RIGHTS, DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF
Section 1. Academic Freedom.
The Board of Supervisors is committed to the principle of academic freedom.
Academic freedom is perceived as the right of members of the academic community
freely to study, discuss, investigate, teach, conduct research, and publish as
appropriate to their respective roles and responsibilities. Because the common
good depends upon the free search for and exposition of truth and understanding,
full freedom in research and publication is essential, as is the freedom to
discuss scholarly subjects in the classroom. A member of the faculty of the
University System, as a citizen, has the right to exercise himself in writing,
speaking, or participating in activities outside the University, but should
always be mindful that these involvements do not lessen the faculty member's
responsibility to the University. The faculty member, when not officially
designated to represent the University, must make it known that he is speaking
as an individual citizen.
Academic freedom does not give faculty members the right to insist upon or
demand the adoption by students, colleagues, or others, of a particular point of
Section 2. The positions of the academic staff,
including the instructional and research faculty, librarians, and academic
counselors, shall be
Section 3. Duties of Faculty.
Each member of the faculty is expected to be committed and to contribute to
the attainment of the mission of the institution where employed. It is a basic
responsibility of the faculty to participate in the development of educational
policy through active and constructive involvement in the academic affairs of
their respective departments, divisions and colleges. The faculty's involvement
in other matters affecting student, academic, or faculty welfare is
The faculty should be so organized that its business may be properly
conducted. This may be accomplished through committees, senates, councils or
other appropriate structures. The faculty should be concerned primarily with
Section 4. Appointment of Faculty.
The President shall establish and maintain a procedure for the appointment of
members of the faculty.
The procedure shall provide for the establishment of qualifications for the
position and allow for the evaluation of the applicants' credentials and
recommendation of candidates to fill the position by the faculty of the academic
unit concerned. All appointments shall be made on the basis of merit, and shall
meet all criteria set forth by appropriate accrediting
All initial appointments to the faculty normally shall be either temporary or
probationary. The President shall issue a contract or contractual letter to the
appointee setting forth the terms of the appointment. All appointments shall be
made upon the authority of the President, pursuant to recommendations of the
Chancellor, subject to the approval of the Board. These provisions shall not
prevent the Board of Supervisors from making an initial appointment with tenure
which would, in its judgment, be distinctly in the interest of the University,
normal recommendations and approvals having been made.
Section 5. Promotion of Faculty.
The President, with the advice of the faculty and appropriate administrative
officers, shall establish and maintain a procedure for the promotion of faculty
based on merit. The procedure established for promotion shall be employed by all
campuses in the System. All applicants for promotion leading to tenure must also
meet the qualifications for tenure, except the required
probationary period may be for a shorter duration (two to four years),
and standards mandated by the applicable accrediting agency. All promotions
shall be made upon the authority of the President, pursuant to recommendations
of the Chancellor and subject to the approval of the
Section 6. Tenure of Faculty.
All appointees to the academic staff normally shall serve a
probationary period before they can be evaluated for and granted tenure. Tenure
is not employment for a specified term; rather, it is the right to continued
employment, subject to dismissal for cause. The President, with the advice of
faculty representatives and administrative officers, shall cause to be developed
and maintained procedures and criteria whereby tenure is acquired by members of
the academic staff, consistent with the tenure policy adopted by the Louisiana
State Board of Regents. Tenure may be awarded to academic staff members with the
rank of Assistant Professor or above who have earned at least the minimum
academic credentials set forth by the appropriate accrediting agency in the
discipline in which they instruct or meet other established criteria for tenure,
and have served the required probationary
No administrative position is tenured. The provisions of tenure apply to
full-time faculty members who hold administrative positions with respect to
their academic rank and not their administrative capacities.
Any appointment, whether temporary, probationary, or tenured, may be
terminated for cause. However, dismissal for cause carries with it the right to
a hearing in accordance with principles of due process and accepted academic
Section 7. Responsibilities of Faculty.
For academic freedom to endure, academic responsibility must be exercised. A
proper academic climate can be maintained only when members of the faculty meet
their fundamental duties and responsibilities. Tenure shall not serve as a basis
for the retention of a faculty member in a position when evidence acquired as a
result of a thorough investigation, according to procedures of due process,
clearly demonstrates that the faculty member has not met and does not give
promise of meeting the responsibilities of the position.