Student evaluation of faculty takes place once each semester. The faculty member delivers the evaluation forms to the classes and, after they have been filled out, an elected student representative from the class returns them to the main office. These evaluations are very important to the faculty member, as they affect contract, tenure and promotion decisions, and serve as feedback for the professor regarding his/her teaching effectiveness. It is the policy of the Department of Theatre Arts that the instructor being evaluated remains in the space where the students are completing the written evaluation.