HR policy - Unclassified rules: 3.08 faculty appeal of non-renewal decision

The University of Wisconsin System (UWS) is governed by the Wisconsin Administrative Code - the rules adopted by the Board of Regents. These rules were promulgated in accordance with the rulemaking authority vested in the UW Board of Regents. These specific policies called "unclassified rules" provide for specific instances where the local institution may develop or add to the UWS rules. The UWL Policy number corresponds to the unclassified rule chapter number and section. For the entire UWS rules, visit: http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/admin_code/uws

 Functional Owner Chief Human Resources Officer
 Executive Sponsors Chancellor
 Policy Contact Chief Human Resources Officer or Faculty Ombudsperson


Who this policy applies to:
Faculty.


Understanding the UWS Code:
The University of Wisconsin System (UWS) is governed by the Wisconsin Administrative Code - the rules adopted by the Board of Regents. These rules were promulgated in accordance with the rulemaking authority vested in the UW Board of Regents. These specific policies called "unclassified rules" provide for specific instances where the local institution may develop or add to the UWS rules. The UWL Policy number corresponds to the unclassified rule chapter number and section. For the entire UWS rules, visit: http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/admin_code/uws

This specific policy is part of Chapter 3 of the UWS Code.  To review the UWS code, please visit: http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/admin_code/uws/3


UWL Policy Detail:
(1) The standing committee to hear appeals of a non-renewal decision shall be the same hearing committee established under UWL 4.03.

(2) The appellant shall send a written request for a review of his/her case to the hearing committee and shall include a statement of the factors alleged to be materially prejudicial (see UWS 3.08 (1) a, b, c) and shall provide evidence to support his/her claim. The Hearing Committee may deny further consideration of the case if these materials are not provided.

(3) The hearing shall be held in conformity with sub chapter IV, Chapter 19, Wisconsin Statutes.

(4) While providing due process, the faculty hearing committee shall not be bound by common law or statutory rules of evidence.

(5) The Hearing Committee shall report its recommendations to the body or the officials involved in the non-renewal decision. The Hearing Committee also shall inform the faculty member of the recommendations if the officials do not do so within two working days.

(6) The recommendation of the committee shall be based on a majority vote of the committee members hearing the case.

(7) If the Hearing Committee finds that impermissible factors, as defined in UWS 3.08 (1)(a),(b) and (c), were involved in reaching a decision not to recommend tenure, and after all required reconsiderations have been completed, the Chancellor shall direct the Provost/Vice Chancellor to appoint an ad hoc committee of no fewer than five (5) tenured faculty members. Committee members may be off campus peers but may not be members of the appellant's department or its functional equivalent. No person may be appointed to the ad hoc committee unless the person is knowledgeable in the appellant's academic field or in a substantially similar field. The Provost/Vice Chancellor shall consult with the appellant's Dean to ensure that persons appointed to the ad hoc committee are so qualified. The ad hoc committee shall conduct a new review of the appellant's record with reference to the department's criteria for tenure. The appellant shall be afforded an opportunity to make an appearance before the committee and answer questions. Upon completion of the review, the ad hoc committee shall vote on whether the appellant should be granted tenure. The ad hoc committee shall submit a report of their findings to the Chancellor and provide a copy to the appellant. The findings of the ad hoc committee shall not be based on impermissible factors, as defined in UWS 3.08 (1)(a), (b) and (c).

If a majority of the ad hoc committee has recommended that tenure may be granted, the Chancellor may then recommend to the Board of Regents that a tenure appointment be granted without the concurrence of the appellant's department or functional equivalent.


Revision history:
Last reviewed was July 2020


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Keywords:faculty non-renewal   Doc ID:103715
Owner:John A.Group:UW-La Crosse
Created:2020-07-07 14:00 CDTUpdated:2020-07-15 09:06 CDT
Sites:UW-La Crosse
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