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Negotiations: Article 9, Academic Calendar

Wright State University Chapter

American Association of University Professors

AAUP-WSU has proposed the article below for inclusion in the first collective bargaining agreement (CBA) for non-tenure-eligible (NTE) faculty. Our negotiating team handed it to the administration at the initial negotiating session on March 11, 2013. Reports about the status of this article will be found below the article itself.

The administration's first counter-proposal, given to our negotiating team on April 1, 2013, is in the right half of the table below.

See our CBA Negotiations page for a roster of the AAUP-WSU negotiating team, brief reports about each Monday's negotiation session, and an article-by-article summary table with links to detailed information about each individual article that either the administration or AAUP-WSU proposes to include in the CBA.

Article 9

Academic Calendar

9.1 The academic year is divided into two semesters of fifteen weeks (fourteen weeks of instruction and one week of final examinations) plus a summer semester. The summer semester will consist of one twelve-week term (C Term) that is further divided into two terms of six weeks each (Terms A and B). The fall semester will end mid-December. When developing the calendar for a specific academic year the parties will make a good faith effort to include 70 instructional days in each semester. Standard course scheduling during these semesters will provide for 55 minute Monday-Wednesday-Friday classes and 80 minute Tuesday-Thursday classes.

9.1 The academic year is divided into two semesters of fifteen weeks (fourteen weeks of instruction and one week of final examinations) plus a summer semester. The summer semester will consist of one twelve-week term (C Term) that is further divided into two terms of six weeks each (Terms A and B). The fall semester will end mid-December. When developing the calendar for a specific academic year the AAUP-WSU and the University will make a good faith effort to include 70 instructional days in each semester. Standard course scheduling during these semesters will provide for 55 minute Monday-Wednesday-Friday classes and 80 minute Tuesday-Thursday classes.

9.1.1 The summer semester will begin on a Monday, one week after the end of spring semester final exams and includes final examination days on the last Thursday of A, B and C terms. Each six-week summer session has 23 instructional days with standard course scheduling of 100 minutes per class, plus one final exam period of 100 minutes, for a three semester hour class meeting four days a week during the summer. Use of the A term final examination day by C term classes is a matter of instructor discretion.

9.2 It is recognized that Bargaining Unit Faculty in matrix departments also follow the academic calendar set by the School of Medicine.

9.3 Holidays shall be observed in accordance with the provisions of Section 124.19 of the O.R.C., and as it may be amended. The following days are recognized as holidays:

Veterans Day

Martin Luther King Day

Thanksgiving

Memorial Day

Presidents’ Day

Independence Day

Christmas

Columbus Day

New Year’s Day

Labor Day

9.4 When a holiday falls on a Saturday or a Sunday, it will be rescheduled to either Friday or Monday, and no classes shall be scheduled, unless the holiday is rescheduled to another day, established through the negotiation process in Section 9.5.

9.5 Any rescheduling of holidays to times other than those outlined in this Agreement must be negotiated. It is recognized that the following holidays may have alternative days of observance negotiated:
Presidents’ Day
Columbus Day

9.6 Since many religious observances occur on days not designated as legal holidays, the University and Bargaining Unit Faculty shall be flexible in accommodating the religious observances of faculty, students, and staff.

9.1.1 The summer semester will begin on a Monday, one week after the end of spring semester final exams and includes final examination days on the last Thursday of A, B and C terms. Each six-week summer session has 23 instructional days with standard course scheduling of 100 minutes per class, plus one final exam period of 100 minutes, for a three semester hour class meeting four days a week during the summer. Use of the A term final examination day by C term classes is a matter of instructor discretion.

9.2 It is recognized that Bargaining Unit Faculty in matrix departments also follow the academic calendar set by the School of Medicine.

9.3 Holidays shall be observed in accordance with the provisions of Section 124.19 of the O.R.C., and as it may be amended. The following days are recognized as holidays:

Veterans Day

Martin Luther King Day

Thanksgiving

Memorial Day

Presidents’ Day

Independence Day

Christmas

Columbus Day

New Year’s Day

Labor Day

9.4 When a holiday falls on a Saturday or a Sunday, it will be rescheduled to either Friday or Monday, and no classes shall be scheduled, unless the holiday is rescheduled to another day, established through the negotiation process in Section 9.5.

9.5 Any rescheduling of holidays to times other than those outlined in this Agreement must be negotiated. It is recognized that the following holidays may have alternative days of observance negotiated:
Presidents’ Day
Columbus Day

9.6 Since many religious observances occur on days not designated as legal holidays, the University and Bargaining Unit Faculty shall be flexible in accommodating the religious observances of faculty, students, and staff.

Status of Negotiations about the Above Article

April 22, 2013

The parties' Chief Negotiators initialed initialed -- "TA'd" -- this article, thus signifying tentative agreement on this article. Here is a pdf file showing the TA'd article.

April 1, 2013

The administration submitted the counterproposal shown in the right column of the table above. It differs from ours only in the section 9.1, in which the phrase "the parties" is replaced by "the AAUP-WSU and the University".

March 18, 2013

The AAUP-WSU proposal shown above is taken from the current CBA for tenure-eligible and tenured (TET) faculty.

In regard to Article 2 (Recognition), the administration expressed some concern that it would have to negotiate twice with AAUP-WSU about issues like the calendar, due to the presence in both & of provisions like

When developing the calendar for a specific academic year the parties will make a good faith effort to include 70 instructional days in each semester.

found in 9.1. To alleviate this concern, AAUP-WSU stated that we would be glad to modify the above sentence to replace "the parties" by "AAUP-WSU and Wright State University", and likewise in 9.5 to append a phrase "by the parties" or "by AAUP-WSU and Wright State University" immediately before the colon.

Our team noted that some provisions in the new CBA might well call for changes in the current CBA for TET faculty, and we recommended that the parties keep a list of all such provisions so that all such changes could be dealt with in a single Memorandum of Understanding. Our team also reminded the administration that although minor changes to the current CBA could be agreed to by our Executive Committee, major changes required a vote of our members in the TET bargaining unit. (See the chapter Constitution and Bylaws, Article V A 2 o.)


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