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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Front Cover
    Front Matter
        Page 2
    Table of Contents
        Page 3
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        Page 5
        Page 6
    Welcome
        Page 7
        Page 8
    Governance
        Page 9
        Page 10
    The University of The Bahamas
        Page 11
    The College System
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    Research Centres and Institutes
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    Academic Year
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    Faculty Duties and Responsibilities
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    Conditions of Service
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        Page 24
    Benefits
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    Academic Programme Requirements
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    Academic Rules and Regulations
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    Libraries and Instructional Media Services ( LIMS )
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    Office of Student Affairs
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    Union of Tertiary Educators of The Bahamas
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    Important Telephone Numbers
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COLLEGE / UNIVERSITY OF
THE BAHAMAS FACULTY HANDBOOK

Compiled using the best information available at the time of
publication, this Handbook contains policies, guidelines and
information intended to help faculty maximize their work
experience and efficiency at The College of The Bahamas. This
Handbook is not to be considered a contractual agreement. All
information is subject to change without notice or obligation.
The Handbook is produced by the Office of Communication, with
the assistance of the Office of Academic Affairs.

(c) The College of The Bahamas 2007


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TABLE OF CONTENTS


7 Welcome Dr. Rhonda Chipman-Johnson
Executive Vice
President and Vice President Academic Affairs
9 Governance
Administrative Officers
11 The University of The Bahamas
Mission
12 The College System/
Campuses
14 Research Centres and Institutes
15 Partnerships
16 Academic Year
Academic Calendar
Events Calendar
Regularly Scheduled Meetings
Work Day
19 Faculty Duties and Responsibilities
Teaching, Research and Scholarship, Service
20 Assessment and Evaluation
Class Cancellation
COB E-mail Account
Examinations
21 Faculty Plan
Teaching Load
22 Conditions of Service
Appointments
Classroom Observations
Contracts
Dress
23 Employee Number and Identification Card
Mandatory Retirement Age
Permanent Establishment
Promotion
Resignation
Salary


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24 Student Feedback Reports
Work and Residency Permits
25 Benefits
Attendance at Conferences
Compassionate Leave
Gratuity
Health Insurance
26 Increments
National Insurance
Paid Study Leave
Parking
Pensions
Sabbatical Leave
27 Salary Deduction
Sick Leave
Tuition Reduction
28 Tuition Waiver
Vacation Leave
29 Academic Programme Requirements
Academic Advising
Course Outlines
Student Access to Faculty
30 Academic Rules and Regulations
Academic Probation
Academic Suspension
Academic Withdrawal
31 Class Attendance
Course Registration Cancellation
Cross Moderation
32 Directed Independent Study
Expulsion
Extraordinary Sitting of Final Examination
33 Final Examinations
Grade Records
Grade Reporting
34 Grading System
Failed Courses
Incompletes


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36 Libraries and Instructional Media Services
Audiovisual Equipment
Books on Reserve
Borrowing Privileges
Deposit Collections
37 E-Resources and Databases
Information Literacy Skills and Library Tours
Public Access Catalogue
Research Support
38 Office of Student Affairs
Athletics and Intramural Sports
Counselling Services
Health Services
39 Wellness Centre
40 Union of Tertiary Educators of The Bahamas
41 Important Telephone Numbers


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Welcome by Dr. Rhonda Chipman-Johnson
Executive Vice-President
Vice President Academic Affairs

I extend a warm welcome to faculty who are joining The
College for the first time. To our returning faculty, I say welcome
back! We trust that you will find this Handbook useful and that
you will have important information at your disposal. Where we
fall short of your expectations we hope that you will let us know
how we might improve. Over the years, faculty members have
played very significant roles in the development of our College.
We now Look forward to your continued support as we transition
to The University of The Bahamas. I wish you all an enriching and
successful academic year!


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Portia Smith Student Services Centre, Oakes Field Campus
Admissions
Business Office
Athletic Director
Counselling and Health Services
Financial Aid & Housing
Records
Registrar
Security Services Department
Vice President, Human Resources, Finance & Administration
Vice President, Student Affairs






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The general responsibility for the educational policy
and administration of COB is vested in the College Council
which consists of The College's President, two public officers, a
student, a faculty member, President of the Alumni Association
and five persons representing relevant sectors of the economy.

The Academic Board, subject to the direction of the
Council, is responsible for the academic administration of COB.
The Board is made up of the Vice President, Academic Affairs,
Academic Deans and Executive Directors, Chairs of Schools,
the College Librarian, a representative from The College of The
Bahamas Union of Students (COBUS), a representative from The
Union of Tertiary Educators of The Bahamas (UTEB), the Vice
President of Student Affairs and the Director of Counselling and
Health Services.

Administrative Officers
Janyne M Hodder, President
Dr Rhonda Chipman-Johnson, Executive Vice President and Vice
President, Academic Affairs
Denton Brown, Vice President, Human Resources, Finance and
Administration
Dr Danny Davis, Registrar
Dr Linda Davis, Vice President, Research, Graduate Programmes
and International Relations
Patricia Glinton-Meicholas, Vice President, Communication
Dr Pandora Johnson, Vice President, Outreach
Colyn Major, Vice President, Student Affairs
Rubie Nottage, Secretary General
Dr Coralee Kelly, Associate Vice President, Northern Bahamas
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Academic Deans/Executive Directors
Dr Earla Carey-Baines, Faculty of Liberal & Fine Arts
Office: A-87; Tel: 302-4313
Dr Brenda Cleare, Faculty of Pure & Applied Sciences
Office: T-6B; Tel: 302-4404
Dr Lincoln Marshall, Executive Director, Culinary & Hospitality
Management Institute
Office: BTTC-058; Tel: 323-5804
Dr Thaddeus McDonald, Faculty of Social
& Educational Studies. Office: MHE-309; Tel: 397-2610
Dr Kathleen Sullivan-Sealey, Executive Director, Marine &
Environmental Studies Institute
Office: RGPIR Centre; Tel: 302-4413

Chairs
Dr Marjorie Brooks-Jones, School of English Studies
Office: A-97; Tel: 302-4385
Laura Colebrooke-Knowles, School of Nursing & Allied Health
Professions
Office: GCC-208; Tel: 302-5811
Christine Diment, School of Communication and Creative Arts
Office: S-07; Tel: 302-4328
Gloria Gomez, School of Education
Office: MHE-307; Tel: 397-2605
Bridget Hogg, School of Sciences and Technology
Office: G-1; Tel: 302-4389
Remelda Moxey, School of Business. Office: B-19; Tel: 302-4332
Dr. Kirkley Sands, School of Social Sciences
Office: MHE-311; Tel: 397-2608

Location Key
A Administration or 'A'-Block, Oakes Field Campus (OFC)
Thompson Blvd and Poinciana Drive
B 'B'-Block, OFC, adjacent to Tucker Road
BTTC Bahamas Tourism Training Centre, OFC, Thompson BLvd.
G 'G'-Block, OFC, nearest Portia Smith Centre.
GCC Grosvenor Close Campus, Shirley Street
MHE Michael H Eldon Complex, OFC, Thompson Blvd.
RGPIR Office of Research, Graduate Programmes & Interna
tional Relations, Oakes Field Plaza, Thompson BLvd.
T T'-Block, OFC, adjacent to Tucker Road.
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As an archipelago with a small population distributed
in widely and unevenly scattered communities, The Bahamas
offers opportunities and challenges in the field education. The
University has the opportunity to capitalize on the distinctive
natural environment of The Bahamas and the strengths of the
Bahamian economy to provide a unique Learning experience
for students. At the same time, it must reach out to students
Living outside the main urban centres using appropriate Learning
techniques and increase enrolment by attracting non-traditional
and international students, thereby enriching the on-campus
student experience.

Mission

The University of The Bahamas
* is a publicly-supported University providing excellent and
accessible university education to students across the nation
and internationally
* offers a broad range of undergraduate programmes and
professional graduate programmes
* offers a select number of graduate research programmes
in areas where it can achieve excellence by virtue of its
particular environment and expertise
* is committed to academic freedom, high standards of
teaching, scholarship and research and aims to prepare
students to participate fully in the social, cultural, political,
economic and spiritual life of their communities
* offers and seeks partnerships, nationally and internationally,
with other institutions and community groups that share
its commitment to creating and sharing knowledge and
education for a better world.


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Oakes Field Campus
The principal campus of The College of The Bahamas, the Oakes
Field Campus (OFC), is highly urbanised, situated within two
miles of the centre of Nassau and houses the following academic
units:
* Faculty and School of Business
* Centre for Continuing Education and Extension Services
(CEES)
* Culinary and Hospitality Management Institute (CHMI)
* International Languages and Cultures Institute [ILCI)
* Faculty of Liberal and Fine Arts
School of Communication and Creative Arts
School of English Studies
* Faculty of Social and Educational Studies
School of Social Sciences
* Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences
School of Sciences and Technology

Oakes Field Campus facilities cover about 75 acres and include
the following:
* Administration Building
* Main Library and Instructional Media Department
* Portia M Smith Student Services Centre
* Student Union Building
* Bahamas Tourism Training Centre
* Michael H Eldon Complex
* Chapter One Bookstore
* Performing Arts Centre
* Band Shell
* Cafeteria (operated as a Sbarro franchise)

The Bahamas Tourism Training Centre [home of the Culinary
and Hospitality Management Institute) also houses the University
of The West Indies Hotel Management Programme, the LLB
programme and classes of the Eugene Dupuch Law School.
Additionally, Oakes Field makes use of Leased properties,
including the Munnings Building, which houses ILCI, and a unit


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in the Oakes Field Plaza, which houses the Office of Research,
Graduate Programmes and International Relations.

Grosvenor Close Campus
This campus is home to the School of Nursing and Allied Health
Professions, which is subsumed under the Faculty of Pure and
Applied Sciences.

Northern Bahamas Campus
The Northern Bahamas Campus (NBC) is situated on West
Settlers' Way in the centre of the Freeport commercial area.
NBC caters mainly to part-time students pursuing bachelor
degrees in Education and Business Administration (Accounting
and Management), an Associate degree in Computer Information
Systems, adult upgrading in Mathematics and English and the
College Preparatory Programme. A Diploma in Education is
offered and programmes in Hospitality Studies are also available
at this campus. In conjunction with CEES, NBC offers a number
of general interest courses. The campus has a modest Library
and computer centre.

Site preparation has begun for the construction of the new
Campus to the east of Freeport on 50 acres of Land donated by
the Grand Bahama Port Authority.

Family Island Centres
COB's Family Island Centres in Abaco and Andros facilitate
upgrading opportunities to the level of college entrance and the
pursuit of general interest courses in the areas of professional
and personal development. Academic programme offerings
beyond upgrading, even to the baccalaureate level, may be
offered on the basis of class size and resource availability.

Exuma Centre utilises the Ministry of Education, Youth,
Sports and Culture's Resource Centre. Located just outside
Georgetown, the Centre began in 1993 as an experiment to
upgrade a group of adults to the Level of college entrance. The
Centre's embryonic library supports the research needs of the
relevant programmes.


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Gerace Research Centre (GRC), formerly the Bahamian
Field Station, is Located on the island of San Salvador and
has been in operation since 1971. It offers facilities for local
and international students and professors and researchers
to conduct investigations in archaeology, biology, geology
and marine science. Situated on 8 acres of land, GRC boasts
15 buildings, accommodation for 200 people, 10 Laboratory/
classrooms, 2 Lecture rooms, an air-conditioned Library,
computers with Internet access, a specimen repository, a wet Lab
with sea water aquaria and basketball and volleyball courts.

Bahamas Environmental Research Centre (BERC) is an evolving
'non-profit' research and education centre located in Staniard
Creek, Central Andros. It was founded in 1995 as a collaborative
effort of The College of The Bahamas, George Mason University
(GMU], USA, and the people of Andros, in particular the
settlement of Staniard Creek. BERC supports and facilitates
teaching, Learning, research and collaborative, community-based
initiatives and outreach programmes by providing classrooms,
Laboratories, accommodation, support equipment, expertise and
vehicles.

Marine and Environmental Studies Institute (MESI) was created
in 2005 as a multidisciplinary, research unit. MESI works with
the Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences and other academic
units to meet national needs in scientific and technical research
and information synthesis and dissemination. MESI is designed
to build the national capacity for research and monitoring of
marine and environmental resources and provide policy options
for natural resource management. MESI resides within the
portfolio of the Office of Research, Graduate Programmes and
International Relations.


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Poultry Research Unit (PRU) operates a fully automated broiler
production system and is incorporated into MESI as a part of
a Sustainable Science Initiative (SSI). The College completed
construction of the first phase of the PRU in mid-2004 with
generous funding through the Freedom Foundation.
The Unit is located on a three-acre Lot provided by the Ministry
of Agriculture at the Gladstone Road Agricultural Centre on New
Providence. PRU conducts research and training programmes
focused on sustainable broiler production for The Bahamas
and is mandated to develop better small production models to
improve the nutritional value of broiler chickens and reduce the
environmental impacts of intensive poultry farming.

Research Unit was established in 1992 to promote research-
based policy and programme development; coordinate and
develop research initiatives and capabilities; disseminate
research findings; and nurture the Local intellectual climate. The
Unit sponsors Research Edge Forum, a Lecture series for the
dissemination of research findings, and publishes Forum, The
College's research journal.

Partnerships
The College maintains ongoing relationships with local
businesses, organizations, government ministries and
community agencies. Representatives of these entities serve on
advisory committees and assist with planning and monitoring
the institution's work. Programmes in banking, nursing and
environmental health, social work and public administration are
offered in conjunction with, respectively, Bahamas Institute of
Bankers, Ministry of Health, Department of Social Services and
Ministry of Public Personnel.


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The academic year of The College of The Bahamas comprises
two semesters: fall and spring. Each semester consists of 14
weeks of instruction followed by a ten-day examination period.
Normally, the Fall Semester runs from the last Monday in August
to mid-December and is followed by the December/January
intercessional break. The Spring Semester runs from early
January to mid-April. Annual commencement exercises are held
following final examinations for Spring Semester. In addition to
the Fall and Spring Semesters, COB offers two six-week sessions
during the summer.

Academic Calendar (See insert for Current Semester)

Events Calendar
Numerous social, cultural and educational events are held at
COB throughout the academic year. An Events Calendar will be
posted to The College's web site at www.cob.edu.bs and sent via
electronic mail to all faculty and staff. Faculty are encouraged to
attend as many events as possible.

Regularly Scheduled Meetings
Academic Board meets on the first Monday of every month.
Chairs meet from 2:00 4:00 pm on the last Monday in every
month.
School meetings are held from 2:00 4:00 pm on the first
Thursday of every month.
Departmental meetings are held from 2:00 4:00 pm on the
second Thursday of every month.
UTEB [union] meetings are held from 2:00 4:00 pm on the third
Thursday of every month.
General faculty meetings are held from 2:00 4:00 pm on the
second Thursday of every month.

Work Day
The College Day runs from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. and is
divided into three sessions:
Morning 8:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.
Afternoon 1:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.
Evening 6:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m.
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Oakes Field Campus Aerial View
Administration Block in foreground



















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Michael H Eldon Complex, Oakes Field Campus
Chapter One Bookstore
Copy Right Business Centre
Executive Boardroom, George Morley Suite
Graduate Programmes Office
Graduate Studies Seminar Rooms
Office of the President Emerita
Offices of Education and Social Science Faculty
School of Education
School of Social Sciences
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While the pattern of duties and responsibilities may vary among
Schools/Institutes, disciplines, departments and individuals, the
following constitute the principal obligations of full-time faculty
members:

Teaching
* Preparation, organisation and presentation of course
materials at scheduled class times;
* Planning for and preparation of course materials to facilitate
students' learning;
* Availability to students outside of class hours;
* Direction and evaluation of student progress in courses; and
* Research, thesis and practical work (including marking and
timely submission of grades).

Research and Scholarship
* Research, scholarly and critical or creative work within the
member's field;
* Dissemination of such work through teaching and publishing
in respected publications, presentation of scholarly papers,
exhibitions, and other appropriate means;
* Ongoing curriculum development and related support work;
and
* Publication of books.

Service to The College and/or Community
* Participation on College-wide bodies;
* Sharing of the administrative work of the Department,
Faculty, University and UTEB, including student advisement;
and
* Taking an active role in scientific, cultural, educational,
professional, governmental and social bodies and events,
together with those activities involving expertise or which
popularise the discipline and which are relevant to, and
compatible with, the professorial role.


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Assessment and Evaluation
The teaching, research/scholarship and service activities of
all full-time faculty are assessed annually. At the end of every
academic year, faculty are required to submit a report detailing
their performance activities in the areas of teaching, research/
scholarship and service, along with supporting documentation,
to their Chair for annual review. Chairs, in conjunction with
Heads of Departments and Programme Coordinators, review
faculty files, comment on them, have faculty sign off on the file to
indicate they have seen the comments, and forward the files to
the Dean for review and comments. The file is then forwarded to
the Vice President, Academic Affairs, for review and comments,
and then forwarded to the Human Resources Department.

Class Cancellation. Faculty are expected to meet with all
classes on the days and and at the times for which they are
assigned. However, faculty who are forced to cancel a class
due to illness or some other extenuating circumstance are
required to notify his or her Chair as soon as possible. Chairs
are responsible for ensuring that students are informed of
the cancelled class. Faculty are responsible for ensuring that
students are given the opportunity to cover the material missed
as a result of class cancellation.

COB E-MailAccount. All faculty are assigned a COB e-mail
account by the Department of Management Information Services
[MIS]. Faculty are required to activate and use this account.
For additional information contact the -ITC Help Desk at
ITHelpDeskflcob.edu.bs or 302-4588

Examinations. Faculty are responsible for setting and
invigilating mid-semester and final examinations in accordance
with Departmental and School/Institute guidelines and
procedures and COB policy.


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Faculty Plan. At the beginning of each academic year, faculty
are required complete the Faculty Plan in which they identify
their goals and objectives for teaching, research/scholarship and
service for the year, as well their plans for the summer. This
plan is to be submitted to the Chair for review and discussion
by the third week of September. At the beginning of the Spring
Semester, faculty should reflect on and revise their Plan as
necessary. Faculty are required to submit the Faculty Plan to the
Chair along with the report detailing their performance activities
in the areas of teaching, research/scholarship and service for the
purposes of the annual review.

Teaching Load
Full-time faculty
* are required to teach 12-14 hours per week per Fall and
Spring Semester;
* are assigned no more than 24-26 teaching hours over the
Fall and Spring Semesters;
* who teach more than 14 hours per week are entitled to
overload pay;
* are required to hold at least 4 office hours per week; and
* may opt to teach in the Summer Sessions for pay.

Part-time faculty
* may teach two [2 )courses per Fall and Spring Semester;
* are required to hold at least one (1] office hour per week;
* are required to invigilate the examinations for their assigned
courses; and
* may opt to teach in the Summer Sessions.


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Appointments
ALL faculty appointments, renewals, discipline and/or
terminations are the responsibility of the College Council.
Normally, the Council exercises this authority only after
considering the recommendations of the Appointments and
Disciplinary Board. Appointments of non-Bahamian faculty,
which are subject to approval by the Department of Immigration,
are given in initial two-year contracts, although visiting
appointments for one year may be considered.

Classroom Observations. All faculty new to The College,
regardless of rank or years of experience, are required to
participate in classroom observations. Two observations, one
announced visit and one unannounced visit, are conducted in
the first year during the Fall and Spring Semesters by the Chair,
Head of Department, Programme Coordinator and/or, in some
instances, the Subject Coordinator. Faculty who have achieved
satisfactory classroom observations after two consecutive
14-week semesters (inclusive of the probationary year), are
not required to participate in classroom observations for the
purposes of assessment and evaluation unless their teaching
becomes an area of concern. Classroom Observation Reports
are a part of the assessment and evaluation of faculty teaching
performance.

Contracts. An appointment of at least one (1) year, which may be
renewed subject to satisfactory performance evaluation and the
needs of The College. A 15% gratuity is paid at the end of each
contract. Normally, retired COB faculty members are eligible
for a one (1)-year contract subject to satisfactory performance
evaluation and the needs of The College. Normally, non-
Bahamians are offered two (2)-year contracts.

Dress. Usually, a relaxed form of business attire is worn on
campus. Men tend to wear short-sleeved, open-necked shirts
with Long trousers or "Safari" or "Leisure" suits; women tend
to wear dresses, skirts and tops or light-weight trouser suits.
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Employee Number and Identification Card. Official College of
The Bahamas employee numbers and identification photo cards
are assigned and issued to all full-time faculty. The ID card
is prepared in the Portia M. Smith Student Services Building,
second floor. Faculty are expected to wear their ID cards while
on campus.

Mandatory Retirement Age. 65 years. Retired COB faculty
may be offered a one (11-year contract, subject to renewal
upon satisfactory performance evaluation and the needs of The
College.

Permanent Establishment. A pensionable appointment without
term which may only be terminated for cause and in accordance
with the provisions of the Collective Agreement.

Probation. With the exception of faculty on contract, all new
faculty are placed on probation for one (1) year commencing
with the first date of employment. At the end of the probationary
period, a faculty member may be offered Permanent
Establishment status.

Promotion. Faculty who meet the criteria are eligible for
consideration for promotion from one rank to the other. Faculty
should consult their Chairs, Deans/Executive Directors or the
Human Resources Department for additional information.

Resignation. Faculty who wish to resign from The College
shall give notice as follows: Permanent Establishment one (1)
month's written notice; all other categories three (3) months'
written notice. However, any faculty member who plans to
resign is strongly encouraged to give The College at least a (1)
semester's notice. The notice should be sent to the Chair, who
will forward it to the relevant Vice President.

Salary. Salaries are deposited directly to the faculty member's
bank account approximately two [2] working days before the end
of the month.


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Student Feedback Reports. Students complete these forms
during the Fall and Spring Semester for all classes for all
faculty. Chairs are responsible for coordinating the distribution
of the Feedback Report forms by week 12 of the Semester. They
are also responsible for submitting the completed forms for
processing and for ensuring that completed Reports are made
available to individual faculty members as soon as possible
after the submission of final course grades. Student Feedback
Reports are a part of the assessment and evaluation of faculty
teaching performance.

Work and Residency Permits. Non-Bahamians who wish to
work in The Bahamas must be issued with a work permit by the
Department of Immigration. Persons must apply for the work
permit prior to their arrival in The Bahamas. Residency Permits
are issued by the Department of Immigration to the spouse and/
or dependents of persons holding a valid Work Permit. Work
and Residency Permits are necessary to re-enter The Bahamas
whenever Permit holders travel abroad.


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Attendance at Conferences. All faculty are encouraged to attend
professional conferences and workshops. Faculty who have
worked at The College for at least a year are eligible for financial
assistance to attend professional conferences and workshops.
Faculty may receive $800 $1,200 maximum per trip, per year,
for international travel; up to $500 for local conferences. In
those instances where the faculty member is a presenter,
COB will, in addition to the above, pay the registration fee to
a maximum of $1,200. Faculty are required to complete the
College of The Bahamas Professional Leave Application Form as
well as the Professional Leave Projected Expenses Form.

Compassionate Leave. Using the Compassionate Leave Form,
faculty may apply for a maximum of six (6) working days with
pay in the event of the death of a father, mother, grandparent,
foster parent, step parent, husband, wife, child, brother, sister
or legal dependent, or a maximum of three [3] working days
with pay in the event of the death of a parent-in-law, a son-
in-law, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, aunt,
uncle, niece or nephew. The fact of a death in a family does
not entitle a faculty member to an absence of 6 or 3 days with
pay, but only such period, aside from the day of the funeral, as
is necessary to travel or to make requisite arrangements. In
exceptional circumstances, The College may consider extending
the maximum leave. In cases of travel, up to an additional twp
[2] days may be granted.

Gratuity. In lieu of a pension and upon satisfactory completion
of a contract, faculty are paid a gratuity of 15% of total basic
salaries earned during the contractual period.

Health Insurance. The College of The Bahamas provides
contributory health insurance for faculty and staff with Atlantic
Medical, a local company with international affiliates. All faculty
and staff are expected to participate in this plan if they do not
have any other form of medical insurance coverage. The College
contributes 60% of the single coverage cost for each faculty
member in the plan. The current monthly rates are:


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Single Coverage (medical) $111.47
Dependent Coverage (employee and spouse) $283.85
Dependent Coverage (employee and child/children) $215.99
Dependent Coverage (employee, spouse, children] $439.43

Increments. Annual increments are awarded on the basis of
satisfactory performance in teaching, research/scholarship and
service as outlined in the Faculty Assessment and Evaluation
Document. Faculty who join The College in August are eligible
for increments in September; faculty who join The College in
January are eligible for increments in January.

National Insurance. National Insurance at the rate of 3.4%
per week is deducted from all salaries up to a maximum of
$400.00 per week for the purpose of providing retirement,
sickness, maternity, funeral expenses and industrial benefits to
all working persons in The Bahamas. Booklets with additional
information on deductions, benefits and services are available
from the National Insurance Office.

Paid Study Leave. Faculty who are on Permanent Establishment
and who have completed four [4) years of service at The College
are eligible for paid study leave. Normally, faculty with Less than
5 years of service before the mandatory retirement age are not
eligible for paid study Leave. For additional information, faculty
should contact the Human Resources Department.

Parking. There is no charge for parking at COB. Faculty and
staff are advised to park in designated parking areas and to lock
their vehicles at all times. The College is not responsible for Loss
or damage to property.

Pensions. Faculty on Permanent Establishment are
pensionable.

Sabbatical Leave. Sabbatical Leave affords faculty a regular
opportunity to maintain and enhance their academic and
professional competence, free from normal on-campus
teaching/professional and service obligations. It is intended to
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through sustained periods of concentrated research and study.
Permanent faculty are eligible for sabbatical leave after 6 years
of full-time continuous service at COB. Faculty should consult
Human Resources for additional information.

Salary Deduction. Faculty who wish to make arrangements
for salary deductions must notify Human Resources in writing.
Often, a salary deduction form is provided by the company/
institution for which the salary deduction is sought. The
completed form can be submitted to the Human Resources
Department for processing.

Sick Leave. Full-time faculty are eligible for a maximum of 20
working days (sick leave] per year (September 1 to August 31)
with full pay. Faculty who exhaust the 20 working days per year,
should consult Human Resources.

Normally, faculty who are ill for two [2] consecutive working
days need not submit a medical certificate up to an aggregate
of 8 working days per year. However, COB reserves the right to
require that a faculty member produce a medical certificate after
repeated absences even if he or she has been absent for fewer
than two days in any single month. If a faculty member is absent
beyond two consecutive working days in any month, he or she
must provide The College, within 72 hours, with a report from
his or her physician stating that the faculty member is medically
unfit to perform normal work duties during the days in question.
Weekends and public holidays falling within a period of sick
leave count as days of sick Leave covered by the statement from
the physician, unless otherwise indicated. Such weekends and
public holidays will not be deducted from the faculty member's
sick Leave entitlement.

Tuition Reduction. Faculty who have successfully completed
their probationary period are entitled to a 50% reduction in
tuition at COB. Spouses of faculty who have successfully
completed their probationary period are entitled to a 50%
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Tuition Waiver. Faculty who have successfully completed their
one-year probationary period are entitled to full tuition waiver for
their dependent children up to the age of 25, who are registered
full-time students at The College of The Bahamas. Tuition
waiver will be granted for a maximum of 4 years. Students who
need more than 4 years to complete their programmes will be
considered on a case-by-case basis.

Vacation Leave. ALL full-time faculty are entitled to five (5) weeks
vacation per year, to be taken during the summer sessions.


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Academic Advising. Academic advisors help students fulfill
their academic goals and requirements by assisting with the
planning of course schedules and keeping advises abreast
of changes and/or new academic requirements, rules and
regulations. Academic advisors are assigned by Chairs in
consultation with Heads of Departments and/or Programnme
Coordinators.

Course Outlines. Faculty are required to provide each student
with an Academic Board-approved course outline indicating
the course description and prerequisites, objectives, content,
assessment and required and supplementary readings. Faculty
who wish to make changes to the Academic Board-approved
course outline, must consult their Subject Coordinators, Heads
of Department and/or Programme Coordinators and their Chairs
and observe the necessary protocols. The Office of each School/
Institute is responsible for ensuring that copies of Academic
Board-approved outlines are available to faculty for distribution
to students.

In addition to the Academic Board-approved course outline,
faculty should provide each student with a written course
syllabus. This syllabus should indicate office location, hours
and telephone number, class participation and attendance
requirements, expectations for assignments, assignments
(inclusive of guidelines and due dates), proposed semester plan,
etc. Sample syllabi are available in many School/Institute offices.

Student Access to Faculty. Our students are our top priority.
Faculty are expected to offer assistance and support to students
inside and outside of the classroom. In addition to the required
four (4) office hours per week, faculty are expected to make
themselves available to students at other mutually agreed times.
Faculty are also reminded that students have a right to feedback
on tests and final examinations and faculty should be ready and
willing to facilitate this, when such requests are made.


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Faculty are expected to observe the academic rules and
regulations of The College. Faculty should consult their Chairs,
Deans/Executive Directors for copies of academic policies and
forms. Several policies/regulations with which faculty should be
familiar are identified below.

Academic Probation. Students are placed on academic
probation if they fail to maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.00. They
must meet with their designated academic advisor to agree
a plan of action that will best help their academic progress.
Full-time students may take a maximum of three [3] courses
[but no more than eleven (11] credit hours) during the semester
and 1 course (but no more than five (5) credit hours) during the
summer session. Part-time students may take one (1) course
during the semester and one (1) course during the summer
session. Students who achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of
2.00 within one year of being placed on probation will be removed
from academic probation.

Academic Suspension. Students are placed on academic
suspension if, after one year of being placed on academic
probation, they fail to achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of
2.00. They are ineligible to register for COB courses for one (1]
semester after being placed on academic suspension and should
consult their designated academic advisor to devise a plan of
action that will best help their academic progress. Students
should contact the Office of the Dean/Executive Director for
information regarding readmission.

Academic Withdrawal. Students are placed on academic
withdrawal if, after being placed on academic suspension,
they fail to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 for
the semester immediately following readmission. They are
ineligible to register for COB courses for one (1) year after
being placed on academic withdrawal and should consult their
designated academic advisor to devise a plan of action that will
best help their academic progress. Students should contact the


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Office of the Dean/Executive Director for information regarding
readmission.

Class Attendance. ALL students are expected to attend,
on time, each meeting of all courses for which they have
registered. Punctuality, reliability in attendance and attention
to assignments constitute three of the most significant factors
that contribute to success at college. Failure to be punctual may
result in a Lowered grade or cancellation of course registration.
Failure to attend classes may result in cancellation of course
registration.

Course Registration Cancellation. A student's registration
in a course may be cancelled if he or she fails to be punctual
for at least 25 percent of the class sessions by mid-semester
break; fails to attend the first two class sessions following the
end of the late registration period; or fails to attend at least 75
percent of the class sessions by mid-semester break. Course
registration cancellation results in the removal of the course
from the student's academic record. Instructors must submit a
completed Course Registration Cancellation Form along with the
Class Register to the Academic Dean/Executive Director through
the Chair/Academic Head of the School/Unit responsible for the
course prior to the official date for withdrawal without academic
penalty.

Cross Moderation. Course Coordinators, in consultation with
the Chair, Head of Department and/or Programme Coordinator,
assign and coordinate cross-moderators. Cross-moderators
act as consultants to the lecturer/examiner on matters of
instruction and assessment of a particular course or section.
The cross-moderator is the second examiner [marker) for the
course. Throughout the semester/session, the Lecturer and the
cross-moderator should discuss assignments that count towards
assessment, examinations, methods of evaluation, grading
criteria, etc. to ensure that coursework meets the requirements
of the Academic Board approved course outline and is a fair
representation of the student's performance. Any class tests or
coursework which accounts for twenty percent 20% or more of
the student's final grade must be cross-moderated.


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Directed Independent Study. Students with a minimum
cumulative grade point average of 2.00 may request to take
one course by Directed Independent Study during their final
year provided the course is not scheduled for that semester,
or, if it is scheduled, will be cancelled by the College, fulfills a
major area course requirement and does not have a Lab or field
trip component. A course syllabus inclusive of the regularly
scheduled one-on-one conference times is to be provided to the
student at the beginning of the semester/session. A copy of the
Contract of Study/Advisement Form must be submitted to the
Academic Dean/Executive Director along with this form.

Expulsion. Students who fail to achieve the minimum
cumulative grade point average of 2.00 for the semester
immediately following readmission after academic withdrawal
will be expelled from The College of The Bahamas.

Extraordinary Sitting of Final Examination. A student may
request an extraordinary sitting of a final examination if he or
she was hospitalized on the day of the original examination,
can produce medical certification that he or she was ill and
confined to bed on the day of or at least two days prior to the
original examination or suffered a death in his or her immediate
family (that is, parents, legal guardian, spouse, children or
siblings] on the day of or the day immediately prior to the
original examination. Students must submit a Request For
Extraordinary Sitting of Final Examination Form to the Academic
Dean/ Executive Director through the Chair/Academic Head of
the examining School/Unit and take the completed form along
with proof of payment for the Extraordinary Sitting to the Records
Department no Later than five (5] working days after the day of
the original examination. Normally, Extraordinary Examinations
must be sat no Later than the next regularly scheduled
examination period for the course. An 'XE" is assigned to the
student's academic record following approval of extraordinary
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Final Examinations. Final examinations for courses that are
assessed by means of a final examination, as indicated on the
Academic Board-approved course outline, are held during
the final examination period at the end of each Semester/
session. Faculty are required to adhere to Departmental and
School/Institute guidelines and procedures on the setting and
invigilation of final examinations.

Grade Records. Course grade records, the forms on which
final grades are recorded for a specific class, are COB records
which must be maintained for at least five years after the end
of the semester/session. Chairs are responsible for identifying
an appropriate storage Location. The Chair/Academic Head (or
other officially designated person] and the course instructor will
have ready access to these records.

Grade Reporting
Where students are assessed by means of a final examination
during the fall and spring semesters, the Chair/Academic Head
of the examining School/Unit will report course grades to the
Records Department within four [4] business days [ninety-six (96)
hours exclusive of week-ends] of the final examination.

Where students are assessed by means of a final examination
during the summer sessions, the Chair/Academic Head of the
examining School/Unit will report course grades to the Records
Department within two (2] business days (forty-eight (48) hours
inclusive of week-ends] of the final examination.

Where there is no final examination and where students are
assessed by means of a final portfolio, paper or other major
assignment submitted during the last week of class in the fall
and spring semesters, the Chair/Academic Head of the School/
Unit will report course grades to the Records Department within
four (4] business days [ninety-six (96) hours exclusive of week-
ends] of the end of the final examination period.


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Where there is no final examination and where students are
assessed by means of a final portfolio, paper or other major
assignment submitted during the Last week of class in the
summer sessions, the Chair/Academic Head of the School/Unit
will report course grades to the Records Department within two
(2] business days (forty-eight (48) hours inclusive of week-ends)
of the end of the final examination period.

Grading System. The College uses letter grades and the four-
point maximum grading scale. Grade A is the highest possible
grade and grades below D are considered failing. Plus (+] or
minus (-) symbols indicate grades that fall above or below the
Letter grades. Grades of A+ and D- are not used. Faculty should
consult the Policy on Grading for additional information.

Failed Courses. Students may repeat courses they have
failed; however, a student who fails a course three times
must submit a Request to Repeat a Failed Course Form to the
relevant Academic Dean/Executive Director through the Chair/
Academic Head. Before attempting the course for the fourth
time, the student may be required to take and pass the course
prerequisite, complete remedial work or engage in peer tutoring
or supplemental instruction. The series of repeats and grades is
retained on the student's transcript.

Incompletes. An Incomplete Contract must be negotiated
between the student and the course instructor prior to the end of
the semester/session and prior to the submission of final grades.
A student who is receiving a passing grade for coursework
and for whom extenuating circumstances prevent completion
of the remainder of the coursework prior to the submission of
final grades may be eligible, at the discretion of the instructor,
for an "I" grade. The Incomplete Contract Form detailing the
work to be submitted for completion as well as the deadline for
such work must be signed by the student, instructor and Chair/
Academic Head of the examining School/Unit and submitted to
the Records Department with the grade sheet for the course. An
"I" grade that is not changed by the instructor by the end of the
next regular semester automatically converts to an F.


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Bahamas Tourism Training Centre, Oakes Field Campus
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LIMS offers many information and media services to support
instruction and research. Faculty must present a valid COB
identification card to access the library, to receive passwords
to restricted databases and to check out library and media
resources. The library system comprises five branches. Faculty
are encouraged to become familiar with the library on their
campus.

Audiovisual Equipment. Television, VCR, DVD players, laptops,
portable PA systems and educational programmes in various
formats are available for use. Due to Limited resources, requests
must be made three days in advance. A small media viewing
room is available for classes of 20 students at the Oakes Field
Campus. Contact the Media Department at 302-4460 or e-mail:
medial(cob.edu.bs or the Branch or School liaison for details.

Books on Reserve. Faculty members who wish to reserve
materials (personal or Library-owned copies) for use by their
students should contact the Public Services Librarian, Main
Library, at 302-4517, or the branch or School Librarian.
Materials are kept on reserve for one semester with the
possibility for extensions upon request.

Borrowing Privileges. Faculty may borrow 24 books for up to
8 weeks and an additional 12 books on semester loan. Renewal
may be requested if materials are not needed by another patron.
Faculty are charged for overdue books at the rate of 25 cents per
day and are also charged for lost books at the current market
value plus a $15 administrative fee.

Deposit Collections. The library serves as a depository for
collections from the United Nations, World Health Organization,
International Labour Organization, Pan American Health
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E-Resources and Databases. ALL e-resources and databases are
listed on the Library's webpage [http://www.cob.edu.bs/Library/
index.php). Specialised e-resources and subject databases
are listed under relevant branches so check Links to individual
branches as well.

Information Literacy Skills and Library Tours. Librarians will
conduct individual or group skills development sessions and
tours. Faculty may also request in-class or in-library group
sessions for their students. Normally, sessions are prearranged
at the beginning of each semester by contacting the Public
Services Librarian, Main Library, at 302-4517 or the Branch or
School Liaison.

Public Access Catalogue. COBWEB, the Library's online
database to its print and multi-media holdings, may be accessed
at http://www.cob.edu.bs/Library/index.php. Access to a variety
of electronic information sources is also available, including
listings to faculty papers and publications. Faculty interested
in having their publications included on the list should submit
the item electronically, in APA format, to the College Librarian.
Links to publications in digital format should be included. ALL
articles will be posted in pdf format.

Research Support. Librarians offer research support services
and guidance to faculty who are conducting research or engaged
in programme development and review.


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While the Office of Academic Affairs oversees all aspects of
students' programmes of study and academic life, Student
Affairs is responsible for all other resources that support
students during their tenure at COB admissions, financial aid,
registry and student activities.

Athletics and Intramural Sports. The mission of the
Department of Athletics and Intramural Sports is to bring
students, faculty and staff together in athletic and recreational
activities that encourage scholarly and creative discovery and
promote Learning, leadership, teamwork and healthy lifestyles.
The Intramural programme offers activities for faculty, staff and
students in men's, women's and co-ed basketball, flag football,
soccer, volleyball, swimming and bowling at the Northern
Bahamas Campus. The Department also offers Fun-Run-Walks
and Health Fairs on the islands of New Providence, Grand
Bahama and Exuma.

Counselling Services. Individual and other forms of therapy
are available to COB students, faculty and staff free of charge.
Counseling sessions are confidential and appointments are
scheduled with discretion and respect for the needs and desires
of the client. For additional information about the Counselling
and Health Services Department, contact 302-4439.

Health Services. The Health Services office is located on the
ground floor of the Portia M Smith Student Services Centre.
A registered nurse is available weekdays for screening acute
illnesses and injuries and offering advice for everyday health
problems. The nurse works closely with area doctors whose
offices are within walking distance of campus. A private general
clinic and a pharmacy are situated in a building on Poinciana
Drive, across the street from the Student Services Centre.
Health education and wellness materials are available for
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Wellness Center. The COB Health and WeLlness Center is
dedicated to providing opportunities in general education
and wellness education designed to promote healthy lifestyle
opportunities for the College Community. The Center offers an
array of free weights and cardiovascular equipment, general
education and wellness classes, personal training courses,
fitness testing and wellness in the workplace programs.


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The Union of Tertiary Educators of The Bahamas [UTEB)
is the bargaining unit for all full-time faculty members,
paraprofessional and non-ranked professionals at tertiary
institutions in The Bahamas. The College of The Bahamas
recognizes UTEB as the only official representative and the
only negotiating body for faculty in the bargaining unit. ALL COB
faculty are eligible for membership in UTEB which aims to:
1. provide tertiary educators with information on matters
pertaining to their functions;
2. represent the interest of tertiary educators in dialogue with
administrators;
3. foster professional spirit, group consciousness and improved
relationship among tertiary educators;
4. liaise with local, national and international agencies in the
field of education; and
5. maintain and encourage full academic freedom.


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LOCATION KEY New Providence Sites
1. Admin. (A) BLOCK Main Campus, Poinciana Drive &
Thompson Blvd)
2. Portia Smith Student Services Centre, Poinciana Drive
3. 'C'-Bock (Main Campus)
4. Michael H Eldon Complex, Thompson Blvd)
5. 'B'-Block, Tucker Road
6. Bahamas Tourism Training Centre, Thompson Blvd
7. G'-Block, Main Campus
8. "S'-Block
9. Physical Plant Building, Main Campus
10. Munnings Building, near KFC, Oakes Field
11. Student Union BLdg. [SUB), Main Campus
12. Oakes Field Plaza, Thompson Blvd
13. Moss Road Centre, Moss Rd off Thompson Blvd
14. Gold City Complex, Farrington Road
15. Grosvenor Close Campus, Shirley Street


Abaco Centre, Marsh Harbour ................ (242) 367-3751
Accounts Payable (2) ................................. 4514
Admissions (2) ................ .............. 4376/4499
Alumni Relations & Development Office (1) ..............4356
Andros Centre, Central ................ .... (242) 368-2886
Andros Centre, North ........................ (242) 368-2676
Bahamas Environmental Research Centre
Staniard Creek, Andros ............... ...... (242) 368-6282
Business Office (2) ................... ...............4515
Centre for Continuing Education & Extension Svces (13) .......
328-0093/5208
Chapter One Bookstore (4) ....................... 397-2650
College Council Office (1) ...........................4335
Copy Centre (4). ................................. 397-2651
Counselling Department (2) ...........................4439
Culinary & Hospitality Management Institute (CHMI) (6)323-5804


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Dean, Faculty of Liberal and Fine Arts (1)...............4314
Dean, Faculty Social & Educational Studies (4) ....... 397-2609
Dean of Pure and Applied Sciences (1) .................. 4400
Dean, School of Business (5) ......................... 4421
Employee & Industrial Relations (1) ................... 4317
Estates Administrator (2) ................. ..... 4458/4459
Executive Director, CHMI (6)....................... 323-5804
Executive Vice President, Academic Affairs (1)....... 4306/4454
Exuma Centre, Georgetown .................. (242) 336-2791
Financial Aid and Housing (2) ..........................4371
Graduate Programmes (4) ..................... 397-2601/2
Northern Campus, Grand Bahama............ (242) 352-9761
Gerace Research Centre, San Salvador........ (242) 331-2520
Human Resources (1) .............................. 4472
International Language & Cultures Institute (10)..... 4584/4587
ITC/Help Desk (3)... ......................... ...... 4588
Libraries & Instructional Media Services (1) .............4552
Management Information Services (MIS) (1) ............4548
Nurse's Office/Health Centre (2) .......................4556
Office of Communication (1) ..........................4366
Planning (Dir) (1) ................................... 4311
Physical Plant Department (9) ......................4507
Records(2) ....................................... 4312
Registrar (2) ....................................... 4443
School of Business (5) .............................. 4421
School of Communication & Creative Arts (8) .............4485
School of Education (4) ...................... ... 397-2603
School of English Studies (1) ........................ 4381
School of Nursing & Allied Health Professions (15).... 325-5551
School of Sciences and Technology (1) .................. 4438


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School of Social Sciences (4) .................... 397-2607
Security Booth, Main Campus (1) .......................4566
Security Booth, Portia Smith Centre (2) ................. 2000
Security Office (2 ................................... 4493
Student Activities (Student Union Bldg (11). ........ 4525/4591
The Office of The President (1) .................... 4318/4324
UWI/COB Law (LLB) Programme (13) ............... 328-3643
VP Finance, Administration and Human Resources (2).....4516
VP Communication (1) .............................. 4304
VP Secretary General (1) ..............................4335
VP Outreach (1).................... ................. 4303
VP Research,
Graduate Programmes & International Relations (12) .....4455
VP Student Affairs (2)........................... 4342/4498
Warehouse (14) ............................. 4480/4481


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