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

 
 

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 /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 /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 /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.