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Faculty Handbook (FH)

The 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
Academic Affairs BOT 3.1 Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
Academic Policies BOT 3.3 Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
Board of Trustees FH 1.03 Provost Office
Faculty Handbook Preface FH 1.00 Provost Office
Grand Valley State University Description FH 1.01 Provost Office
Mission Statement BOT 1.2 Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
Office of the President BOT 2.1 Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
Values Statement BOT 1.3 Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
Vision Statement BOT 1.1 Legal, Compliance & Risk Management

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Academic Governance

Title Policy Number Responsible Office
Academic Affairs BOT 3.1 Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
Academic Governance BOT 3.1.4 Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
Academic Program Budgetary Review Process FH 2.04 N Provost Office
Accreditation Review Procedures & Process to Pursue Accreditation FH 2.04 O-P Provost Office
College Governance Policies FH 2.03 Provost Office
Operative Rules for University Governance Committees FH 2.02 A-C Provost Office
Policy on the Establishment and Revision of Credit by Exam Requirements FH 2.04 Q Provost Office
Procedure for the Establishment of Non-Academic Institutes, Centers and Offices FH 2.04 M Provost Office
Standing Committees of the UAS FH 2.01.A.4 Provost Office
University Academic Senate Bylaws FH 2.01.A.1-3 Provost Office

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Faculty Responsibilities & Workload

Title Policy Number Responsible Office
Accompanying Students Outside the U.S.A. Policy PC 3.16 Office of the Provost
Adjunct Faculty BOT 4.3.0 Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
Anti-Harassment Policy PC 9.1 Inclusion and Equity/Office of Affirmative Action
Faculty - Tenured and Tenure Track BOT 4.2.1 Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
Faculty Planning: Faculty Activity Plans and Faculty Activity Reports FH 3.02 A-B Provost Office
Faculty Responsibilities FH 3.01 A-D Provost Office
Faculty Teaching Requirements (Selected) FH 3.03 A-E Provost Office
Professional Ethics FH 3.04 A-E Provost Office
Reassigned Time FH 3.02.C Provost Office

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Curriculum

Title Policy Number Responsible Office
Accreditation Review Procedures & Process to Pursue Accreditation FH 2.04 O-P Provost Office
Faculty Academic Policies - Curriculum FH 2.04 A-F Provost Office
General Education Criteria and Guidelines FH 2.04 I. 5 Provost Office
Policy on the Establishment and Revision of Credit by Exam Requirements FH 2.04 Q Provost Office
Procedure for the Establishment of Additional Programs or Units FH 2.04 I 1-4 Provost Office
Undergraduate Certificate Program Criteria and Guidelines FH 2.04 G Provost Office

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Faculty Evaluation Procedures

Title Policy Number Responsible Office
Faculty Evaluation Procedures FH 3.05 A-F Provost Office
Faculty Salary Adjustment Program FH 3.06 Provost Office

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Faculty Personnel Policies per Board of Trustees

Title Policy Number Responsible Office
Academic Freedom BOT 4.2.2 Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
Academic Tenure BOT 4.2.8 Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
Applicability to Executive, Administrative, and Professional Positions and other administrative assignments. BOT 4.2.11 Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
Areas of Evaluation for Renewal of Probationary Appointments, Promotion, Tenure, and Periodic Performance Reviews BOT 4.2.9 Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
Benefits - Faculty BOT 4.2.30 Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
Complaint Procedure BOT 4.2.18 Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
Faculty - Tenured and Tenure Track BOT 4.2.1 Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
General Personnel Policies for Faculty and Staff - Conflict of Interest BOT 4.1.6 Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
General Personnel Policies for Faculty and Staff - Disciplinary Procedure BOT 4.1.4 Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
General Personnel Policies for Faculty and Staff - Emeritus Appointment BOT 4.1.7 Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
General Personnel Policies for Faculty and Staff - Equal Opportunity BOT 4.1.2 Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
General Personnel Policies for Faculty and Staff - Honorary Titiles BOT 4.1.8 Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
General Personnel Policies for Faculty and Staff - Identification Cards BOT 4.1.13 Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
General Personnel Policies for Faculty and Staff - Keys BOT 4.1.12 Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
General Personnel Policies for Faculty and Staff - Obligations of Appointees BOT 4.1.10 Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
General Personnel Policies for Faculty and Staff - Parking BOT 4.1.11 Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
General Personnel Policies for Faculty and Staff - Personnel BOT 4.1.1 Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
General Personnel Policies for Faculty and Staff - Personnel Information BOT 4.1.5 Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
General Personnel Policies for Faculty and Staff - University Responsibilities BOT 4.1.3 Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
General Personnel Policies for Faculty and Staff - Verification of Credentials BOT 4.1.9 Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
Grievance Procedure BOT 4.2.16 - 4.2.17 Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
Initial Appointment BOT 4.2.6 Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
Kinds of Regular Academic Appointments BOT 4.2.3 Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
Merger or Reorganization of Appointment Structures BOT 4.2.14 Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
Probationary Appointments BOT 4.2.7 Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
Procedures for Regular Faculty Appointment Renewal, Promotion, Tenure, Periodic Performance Review, and Dismissal for Adequate Cause. BOT 4.2.10 Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
Procedures for the Awarding of Sabbatical Leave BOT 4.2.25 Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
Reduction in Force - Faculty BOT 4.2.15 Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
Regular Faculty Rank BOT 4.2.5 Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
Resignation BOT 4.2.12 Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
Salary Administration BOT 4.2.20 Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
Termination Processes and Disciplinary Action BOT 4.2.13 Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
Written Statement of Appointment BOT 4.2.4 - 4.2.4.1 Legal, Compliance & Risk Management

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Graduate School

Title Policy Number Responsible Office
Accompanying Students Outside the U.S.A. Policy PC 3.16 Office of the Provost
Graduate Academic Policy on the Minimum Number of Credit Hours Required for the Masters Degree FH 2.04 L Provost Office
Graduate Academic Policy on the Minimum Number of Hours Required for an Earned Doctoral Degree FH 2.04 J Provost Office
Graduate Academic Policy on the Minimum Number of Hours Required for the Specialist Degree FH 2.04 K Provost Office
Graduate Assistantship FH 1.09 A-J Provost Office
Graduate Certificate Policies FH 2.04 H Provost Office

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Benefits & Human Resources

Title Policy Number Responsible Office
Adoption Leave Policy PC 4.1 Human Resources
Benefits - Faculty BOT 4.2.30 Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
Continuation of Benefits FH 3.09 Human Resources
Faculty Compensation Schedule 2017-18 FH 3.07 Human Resources
Family and Medical Leave Act Policy PC 4.3 Human Resources
Maternity Leave FH 3.11 Human Resources
Military Leave of Absence Policy for Faculty Staff PC 4.5 Human Resources
Partner Accommodation FH 3.12 Human Resources
Procedures for the Awarding of Sabbatical Leave BOT 4.2.25 Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
Reporting Questionable Payroll Deductions FH 3.08 Human Resources

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Miscellaneous

Title Policy Number Responsible Office
Accompanying Students Outside the U.S.A. Policy PC 3.16 Office of the Provost
Faculty Qualifications FH 1.12 Office of the Provost
Guidelines for Implementing Reduction in Faculty Due to Changing Enrollment Patterns FH 3.10 Provost Office
Professional Support Staff FH 1.07 Human Resources
Undergraduate Student Employees FH 1.08 Provost Office
Unit Head Responsibilities FH 1.04 Provost Office