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The year 2005 marked the first edition of the Policy & Procedure Manual that combines and replaces the Faculty Handbook, the Administration Handbook, and the Civil Service Handbook—formerly known as “The Handbook System.” This Manual is the result of collaboration between the former Clerk of the Handbooks, Albert Davis; the former Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs and SACSCOC Accreditation Liaison, Allayne Barrilleaux; and the former Coordinator of Policy and Procedure, Windy Rachal. It is available exclusively on the University website.

The Manual represents a shift toward centralizing important information that affects all employees. It also represents an attempt to centralize the handling of official policies and procedures via the appointment of the Coordinator of Policies and Procedures.

In 2015, the Manual was converted to an online format. A Policy and Procedure Committee was established to be responsible for monitoring all policy changes and for informing all employees of any and all updates. The committee is composed of the following members: Executive Director of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness and SACSCOC Liaison who will serve as Chair, Human Resources Director, Faculty Senate Policy and Procedure Coordinator, Unclassified Staff Advisory Council Representative, Classified Staff Advisory Council Representative, Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs Representative, Dean Representative, and Director of Graduate Studies. The committee developed a form for making changes. Changes will be routed to the various groups represented by the committee. Once the committee approves a change, it will be presented to University Council for approval. Official changes will be announced via email and the changes for each section will be tracked on the bottom of its webpage.

The previous handbooks will remain available for historical and reference purposes on the university’s shared drive.

Inquiries regarding this Manual can be directed to the Executive Director of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness and SACSCOC Liaison, Renee Hicks, renee.hicks@nicholls.edu, or by calling (985) 493-2556.

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