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Faculty Handbook


The Case Western Reserve University Faculty Handbook has been prepared for the members of the University Faculty, as defined in the "Constitution of the University Faculty" (Chapter 2, Article I, Membership of the University Faculty). The policies and procedures contained herein remain in effect until such time as they are amended (a) for the "Constitution of the University Faculty" (Chapter 2), through the process set out in Article IX of Chapter 2; (b) for Chapter 3, following review by the Faculty Senate, recommendation by the president, and approval by the Board of Trustees; and (c) for Chapters 4 and 5, through regular university procedures for amending or issuing general policies or procedures of the university. Once approved, new provisions in or amendments to the Faculty Handbook will be updated in the most recent electronic version of the Faculty Handbook on the university's website. New provisions in or amendments to the Faculty Handbook for Chapters 2 and 3 will be effective for all faculty as of the approval date by the Board of Trustees, and for Chapters 4 and 5 as of the approval date or effective date of the general university policy or procedure.


Additional information is included in this handbook on general university policies and procedures that apply to all members of the university community--administrators, staff, students and faculty--(Chapter 4), and on academic and other services and facilities (Chapter 5) of interest to the university community.


Changes are made from time to time through regular university procedures as specified above.


As part of the adoption of the "Policies and Procedures for the Members of the Faculty of Case Western Reserve University" in 1973, the Board of Trustees in its official document stated, "Each constituent faculty that includes faculty members who are not regular full-time members should establish appropriate procedures and policies for such faculty." Prior to the restructuring of the University Faculty that occurred in 2003, faculty members who were not regular full-time faculty included, among others, individuals holding adjunct appointments, clinical appointments, visiting appointments, and lecturer appointments. As part of the changes in 2003, a new category of University Faculty was created and called "special faculty," which covers those types of appointments. Special faculty are now covered by the provisions of the Faculty Handbook, unless specifically excluded. If they are excluded from a particular provision, the by-laws of the constituent faculty in which their appointment resides may address that subject.