This handbook serves as a guideline for the governance of the faculty at California Lutheran University. 

Plans for a handbook began during the first academic year that classes were offered (1960-61) and in its first draft, the faculty handbook was a comprehensive document that included governance also of student and administrative affairs. The handbook has been revised a number of times throughout the history of the school, most notably in 1972 and in l990.  This edition of the handbook recognizes the growth of student affairs and administrative governance structures in recent years. 

Professional staff and members of the University administration are now governed by a separate administrative handbook.  Student affairs are governed by the CLU student handbook. This handbook edition focuses primarily on the areas of responsibility that are delegated by the Board of Regents to faculty governance and on faculty personnel policies.

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