Non-Renewal of Contract
Faculty members in their first year whose employment is not to be continued are to be given written notice that their contract will not be renewed. This notice must be given three months prior to the expiration of the contract period. Those in the second contract year will be notified six months before the end of the contract period. Non-tenured faculty in their subsequent years receive written notification at least nine months before the date of termination of the contract, stating whether or not an employment contract for the succeeding year will be offered them.
The President of the University may at any time remove any faculty or staff member for cause, provided that the institution has complied with procedural due process requirements (Board of Regents' Policy Manual, Section 803.11) Written notice will clearly state the charges against the person removed and must be sent by certified mail and receipted. The individual is entitled to file an appeal in writing to the Board of Regents for a fair hearing before the Board or a committee of the Board. The Board or committee of the Board may grant a hearing within 45 days of the appeal. The action of the Board will be final.
Causes for dismissal are listed in the Board of Regents' Policy Manual, Section 803.09, as follows:
- Conviction or admission of guilt of a felony or of a crime involving moral turpitude during the period of employment --or prior thereto if the conviction or admission of guilt was wilfully concealed;
- Professional incompetency, neglect of duty, or default of academic integrity in teaching, in research, or in scholarship;
- Sale or distribution of illegal drugs; teaching under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs which interferes with faculty member's performance of duty or his or her responsibilities to the institution or to his or her profession;
- Physical or mental incompetency as determined by law or by a medical board of three or more licensed physicians and reviewed by a committee of the faculty;
- False swearing with respect to official documents filed with the institution;
- Disruption of any teaching, research, administrative, disciplinary, public service or other authorized activity;
- Such other grounds for dismissal as may be specified in the Statutes of the institution.