Group Health and Dental Insurance

Regular faculty are eligible to select one of the health care programs offered by the College.
Faculty may select individual or family coverage. Faculty enrolling in a plan will also be included in the Dental Plan in a corresponding individual or family contract. Specific plan details, current rate information and enrollment forms are available in Human Resources Office.

Academic Regulations

1. Statement of Intellectual Responsibility (Voted by the Faculty 1966; amended April 1987) Every person's education is the product of his or her intellectual effort and participation in a process of critical exchange. Amherst cannot educate those who are unwilling to submit their own work and ideas to critical assessment. Nor can it tolerate those who interfere with the participation of others in the critical process.

Introduction

The college values faculty members who demonstrate a commitment to the life of the mind and concerned involvement in the general life of the college. Over the years, the faculty has adopted several statements that are deemed to govern different areas of college life. Together, these statements, which appear below and are published annually in the catalog and Student Code of Conduct, and also form the college honor code.

Committees

Faculty participate in the governance of Amherst College through their actions in meetings of the faculty and through service on committees of the faculty, committees of the college, committees of the Amherst College Board of Trustees, ad hoc committees and Five-College committees. For purposes of committee membership, candidates will normally be selected from the ranks of full-time and part-time tenure-line faculty. Committee service is expected of all tenure-line faculty, except for those in their first year.

Completion of Work; Policy on Extensions

In conformity with the practice established for the first semester of 1971-72, and as a general practice of this and subsequent semesters, the Faculty rules that all course work in a given semester must be submitted by the last day of classes at 5:00 p.m. Extensions beyond this time will be given only for extraordinary reasons, and only when the student has obtained the signatures of the instructor in the course and the Class Dean. Work not submitted by the date set in the extension will not be accepted for credit.

Duration of Appointments and Procedures for Reappointments to Tenure-Track Positions

1. Duration of Initial Appointment

Initial tenure-track appointments to the faculty will be made for a term of three years unless some other term is agreed upon by the dean of the faculty, the department, and the appointee at the time of hiring.

The chair of each department will make clear to its non-tenured faculty the considerations governing reappointment. Recommendations concerning reappointment will be reviewed by the Committee of Six.

Visiting Appointments

The terms of a visiting appointment will be made explicit in writing at the time of appointment. In cases where a visiting appointment has been made and a regular position has been created in the same discipline or department, a new search will be conducted in all but exceptional circumstances.

Classroom Attendance

Each member of the faculty is free to state his or her policy with regard to absences. It is assumed that students will make the most of the educational opportunities available by regularly attending classes and laboratory periods. A faculty member may take such action as deemed appropriate in the event that a student disregards the announced regulations. Continued or unexplained absences should be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. If students are absent because of illness or family emergencies, they are asked to notify the office of Student Affairs.