About This Handbook
Whether you have just joined PBA or have been here for a while, we are confident that
you will find our university a dynamic and rewarding place in which to work and we
look forward to a productive and successful association. We consider the employees
of PBA to be one of our most valuable resources. This handbook has been written to
serve as the guide for the employer/employee relationship and is intended to provide
an overview of PBA’s relevant policies and procedures in a convenient, easy-to-use
There are several things that are important to keep in mind about this handbook. First,
it contains only general information and guidelines. It is not intended to be comprehensive
or to address all the possible applications of, or exceptions to, the general policies
and procedures described. For that reason, if you have any questions concerning eligibility
for a particular benefit, or the applicability of a policy or practice to you, you
should address your specific questions to the Office of Human Resources. Neither this
handbook nor any other University document confers any contractual right, either express
or implied, to remain in the University's employ. Nor does it guarantee any fixed
terms and conditions of your employment. No supervisor or other representative of
the University (except the President) has the authority to enter into any agreement
for employment for any specified period of time, or to make any agreement contrary
to the above.
Second, because PBA is such a dynamic, growing institution, there will be changes
and modifications. You will be informed of any substantive changes made in regulations
or procedures, practices, policies and benefits described here.
Finally, some of the subjects described here are covered in detail in official policy
documents. You should refer to these documents for specific information, since this
handbook only briefly summarizes those benefits.
The PBA Employee Handbook (herein called Handbook) is designed to provide employees with general information about Palm Beach Atlantic
University, its purpose and philosophy, employment policies and procedures, employee
responsibilities and benefits, and various services and facilities.
The Employee Handbook will be updated on a regular basis as policies and procedures are modified. The Faculty
Senate Promotion and Evaluation Committee, in conjunction with the Office of the Provost,
has the responsibility for monitoring the inclusion of information in the Handbook that will facilitate the work of the faculty. Because this is an official document,
the Board of Trustees has ultimate responsibility for the approval of the policies
The Handbook is posted on myPBA. All forms referenced in the Handbook are linked in this document and are also available on myPBA.
Note: You must be logged in to my.pba.edu to view policy links
Table of Contents
Part One – Purpose and Guiding Principles
Introduction - This section of the Employee Handbook provides an overview of the purpose, guiding principles, and community values of
Palm Beach Atlantic University.
Part Two – Employment Procedures and Policies
Introduction - This section of the Employee Handbook contains the policies and procedures that apply to all employees of Palm Beach Atlantic
Part Three – Faculty-Specific Information
Introduction - This section contains general policies and procedures relating to the faculty and
also explains policies and procedures relating to faculty status. Effort has been
made in this section to avoid duplication of information, which appears in other documents,
policies or other sections of this handbook. Faculty members should become familiar
with the contents of those documents which have significance for their professional
performance. Where the terms and provisions of an individual contract of a faculty
member are inconsistent with the general policies contained herein, the provisions
of the individual contract shall prevail. Should there be any perceived misapplication,
misinterpretation or violation of specific provisions in this section, the faculty
member involved shall report the circumstance to the Office of the Provost.
Administrative and/or staff responsibilities of faculty members are specified in the
individual contracts of each faculty member.
This section of University policies has been written and designed to answer most prevalent
questions asked about faculty personnel policies at the University. This edition supersedes
all previous faculty personnel policies and procedures published in prior volumes
of the University policies and faculty handbooks.