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OM 5.10.2 Periods of Duty - Faculty

About This Policy

Effective Date: January 1979
Last Updated: July 2017
Responsible University Office: President's Office
Responsible University Administrator: President

Policy Contact:

Office of the Provost


Members of the faculty are employed for a nine-month academic year which is defined as the period which starts on the Saturday scheduled for the fall registration of continuing students and finishes nine months later, including the Sunday scheduled for commencement.

The three-month period following the academic year can be used for advanced study, professional work, research, recreation and rest. Faculty are urged to choose a personal program that involves professional activity for all free time save a two-to-four week vacation period. Use of one's summer will be a factor in determining faculty advancement. Freedom during other vacation periods is dependent on University needs at the time.

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Revised January 1979

July 1987, September 1991

Renumbered July 2017

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