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Faculty Policies Available for Review and Comment

The following policies are available for a faculty review and comment period.  Please email your comments to  All comments will be provided to the committees anonymously.

The Office of the University Secretary will review the comments and determine the best approach to address concerns raised.  This may include consultation with faculty members involved in development of the proposed policy or change.  In consultation with the Chair of the Faculty Committee who developed the proposed policy or proposed changes, the Office of the University Secretary will prepare the recommended policy document for Faculty Senate or University faculty consideration. 

Click on the Policy # below to view the proposed policy.  

PolicyProposed Policy/Revisions with Track ChangesReason for New Policy or Revision of Existing PolicyReview and Comment Period
D175 “Student Conduct and Grievance Procedures” D175 “Undergraduate Student Conduct and Grievance Policy”

Comments on D175 are due by May 10. Please email your comments to

In 2015 and 2016, changes were made to the Student Grievance Procedures to align them with the UNM Administrative Policies 2730 “Sexual Harassment” and 2740 “Sexual Violence and Sexual Misconduct.”  These changes resulted in discrepancies between Policy D175 in the Faculty Handbook and the Student Grievance Procedures posted in the Pathfinder.  The Department of Justice requested that both documents be reviewed and brought into alignment.  The Faculty Senate Policy Committee appointed a task force consisting of faculty, student, and administrative representatives to review and recommend changes to D175.  Because Policy D176 addresses graduate student grievances, Policy D175 was restructured to apply only undergraduate students.  The revised policy also clarifies appeal rights, and deletes Dean of Student procedures which will be published in the Pathfinder as a supplement to Policy D175.  When the revision to D175 is approved, the Student Grievance Procedures posted by Dean of Students will be aligned with D175.       

E40 ”Research Misconduct” E40 ”Research Misconduct”

E40 is under expedited review due to federal compliance issues and comments are due by April 21. Please email your comments to

The current Faculty Handbook E40 policy “Research Misconduct” predates the issuance of the current Public Health Service (PHS) regulations (42CFR Part 93) dated June 16, 2005. Therefore, E40 is being revised to meet the requirements of current laws and regulations. The proposed revision also includes recommendations from the U. S. Office of Research Integrity pertaining to collection, storage, and management of research records.

These proposed changes have been reviewed and endorsed by the Faculty Senate Research Policy Committee, Faculty Senate Policy Committee, Faculty Senate Operations Committee, and the Faculty Senate HSC Council. The proposed changes have also been endorsed by the Vice President for Research and the Vice Chancellor for Research.

C20 "Employment Graduates"C20 "Employment Graduates"

Comments on C20 are due by May 18. Please email your comments to

Faculty Handbook Policy C20 “Employment of UNM Graduates” was last approved by UNM faculty on March 12, 1951. Given the dated nature of this policy, the Faculty Senate Policy Committee performed a thorough review of this policy. This Policy has proven to be counter-productive to many UNM goals, resulting in numerous exceptions to the Policy granted on an institutional-wide basis. Therefore, the Faculty Senate Policy Committee and Operations Committee recommend C20 be eliminated/deleted.

Some of the problems encountered with this Policy include:
1. Policy could led to discriminatory results given that UNM doctoral students are more likely to be minorities.

2. Policy may limit/prevent participation by UNM and its students in The Minority Doctoral Assistance Loan for Service Program sponsored by the NM Department of Higher Education. To be eligible for the loan and subsequent loan forgiveness, the recipient must have a commitment from the sponsoring institution that a tenure-track faculty position will be available in the individual’s discipline when they complete their doctoral degree and are ready to return to the institution as faculty.

3. HSC regularly hires faculty physicians who receive their medical degree and all post-graduate training at UNM. In addition, there are significant difficulties in recruiting faculty physicians.

4. Branch campuses are arbitrarily cut off from a potential pool of good teaching candidates, and in turn our graduates are cut off from potential jobs at the branches."

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