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 service/academic citizenship that are emphasized in this Faculty Handbook.

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. For more information, see the University Equal Opportunity, Non-discrimination and Affirmative Action Policy Statement. It is incumbent upon faculty to provide a learning environment free from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Therefore, all faculty are required to adhere to the University’s Sexual Misconduct, Harassment, Consensual Romantic Relationships, Guidelines for Pregnant and Parenting Students, Guidelines for Religious Holiday Observance, the Office of Disability Services procedures, and other related policies.