Faculty Handbook, Governance, Policies, and Compliance
Learn about the faculty governance structure, find links to the faculty handbook, and locate policies and faculty categories in the sections below.
The Faculty Senate is the elected and representative body of the faculty. It considers, makes recommendations, and passes resolutions concerning matters of general university interest. Learn more.
Faculty Handbook and Faculty Appeals Guidelines
The Faculty Handbook describes the rights and responsibilities of membership in the faculty of Northwestern University. The Faculty Appeals Guidelines govern faculty appeals regarding a denial of tenure, promotion, or reappointment. Learn more.
Office of Equity
The Office of Equity provides support for students, faculty, staff and applicants impacted by discrimination or harassment. This includes implementing policies, providing reasonable accommodations to faculty and staff with disabilities, and responding to reports of discrimination and harassment, including sexual misconduct. Learn more
- Confidential Resources at Northwestern
- File a Report
- How to Get Help
- How to Help Someone
- Title IX and University Policy
Faculty Salary Table
A link is provided to the faculty salary table for all full-time faculty. Learn more.
These policies apply throughout the University. Learn more.
Office of the Provost Policies
These selected policies and statements fall under the purview of the Provost’s office. Learn more.
- Faculty Family Leave Northwestern offers paid childbearing, adoption, and childrearing leave to eligible faculty. Learn more.
- Extending the Probationary Period for Tenure-track Faculty: Tenure-track faculty can stop the tenure clock for childbearing, adoption, child-rearing, or for circumstances which interfere substantially with research. Learn more.
School and Unit Policies
Northwestern schools and units maintain their own policy pages, which provide information on relevant University Policies as well as unit-specific policies, guidelines, procedures, and forms. Learn more.
Program review is the systematic review of every academic department and administrative unit at the university to assess each unit’s quality and effectiveness, as well as drive continuous improvement across the University. Units are reviewed approximately once every ten years. Learn more.
Ethics and Compliance
"Standards for Business Conduct" provides a framework for administering University resources and establishes guidelines for acceptable standards of behavior. If you have concerns about compliance, please speak to your department chair, dean, or central administration personnel, contact the Office of Compliance, or submit a confidential report through EthicsPoint. Learn more..
Brief descriptions of faculty categories, with links to handbooks and other governing policies. Learn more.