Public Comment

Welcome to the Public Comment phase of the Faculty Manual revision process. 

The goal of the revision process is to produce a really good Faculty Manual, one that streamlines and clarifies workplace rules and generally improves our work environment.

The revision process started in the fall and resulted in a document containing proposed changes that are now ready for faculty review. An outline of the faculty manual revisions, including summary descriptions of the proposed changes and other relevant information, is available to all faculty on the website.

The purpose of the Public Comment period is to create a campus-wide conversation and to gather input from faculty on the proposed revisions.

Faculty have two options for participating in the Public Comment period. One is a structured survey where individual faculty can offer feedback in writing. The other is to discuss and share feedback in a small group gathering. You are encouraged to participate in one or the other, or both.  See below for more information. 

The Public Comment period will last for 30 days, starting Wednesday, January 23 and ending on Thursday February 21.

After the 30-day period, the information collected will be analyzed and shared with the faculty. An initial report will be given to Senate on Friday February 22. The input will inform the next round of revisions and, ultimately, when and how we vote on the Faculty Manual changes.

Faculty input is essential for producing a good manual! Thank you for taking the time to participate!

    • Individual faculty members can provide written feedback via a structured survey of the changes. The survey provides brief summaries of changes in each section and gives you the chance to register your support/opposition and any open-ended comments.
    • To do so, follow the link below. You will be asked to login with your Upstate account username and password. The form will ask for your name, rank, and unit. This information will be used to keep track of submissions and will be aggregated for reporting purposes. Individual names will not be reported.
    • The survey is designed to allow access multiple times so you can edit or take your time filling it out. After you submit the first time, you’ll receive an email with a unique link; use that link to go back into the survey. You can only create a new form once. All other submissions must be done via the unique link provided in the submission email you receive.
    • Please do your best to provide feedback on all of the sections.
    Take Our Survey
  • Join a Session

    • Faculty can also discuss and share input via a small group gathering. This format allows faculty to hear from peers, deliberate on different ideas, raise questions, and propose alternatives.
    • The sessions will have moderators and approximately 12-15 faculty per session; they’ll last about an hour. There are eight sessions, 2 per week. Two of the sessions are designated for certain faculty; six are open to anyone. The days, times and locations vary.
    • To participate, sign up for one of the sessions by clicking on it:

    Friday, January 25,  12 p.m – 1 p.m., CLC 319

    Monday, January 28, 12 p.m – 1 p.m., Media 138

    Friday, February 1,  9 a.m. – 10 a.m., CASB 111

    Tuesday, February 5,  3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Media 324

    Friday, February 8, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. (for Junior Faculty), Media 138

    Wednesday, February 13, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (for Full-time Instructors), CLC 319

    Friday, February 15, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m., CLC 319

    Tuesday, February 19,  9 a.m – 10 a.m, The George, 232