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.