Faculty / Staff Handbook

2023-2024 Faculty-Staff Handbook
Table of Contents

The Faculty-Staff Handbook was last revised in August 2023.

I. Binghamton University: General Information

I.A. Board of Trustees

I.B. Chancellor of the State University of New York

I.C. Binghamton University Council

I.D. Organization

  • I.D.1. Office of the President
  • I.D.2. Division of Academic Affairs
  • I.D.3. Division of Advancement
  • I.D.4. Division of Operations
  • I.D.5. Division of Research
  • I.D.6. Division of Student Affairs

I.E. Management Procedures Manual

I.F. Alcohol-free and Drug-free Workplace Policy

  • I.F.1. Alcoholic and Substance Abuse in the Workplace
  • I.F.2. Tobacco-Free Campus Policy

I.G. Campus and Workplace Violence Policy

I.H. Binghamton University Policy Regarding Harassment

I.I. Domestic Violence and the Workplace Policy

I.J. Information for Faculty and Staff with Disabilities

  • I.J.1. Rights and Responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • I.J.2. Disability Parking Policies and Procedures

I.K. Access to University Records

I.L. Release of Listings and Labels to Third Parties

I.M. Binghamton University Counsel

II. Faculty and Professional Staff Governance

II.A. Faculty Bylaws
II.B. Graduate School Bylaws
II.C. Professional Staff Senate Constitution and Bylaws

III. General Personnel Policies and Procedures

III.A. Binghamton University Affirmative Action/Equal Access Policy

III.B. Professional Responsibility

III.C. Standards and Codes of Ethics Mandated by NYS Law

III.D. Conflict of Interest Policy

III.E. Enrollment in Graduate Degree Programs

III.F. Liability of University Officers and Employees

III.G. Extra Service Compensation for Faculty and Professional Employees

III.H. Safety and Environmental Health

  • III.H.1. General Policy
  • III.H.2. Responsibilities
  • III.H.3. Hazard Communication Standard (Right to Know)
  • III.H.4. Labeling of Chemical Containers
  • III.H.5. Emergency Preparedness
III.I. Travel

IV. Faculty Personnel Policies and Procedures

IV.A. Personnel Actions

  • IV.A.1. Recruitment
  • IV.A.2. Verification of Credentials
  • IV.A.3. Term Appointment
  • IV.A.4. Renewal Terms
  • IV.A.5. Evaluation for Renewal, Promotion, Tenure Decisions
  • IV.A.6. Changes in Faculty Status - Procedures
  • IV.A.7. Notice of Change in Status
  • IV.A.8. Tenure
  • IV.A.9. Joint Appointments and Courtesy Titles
  • IV.A.10. Distinguished Professorships
  • IV.A.11. Policy and Procedure for Granting of Emeritus/a Status
  • IV.A.12. Departure Interviews
  • IV.A.13. Professional Obligation
  • IV.A.14. Academic Year Obligation and Semester Obligations
  • IV.A.15. Annual Faculty Reports
  • IV.A.16. Jury Service
  • IV.A.17. Faculty Absence from Campus
  • IV.A.18. Attendance Records
  • IV.A.19. Faculty Resignations

IV.B. Leaves

  • IV.B.1. Sabbatical Policy
  • IV.B.2. Leave of Absence (Title F Leave)
  • IV.B.3. Leave Status and Faculty Responsibility
  • IV.B.4. Payroll Procedures for September Faculty Returning from Leave and for Mid-Year Faculty Appointments

IV.C. Teaching

  • IV.C.1. Guiding Principles and Practices of Effective Teaching
  • IV.C.2. Statement of Goals, Principles and Responsibilities for Undergraduate Education at Binghamton University
  • IV.C.3. Teaching Load
  • IV.C.4. Class Size
  • IV.C.5. Announcements in Class
  • IV.C.6. Visiting Speakers in Class
  • IV.C.7. Temporary Reductions in Teaching Assignments
  • IV.C.8. Compensation for Summer and Winter Session Teaching
  • IV.C.9. Faculty Responsibility for Academic Advising
  • IV.C.10. Faculty Responsibility for Assessment
  • IV.C.11. Bookstore Policy
  • IV.C.12. Instructional Support Resources

IV.D. Extra Service Compensation for Faculty

  • IV.D.1. Compensation for Other Instructional Activities 
  • IV.D.2. Compensation for Research Activities

IV.E. Professional and Outside Activities

  • IV.E.1. Outside Consulting Work
  • IV.E.2. Consultant and Contractual Services on Grants and Contracts
  • IV.E.3. Payments
IV.F. Notification of Appointment of Election to Committees
IV.G. Academic Freedom

IV.H. Faculty Statement of Professional Standards

  • IV.H.1. General Standards
  • IV.H.2. Policy on Research
  • IV.H.3. Policy on Sexual Harassment and Consensual Relationships
  • IV.H.4. Grievance Procedures
  • IV.H.5. Administrative Guidelines

IV.I. Guidelines for Foreign Exchange and Visiting Scholar Programs

IV.J. International Visiting Scholars

IV.K. Academic Regalia

IV.L. Commencement

IV.M. Tuition for Members of Faculty Families

IV.N. Instruction for Members of Faculty Families

IV.O. Faculty Housing

V. Professional Staff Personnel Policies and Procedures

V.A. Verification of Credentials

V.B. Appointments

  • V.B.1. Term Appointment
  • V.B.2. Five-Year Term Appointment
  • V.B.3. Appointment to Titles Listed in Appendix A
  • V.B.4. Appointment to Titles Listed in Appendix B
  • V.B.5. Appointment to Titles Listed in Appendix C - Fundraising
  • V.B.6. Renewal of Term
  • V.B.7. Permanent Appointment
  • V.B.8. Service Credits Applicable to Permanent Appointment
  • V.B.9. Change in Professional Title (Probationary Appointments)
  • V.B.10. Basic Annual Salary Protected

V.C. Evaluation and Promotion

  • V.C.1. Evaluation System
  • V.C.2. Promotion
  • V.C.3. Notice of Change in Status

V.D. Leave of Absence

V.E. Professional Obligation

V.F. Attendance Records

V.G. Resignation

V.H. Departure Interviews

V.I. Grievance Procedure

V.J. Discipline

V.K. Jury Service

V.L. Extra Service Compensation (See Also Extra Service Compensation by Faculty and Professional Employees in Section VI of the Faculty-Staff Handbook)

VI. Research Policies and Procedures

VI.A. Policy on Responsible Conduct of Research

VI.B. Research Involving Human Subjects

VI.C. Non-Research Activities Involving Human Subjects

VI.D. Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules

VI.E. Use of Vertebrate Animals in Research or Teaching

VI.F. Use of Controlled Substances

VI.G. Patent and Inventions Policy

VI.H. Safety and Environmental Health

VI.I. Other Areas of Research Compliance

VII. Instructional Policies

VII.A. General Information and Policies

  • VII.A.1. Class Meetings
  • VII.A.2. Classrooms
  • VII.A.3. Distance Learning Courses
  • VII.A.4. Release of Student Information
  • VII.A.5. Records Retention
  • VII.A.6. Services to Students
  • VII.A.7. Office Hours
  • VII.A.8. Syllabus Statements on Credit Hours, Course Objectives, Learning Outcomes and Public Health Emergencies
  • VII.A.9. Use of Community Resources for Teaching
  • VII.A.10. Student Evaluation of Teaching
  • VII.A.11. Faculty and Staff Responsibility for Ensuring Equitable Access for Students with Disabilities
  • VII.A.12. Web and Media Accessibility Policy
  • VII.A.13. General Information About Student Activities
  • VII.A.14. Orientation Programs
  • VII.A.15. Advising Student Organizations
  • VII.A.16. Sexual Harassment
  • VII.A.17. Tutoring for Pay
  • VII.A.18. Academic Honesty
  • VII.A.19. Student Photographs
  • VII.A.20. Eight Keys to Veterans' Success

VII.B. Student Attendance Policies

  • VII.B.1. Religious Holidays - Education Law
  • VII.B.2. Student Attendance and Classroom Discipline
  • VII.B.3. Absences by Students from Classes for Participation in Official University Events

VII.C. Grading

  • VII.C.1. Student Evaluation
  • VII.C.2. Grading System
  • VII.C.3. Transferring Courses and Credit Within Binghamton University 
  • VII.C.4. Examinations and Papers
  • VII.C.5. Final Examinations
  • VII.C.6. Submission of Grades
  • VII.C.7. Posting Grades
  • VII.C.8. NSF and Incomplete Grades
  • VII.C.9. Missing Grades
  • VII.C.10. Changing Grades
  • VII.C.11. Formal Complaints Concerning Grades

VIII. Information Technology Services

VIII.A. General Information
VIII.B. Computing Policies

IX. Libraries

IX.A. General Information
IX.B. Food, Drink and Noise Policy

X. Campus Resources and Facilities

X.A. Changes in the Use of University Space and Space Request Process

X.B. University Properties and Services

  • X.B.1. General
  • X.B.2. Use of Facilities After Closing Hours
  • X.B.3. Use of Facilities by Outside Groups 
  • X.B.4. Anderson Center
  • X.B.5. Scheduling Activities

X.C. Secretarial Services

X.D. University Telephone Equipment and Services

X.E. Campus Mail Services

X.F. Discriminatory and Gender-Based Language

X.G. Use of Health Center

X.H. Use of Recreational Services

X.I. Motor Vehicle Registration and Parking

X.J. Lost and Found Property

X.K. Non-Credit Instructional Activities and Administrative Requirements

X.L. Educational Communications

X.M. Questionnaires and Surveys

X.N. Visiting Speakers

X.O. Guidelines for Sponsoring Campus Events

X.P. Guidelines for Sponsoring Campus Events Requiring Extraordinary Security

X.R. Child Protection Policy

X.S Title IX

XI. Communications and Government Relations

XI.A. Official Announcements

XI.B. Institutional Public Statements and News Releases

XI.C. Political Activities and Assessments

XI.D. Campus Visits by Candidates for Political Office

XI.E. Press Conferences

XI.F. Guidelines on the Naming of Buildings, Grounds, and Schools

XI.G. Publications

XI.H. Banners and Signs

XII. General Fundraising

XII.A. Role of the Binghamton University Foundation
XII.B. Coordination of Request for Proposals to Approach External Constituencies for Fundraising
XII.C. Fundraising Policies and Procedures
XII.D. On-Campus Solicitations and/or Not-For-Profit Organizations

XIII. Copyright and Fair Use Policies

XIII.A. Copyright Policy, Information and Forms

  • XIII.A.1. Binghamton University Copyright Policy 
  • XIII.A.2. Binghamton University Copyright Agreement Form
  • XIII.A.3. Binghamton University Royalty Distribution Plan
  • XIII.A.4. Copyright Basics
  • XIII.A.5. Copyright Registration Forms
  • XIII.A.6. US Copyright Office

XIII.B. Fair Use Policy and Information

  • XIII.B.1. Fair Use Policy (from Copyright Law) 
  • XIII.B.2. Fair Use and Copyright Tools
  • XIII.B.3. Binghamton University Libraries Course Reserves Guidelines
  • XIII.B.4. Code of Best Practices in Fair Use (Association of Research Libraries)
  • XIII.B.5. Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Multimedia: The Four Factor Test

XIII.C. Computer and Multimedia Copyright Policy and Information

  • XIII.C.1. Binghamton University Computer and Network Usage Policy (Acceptable Use) 
  • XIII.C.2. TEACH Act of 2002
  • XIII.C.3. Guidelines for Off-Air Recording of Broadcast Programming 
  • XIII.C.4. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998

XIV. Fringe Benefits

XIV.A. General Information

XIV.B. Retirement Plans

XIV.C. Long Term Disability Insurance Plan

XIV.D. Worker's Compensation

XIV.E. Life, Accident, Sickness Insurance

XIV.F. Health Insurance

  • XIV.F.1. The Empire Plan
  • XIV.F.2. HMO Blue, MVP, and CDPHP

XIV.G. Vision and Dental Insurance

XIV.H. Death Benefits

XIV.I. Sick Leave

XIV.J. Vacation Leave

XIV.K. Tuition Assistance

XIV.L. Employee Assistance Program

XIV.M. Tax-Deferred Annuities

XIV.N. New York State Employees' Federal Credit Union

XV. Other Policies

XV.A. Agreements, Memoranda of Understanding, Federal and State Laws
XV.B. Management Procedures
XV.C. Annual Security Report
XV.D. Maintenance of Public Order

XVI. Associated Organizations

XVI.A. The Foundation of the State University of New York at Binghamton, Inc.

XVI.B. The Research Foundation for the State University of New York at Binghamton

XVI.C. The Alumni Association of the State University of New York at Binghamton, Inc.

XVI.D. United University Professions, Inc. (UUP)

XVI.E. University Women

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