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Adjunct Faculty Handbook

A. General Expectations

B. Classroom Responsibility

Faculty members are responsible for enforcing college policy prohibiting eating, drinking and smoking in classrooms. Campus signs indicate where eating, drinking and smoking are permitted. Instructors need to ensure that classrooms are left in a clean and orderly condition.

C. Division Meetings

Instructional divisions have meetings for adjunct faculty at the beginning of each semester. These meetings provide an opportunity for adjunct faculty members to become acquainted with the specific guidelines of their teaching discipline as well as with some of the full-time faculty and other adjunct faculty members.

D. Class Cancellations

An instructor does not have the authority to cancel a class without clearance from the division dean or faculty supervisor.

E. Class Length

It is important that you begin your classes on time and that you hold the class to the time scheduled. Arrangements should be made for any classes missed.

F. Room Conflicts

In the event two classes are accidentally scheduled in the same room, please call the division office so that they can resolve this problem.

G. Office Hours

While office hours are not required, adjunct faculty are expected to be accessible to their students either in person, by telephone, or by e-mail.

H. Syllabus

See the faculty handbook section III:A.8 Course Syllabus.

I. Final Examination

See the faculty handbook section III:A.5 Final Examination.

J. Grades

See the faculty handbook section III:A.6 Grades.

K. Grade Roll Procedures

Instructors receive two versions of the class roll during the semester although the current class roll can be accessed at any time through the eConnect system.

The first class roll is the Temporary Roll (the yellow roll). Instructors should receive this roll before the first day of class. It will probably be incomplete because of students who register late.

Several weeks into the semester, instructors will receive the Permanent Roll (the blue roll). It is important to check this roll carefully and send any students who have been attending classes but are not on this roll to the Admissions Office, Room S052. The Permanent Roll is the official record of the class and student grades, and therefore it is important that the roll be kept clearly and accurately. It should be obvious to a third party, such as an auditor, exactly how students’ grades were determined.

Final grades are submitted electronically through eConnect. Each division office is responsible for providing instructions to faculty about this procedure.

Students who have dropped a course will have a “W” inserted by their names. If no “W” appears next to names of students the instructor believes have dropped the class, contact the division office or the Admissions Office for clarification.

In addition to submitting final grades electronically through eConnect, the blue roll must be turned in to the division office at the end of the semester.

L. Student Behavioral Problems

Contact the division dean or Brookhaven College Police Department immediately should you become concerned about student behavior in your class. You will be advised about the appropriate action that can be taken to alleviate concerns. Any student behavior that interrupts the instructional process needs to be communicated to the dean or college Police Department. Helpful hint: before your class begins each semester, make sure you know the location of the red emergency phone nearest to your classroom.

M. Privacy Restrictions

Certain information about individual students, which may be part of an "educational record," is considered private and may not be released without the student’s written permission. Only school officials, those whose job requires them to act for the college, with a “legitimate educational interest” should have the information. For more information about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), see the college catalog.

N. Core Curriculum

Every Texas public college and university is required by Texas law to have a core curriculum that, if completed at one institution, should transfer and take the place of the core at the receiving institution. The college catalog contains complete information about the core curriculum.