The UCO Faculty Handbook has been prepared by the Office of Academic Affairs to provide a reference for all faculty members. It contains information, policies, and procedures relevant to the academic functions of the university. The Academic Policy Manual serves as an additional resource for the faculty, university administration, and staff and complements the information in the Faculty Handbook.
NOTE: Policies and procedures by federal law, state statute, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the Regional University System of Oklahoma (RUSO), relevant to the operation of this university, are italicized, as shown in this note. They are hereby distinguished from policies and procedures established by the University and repeated verbatim. In case of a discrepancy between RUSO and UCO policies, RUSO policies will supercede UCO policies.
Changes in the Faculty Handbook will become effective at the beginning of each new academic year, unless put into effect immediately by written authorization from the president. The Faculty Handbook may be modified, initiated, revoked, or amended only in writing by authorization of the president. Substantive changes to the handbook will require written promulgation.
The Office of Academic Affairs will provide an annual review of the handbook and post the current version on the AA website before the beginning of the fall semester each year. New faculty members will be provided with the URL for the document.
Academic deans will receive a printed copy.
This edition of the UCO Faculty Handbook supersedes all previous handbooks.Effective: August, 2017
Substantive Changes to 2017-2018 Faculty Handbook
Statements and Table of Contents - PDF
Chapter 1 - University History, Organization, and Governance - PDF
Chapter 2 - Faculty Policies and Procedures - PDF
Chapter 3 - Classroom Policies and Procedures - PDF
Chapter 4 - Employee Benefits, Procedures, and Selected Employee Policies - PDF
Chapter 5 - References - PDF
Appendix A - Administration Information - PDF
Appendix B - Constitution, Bylaws, and Operating Code of the Faculty Senate - PDF
Appendix C - Recruitment and Selection Procedures for Full-time Faculty - PDF
Appendix D - Requirements, Recruitment, and Selection Procedures for Adjunct Faculty - PDF
Appendix E - Tenure and Promotion (Forms used within T&P can be found here) - PDF
Appendix F - Promotion Policy for Academic Personnel having Administrative Duties - PDF
Appendix G - Faculty Grievance Board - PDF
Appendix H - University Policy on Faculty Conduct - PDF
Appendix I - Equal Opportunity Policy: Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment as Defined, Including Sexual Harassment - PDF
Appendix J - Intellectual Property Policy - PDF
Appendix K - Students Affected by Military Call-Up/Mobilization - PDF
Appendix L - Sabbatical Leave - PDF
Appendix M - Revising the Faculty Handbook - PDF
Appendix N - Faculty Merit-Credit Program - PDF
Appendix O - Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations - PDF
Appendix P - Emeritus Faculty Association - PDF
Appendix Q - Policy for Use of Copyrighted Materials - PDF
Appendix R - Faculty Exchange Guidelines - PDF