ERIC Number: ED476227
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Faculty Handbooks as Enforceable Contracts: A State Guide. 2002 Edition.
American Association of Univ. Professors, Washington, DC.
Each year the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) receives many inquiries about the legal status of faculty handbooks. To respond to some common inquiries, the Association's legal office prepared this overview of faculty handbook decisions. It is arranged by state and includes decisions of which the AAUP is aware and those that it considers most helpful. The guide provides background to help professors, administrators, and their lawyers analyze whether the provisions of a faculty handbook are enforceable as a contract. Forty-one states have held that contractual terms can at time be implied from communications such as oral assurances, preemployment statements, or handbooks. References to law review articles and other general sources appear at the end of the guide, but the guide is not intended as legal advice. (SLD)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Contracts, Faculty College Relationship, Faculty Handbooks, Higher Education, Legal Responsibility
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Univ. Professors, Washington, DC.