Faculty Handbook 
    May 18, 2024  
Faculty Handbook

Academic Rules and Faculty Expectations


A. Academic Rules

Academic rules convey consistent information to students and ensure consistency with regard to the institution’s academic expectations and procedures. There are fifty-six  academic rules in the Undergraduate Academic Catalog and they can be found HERE. There are fifty-four academic rules in the Graduate Academic Catalog and they can be found HERE.

B. Faculty Expectations

Faculty Participation

Faculty and staff are expected to participate in spring and winter commencement exercises; fall convocation, and Founders’ Day in academic regalia attire.  Faculty are also expected to participate in  Bronco Kickoff and the Mid-year Conference.

Admission to Class

Members of the faculty shall permit only those students who have completed official registration to attend classes. Official registration is determined by official class rosters available on Banner.

Attendance at Professional Meeting

Members of the teaching, research, administrative, and extension staffs are encouraged to attend professional meetings deemed beneficial to both the individual and to the University. Brief leaves from official duties will be granted for attendance at such meetings when circumstances permit. Applications for leave for attendance at professional meetings must be approved in advance by the appropriate administrative personnel. When funds are available, the University will budget funds for travel of faculty members to professional meetings.

Conducting Classes – Faculty

Members of the faculty are expected to convene assigned classes on a timely basis. A member of the faculty who finds it necessary to be absent from class will notify his/her department chair, school associate dean or college dean. Department chairs or school associate deans who are absent will notify their college deans.

Deans who are absent will notify the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Students are expected to wait at least fifteen (15) minutes for an instructor who is late for class. Faculty must conduct classes according to official designation as face-to-face, online, or hybrid. A faculty member is not permitted to convert a face to face class to an online class without approval from the department chair.

Office Hours

Eight (8) regularly scheduled office hours in which faculty are available to advise students about academic and career plans or provide academic support and enrichment activities. Office hours are to be conducted in the faculty member’s campus office, and the times of office hours must be published each semester. Note: While faculty are encouraged to make themselves available to students via tools for online interactions, “virtual” office hours conducted off campus shall not substitute for the required on-campus office hours. (see the Faculty Handbook Policy)

Research and Creative Activities

The University recognizes the importance of teaching and public service in carrying out its mission. Research (funded and/or non-funded) and creative activities constitute another significant aspect of the program of the institution. Faculty members are encouraged and expected to engage in research and creative endeavors that will enhance their effectiveness as teachers.

Service to the University

It is expected that all faculty members will devote sufficient time to fulfill the teaching assignments, committee work, advisement, research and related activities deemed appropriate as service to the University.

Faculty Teaching Load

Faculty members at Fayetteville State University (FSU) perform the primary role in carrying out the university’s mission to provide high quality learning experiences for students and achieve excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, and service. This Faculty Workload Policy (“Policy”) provides guidance for faculty workload assignments that will enable individual faculty members and the faculty collectively to assist FSU in fulfilling its mission. FSU is a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina (UNC) and holds institutional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools – Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Hence, this Policy is in compliance with requirements of both entities as delineated HERE. Faculty are also responsible for distributing syllabi on the first day; submitting interim and final grades according to the specified schedule; verifying accuracy of class rosters and correcting errors in accordance with university policies and procedures; submitting textbook adoption according to the required schedule.

Title IX Statement on Sexual Misconduct (To be included on all syllabi)

Fayetteville State University (University) is committed to fostering a safe campus environment where sexual misconduct — including sexual harassment, domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking - is unacceptable and is not tolerated. The University encourages students who may have experienced sexual misconduct to speak with someone at the University so that the University can provide the support that is needed and respond appropriately. The Prohibited Sexual Conduct policy can be found HERE.

Reporting an Incident of Sexual Misconduct - The University encourages students to report incidents of sexual misconduct. Unlike the Licensed Professional Counselor or the Director, Student Health Services, the Deputy Title IX Coordinator is legally obligated to investigate reports of sexual misconduct, and therefore cannot guarantee confidentiality, but a request for confidentiality will be considered and respected to the extent possible. Students are also encouraged to report incidents of sexual misconduct to the University’s Police and Public Safety Department at (910) 672-1911.

C.Administrative Regulations

The Office of Legal Affairs maintains an alphabetical listing of policies that relate to university-wide and academic affairs, business and other administrative services, employment, research, students, university relations and development and the UNC Policy Manual. Check the Policies and Procedures A-Z list HERE for more information.