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ERIC Number: ED508921
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 55
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 42
Faculty Handbooks as Enforceable Contracts: A State Guide
American Association of University Professors
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 Association is aware and 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. References to law review articles and other general sources appear at the end of the guide. This compilation is not exhaustive. It excludes scores of cases addressing the enforcement of employee or personnel manuals and handbooks outside higher education, while including a few non-higher education cases where the issues raised in such cases are relevant in a higher education setting. This compilation also includes a few cases that involve personnel manuals and handbooks applicable to college and university staff because these cases touch on issues relevant to the status of faculty handbooks. This guide is not intended as legal advice. Rather, the AAUP intends this guide to provide general legal information about this developing area of the law. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Guides - General; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers; Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Univ. Professors, Washington, DC.