Continuance Appeal for Teaching Faculty

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This process applies to faculty on continuing track or lecturer track who are denied a continuing appointment following the continuance review.

The decision to deny a continuing contract for continuing track and lecturer track faculty following the continuance review is not grievable (see Faculty Grievance Procedure) However, any teaching faculty member who believes that a decision has been made in his/her case which violates University review procedures may submit a letter expressing his or her intent to appeal the decision (hereafter referred to as the Notice of Appeal) to the Chair of Academic Council and the President within 30 calendar days of notification of the decision.

Formation of a Continuance Appeal Hearing Board

  • The Chair of Academic Council will serve as the Chair of the Continuance Appeal Hearing Board unless he/she is not a teaching faculty member or he/she has participated in any way in the review process being appealed (this includes, but is not limited to, being in the same department as the member in question, writing a Unit III for the faculty member in question or contributing a letter of reference to that person’s file). In the event that either of these conditions applies to the Chair of Academic Council, Academic Council will elect a teaching faculty member of Council who has not participated in any way in the process being appealed to serve as Chair of the Hearing Board.
  • Upon receipt of the Notice of Appeal, the Chair of the Continuance Appeal Hearing Board will choose two tenure/promotion appeal representatives and one continued Senior Lecturer, continued Associate Professor or continued Full Professor to serve on this Hearing Board for the appeal, making certain that none of the three has participated in any way in the process being appealed (this includes, but is not limited to, being in the same department as the member in question, writing a Unit III for the faculty member in question, or contributing a letter of reference to that person’s file). Representatives will recuse themselves from the Hearing Board if they believe they have a conflict of interest.
  • The Provost/Executive Vice President will choose an academic Dean from the College of Arts and Sciences, the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business, the School of Communications, the School of Education, or the School of Health Sciences to serve on the Continuance Appeal Hearing Board, provided that he/she is not the academic Dean of the grievant making the appeal and that he/she has not participated in any way in the process being appealed.
  • All five members of the Continuance Appeal Hearing Board have a vote, and decisions are made by simple majority.
  • Once the Continuance Appeal Hearing Board has been created, the members of that Board will serve until the President notifies them that a final decision has been rendered.

Process for Continuance Appeal

  1. Within 21 calendar days of submission of the Notice of Appeal, the grievant making the appeal will submit to the Chair of Academic Council and the President a written document summarizing the alleged procedural violations on which the appeal is based, including evidence substantiating the alleged violations. This will serve as the Continuance Appeal Hearing Board’s principal resource in its deliberations.
  2. Once the grievant’s documentation has been received, the Continuance Appeal Hearing Board will conduct its review according to the following guidelines:
    • The initial meeting of the Continuance Appeal Hearing Board will be convened by the Chair for the purpose of reviewing the appeal procedures. Additionally, the Chair of the Hearing Board will maintain a log of the Board’s activities.
    • The Continuance Appeal Hearing Board is empowered to investigate and substantiate the details included in the petitioning grievant’s written documentation.
    • In addition to the letter of appeal, the Board will have access to the grievant’s personnel file and any other of the petitioning grievant’s records that are relevant.
  1. Once the members of the Continuance Appeal Hearing Board are satisfied that they have adequately investigated the grievant’s allegations, the Hearing Board will meet in closed session to formally adjudicate the appeal.
  2. Within 90 calendar days of receipt of the Notice of Appeal, the Continuance Appeal Hearing Board will submit its recommendation on the appeal to the President for final decision. The petitioning grievant will receive a copy of the recommendation. The President will notify the Chair of the Hearing Board that a final decision has been rendered.

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