HR policy - Unclassified rules: 5.08 faculty seniority

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 5 of the UWS Code.  To review the UWS code, please visit: http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/admin_code/uws/5


UWL Policy Detail:
(1) All non-tenured instructional staff in a department or program shall be released prior to layoff of tenured faculty members in that department or program.

(2) For tenured faculty members of an instructional department or program seniority shall be determined by rank, and within rank by total years of service in the university, except as qualified by other rules in this section on seniority.

(3) Method of calculation.

(a) In calculating the total years of service the units of full-time service and fractions of part-time service per semester shall be totaled, excluding summer school service. Only service of half-time or more in a semester shall be counted.

(b) The years and fractions in a concurrent limited appointment (See UWS 3.01 (e)) shall be counted as service for the faculty member.

(c) Released time for tenured faculty (approved by the appropriate dean and the chancellor) for full-time teacher-improvement activities and for sabbaticals shall count. However, teacher-improvement activities in the summer shall not count. Time on sick leave shall count. Other leaves of absence shall not count.

(d) In the calculation, only time served as ranked or unranked faculty shall count, except that instructional service in instructional departments or programs as academic staff (e.g., lecturer) shall also count.

(e) The calculation for faculty members who are or are to be laid off and who transfer into another department (or program) shall be in terms of time of service in the new department, unless more semesters of service from the time served at UW-La Crosse are permitted by the new department. Time served in the new department or program shall count for a faculty member who returns to his/her former department. Lay-off time shall count for a faculty member who returns to his/her former department.

(f) In the case of formation of new departments or merger of previously existing departments to form a new department, the members shall carry with them the years of service they had established in the prior department.

(g) A faculty member transferring after January 1, 1977, from one department to another not as a result of a layoff shall negotiate the amount of creditable service in the new department. The negotiation of creditable service shall occur prior to the transfer and be acceptable to department and faculty member involved

(h) A faculty member who transfers after January 1, 1977, to a new department (not his/her former one) from an academic staff position shall negotiate the amount of creditable service in the new department with the department involved. The negotiation of creditable service shall occur prior to the transfer and be acceptable to the department and faculty member involved. Any faculty member who transfers to his/her former department after January 1, 1977, from an academic staff position shall count earlier service in that department, and may count more of the time served at UW-La Crosse if permitted by the department to do so.

(i) Faculty members equal in seniority in terms of rank and years in the university shall have seniority further determined by years in the department. If they are still equal then years in the rank shall be used to determine seniority.


Revision history:
Last reviewed was July 2020


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Keywords:faculty layoff   Doc ID:103720
Owner:John A.Group:UW-La Crosse
Created:2020-07-07 14:07 CDTUpdated:2020-07-15 08:59 CDT
Sites:UW-La Crosse
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