FACULTY AND STUDENT INSTRUCTIONAL GUIDELINES
Faculty members at the University are expected to be experts in their disciplines, to be effective teachers, and to be accessible and helpful to their students. These general responsibilities are inherent in the student-faculty relationship and pertain to all who conduct classes at the University; meeting them requires the type of research and scholarship, teaching, and good academic citizenship that are emphasized in the faculty personnel policies of the University.
The Statement on Professional Ethics approved by the Council of the American Association of University Professors (see Chapter Three, Section II) states that, as teachers, “professors encourage the free pursuit of learning in their students. They hold before them the best scholarly standards of their discipline. They demonstrate respect for the student as an individual, and adhere to their proper role as intellectual guide and counselor. They make every reasonable effort to foster honest academic conduct and to assure that their evaluation of students reflects their true merit. They respect the confidential nature of the relationship between professor and student. They avoid exploitation of students for their private advantage and acknowledge significant assistance from them. They protect their academic freedom.”
Students are partners in the teaching-learning experience. Their active participation in class discussions and effective use of the faculty member’s time during office hours can help the faculty member adjust to special needs of the class. Regular class attendance is essential.
Grades are an integral part of academic evaluation, and fairness in grading requires the detection and suppression of dishonesty in academic work. The University policy on academic misconduct describes the process to be followed when misconduct appears to have occurred (see Appendix C); the academic grievance policy describes the process to be followed by students who believe they have been treated unfairly (see Appendix D).
The University of Alabama is committed to maintaining equal opportunities in education and employment. It supports an environment of ethnic, religious, and cultural diversity and provides facility and program accessibility to disabled persons. It is incumbent upon faculty to provide a learning environment free from discrimination and sexual harassment. The policy on sexual harassment is in Appendix I.