16.0 II-1.02-UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND SYSTEM POLICY ON FACULTY ACADEMIC CREDENTIALS (Approved by the Board of Regents, February 27, 1991) 1. Each institution shall establish procedures whereby the academic credentials of persons recommended for initial appointment to its tenure tract and tenured faculty may be verified. The normal minimum degree requirement for each rank is set forth in the System Policy on Appointment Rank and Tenure for Faculty (II - 1.00). 2. A curriculum vitae, certified by the prospective faculty member, shall accompany each recommendation for initial appointment to the faculty. 3. Verification of a degree may be established by submission of an official transcript or official certification of award of the degree from the institution that awarded the highest degree claimed by the faculty member. 4. Since appointment to tenured status requires evidence of demonstrated proficiency and excellence in teaching, research or creative activity, and professional service to an academic institution or to the discipline, letters of recommendation from recognized experts that attest to these qualifications may, in these cases, be substituted for official transcripts or certificates of award of degrees.