School of Arts and Sciences
School of Engineering
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Revised Spring 2012
Published by the Secretary of the Faculty for Arts, Sciences and Engineering
Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President
Ballou Hall, First Floor
Medford, Massachusetts 02155
Message from the Deans
The information in this Faculty Handbook is provided by the Tufts University administration for the
convenience of the faculties of the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering, and the
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The Handbook cannot and is not intended to address all circumstances
related to a faculty member's role in the university, nor is the information contained in the Handbook intended
to constitute an express or implied contract of employment, a promise of employment for any specified time, or
a guarantee of benefits or working conditions.
The specific policies, procedures, and other statements found here cover a variety of subjects. However, readers
should be aware that there are other important policies and procedures specific to the university's colleges, schools,
departments, and other academic units that may apply to a particular employment situation, but are not referenced in
this Handbook. Exclusion of a particular policy or procedure does not mean that it will not be enforced. It is the
faculty member's responsibility to review university policies and procedures in detail and to request any clarification
needed from his or her department chair, program director, or relevant dean.
Policies and procedures at an institution as complex as Tufts University are regularly under review and subject to
revision. Thus, to keep this Faculty Handbook as up-to-date as possible, Tufts expressly reserves the right to amend,
delete, suspend, or discontinue any part or parts of this
Handbook, at any time and without prior notice. Every attempt
will be made to keep faculty members informed of any changes as they occur. Changes to the
Faculty Handbook will be posted
online on the website of the Secretary of the Faculty. It is the faculty member's responsibility to remain current on the
university policies and procedures that may apply to his or her employment.
Message from the Secretary of the Faculty
Dear Faculty Member,
It is my distinct pleasure to present this revised faculty handbook for the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of
Engineering, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The policies and procedures outlined in this handbook apply to
all faculty members in Arts and Sciences and Engineering, regardless of rank or term of employment. Since I became Secretary
of the Faculty in 2008, I have served as steward of the
Handbook and will continue to serve in this role going forward.
Historically, the Handbook was printed every five years. In 2005, the former Secretary of the Faculty put the first version
of the Handbook online. Since then, the administration within each school has given thoughtful consideration to the policies
that govern and protect faculty members. This Handbook is a result of those efforts.
With this in mind, we realize that faculty members should not have to wait for years to update the
Handbook. Therefore, we
will continue to consider changes going forward on a more regular schedule. Each time the
Handbook is updated, a summary
of changes will be available to the faculty to promote transparency relative to the evolution of policy and to ensure that
the Handbook accurately reflects the policies and procedures of the administration at any given time. The current version of
the Handbook will always be found on the
website of the Office of the Secretary of the Faculty.
Thank you for your patience over the last few years as this process has evolved. And I personally thank all of the individuals
who contributed to bringing this Handbook to fruition. Faculty members should be assured that this
Handbook reflects years'
worth of thoughtful consideration, and I am proud to have been a part of the process.
Secretary of the Faculty for Arts, Sciences and Engineering
Please note that because of the differences between
the way text is handled on websites, in the case of the
Handbook provided to you in both html and PDF formats,
there may be some slight formatting inconsistencies
between the two formats. For our purposes, the PDF is
the version of record.