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Office of the Dean of the Faculty

Rules and Procedures of the Professional Researchers and Professional Specialists of Princeton University and Other Provisions of Concern to These Personnel

Last printed Fall 1996; Revised July 2016


Particular rules and procedures set forth in this booklet may be changed, supplemented, or rescinded from time to time by appropriate action of the board of trustees, or the body responsible for a matter in question. Such changes are effective as set forth upon enactment. Copies of the most recent rules and procedures may be obtained from the Office of the Dean of the Faculty. In addition, the most recent edition of the bylaws of the University's trustees may be obtained from the Office of the Vice President and Secretary.

The rules and procedures set forth in this booklet are not intended to address all aspects of employment with the University. The statements set forth in this booklet are not intended as contractual duties or obligations of the University. This booklet is not intended to create any legal rights between the University and its staff nor is it intended to confer any legal benefits to university staff.


Princeton University subscribes to a policy of equal opportunity. The University believes that commitment to principles of fairness and respect for all helps create a climate that is favorable to the free and open exchange of ideas, and the University seeks to reach out as widely as possible in order to attract the ablest individuals as students, faculty, and staff. For these reasons, decisions concerning admission to University academic and other programs, as well as employment decisions in all University departments and offices, are made on the basis of an individual's qualifications to contribute to meeting Princeton's educational objectives and its institutional needs. In applying this policy, the University is committed to the principle of not discriminating against individuals on the basis of personal beliefs or characteristics such as political views, religion, national or ethnic origin, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability unrelated to job or program requirements.

In addition to the general policy just defined, Princeton also has specific legal obligations as a recipient of federal financial assistance and as a federal contractor. These obligations include the development and implementation of a plan to undertake appropriate forms of affirmative action to employ women, people of color, people with disabilities, and protected veterans. Princeton's affirmative action plan is available to employees and job applicants upon request for review between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Office of the Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity, Princeton University, 205 Nassau Hall, Princeton, NJ 08544 or (609) 258-6110. You must schedule an appointment to view the affirmative action plan.

The University president and provost are responsible for overseeing the implementation of this equal opportunity policy and the affirmative action plan. The vice provost for institutional equity and diversity is responsible for monitoring University practices and procedures to ensure compliance with our policy and federal, state, and local laws and regulations, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Inquiries regarding these matters should be directed to the Office of the Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity, Princeton University, 205 Nassau Hall, Princeton, NJ 08544 or (609) 258-6110.


This revised edition of the Rules and Procedures of the Professional Research Staff and Professional Technical Staff of Princeton University defines the basic information of immediate interest and concern to members of the professional research and technical staffs and to other officers of instruction and administration. General information on the University's regulations may be found in Rights, Rules, Responsibilities.

The pursuit of new knowledge through research constitutes a central component of Princeton's excellence. The University has long recognized that the successful functioning of an organization as complex as a modern university is dependent upon the close cooperation of its component parts. In the professional area, these parts include the faculty, research staff, technical staff, library staff, and administration. The close association of these groups in a common task is a reflection of the close association of teaching and research in the higher levels of education. With sustained and mutual reinforcement among these essential elements, the vitality of the institution is maintained and the advancement of knowledge and the development of high talent are accelerated.

It is emphasized that the opportunities for advancement in each of the professional research and technical staff categories are primarily related to the capabilities and contribution of the individual staff member. While the magnitude of the research effort is dependent upon the amount of outside financing in many areas of research, the University assumes that the need for fundamental research will continue, and that the University will be called upon to participate in such research for the indefinite future.

This is a "University Confidential" document in the sense that no portion of it is to be published without the permission of the president of the University, or distributed outside of the Princeton University community.