Employee Handbook

A Note from the President

Welcome to the Fairleigh Dickinson University community. We believe that you have a significant contribution to make to our organization, where the human dimension is recognized and valued. We strive to create work environments where people feel good about the work they do and the team they are part of. Fairleigh Dickinson University feels strongly about the importance of family and has designed its time off benefits in such a way as to provide the opportunity for an excellent quality of life for its employees. We feel that we have been successful in humanizing the workplace and are well on our way to realizing our goal of most desired employer status.

The University administration has an open door policy, and we are committed to being pro-active. Please do not assume that you need to have a problem before contacting your supervisor or any staff member of the Human Resources Department. They are there to help you with any research or reference information you may need.

My personal best wishes for your success and happiness at Fairleigh Dickinson University.


Michael Avaltroni, Ph.D.

This Employee Handbook has been prepared to inform you of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s philosophy, employment practices, and University guidelines, as well as the benefits provided to you as a valued employee.

This handbook is not a contract of employment; rather, this handbook is to be considered a set of employee guidelines.

  • Fairleigh Dickinson University, at its option, may change, delete, suspend or discontinue any part or parts of the University guidelines in the Employee Handbook at any time without prior notice as business, employment legislation, or economic conditions dictate.
  • Any such action shall apply to existing as well as to future employees.
  • No one other than the associate vice president of human resources may alter or modify any of the University guidelines in this Employee Handbook.
  • No statement or promise by a manager or department head, past or present, may be interpreted as a change in University guidelines nor will it constitute a binding agreement with an employee.

Should any provision in the Employee Handbook be found to be unenforceable and invalid, such finding does not invalidate the entire Employee Handbook, but only that particular provision.

This Employee Handbook (9/02) replaces any and all other or previous Employee Handbooks, or other University guidelines or guidance given to individuals, whether written or oral.

*Terms and conditions of employment for faculty members and members of the Local 153 bargaining unit are contained in the Faculty Handbook and the Agreement between Fairleigh Dickinson University and Office & Professional Union, Local 153 AFL-CIO. Said documents act as the governing law when in conflict with the contents of this handbook.