The faculty of Georgetown University stand among the world's leaders in their domains of research, service, and teaching. To secure that stature and to fulfill the University's mission, faculty must be guaranteed the academic freedom and the resources enabling them to shape the character and intellect of our students, to break new ground in research, and to render service of the greatest value to the public as well as the University. The Georgetown model of shared governance recognizes the special role of faculty and ensures that they will be consistently and appropriately involved in the formulation of University policies, especially but not only through the participation of the Faculty Senate and its leadership.
The policies in this Faculty Handbook are the University's enunciation of the rights and responsibilities of faculty members, as approved by the Board of Directors. Faculty contracts make it explicit that those policies collected here form part of the contractual obligations of University and faculty.
In 1974, the Board of Directors accepted the core principles from the classic 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure of the American Association of University Professors. The policies presented here constitute the University's implementation of the principles we draw from that and other sources. We commit to continuing in dialogue with the profession and its leading organizations nationally and internationally, to ensure that the highest standards of freedom and responsibility are met by the University and its faculty.
The Faculty Handbook website contains the authoritative version of current policies. In particular, Board-approved policies defining the rights and responsibilities of faculty members are published and will be updated on this site. Faculty members have additional rights and responsibilities set out in other policies approved by duly authorized administrative officers and faculty governance bodies. Some will be published or linked here for convenience and clarity of communication. In case of conflict among policies and their implementation, Board-approved policies shall prevail. Other offices of the University wishing to inform faculty about Board-approved policies are expected to link to this site.
Georgetown is a Catholic and Jesuit, student-centered research university.
Established in 1789 in the spirit of the new republic, the University was founded on the principle that serious and sustained discourse among people of different faiths, cultures, and beliefs promotes intellectual, ethical, and spiritual understanding. We embody this principle in the diversity of our students, faculty, and staff, our commitment to justice and the common good, our intellectual openness, and our international character.
An academic community dedicated to creating and communicating knowledge, Georgetown provides excellent undergraduate, graduate, and professional education in the Jesuit tradition for the glory of God and the well-being of humankind.
Georgetown educates women and men to be reflective lifelong learners, to be responsible and active participants in civic life, and to live generously in service to others.
Georgetown University provides equal opportunity in employment for all persons, and prohibits unlawful discrimination and harassment in all aspects of employment because of age, color, disability, family responsibilities, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, matriculation, national origin, personal appearance, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran’s status or any other factor prohibited by law. Inquiries regarding Georgetown University’s non-discrimination policy may be addressed to Institutional Diversity, Equity & Affirmative Action, 37th and O Sts., N.W., Suite M36, Darnall Hall, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. 20057.
Georgetown University provides educational opportunities without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, age, color, disability, family responsibilities, familial status, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, personal appearance, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, source of income or any other factor prohibited by law in its educational programs and activities. Inquiries regarding Georgetown University’s non-discrimination policy may be addressed to Institutional Diversity, Equity & Affirmative Action, 37th and O Sts., N.W., Suite M36, Darnall Hall, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. 20057.
Georgetown University is committed to promoting the full realization of equal employment opportunity through an affirmative action program, in compliance with applicable laws. A central premise underlying affirmative action is that, absent discrimination, over time our workforce generally should reflect the gender, racial and ethnic profile of the labor pools from which we recruit and select faculty and staff. The University conducts annual analyses designed to evaluate the composition of our workforce and compare it to the composition of our relevant labor pools. If women and minorities are not being employed at the rate expected given their availability in the relevant labor pool, we engage in specific, practical steps to address this underutilization. In addition, our annual analyses measure the effectiveness of our affirmative action program with respect to disabled individuals and veterans.
The University undertakes appropriate outreach and positive recruitment activities to effectively recruit women, minority members, disabled individuals and veterans. It is the practice of this University and its departments to advertise vigorously and to recruit and hire qualified candidates. To this end, the University will take affirmative action to ensure that all qualified applicants and employees receive fair consideration and treatment. The University recruits, hires, trains and promotes persons in all positions, and ensures that all personnel actions are administered, without regard to membership in a protected class. Employment decisions are based only on valid job requirements. The University takes affirmative action to treat all qualified individuals without discrimination in all employment practices, including advertising, recruitment, selection, rates of pay or compensation, benefits and selection for training, professional development, job classifications, job assignments, leaves of absence, retention, promotion, award of tenure, advancement, transfer, demotion, layoff and termination. The University makes reasonable accommodations for the known physical or mental limitations of otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities.
The University monitors and examines its employment decisions, job qualifications and classifications, personnel processes, and compensation systems to evaluate the impact of those systems on women, minorities, disabled individuals, and veterans.
The University’s approved Affirmative Action Plan provides faculty, staff, student employees and applicants for employment with access to grievance procedures for prompt, fair, and impartial consideration of all complaints of unlawful discrimination on employment matters. Employees and applicants shall not be subjected to harassment, intimidation, threats, coercion or discrimination for engaging in any of the following activities: (1) filing a complaint; (2) assisting or participating in an investigation, compliance evaluation, hearing, or other activity related to the enforcement of the University’s non-discrimination obligations; (3) opposing any unlawful employment act or practice; or (4) exercising any other protected rights.
In support of this policy, the University affirms its commitment to undertake programmatic initiatives to ensure that each member of its community understands the importance of the program and his/her individual responsibility to contribute toward its maximum fulfillment. This policy will be widely disseminated to all members of the University community.
Responsibility for implementing the University’s affirmative action policy lies with Institutional Diversity, Equity & Affirmative Action (IDEAA), 37th and O Sts., N.W., Suite M36, Darnall Hall, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. 20057. Inquiries regarding the University's affirmative action policy should be addressed to IDEAA.