PURPOSE OF THE STAFF HANDBOOK
It is the purpose of this handbook to establish and maintain a uniform system for managing personnel matters; to comply with applicable state and federal employment laws as well as Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning Board Policies (IHL); and to provide the standards, terms, and conditions of employment with Jackson State University in a clear and comprehensive fashion. It is also designed to maximize the efficiency and orderliness of operations. Furthermore, it is intended by adoption and periodic amendment of these policies and procedures that they will serve as a guide for employees of Jackson State University in their routine work activities and relationships to the extent that the objectives of both Jackson State University and the individual employees can be achieved.
FACULTY HANDBOOK CAMPUS GOVERNANCE
Shared governance, at Jackson State University, requires the full participation of the
faculty, staff and students on all matters that directly or indirectly affect the academic
environment at the University. The institution publishes policies on the responsibility
and authority of faculty in academic and governance matters. Matters on which shared
governance is practiced include, but are not limited to, curriculum, course content, degree
requirements, class schedules, evaluations, discipline and dismissal of
faculty/staff/students, fair faculty/staff/student representation on University decision and
policy-making unit or bodies, and fair faculty/staff/student representation on search
committees for University administration. Administrators will act on such
recommendations and make best efforts to provide timely rationale for any modification
or rejection of the input received.
The 2010-2011 Jackson State University Faculty Senate in collaboration with the
Administration of Jackson State University under the leadership of Interim President, Dr.
Leslie Burl McLemore, agree that the University Community respectfully shares
responsibility for reaching collective decisions on matters of policy and procedure. We
also agree that faculty governance is inextricably linked to academic freedom. therefore,
in the interest of representation and procedural integrity, the university administration
embraces the principles of shared governance enunciated in the AAUP’s 1966 Statement
on Government of Colleges and Universities.
Moving forward, the University accepts the Statement on Shared Governance previously
accepted under the past administration and adopted by Jackson State University’s Faculty