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.
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.
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.
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.
1. Teaching Load. Amherst tries to keep the teaching load at a level that permits the Faculty to devote considerable time outside of class to students and to scholarly or creative work. Generally, Faculty teach two courses each semester. Departments have historically adapted this norm to their individual circumstances. Faculty are encouraged to teach outside their own departments through participation in interdisciplinary and interdepartmental courses and seminars.