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Faculty Handbook


The Faculty Handbook is a guide to the faculty and is designed to present information relevant to the faculty about Emory University. It is not intended to provide an exhaustive list of policies and practices affecting Emory faculty. Online sources of original policies are provided throughout the text, though in a few instances the policy provided in the handbook is the original source. Although the Faculty Handbook is updated periodically, the responsibility remains with the faculty member to refer to the most recent policies to ensure that they have the most current version of the information.

The creation of this Faculty Handbook and its distribution by the Office of the Provost does not in any way change the legal rights or obligations of faculty members at Emory University. Further, as a guide, it is not a legally-binding document. The policies, practices, procedures, guidelines, and standards referred to in all parts of this Faculty Handbook form a basic part of the essential employment understandings between members of the faculty and the university. The handbook does not constitute a contract between the individual and Emory University. The relationship of faculty to the university continues to be governed by the terms of the Statement of Principles Governing Faculty Relationships as amended periodically by the Board of Trustees, which is included as a link in Chapter Four in this Faculty Handbook.

In addition to the policies of the university, schools and units in the university have additional policies and practices that apply to faculty, some of which supplement the policies in the Faculty Handbook. Faculty members are advised to be familiar with all of these policies and practices.

  • Information about suggestions, corrections, additions, or deletions is welcome. Please contact: Carol Flowers, Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

Table of Contents

Part A: Emory University

Chapter 1: Emory University Overview
  • 1.1 History
  • 1.2 Academic Programs
  • 1.3 Academic Calendar
Chapter 2: Vision, Mission, Ethical Principles, and Strategic Plans
  • 2.1 Vision Statement
  • 2.2 Mission Statement
  • 2.3 Statement of Ethical Principles
  • 2.4 Emory University Strategic Plan
Chapter 3: University Governance
  • 3.1 Selected University Bylaws
  • 3.2 Standards of Conduct
  • 3.3 Administration
  • 3.4 University and Faculty Governance

Part B: Faculty Appointments, Review, and Recognition

Chapter 4: Statement of Principles Governing Faculty Relationships ("Gray Book")
Chapter 5: Faculty Structure, Titles, Promotion, and Reviews
  • 5.1 Faculty Structure
  • 5.2 Current Faculty Titles and the Requirement for Approval of New Titles
  • 5.3 Appointment and Promotion Guidance
  • 5.4 Procedures for Reappointment, Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure
  • 5.5 Faculty Reviews

Part C: Expectations, Resources, and Infrastructure for Faculty

Chapter 6: Scholarship, Research, and Libraries
  • 6.1 Scholarship Expectations for Faculty
  • 6.2 Research at Emory
  • 6.3 Research Administration
  • 6.4 Libraries
Chapter 7: Teaching
  • 7.1 Teaching Expectations for Faculty
  • 7.2 Teaching Resources
Chapter 8: Service
  • 8.1 Service Expectations for Faculty
  • 8.2 Senate Resolution on the Critical Role of Service
  • 8.3 Faculty, Staff, and Student External Volunteer Guidelines
Chapter 9: Faculty Development
  • 9.1 Center for Faculty Development and Excellence (CFDE)
  • 9.2 Academic Leadership Program (ALP)
  • 9.3 University Research Committee (URC)
  • 9.4 The Emory Conference Center Subvention Fund
  • 9.5 Lecture Series
  • 9.6 Emory University Emeritus College
Chapter 10: University-wide Faculty Awards and Recognition
  • 10.1 University-wide Faculty Awards
  • 10.2 Faculty Recognition

Part D: Selected University Policies Pertaining to Faculty

Chapter 11: Policies of Faculty Appointment, Promotion, Recognition, Reviews, and Aspects of Faculty Life
  • 11.1 Appointment, Promotion, Review
  • 11.2 Policies on Other Aspects of Faculty Life
Chapter 12: Policies Regarding Conduct in the Workplace
  • 12.1 Ethics and Conduct
  • 12.2 Policy on Consensual Teacher-Student Relationships
  • 12.3 Policy on Violence in the Workplace
  • 12.4 Substance Abuse/Drug-free Workplace
  • 12.5 Tobacco-free Environment Policy
Chapter 13: Conflict of Interest and Commitment
  • 13.1 General University Conflict of Interest Policies
  • 13.2 Conflict of Interest in Research
  • 13.3 Conflict of Commitment
Chapter 14: Leave and Leaves of Absence
  • 14.1 Policy on Bereavement Leave
  • 14.2 Policy on Holidays
  • 14.3 Policy on Jury Duty Leave
  • 14.4 Sick Leave Practices for Faculty
  • 14.5 Vacation Leave Practices for Faculty
  • 14.6 Living Donor Leave Policy
  • 14.7 Salary Continuation Policy
  • 14.8 Medical Leave Policy (Non-FMLA)
  • 14.9 Family and Medical Leave Act Policy (FMLA)
  • 14.10 Military Leae Policy
  • 14.11 Personal Leave Policy
  • 14.12 Educational Leave Policy
  • 14.13 Administrative Leave Policy
  • 14.14 Maternity Leave Policy
  • 14.15 Parental Leave Policy
Chapter 15: Information Technology (IT) Policy and Procedures
  • 15.1 Policy on Information Technology Conditions of Use
  • 15.2 Policy on Connecting to the Emory Data Network
  • 15.3 Policy on Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Utilities
  • 15.4 Smart Device Security Policy
Chapter 16: Research Policies and Procedures
  • 16.1 General Policies
  • 16.2 Research Compliance
  • 16.3 Sponsored Programs
  • 16.4 Technology Transfer
  • 16.5 Other Research Policies, Guidelines, and Procedures
Chapter 17: Relevant Student Policies, Procedures, and Resources
  • 17.1 Student Policies and Procedures
  • 17.2 Student Resources
Chapter 18: Policies and Procedures on Finance
  • 18.1 Selected Policies on Financial Operations
  • 18.2 Payroll Policies
  • 18.3 Travel Policies
Chapter 19: Policies on Media, Communication, and Marketing
  • 19.1 Media Relations Policy
  • 19.2 Use of Emory Name, Logo, or Trademarks/Service Marks
  • 19.3 Social Media Guidelines
  • 19.4 Sponsorship of Nonprofit Organizations beyond Emory University

Part E: Faculty Benefits

Chapter 20: Human Resources and Benefits
  • 20.1 Medical, Prescription Drugs, and Dental Plans
  • 20.2 Eligibility to Continue Benefits into Retirement
  • 20.3 Other HR Benefits
  • 20.4 Education, Training, and Career Development Benefits

Part F: Security and Emergency Procedures

Chapter 21: Emergency Management
  • 21.1 Emergency Contact Information
  • 21.2 Critical Event Preparedness and Response
  • 21.3 Threat Assessment Team
  • 21.4 Enterprise Risk Management

Part G: Process for Approval, Updates, and Dissemination of the Emory University Faculty Handbook

Chapter 22: Faculty Handbook Process
  • 22.1 Approval
  • 22.2 Updates
  • 22.3 Dissemination
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