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Some Regulations for teachers of Xiamen University

Obligations to be met by teachers:
  1. Teachers are required to observe fully the Chinese laws, regulations and professional code of ethics in teaching.
  2. Teachers are required to adhere to Chinese educational guidelines and established curricula; they are required to carry out the terms of their teaching contract and complete the teaching tasks involved.
  3. Teachers are not permitted to promote any matters contravening the Chinese constitution, laws or foreign policy.
  4. Teachers may not discriminate against any person on grounds of race, colour, culture, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability.
  5. Teachers must respect the worth, culture and dignity of each and every individual, including exercising courtesy and restraint in the event of any conflict, and encourage the all-round development of the students.
  6. Teachers are required to make all reasonable effort to oppose incompetent, illegal or unethical behaviour and report any such behaviour to the authorities.
  7. Teachers are required to observe the policies and regulations of the university and abide by the terms of their contact or agreement, whether verbal or written, unless the duties required include behaviour that violates the code of ethics.
  8. Teachers must demonstrate concern for and appreciation of the heritage, values and principles of the employing agency.

Teaching Requirements & Management Duties
  1. Teachers must carry out their duties according to the schedules arranged by the college or department authorities.
  2. Lessons may not be individually or randomly re-arranged or combined; absence or early departure from or late arrival in class is not permissible; teaching hours may not be reduced without express permission; personal arrangements for substituting teachers is not permissible. In the event of any necessary business trip, academic visit or conference, approval for the replacement or rearrangement of classes must be given by the Dean, with make-up classes scheduled following the teacher"s return
  3. Teachers must check student attendance regularly by means of a roll call or register. Students who are absent for 1/3 or more of the classes are not eligible to take the final exam. Teachers should reprimand and if necessary report to the relevant supervisor students who consistently arrive late for class.
  4. Teachers should make every effort to improve their teaching and carry out proper preparation for each class. They should be neatly dressed when in class and be polite in their use of language. The use of modern technology such as multi-media is strongly encouraged in order to enhance the effectiveness of the class.
  5. During the first week of the semester, the teaching secretary will ensure that teachers are provided with all necessary materials in terms of syllabuses, schedules and evaluation sheets. Teachers should observe the schedule and class arrangements provided.
  6. One week after the final examination, teachers should hand in to the teaching secretary the final scores in both an electronic and a paper version. The latter must carry the teacher"s signature and will be subject to scrutiny by the Dean.
  7. Following the final exam, teachers should cooperate with other relevant staff in filing the score-sheets and other documents related to the classes they have taught.
  8. A teacher"s employment will be terminated in the event of evidence of incompetence in teaching or negligence, or in the event of strong opposition from the students. (For other regulations of Xiamen University, please consult your college directly. Foreign teachers should also abide by all regulations of Xiamen University, whether verbal or written.)

Religion and Religious Life in China
  1. China is a country with diversified religions, mainly Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Catholicism and Protestantism, as well as the Eastern Orthodox Church and various regional beliefs.
  2. The introduction of China"s Reform and Open-Door Policy has been accompanied by comprehensive implementation of the policy of freedom of religious belief. In 1994, the State Council promulgated the provisions on the Administration of the Religious Activities of Foreign Teachers of the People"s Republic of China, which stipulates, "The People"s Republic of China respects the freedom of religious belief of foreign teachers within the territory of China, and protects the rights of foreign teachers and Chinese religious circles to maintain friendly contacts and engage in cultural and academic exchanges".
  3. The customs office allows foreign teachers to bring in a certain amount of religious material for personal use. Foreign teachers in China are not allowed to use the Bible and other religious scriptures as teaching materials for students, but can incite some religious background knowledge or stories from The Bible for necessary needs.
  4. Religious services are held in churches in China and foreigners are welcome to attend. Chinese churches are independent and not subject to the control of external religious organizations. Foreigners in China are not permitted to distribute religious books or articles, to proselytize, or to organize underground religious groups.
  5. Hong Kong"s religious affairs are managed by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government in accordance with the Basic Law free from central government intervention. Religious organizations in the HKSAR and other parts of China should abide by the principle of "no subordination, no interference, and mutual respect" in conducting exchanges with each other.

Cooperating teacher
Every foreign teacher will have a cooperating teacher arranged by your college to help you when you encounter problems in your work or life. Please understand that he/she is not your assistant but your colleague, who has kindly offered to help you considering your language difficulty in China, without any payment. Cooperating teachers also have their own work and may not be available anytime. So if you meet small problems in life, please just ask one of your students or a friend to help you. In case you meet big problems that even the cooperating teacher can not help you with, you can consult the college secretary, Int"l Office or Personnel Office for advice.

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