In 1884, Temple was founded to serve outstanding, motivated people of all backgrounds. More than 120 years later, Temple still embraces the tradition of access to excellence. Yet today’s Temple is also on the move. In recent years, academic standards, student enrollment, groundbreaking research, facilities construction, alumni involvement, the vibrancy of campus residential life, and the University’s impact on the surrounding community have all surged. Temple’s staff, faculty, and students have developed an extraordinary amount of momentum; we hope you can feel that energy.

Policy on Home Equipment

Equipment and furniture bought with university funds or from a start-up account shall remain on campus at the active access of the faculty member from whose account the purchase is made. Equipment that is portable (i.e. laptop computers, hand-held communications devices, etc.) can be transported away from campus for use by the faculty member. All equipment bought with university funds, whether an item permanently installed in a campus location or a portable device, is the property of Temple University.

Effective Fall 2007

Information Regarding Vacation Black-out

All College of Liberal Arts support staff are required to report for work one week prior to the beginning of the fall and spring semesters and for the first two weeks of the semester. No vacation or comp time will be permitted during this three-week period. Please see your department chair if you have any questions about this policy.

Statement on Faculty Conduct

This Statement on Faculty Conduct constitutes recognition by faculty in the Temple University College of Liberal Arts that certain general expectations provide meaningful guides to behavior.

One of the strengths of a successful institution is its consciousness of being a community, with shared goals and a pervasive ethos of unity and cohesion. In a college of liberal arts, building a vital sense of community requires the participants to accept a variety of commitments to and responsibilities toward it. These include but are not limited to scholarship, teaching, and contribution to the activities of departments, programs, and the college as a whole.

Faculty in the College of Liberal Arts work under a Collective Bargaining Agreement and have a Faculty Handbook (included in the February, 1993 Faculty Guide) that states the “General Obligations of Faculty Members” (Part I.VIII.A) and the grounds on which a faculty member can be dismissed (Part VI). The “General Obligations” include tasks required by the University and the College, as determined by the President and the Dean. The Handbook also states particular matters of “ethics and responsibility” (Part IX): conflict of interest, sexual harassment, and misconduct in research and creative work.

The Handbook supplements the stipulations concerning general obligations and matters of ethics and responsibility by remarking that “faculty members are expected to be familiar with and to comply with such additional requirements or conditions as may apply to or be established in their respective Schools and Colleges.” This statement provides some basic expectations for conduct by CLA faculty as teachers and college citizens.

Appropriate conduct includes meeting classes regularly and making every effort to recruit a substitute if an absence is necessary and has been approved by the chair or program director, avoiding hurtful language in personal exchanges, returning papers promptly, being punctual and available, turning in grades on time, responding courteously and responsibly to student phone calls and electronic messages, and similar behavior. Because chairs and program directors are responsible for managing faculty in a department or program, it is essential to communicate with them about any extraordinary departures from normal expectations.

As members of a community, faculty and staff are expected to perform in ways that help the community to thrive. Timely return of library books, payment of campus bills, attendance at department meetings, serving on college and department committees, assisting in the recruitment of faculty and students, writing letters of recommendation and so on are examples of this sort of activity.

In general, recognition of community – of students and colleagues – is the key obligation. Once this norm is recognized, it is not difficult to recognize how it applies to particular cases.

Approved by the College of Liberal Arts Collegial Assembly, February 16, 2005