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Overview of Faculty & Staff Resource Guide

Purpose/Goals

This guide has two basic purposes:

  1. to assist the university community by providing a user-friendly, effective and transparent method for communicating the content of university policies and procedures; and
  2. to facilitate risk management.

The desirability of the first goal is self-evident: faculty and staff morale and efficiency increase when it is easy to ascertain what relevant policies and procedures are, and what offices to contact with questions.

The latter goal of risk management focuses on the adverse consequences that can result when mistakes are made due to lack of knowledge of relevant policies and procedures. In today’s world, ignorance is not always bliss. Indeed, a mistake made by a faculty or staff member who fails to follow appropriate policies and procedures can expose the university (as well as the individual him/herself) to legal liability.

This legal liability, or the allegation of inappropriate behavior, can drain university resources due to the need to deal with the consequences of the allegations, and, if a violation of policy or procedure are found, both the university and the individual involved could be legally liable.

Collaborative Effort

This Resource Guide was developed through a collaborative effort of a large number of administrators, faculty and staff across campus. It is a living compendium, subject to change as policies and procedures are altered over time, or members of the community suggest additions.

Input is welcome to make this Guide more responsive to all faculty and staff, as well as students and any subset of our university community.

LINK: Guide@uconn.edu

Use as Faculty Handbook

As of July 1, 2011 the Faculty Resource Guide is the Official Faculty and Staff Handbook of the University of Connecticut. Please consult the Handbook for any of your academic, employee, or university needs. Please contact guide@uconn.edu to suggest adding, altering or archiving material found on the Guide.

LINK: 1987 Faculty Handbook Decommissioning Letter