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Emeritus Appointments

The Board of Regents has established the following policy with respect to emeritus appointments. The title “Emeritus” may be conferred as recognition for long and faithful service, or for very distinguished service to the institution. Members of the faculty with rank of professor or associate professor at retirement may be given emeritus appointments provided they have completed at least 10 years of service at Texas Tech University or have been recommended on the basis of “very distinguished service.” Administrative officers in major positions at the time of retirement from administrative duties may be considered for emeritus appointments. Emeritus appointments are strictly honorary and without stipend. Each such appointment shall be subject to approval by the Board of Regents upon recommendation by the President with concurrence by the Chancellor. (OP 10.07, 04.01.2C-Sec. 04.01.2 Regents’ Rules)

 

Endowed Chairs and Designated Professorships

Designated academic positions are one means the university uses to honor certain faculty assignments. Designated positions affirm the importance of an area of scholarship and inquiry. They give the university the ability to attract and retain scholars of extraordinary talent. Policies and procedures related to establishing endowed chairs and professorships are in OP 02.08 and OP 32.22.

Horn Professorships

Horn Professorships—the highest honor the university may bestow on members of its faculty—are granted to professors of international or national distinction for outstanding teaching, research, or other creative achievement. The number awarded is not limited, nor is any attempt made to maintain any fixed ratio between colleges or departments. The base salary of an appointee is increased by not less than $8,000, with a discretionary account in the amount of $20,000 per year. The first four appointments were made in 1967 and were named in honor of Texas Tech’s first president, Paul Whitfield Horn.

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Faculty Enrollment in Courses

Full-time members of the faculty and staff of Texas Tech may enroll for courses by permission of the department chairperson concerned. In registering for graduate work, they become subject to the usual regulations of the Graduate School. However, members of the faculty who hold rank higher than instructor at Texas Tech are not normally eligible to pursue a graduate degree program at this institution; exceptions require prior approval of the college dean.

Faculty members enrolling for course work are exempt from payment of nonresident tuition.

Families of faculty members who work half-time or more pay resident tuition.

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Faculty Responsibility

Texas Tech University is a publicly supported institution that is obligated to provide instruction in higher education; to advance knowledge through scholarship and research; and to provide related services to the community, the state, and the nation. As a center of learning, the university has the obligation to maintain conditions that are conducive to freedom of inquiry and expression in the maximum degree compatible with the orderly conduct of its functions. The responsibilities of the university dictate, to a major extent, the responsibilities of the individual faculty member. The faculty member is properly concerned with the whole process of education and is aware of the responsibilities of the university in a free society. Responsibility is assumed for performing several essential functions: teaching, research, university service, professional service, and community service.

 

Teaching

As a teacher, the faculty member has responsibilities to students, to a discipline, to a profession, and to the university. These responsibilities entail facilitating the intellectual and emotional growth of students, encouraging free inquiry in the classroom, and striving to create and maintain a climate of mutual respect that will enhance the free interplay of ideas. A faculty member has a responsibility to recognize the varying needs and capabilities of students and to make every effort to assure that evaluations of students’ work reflect the students’ level of achievement. The faculty member as a teacher also has the responsibility to uphold the highest scholarly standards and encourage respect for such standards in the classroom; to engage in a continual and critical study of the subject matter of one’s discipline; to ensure that class presentations contain the most current and useful knowledge and that the course being taught is consistent with the course of study outlined by a department or college; and to recognize the responsibilities of a teacher as a counselor and devote a reasonable portion of time aiding, guiding, and counseling students outside the classroom. Finally, the faculty member has a responsibility to strive to maintain those skills and values that ensure the continuation of free and open inquiry.

 

Research, Creative, and Scholarly Activity

Through research and scholarly activity, a faculty member grows intellectually, stimulates students’ learning, and adds to the accumulated knowledge of a discipline. A faculty member should strive constantly to contribute to the growth and understanding of knowledge in one’s particular field through creative research and scholarship. The faculty member has an additional responsibility to share the results of research by disseminating them to students, colleagues, and professionals in one’s discipline and to the public.

 

University Service

A faculty member has a responsibility to participate in the various activities, programs, and functions related to the enhancement of the university, such as participating in the formulation of academic policies, service on university committees, and accepting other assignments.

 

Professional Service

Within one’s field of competence and as time and resources permit, the faculty member has a responsibility to respond to requests for advice and aid and to participate in the activities of one’s profession. The faculty member should exercise care to avoid infringement upon obligations and responsibilities to the university.

 

Community Service

As a member of a community, the faculty member has the same obligations and responsibilities as those incumbent upon other members of the community to contribute to the effective functioning of the community. Such services should be consistent with regulations of the university and the state.

In the case of both professional and community service, the faculty member should exercise discretion in distinguishing between acts carried out or statements made as an individual or a professional and those carried out or made as a representative of the university. (OP 32.06)

 

Conduct of University Members

Colleges and universities that are tax-supported must function in accordance with the public trust, and the actions by faculty, staff, and students within them must be consistent with the execution of that trust.

Each employee of the university shall be furnished a copy of this policy and shall be required to abide by the terms of this policy as a condition of employment. (OP 70.31) and shall be required to abide by the terms of this policy as a condition of employment. See also OP 32.02, 32.04, and 32.06 pertaining to faculty conduct, responsibilities, and termination.

 

Drug-Free Workplace

It has long been the policy of the university to maintain a drug-free workplace as exemplified by Section 03.02.1i Regents’ Rules, approved May 11, 2001. Furthermore, the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989—changed to the Clery Act—require that the university review each year the laws pertaining to the Students Right to Know-Clery Act and determine the information required for compliance (OP 76.02). The Campus Safety website (www.safety.ttu.edu) will include a statement of TTU’s policies regarding a drug-free workplace.

 

Employee Assistance Program

The university offers counseling through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to assist employees and their family members with substance abuse problems. This confidential service is also available for other personal problems such as emotional stress, trauma, divorce, parenting problems and financial problems. The EAP provides concerned assessment by licensed professional counselors. Texas Tech employees are entitled to five (5) free counseling sessions (individual, couple, or family) per academic year. Daytime and evening appointments are available. When necessary, the employee or family is referred to the most appropriate service available at the least cost. The EAP is located at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. To use the EAP, call 806.743.1327. Employees who feel they may have problems with drug use are urged to take advantage of this confidential program. Additional information is available on the EAP website (www.eap.ttuhsc.edu).

 

Sexual Harassment

A basic objective of the university is to provide an environment in which faculty, staff, and students may pursue their careers and studies with a maximum of productivity and enjoyment. Behavior or conduct that interferes with this goal is not to be condoned or tolerated.

It is the policy of the university to maintain a work place and a learning environment free of sexual harassment and intimidation. Harassment of students on the basis of sex is a violation of Section 106.31 of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Harassment of Texas Tech University employees on the basis of sex is a violation of Section 703 of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act. Sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when:

        • Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment, participation in a university-sponsored educational program or activity, or in return for a grade or other consideration;
        • Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for an academic or employment decision affecting such individual; or
        • Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic or work performance or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational environment.

Any faculty member, staff member, or student may pursue a grievance within the procedures outlined in OP 10.09 without fear of reprisal, stigma, or threats if a complaint is filed in good faith.

In conducting an investigation, the right to confidentiality, both of the complainant and of the accused, will be respected. The entire Sexual Harassment Policy appears in OP 10.09.

Pursuant to Article IX, Section 123.5 of the General Appropriations Act, Texas Tech is implementing EEO-Sexual Harassment training for each new benefits-eligible employee whose first day of work was after December 31, 1997. This is required training. Supplemental training for all employees (faculty and noninstructional staff) will be required biennially.

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Faculty–Student Conflict of Interest

The university is responsible for ensuring the integrity of the roles of faculty and students during the period of graduate or undergraduate enrollment and protecting them from conflict of interest. Faculty must avoid academic supervisory, teaching, or evaluative relationships with students that pose significant conflicts of interest from the standpoint of personal or professional connections. Such connections might include husband-wife or other affectional liaisons, supervisor-employee relationships, or parent-child relationships. The appearance of a conflict of interest should be avoided. OP 32.33 sets forth details of procedures that are to be followed in this regard.

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Faculty Workload

The faculty workload policy adopted by the Board of Regents conforms to the regulations of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the legislature. The current policy is set forth in OP 32.18. In summary, the policy indicates that faculty members in their normal academic assignments are expected to carry out a number of essential functions, including the teaching of organized classes; academic advising and counseling; supervising practica, internships, and clinical teaching; directing individual study, theses, and dissertations; developing curricula; researching in scholarly areas; and serving related institutional and public entities. Teaching load is but one aspect of faculty workload.

Responsibilities for assigning appropriate workloads shall rest with the department chairpersons and deans. Assignments are reviewed at the Provost level, monitored for compliance and equity, and reported to the President and Board of Regents each term.
(OP 32.18)

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Final Examinations

The official university policy on final examinations is as follows:

  • Five days are to be scheduled for final examinations at the end of each long semester. Summer term final examinations are scheduled for two days.
  • A 2.5 hour period of time is to be available for administering individual final examinations. Within the time period, instructors may limit the time of a given exam by prior announcement.
  • Individual faculty members determine whether a final examination or some other summary submittal or performance is appropriate for the course being taught, unless there is a departmental exam for the course. Departmental objectives, student welfare, and faculty responsibilities should be considered in reaching this decision.
  • Individual faculty members decide whether student exemptions from a final examination are appropriate.
  • All faculty members giving final examinations adhere to the printed scheduled time unless granted permission to deviate from the official time by the departmental chairperson and the dean. Final examination schedules are available on the website www.depts.ttu.edu/officialpublications/ClassSchedule/FinalExams.php.
  • Examinations other than bona fide make-up examinations are not to be given during the last week of classes or during the day of no classes. Courses wherein lab examinations and design studio reviews are normally scheduled the week prior to finals are excluded from this policy. Days of no classes are study days, and no class review sessions or similar classes may be scheduled then or during final exams. (OP 34.10)

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