Chapter 3: Policies and Procedures for the Members of the Faculty


This chapter brings together university policies and procedures of special concern and application to members of the University Faculty. It is in two parts. Part One (Sections I-V) was adopted as a whole by the Board of Trustees in 1973 as a document entitled "Policies and Procedures for the Members of the Faculty of Case Western Reserve University." Part Two contains other policies affecting faculty, some of them also Board adopted. Unless specifically stated, all provisions of this chapter apply to all University Faculty. Where specifically stated, some provisions of this chapter do not apply to special members of the University Faculty. In those cases, the by-laws of the constituent faculty in which the special faculty member is appointed may address the issue.

Ethics in the University

Universities seek to preserve, disseminate and advance knowledge. At Case Western Reserve University, as elsewhere, we recognize that to fulfill these purposes requires a norm of expected conduct shared by all in the university community, governed by truthfulness, openness to new ideas, and consideration for the individual rights of others, including the right to hold and express opinions different from our own.

The University's mission rests on the premise of intellectual honesty--in the classroom, the laboratory, the office, and the solitary examination desk. Without a prevailing ethic of honor and integrity, not only in scientific pursuits but in all scholarly activity, the very search for knowledge is impaired. In these respects, each of us--especially but not exclusively faculty--must regard oneself as a mentor for others.

These principles we strive to uphold make it possible for the larger society to place trust in the degrees we confer, the research we produce, the scholarship we represent and disseminate, and the critical assessments we make of the performance of students and faculty, as well as judgments of staff and administrators.

To safeguard the standards on which we all depend, each of us must therefore accept individual responsibility for our behavior and our work and refrain from taking credit for the work of others.

The culture of a university also requires that the rights of all be protected, particularly by those entrusted with authority for judgment of the work of others.

The University being a human community is subject to human failings, ambiguities, and errors. It is therefore the responsibility of the bodies regulating the affairs of faculty, students, and staff to maintain processes for judging and resolving instances where these principles may have been violated. However, all such systems depend for their effectiveness, in turn, on the acceptance of common norms of conduct--the ties of trust which bind the university community together.