I. Academic Freedom
II. Code of Conduct
III. Participation in Political Activities
IV. Policy on Contributions
V. Mediation and Grievance System
VI. Faculty Work Loads & Assignments
VII. Supplemental Compensation Policy
VIII. Sabbatical Leaves
IX. Faculty Exchange
X. Support for Research
XI. Conflict of Interest
XII. Patent Procedures
XIII. Copyright Policy
XIV. Reproduction of Copyrighted Materials
XV. Academic Calendar & Compensation Periods
XVI. Summer Session and Interim Program
XVII. Internal Degree Candidacy
FACULTY CONDUCT AND COMPENSATION
XV. Academic Calendar and Compensation Periods
The academic year covers the nine-month period that begins on August 16 and ends on May 15. The normal teaching terms include a fall semester ending December 31, a spring semester ending May 15, an Interim Term scheduled for three weeks between the end of the spring semester and the beginning of summer school, and a summer session of ten weeks divided into two five-week terms. The normal holidays consist of Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the following Friday, the Christmas holidays which usually begin on the 24th of December and end at the beginning of the first weekday following New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and a spring holiday period of one week.
The University calendar is established annually by the Office of the University Registrar after consultation with the Faculty Life Committee of the Faculty Senate. The calendar includes information about the drop-add periods and dates for paying fees and for deferred examinations. The Office of the University Registrar publishes a final examination schedule. The final exam schedule may be found at http://registrar.ua.edu/academics/final-exam-schedules/.
B. Compensation Periods
The academic year salary of tenured and of full-time probationary faculty members is paid over a twelve-month period. The normal payment date is the last working day of each month. A new faculty appointee will receive a first payment on the last working day of the first calendar month of appointment; that payment will reflect the part of that month during which the faculty member was employed. The salary of full-time temporary and part-time faculty members is paid in full during the months of appointment.