Handbook of Operating Procedures

Rights and Responsibilities of Faculty Members

Policy Number: 135


Rights and Responsibilities of Faculty Members



Date Reviewed:
February 2015
Responsible Office:
Office of Academic and Research Affairs
Responsible Executive:
Executive Vice President for Academic and Research Affairs


This policy, in accordance with Regents’ Rule 31004 - Rights and Responsibilities of Faculty Members, describes the rights and responsibilities of faculty members.

Faculty members have the following rights:

  • Full freedom in research and in the publication of research results;
  • Freedom in discussing his or her subject. Faculty members are expected not to introduce into their teaching controversial matter that has no relation to his or her subject; and
  • Freedom from institutional censorship or discipline when speaking or writing as private citizens.

Faculty members have the following responsibilities:

  • Teaching in the classroom, laboratory, seminar or clinical setting.
  • Making themselves available to students and other trainees to discuss questions, concerns or the progress of the student.
  • Studying, investigating, discovering, creating and developing professionally.
  • Performing curricular tasks auxiliary to teaching, research, and patient care, e.g., serving on faculty committees, attending to administrative and disciplinary tasks, fostering intellectual curiosity and integrity in the student body.
  • Using their professional expertise to benefit society.
  • When speaking or writing as a private citizen, the faculty member should make it plain that he/she is not a spokesperson for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.


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