Technology
Confidentiality, Data & Security Policy SLT 11.7 Information Technology
Faculty/Staff Abuse of Technology SLT 11.8 Information Technology
Phonemail Policy SLT 11.9 Telecommunications
Public Folder Policy SLT 11.10 Information Technology
Secure Office Procedure SLT 11.11 Information Technology
Software Support Policy SLT 11.12 Information Technology

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Benefits & Human Resources

Title Policy Number Responsible Office
Regular Faculty Benefits BOT 4.2.30 Office of General Counsel
Faculty Compensation Schedule 2019-20 SG 3.09 Human Resources
Continuation of Benefits SG 5.01 Human Resources
Maternity Leave SG 5.02 Human Resources
Partner Accommodation SG 5.03 Human Resources
Adoption Leave Policy SLT 4.1 Human Resources
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Policy SLT 4.3 Human Resources
Military Leave of Absence Policy for Faculty Staff SLT 4.5 Human Resources

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Miscellaneous

Title Policy Number Responsible Office
Implementing Reduction in Faculty Due to Changing Enrollment Patterns SG 2.09 Provost Office
Faculty Qualifications SG 3.06 Provost Office
Unit Head Responsibilities SG 6.01 Provost Office
Undergraduate Student Employees SG 6.02 Provost Office
Parking Ordinance SLT 6.28 Public Safety