Documents and Policies

The documents here provide information about the policies and governance of The College of Education and Human Ecology that are most pertinent to faculty affairs. In addition, there is information about the policies and governance of the Department of Educational Studies, Department of Human Sciences and the Department of Teaching and Learning.

The documents below also provide information about the procedures for promotion and tenure review, and policies for emeritus faculty, professional leave, special research assignments, grievances, appointments, and compensation.

Because the policies of the university are often complex, are often changing, and involve many levels (i.e., department, college, and university), we encourage you to contact us regarding policies and procedures.


College Appointments, Promotion and Tenure (APT)

These documents supplement university guidelines for promotion and tenure review, specific to each department in The College of Education and Human Ecology.



Grievance Policies and Procedures

If for any reason you have an issue with another faculty member or with an administrator, the Office of Faculty Affairs is where you should go to seek advice and file a grievance. As per university policy, the associate dean of faculty affairs will confidentially discuss the grievance with you and, if possible, seek to resolve the grievance.

In the case a resolution to a faculty grievance cannot be generated, the associate dean will contact the dean or OAA and the complaint may move forward as per university policy. University policy requires some complaints and grievances be immediately directed to OAA, the university police, or to the college investigation committee.

Investigation Committee
The college investigation committee (as per University Faculty Rule 3335-5-04) (E) reviews formal complaints against regular and auxiliary faculty. The committee conducts its investigations according to university policies.

Formal complaints are hard-copy documents signed by the complainant. They include a statement of the problem, describe the remedy sought and outline the steps the complainant has taken to this point.

The investigation committee is appointed by the dean after consultation with the leadership team. It is made up of two tenured faculty members who are associate or full professors from each department, one as a committee member and the other as an alternate. Another member of the committee and an alternate shall be appointed from a sister professional college for a term of one year.

Each committee members shall serve three years, appointed on staggered terms. No member shall serve more than two consecutive terms.

At the conclusion of an investigation, the committee reports its findings to the dean, including a recommendation concerning the merits of the complaint and, if the complaint is judged meritorious, a proposed action or sanction consistent with university policy.

When subcommittee members disagree on findings, recommendations, or proposed sanctions, the subcommittee report with its multiple perspectives shall be given to the dean for a decision.



Leave and Special Assignments

Faculty Professional Leave
The faculty professional leave program is an opportunity to improve research skills and knowledge if you are a tenured faculty member. You also may be able to use leave for educational or administrative skills and knowledge if it benefits both you and your department.

The leave program allows you to have uninterrupted time to invest in your professional development. You are eligible to take part in this program only if you are a tenured faculty member with at least seven years of service as a regular faculty member at Ohio State.

Review the university Office of Academic Affairs policy on faculty professional leave for complete details including obligations and reporting requirements.

Special Assignments
A special assignment redistributes some of your regular duties as a faculty member so you may concentrate on a unique research, service or teaching endeavor or invest in brief professional development.

The assignment may be up to one full semester in length.

The complete procedure to request a special assignment is available from the university Office of Academic Affairs.



Patterns of Administration (POA)

A pattern of administration summarizes the college and each department. It includes policies and procedures that supplement the rules of university faculty. Among the important information included are duties and responsibilities of faculty, committees and department chairs.