Faculty Rights and Responsibilities


Approved by the Faculty Senate April 5, 2004 and General Faculty May 18, 2004 and by the Provost May 3, 2004.

Applies to all full-time faculty members who do not have administrative appointments and who are not represented by collective bargaining.

The university has and retains the right to apply discipline up to and including termination of a faculty member. In determining whether or not to impose discipline and the severity of such discipline, the University shall consider the severity of the faculty member's conduct and his or her disciplinary record and the provisions of the Academic Freedom and Faculty Rights and Responsibilities policies. The university will not impose discipline except for just cause. The Office of the Provost shall be consulted on all disciplinary measures.

When in the judgment of the president or a provost, the presence of a faculty member on University premises presents a threat to health or safety of any person in the University community or represents a threat of disruption of or interference with any normal and lawful activities of the University, its staff or students, the president or a provost may suspend the faculty member pending the disposition of the disciplinary process. Such suspension shall be with pay. The President or a provost may also direct that the faculty member be removed and barred from University property premises.

When the University has reason to believe an incident(s) has occurred which might constitute grounds for discipline, it shall conduct an investigation.

Prior to imposing disciplinary action, a department chair, dean or provost will meet with the faculty member to discuss the charge(s) against the faculty member and provide the faculty member with an opportunity to present his or her case. The faculty member shall be given the opportunity to be accompanied by another faculty member.

At least five working days prior to the meeting, the University shall notify the faculty member of the specific charge(s) to be discussed at the meeting.

If the charge is not resolved by mutual agreement at the meeting and the University decides to impose discipline more severe than a letter of reprimand, the faculty member shall be sent a written statement of the charges and the discipline imposed. Such statement will be signed by the administrator imposing the discipline and initialed by a provost.