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Policies Currently Under Review or Development

Policies Under Review

The following policies are under review. While the formal Policy approval process will seek broad input from the campus community, to be sure it is fully inclusive and transparent, each Policy under review will include a 30-day Comment Period, initiated when the first draft of each Policy becomes available. During this time the CMU community is invited to ask questions, or provide comments or suggestions for these Policies via the Comment Form. The comment period for these Policies expires on February 23, 2023.

  • Appointment and Tenure Policy: The university is proposing the addition of a statement reaffirming the university’s values and the fact that that values-led work may be reflected in faculty research, teaching and service. As such, this work will be considered under those existing criteria per the relevant faculty track policy, as part of the reappointment, promotion and tenure review process. The statement encourages faculty to highlight such values-led efforts in their casebook as part of the review process. In addition, the proposed revisions replace outdated, gendered language with gender-neutral language. The proposed changes were presented to ULC on January 17, 2023, at which time the ULC directed that they be posted for a 30-day comment period.
  • Policy on Emeritus Faculty: Following extensive study by the Faculty Affairs Committee of Faculty Senate, in 2020 the committee presented to the Executive Committee of Faculty Senate a proposal for changes to the university’s current Policy on Emeritus Faculty. With unanimous endorsement by the Executive Committee of Faculty Senate, the proposal was forwarded to the provost for consideration in September 2020. The provost convened an ad hoc committee of faculty to review the proposal and gather additional feedback from faculty. The proposed policy that is now posted adopts Faculty Senate’s proposed changes (with added clarification where appropriate) regarding eligibility, service requirements, the process for faculty to request emeritus status, clarification of rights of emeritus faculty, including the right to participate in reappointment, promotion and tenure review meetings, the process and standards for approval, denial and revocation of emeritus status, and the process for faculty to request a hearing by an ad hoc committee regarding denial or revocation of emeritus status. The proposed changes were presented to ULC on January 17, 2023, at which time the ULC directed that they be posted for a 30-day comment period.

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Policies Under Development

  • Video Security Policy Update: It is important to note that Carnegie Mellon UPD has never deployed facial recognition tools on our campus and has no plans to do so. The university has a rigorous process for policy development that provides for stakeholder comments at various stages, and it is common and expected for policy to be shaped and improved through the feedback process. Based on feedback received from the community to the first draft of a video security policy that would have allowed for the potential use of facial recognition tools in criminal investigations, we have decided not to move forward with further consideration of this policy document.