Faculty Responsibilities, Academic Regulations, Meetings and Committees

A. Academic Regulations
1. Statement of Intellectual Responsibility (Voted by the Faculty 1966: amended April 1987)
2. Statement on Freedom of Expression and Dissent (Voted by the Faculty, 1968)
3. Statement on Respect for Persons (Voted by the Faculty, 1969)


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.

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.

Teaching and Advising

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.

Department and Program Reviews

The faculty endorsed in 1993 a regular schedule of departmental and program reviews. Each review includes an internal self-study and an evaluation by a visiting committee, the appropriate form of which will be determined jointly by the dean of the faculty and the department. The evaluation will be sent to the president, dean of the faculty, and department.