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Faculty Endorsed 5/12/03, Board Approved 5/15/03
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 9/20/04, Board Amended/Approved 10/7/04
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 10/17/05, Board Amended/Approved 10/21/05
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 8/24/07, Academic Affairs Committee Amended/Approved 4/10/07
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 5/6/08, Board Amended/Approved 5/9/08
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 4/14/09, 5/5/09; Board Approved 5/8/09
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 12/7/2011; Board Approved 1/27/12
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department may propose, at its discretion, a plan of action to address the issues leading to the
proposal of discontinuance. The Provost or the Provost’s designated representative has the right
to appear before the Faculty Review Committee. All evidence bearing on the issue shall be
reviewed by the Faculty Review Committee. The Faculty Review Committee may request
additional relevant data and information from any unit of the College. The Faculty Review
Committee shall complete its evidence-gathering and hearing process within 60 days after
notification that the Provost has proposed the discontinuance of the academic department or
program. In as timely a manner as feasible but not later than 30 days after receiving all evidence
and conducting a hearing, the Faculty Review Committee shall send to the Provost a report with a
recommendation 1) to continue the affected department or program; 2) discontinue the affected
department or program; or 3) accept the plan of action proposed by the affected department or
program. The report and recommendation shall be shared with the Faculty, except that all
personnel, confidential and personally-identifiable information concerning individual employees
shall be removed or redacted. The Committee’s recommendation shall be given great weight by
the President, who shall render a decision in consultation with the Provost. When the President
disagrees with the recommendation of the Faculty Review Committee, the President and/or
Provost shall meet with the Faculty Review Committee to discuss the reasons for such
disagreement before making a final decision. The President shall communicate the final decision
regarding the discontinuance of a department or program and the reasons therefore in writing to
the members of the affected department and the Faculty Review Committee. The Faculty Review
Committee shall report the substantive issues of any disagreement between the President and the
Committee to the Faculty.
III.B.8.c. Termination of Faculty Members Due to Discontinuance of an Academic Program
or Department
Termination of appointments of Faculty members with tenure, on tenure track, or with continuing
appointments may occur as the result of the formal discontinuance of an academic program or
department when the decision is made in compliance with the procedures in Section III.B.8. and
III.B.8.a.-b. above. The following standards and procedures shall apply:
i. Notice of Termination
The College shall adhere to the following deadlines for notifying affected Faculty
members of their termination. The cause for termination shall be stated in the notice.
The Faculty member must be notified in writing: 1) not later than March 1 of the Faculty
member’s first academic year of service, if the appointment expires at the end of the year;
or, if a one-year appointment terminates during an academic year, at least three months in
advance of its termination; 2) not later than December 15 of the Faculty member’s second
academic year of service, if the appointment expires at the end of that year; or, if an
initial two-year appointment terminates during an academic year, at least six months in
advance of its termination; or 3) at least twelve months before the expiration of an
appointment after the Faculty member has served two or more years at the institution.
ii. Placement or Reassignment of Affected Faculty
The Provost shall make every reasonable effort to place each tenured, tenure track, or
continuing Faculty member from the discontinued department or program in another
suitable position at the College. The principles of status with regard to tenure, years of
service to the College and the viability of the entire academic program as a whole shall
guide the process of seeking new positions for Faculty in the discontinued department or
program.