PREFACE


The Board of Trustees, hereinafter the "Board," is the legal employer of al employees of Colorado School of
Mines, hereinafter "CSM," including those who have been designated as exempt from the State Personnel
System. The Board, which defines all exempt CSM employees as "faculty," regardless of whether their
primary role is academic or administrative, has set forth the general terms and conditions of faculty
employment in this twelfth edition of the CSM Faculty Handbook, hereinafter the "Handbook," as wel as in
other policies or resolutions which it has duly adopted. This Handbook shall supersede all previous editions
of the CSM Faculty Handbook.

The Board desires to establish a col aborative environment in which al participants work together for the
ultimate welfare of the institution, the students, and the faculty. To that end, the Board intends the faculty
to be active participants in the operation of the university. To achieve this objective, this Handbook
contains policies and procedures intended to encourage consultation with the faculty on issues of mutual
concern, such as program changes, employment policies, and other issues related to institutional operation.

Although Colorado law grants to the Board the right to amend this Handbook at any time, the Board intends
to consult with the faculty to the maximum extent practicable prior to implementing a significant change to
any employment policy or procedure contained in the Handbook. Furthermore, except in special cases
requiring prompt action, the Board intends to consider amendments to the Handbook during the spring
semester of each academic year and to make any such amendments effective at the conclusion of the
academic year. The Board also recognizes that Colorado law grants the instructional power of CSM to its
faculty.

The Board may not, and does not intend to, delegate any portion of its statutory management authority
which is not delegable by law. In those areas where the Board is permitted to delegate its management
authority, it intends to do so only through the use of clear and unambiguous language. Consistent with its
statutory authority, the Board delegates to the CSM President the authority to implement non-material
changes to the Handbook format or content.