Faculty Handbook: Policies Governing Faculty Service
3.3  Employment Periods

(From Board Policy 405.4, revised September 18, 1998)

Administrative Employees: The President of the University shall serve at the pleasure of the Board of Trustees. The vice presidents, members of the system staff, and the chancellors shall serve at the pleasure of the President. Vice chancellors, associate vice chancellors, and assistant vice chancellors shall serve at the pleasure of their appropriate chancellors, unless otherwise provided by contract. Termination of employment in such positions shall be effected by a notice, in writing, of thirty days in advance thereof.

Faculty Employees: Faculty members who have been awarded tenure, heretofore or hereafter, have a right to continuous employment except for dismissal for cause (according to the procedures in Section IV.C of Board Policy No. 405.1), or for termination in the event of demonstrably bona fide financial exigency, reduction or elimination of programs, retirement, or resignation.

Faculty members in tenure-track positions (assistant professor, associate professor, professor, distinguished professor, and university professor who have not yet been awarded tenure, heretofore or hereafter, may be terminated effective at the end of a year by a written notice, given in advance, according to the following schedule of time: in the first year of his or her employment, not less than 90 days before the employment ceases; (b) in the second year of his or her employment, not less than 180 days before the employment ceases; and (c) not later than twelve months before the expiration of the employment after the employment has continued for two or more consecutive years. “Year” will be either a fiscal year (July 1 through June 30 next) or an academic year (fall and spring semester of the same fiscal year). For purposes of (c) above, the employment for the last year shall be for an academic or fiscal year according to the employment period previously served by the individual. These termination notice periods are those specified under IV.B., “Non-Reappointment,” in Board Policy No. 405.1. In addition to termination as outlined here, these employees may be dismissed for cause, or terminated in the event of demonstrably bona fide financial exigency, reduction or elimination of programs, retirement, or resignation, pursuant to Board Policy No. 405.1.

Faculty members and other academic employees in positions for which tenure may not be awarded (part-time faculty in the ranks of assistant professor, associate professor, professor, distinguished professor, and university professor; clinical, research, adjunct, and visiting faculty; research associates and research assistants; graduate associates, graduate assistants, instructors; assistant instructors; master lecturers; and lecturers) may be terminated at any time, or dismissed for cause under the procedures of Board Policy Termination is effected through the giving of a notice, in writing, of that action at least sixty days in advance of the date the employment is to cease.

Staff Employees: All staff employees of the university, whether full-time, part-time, extra help, or otherwise, may be terminated at any time or be dismissed for cause under university procedures. Termination is effected through the giving of a notice, in writing, of that action at least thirty days in advance of the date the employment is to cease.

Student and Hourly Employees: Student and hourly employees are hired to work at the pleasure of the university and, therefore, may be terminated at any time without notice.