Faculty Handbook - Part I





The University of Kentucky is a community of scholar-teachers whose relationships are based on respect and trust, and who are committed to the highest level of quality and integrity in their academic work.  The Faculty Handbook is intended to be an informative, useful guide with general information about the University.  This Handbook does not form any portion of the contract between the faculty member and the institution.

The language in the Handbook does not supersede, supplement, alter, or serve as an official interpretation of the language of official University documents such as the Rules of the University Senate, the Governing Regulations, and the Administrative Regulations (GR and AR), the Code of Student Conduct, the University of Kentucky Bulletin, or other documents which are described in the Handbook.  Specific questions regarding the rights and duties of University employees - including faculty employees - can only be resolved by reference to the appropriate official documents.  You can consult the current, official version of most documents at the web sites listed in text.

While efforts will be made to update the Handbook, it should be remembered that changes in policies, procedures, and other information are effective as of the date of action or issuance by the appropriate University body even though such changes have not been distributed or referenced in the Handbook.



 Kentucky State Agricultural and Mechanical College was founded in 1865 as part of Kentucky University (now Transylvania University).  Under the land grant provision of the Federal Morrill Act of 1862, the College was separated from Kentucky University in 1878 and established on a 50-acre site donated by the city of Lexington.  In 1908 the College was re-named the State University, Lexington, Kentucky, and in 1916 it became the University of Kentucky.  The Medical Center was created in 1956, and the colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, and Nursing established.  In 1964, the development of a statewide system of community colleges was initiated as a part of the University.  The University was re-organized into its three chancellor-led sectors (the Community Colleges, the Medical Center, and the Lexington Campus), together with a Central Administration, in 1982.

The Kentucky Postsecondary Education Improvement Act of 1997 declared that by year 2020, the University of Kentucky should achieve the goal of becoming a major comprehensive research institution ranked nationally in the top twenty (20) of public universities; and that the community colleges, except the Lexington Community College, known as the University of Kentucky Community College System, become one of the branches of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.  As a result of this change, the University organization currently consists of two sectors (the Medical Center and the Lexington Campus, which also includes the Lexington Community College) and the Central Administration.


Vision, Mission & Values

The University of Kentucky will be one of the nation's 20 best public research universities.

The University of Kentucky is a public, land grant university dedicated to improving people's lives through excellence in education, research and creative work, service, and health care. As Kentucky's flagship institution, the University plays a critical leadership role by promoting diversity, inclusion, economic development, and human well-being.

The University of Kentucky is guided by its core values:

  • Integrity
  • Excellence
  • Mutual Respect and Human Dignity
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Academic Freedom
  • Shared Governance
  • Work-life Sensitivity
  • Civic Engagement
  • Social Responsibility



The governance of the University of Kentucky is vested by law in the Board of Trustees (KRS 164.131). Within the limits set by the State Constitution and the federal and state laws,* the Board of Trustees is the final authority in all matters affecting the institution and exercises jurisdiction over the institution's financial, educational, and other policies and its relation with the state and federal governments.

These Governing Regulations describe the composition, powers, and duties of the Board of Trustees of the University of Kentucky, as defined by Kentucky Revised Statutes, and establish policies and procedures for the performance of its functions. In these Governing Regulations, the Board of Trustees delegates certain responsibilities to the President, the University Senate, the Staff Senate, the Student Government Association, the Graduate Faculty, and the faculties of educational units in order to provide for the responsible and efficient administration of the University and the accomplishment of its goals.

As the chief administrative officer of the University, the President is authorized by the Board of Trustees to promulgate the Administrative Regulations including the Human Resources Policy and Procedures Administrative Regulation, to provide interpretation and implementation of these Governing Regulations, and of the Minutes of the Board of Trustees, and to delineate policies within the sphere of delegated responsibility. Chief administrative officers are authorized to establish unit policies and procedures attendant to their delegated administrative responsibilities.

At an institution-wide level, the University Senate, as a primary educational policy-forming agency of the University, establishes the broad academic policies of the University. Within the limits set by the Board of Trustees and the University Senate, the Graduate Faculty is delegated jurisdiction over programs leading to graduate degrees and has the responsibility to safeguard, promote and assist in the development of research in all fields. Within the limits set by the institution-wide policies of the Board of Trustees, the University Senate, and the Graduate Faculty, the respective faculties exercise the governance role of policy-making responsibility for the instructional, research and service programs of their educational units. The University Senate, the Graduate Faculty, and the faculties of educational units are authorized to issue rules concerning the policy and procedure-making responsibilities that are attendant to their delegated educational policy-making role.

Adminstrative Organization - AR 1:1


The President

The President is the chief executive officer of the University and is delegated broad authority from the Board of Trustees to administer the academic, administrative, and financial operations of the University.

The President is responsible for:

  • All official relationships and communication with the Board of Trustees.
  • All official University relationships and communication with international, federal, state, and local government agencies, including related policy, legal, planning, and budgetary matters.
  • University policy and planning, as well as the coordination of academic (instruction, research and service), student, business, and administrative services across the University.
  • The management and interpretation of all Board and University policies and regulations.

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The Provost

The Provost serves as the chief academic officer of the University. The Provost works closely with the President in administering, overseeing, and guiding the academic programs of the institution and in developing and promoting a set of academic priorities that will be accomplished with the highest possible quality.

The Provost supervises the academic deans as well as a number of academic support and student service units, including the offices of Undergraduate Education, the Graduate School, University Extension, University Libraries, Student Affairs, International Affairs, Office for Multicultural and Academic Affairs, University Press, and Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness. The Provost works closely with other senior administrators in establishing, implementing, financing, and evaluating the major educational, research, and service initiatives of the University. The Provost authorizes academic appointments and recommends to the President on all promotion and tenure decisions.

The Provost helps insure that the University champions core values, such as freedom of expression, decency and civility in behavior and discourse, the educational benefits conveyed by diversity of intellectual viewpoints and backgrounds, and a spirit of inclusiveness that should enliven a community while at the same time strengthening its stability.

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