UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH POLICY 02-04-02
CATEGORY: ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
SECTION: Faculty Responsibilities
SUBJECT: Academic Responsibilities and Professional Conduct
EFFECTIVE DATE: February 10, 1989
This policy establishes academic responsibilities of faculty members regarding absences
from class or other appointments, grade issuing and reporting, and participation in
commencement; and professional responsibilities regarding the use of University affiliation
or titles, and resignation from the University.
A faculty member reports to his dean, campus president, or department chairman, any
unexpected development that will prevent his meeting a class or other such appointment.
Preferably, the faculty member will recommend a temporary substitute. When no other
arrangements can be made, a message is delivered to the class no later than the time
the class is scheduled to begin.
Faculty are expected to know and adhere to the University Grading System, and the
options and limitations set forth by the individual school in which a course is offered. See
Policy 09-01-01, University Grading System.
Faculty are to perform their grading duties in a timely manner. Grade roster due dates
are set forth in the Academic Calendar of the University.
Faculty are expected to match the grades submitted against the instructor's Verification
Report, and report any discrepancies to the Registrar.
It is the responsibility of faculty members to participate in the University-wide
commencement held at the end of the winter term, participate in the processional in
academic regalia and provide their own academic robe and appropriate hood
A faculty member who has been approached with regard to another position is to inform
the department chairman or dean, or campus president when such negotiations are in
A faculty member who concludes an agreement to accept an appointment elsewhere
should immediately notify the department chairman or dean, or campus president in writing.
If accepting other employment as of the end of a academic year, notice of resignation
should be received no later than May 15 of that year.
A faculty member is not to vacate a position during an academic year for which he holds
an appointment, except by agreement with the department chairman, dean, or campus
Use of University Affiliation or Titles
University titles, affiliation, and stationery should be used in a fashion to ensure that
personal judgment or opinion is not taken as University policy.
When presenting papers or analyses in their academic field, or articles of opinion that
may or may not be related to their professional duties at the University, faculty members
must avoid confusion on the part of the audience between their own personal views, and
statements of University policy.
No one should purport to speak for the University unless the stand to be taken fairly
represents official University policy, except on administrative matters that are properly
within the purview of a particular administrative officer, and by that officer.