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Faculty Handbook 2010

This eighth edition of the Faculty Handbook, like its predecessors, is issued by the Office of the University Faculty and is intended primarily " provide information for the general guidance of faculty members, particularly newcomers, concerning the university, its organization, and its policies."

Change is continual at Cornell. Each year, new faculty and trustee legislation is enacted; policies, procedures, and fringe benefits are modified; new facilities, centers, institutes, and programs come into being; and the administrative organization is altered. The latest version of this handbook will reside on the University Faculty website ( and policies will be updated as necessary. When circumstances require assurance of completeness or validity of information, the university office that is the authority on the particular matter should be consulted. The Cornell University Policy Office website ( should also be accessed for the current versions of all codified policies. In addition, the staff of the Office of the University Faculty will be pleased to assist faculty members.


William E. Fry

Dean of the University Faculty

To request a paper copy, contact:

Dean of Faculty Office
315 Day Hall
Phone: 255-4843

This handbook describes various Cornell University policies and procedures of interest to the University Faculty. The handbook, however, is not intended to create a contract between the university and its employees or to set forth terms or conditions of employment. NOTE: In many cases, policies governing the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College and Graduate School of Medical Sciences of Cornell University differ from policies governing Cornell's Ithaca campus. Faculty at the Medical College and Graduate School of Medical Sciences should consult the Office of the Provost for Medical Affairs for the relevant policies.

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The University Faculty
315 Day Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853