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Faculty Handbook

The Faculty Handbook, effective September 30, 2016, constitutes a brief description of the rights and responsibilities of membership in the faculty of Northwestern University. If policies and procedures of schools, departments, or other administrative offices conflict with information in the Handbook, the statements in the Faculty Handbook take precedence.

A summary of the changes to the current version of the Handbook, effective September 30, 2016, may be found in a  Faculty Senate letter announcing changes to the Faculty Handbook  that was sent to all faculty on October 10, 2016.  

Previous Versions of the Faculty Handbook

Faculty Handbook, effective April 1, 2015 - September 29, 2016

Faculty Handbook, effective August, 2012 - March 31, 2015

Faculty Appeals Guidelines

The Faculty Appeals Guidelines, effective September 30, 2016, govern faculty appeals of a denial of tenure, promotion, or reappointment by a Northwestern University School (Appeal) as set forth in the “Appeal Procedures” section of the Northwestern University Faculty Handbook. 

Previous Versions of the Faculty Appeals Guidelines

Faculty Appeals Guidelines, effective April 1, 2015 - September 29, 2016

The University Faculty Reappointment Promotion Tenure Dismissal Appeals Panel (UFRPTDAP) Guidelines, effective 2004 - March 31, 2015.

Librarian Faculty

Librarian Faculty is a hybrid category: some staff polices and some faculty policies apply to this population. For a complete description of the employment terms and policies for Librarian Faculty, please review the Librarian Faculty Terms of Appointment.

For Librarian Faculty, the myHR position type is FAC, and the position category is LIB. Librarian hiring, salary, and many personnel issues are overseen by the Office of the Provost. Northwestern University's Human Resources office assists with matters such as payroll, benefits, leave reporting and management, employee relations, and performance management. All other regular staff members working in the University Libraries and other NU library organizations are employed under the terms and policies in the Northwestern University Staff Handbook (staff handbook).

In general, if a policy is not explicitly included in this terms of appointment document, librarians are governed by the relevant sections of the staff handbook. The dean of libraries (or other appropriate administrator for librarians outside the University Libraries) will consult with the Office of the Provost and/or the Office of Human Resources, as appropriate, in cases where the applicable policy is unclear, missing, or in dispute.

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