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Faculty know their teaching schedules and other duties best and are responsible for setting and then communicating their availability and responsiveness standards accurately, clearly, by appropriate means, and in a timely manner. Including standards in course syllabi and/or on course management systems is expected.
Faculty who assume administrative workload as a portion of total workload should also apportion to those duties priority in relation to the proportion of workload allocated by the university but keeping their faculty responsibilities of teaching, research, and service to church and community as a top priority.
[Rationale for changes (Not part of policy)
Faculty availability and responsiveness is a key to student success and satisfaction. Over time, there have been advances in electronic means of communication that have altered student and faculty opportunities and preferences for communication. Email, voicemail, electronic course management systems, and online calendars are regularly used and other new forms of electronic communication including social media are becoming more common. New accreditation and governmental standards for student learning have been implemented that update the old notion of seat time for students and standard office hours for faculty.
The goal is for faculty to be reasonably available and reasonably responsive to the needs of students at the university. It is understood that with the wide variety of students, programs, and delivery methods, individual faculty standards will vary by what courses are being taught, what format they use, and what student needs are being served. Administrators and staff should be respectful of faculty teaching loads when planning meetings and other university work. ]

Last modified: March 15, 2018