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Faculty and Staff Handbook

The purpose of the UAFS Faculty and Staff handbook is to help employees in their individual roles at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith by introducing them to the university. It is intended to provide information about the institution’s policies and procedures related to employment and employee benefits and to serve as a guide to programs and services available to faculty and staff .
It is the responsibility of each employee to be aware of and keep current on all published policies and procedures and abide by them.
The policies and information within should be seen as broad internal guidelines . As guidelines their applicability may vary with case-specific circumstances; regardless of circumstances, consistency and fairness are values we seek in each decision.
While we have done our best to ensure that the material in this document is accurate, circumstances may occur that will require policies and other information in the handbook to change from time to time . The chancellor reserves the right to modify policies and procedures at any time at sole and absolute discretion. When policy changes are made, the master document will be amended and changes will be announced to the campus community through email.
While the university will attempt to provide employees with advance notice of any change, the university reserves the right to alter these policies at any time without advance notice . This handbook should not be construed as a legal document . The material is not all-inclusive as much of the material in the handbook is summarized . Nothing contained in this document or any verbal statement should be construed as creating any type of employment contract, either expressed or implied, between the university and any employee or a legal document of any kind . Further, nothing in this handbook or any other manual, handbook, or policy should be viewed as limiting the right of the employee or the university to terminate the employment relationship at any time, with or without cause.
Individual colleges and/or departments of the university may establish operating policies and procedures specific to their college or department . Those policies and procedures cannot be in conflict with university policies and procedures or state or federal law.

This document supersedes any previous policy manuals, handbooks, or unwritten policies.