Montana State University

Faculty Handbook

(Revised April 2009)

PLEASE NOTE: EFFECTIVE AUGUST 18, 2013, THE INTERIM FACULTY PERSONNEL POLICIES ARE THE CURRENT POLICIES GOVERNING THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT FOR TENURE TRACK FACULTY. AS TO ALL MATTERS COVERED IN THE INTERM FACULTY PERSONNEL POLICIES, THE INTERIM FACULTY PERSONNEL POLICIES TAKE PRECEDENCE OVER THE FACULTY HANDBOOK.

Introduction

This electronic version of MSU-Bozeman's Faculty Handbook was created to provide an easily accessible online reference which can be updated when policies change. Also, the hypertext links included in this document assist the reader in locating information. The electronic version also reduces the need for printed copies, which are much more difficult to keep current.

Please address questions or comments about the Faculty Handbook to Leslie Taylor via e-mail to lesliet@montana.edu or by phone to 406-994-4570, or Gale Gough via e-mail to gough@montana.edu or by phone to 406-994-4341



TABLE OF CONTENTS

100.00  Mission and Vision Statements
110.00    Mission and Vision of the Montana University System
120.00    Mission and Vision of Montana State University-Bozeman

200.00  Faculty Governance 
210.00    Faculty and Professional Staff 
220.00    Faculty Senate 
230.00    Faculty Senate Standing Committees 
240.00    Faculty Senate Issues Committees 
250.00    Faculty Caucuses 
260.00    University Governance Council 
270.00    University Governance Council Committees

300.00  Appointment and Employment
310.00    Types of Employment Contracts 
320.00    Appointment to the Tenurable Academic Faculty
330.00    Appointment to the Nontenurable Academic Faculty 
340.00    Research Appointments 
350.00    Emeritus Status 
360.00    Post-Retirement Employment

400.00  Rights and Responsibilities
410.00    Academic Freedom
420.00    Ethical and Professional Standards
430.00    Policy on Research Misconduct 
440.00    Conflict of Interest 
450.00    Rights Relative to Appointment/Reappointment
460.00    Rights Relative to Annual Review 
470.00    Rights and Responsibilities Relative to Formal Review of  Faculty for Retention, Tenure and Promotion
480.00    Faculty Responsibilities: "Workload Policy"
490.00    Parental Leave
							 
500.00  Tenure 
510.00    Board of Regents Policy
520.00    University Policies

600.00  Review of Faculty 
610.00    Types of Review
620.00    Role, Scope, Criteria, Standards and Procedures Documents 
630.00    University Criteria and Standards for Retention, Promotion, Tenure and Special Review 
640.00    University-wide Standards for Retention 
650.00    University-wide Standards for Tenure 
660.00    University-wide Standards for Appointment and Promotion

700.00  Annual Review 
710.00    Purpose of Review
720.00    Procedures for Conducting Annual Reviews 
730.00    Faculty Rights Relative to Annual Review 
740.00    Annual Review of Academic Administrators 
750.00    Annual Review of Academic Support Faculty and Researchers 
760.00    Review of Extension Specialists, Faculty Directors/Center Directors and Other Faculty with Dual-Reporting or Jointly-Sponsored Assignments

800.00  Formal Review of Faculty and Academic Administrators
810.00    Procedures for the Conduct of Formal Reviews of Faculty 
820.00    Responsibilities of the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs 
830.00    Responsibilities of the President 
840.00    Review of Academic Administrators


900.00  Research and Creative Activity
910.00    Board of Regents Copyright Policy
920.00    Board of Regents Patent Policy 
930.00    Intellectual Property Policy
 
1000.00  Outreach and Service

1100.00  Compensation in Excess of Contracted Salary
1110.00    MSU-Bozeman Policy
1120.00    Additional Compensation
1130.00    Consulting
1140.00    University Sponsored Research Appointments

1200.00  Faculty Benefits
1210.00    Leaves
1220.00    Sabbatical Assignments
1230.00    Other Benefits

1300.00  Conciliation and Grievance
1310.00    Applicability
1320.00    Conciliation Procedures 
1330.00    Grievance Procedures
1340.00    Responsibilities of the President

1400.00  Resignation, Non-renewal and Termination
1410.00    Resignation
1420.00    Non-renewal
1430.00    Termination of Tenurable Faculty

Appendices
Appendix A  Faculty Handbook Amending Procedure
Appendix B  Faculty Handbook Style Manual

1999 Faculty Handbook Revisions
2000 Faculty Handbook Revisions
2001 Faculty Handbook Revisions
2002 Faculty Handbook Revisions
2003 Faculty Handbook Revisions
2004 Faculty Handbook Revisions
2005 Faculty Handbook Revisions
2006 Faculty Handbook Revisions
2007 Faculty Handbook Revisions
2008 Faculty Handbook Revisions
2009 Faculty Handbook Revisions 2013 Faculty Handbook Revisions

Foreword

The MSU-Bozeman Faculty Handbook (Handbook) contains policies and procedures governing personnel employed by Montana State University-Bozeman, the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Montana Extension Service. The official Faculty Handbook is maintained in the offices of the Provost and University Legal Counsel. All other versions and copies are unofficial and provided only for the general information and use of the employees of the University.

Those personnel covered by this Handbook are current employees on Board of Regents contracts, Letters of Appointment, and Professional Hourly, Emeritus or (faculty) Post-Retirement appointments, including to a limited extent, academic support, research and professional employees.

Policies and procedures affecting all employees are available at http://www2.montana.edu/policy/personnel/, the University's computer information system, and in the Renne Library. These include the non-discrimination/affirmative action policy, the grant and contract research policies, the care and use of vertebrate animals policy, the biosafety policy, the computer use policy and facilities policies.

Policies and procedures governing professional and administrative employees are found in the MSU-Bozeman Personnel Policy and Procedures Manual and the Montana University System Policy and Procedures Manual. Policies and procedures governing classified employees are the respective union contracts and the MSU-Bozeman Personnel Policy and Procedures Manual. Thus, this Handbook should be used in conjunction with other publications and policy manuals including but not limited to the following:

  • Montana University System Policy and Procedures Manual
  • MSU-Bozeman Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin
  • MSU Extension Service Policy and Procedures Manual
  • MSU-Bozeman Personnel Policy and Procedures Manual
  • MSU-Bozeman Long Range Plan
  • MSU-Bozeman Affirmative Action Plan
  • MSU-Bozeman Recruitment and Hiring Manual

Copies of these publications are available in the Renne Library and in the office that originates and/or maintains the policy. In most cases, these documents are available at http://www2.montana.edu/policy/ and through deans and department heads.

This Handbook is limited, so far as is possible, to those matters which pertain directly to the interests of academic faculty at MSU-Bozeman. To the extent these policies and procedures affect the employment of tenurable faculty, they describe the contractual obligations of the University and the faculty in regards to the terms and conditions of employment. Copies of this Handbook are available in the faculty member's department, college and in the Renne Library. An electronic copy is available at http://www2.montana.edu/policy/faculty_handbook/.

When Board of Regents policies, state statutes and advisory opinions of the state Attorney General are quoted, they are identified using small caps.

Amendments to any part of this Handbook not required by state statute or Board of Regents Policy require compliance with the amending procedures set forth in Appendix B. Such policies become effective at the beginning of the next contract term, unless otherwise approved by Faculty Senate. Amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws of the MSU-Bozeman Faculty Senate are made in accordance with the amending provisions contained in those documents and become effective as specified therein. Other University policies and procedures become effective immediately upon the signature of the President or her or his designee.