Temporary Modification to University Policy 3342-6-13 due to COVID-19

Temporary Modification to University Policy 3342-6-13 due to COVID-19

  1. The Ad Hoc Academic Continuity Committee has considered the impact on probationary tenure-track faculty members resulting from the disruption caused by COVID. With a focus on issues critical to the continued academic progress of our students and the success of our faculty, the group is especially concerned about the challenges that probationary tenure-track faculty members might face as a result of unexpected adjustments to their teaching, research and service activities during this time.
  2. Given the foregoing, the Ad Hoc Academic Continuity Committee decided the following option be implemented to address the challenges that probationary faculty members may face in carrying out their teaching, research and service responsibilities during the current campus disruption:
    1. The current campus disruption has created unique circumstances of a compelling nature that may have a sustained impact on probationary faculty members’ ability to successfully perform their teaching, research and service responsibilities for an undefined period of time.
    2. Pursuant to University Policy 3342-6-13, UNIVERSITY POLICY AND PROCEDURE GOVERNING MODIFICATION OF THE FACULTY PROBATIONARY PERIOD, probationary tenure-track faculty members are permitted to extend the probationary period leading to a mandatory tenure review for various reasons, including but not limited to personal and/or family circumstances of a compelling nature that arise or that occupy a substantial period of time during the pre-tenure years.
    3. As a one-time response to the current campus disruption, probationary faculty members may elect to request an automatic one-year extension of their probationary period for academic year 2020-2021 from their academic unit administrator: department chair/school director, college dean (in Colleges without departments or schools) or dean of University Libraries, as applicable. Regional Campus probationary faculty members should copy their regional campus dean on the request. The probationary faculty member’s academic unit administrator will forward the request to the college dean, as applicable, who will then forward the request to the Provost for processing
    4. Probationary faculty members must make this election no later than 5:00 p.m. on Sept. 4, 2020.
  3. This optional automatic one-year extension of the probationary period, if exercised by the probationary faculty member, would count toward the two years maximum that are currently available as described in University Policy 3342-6-13 (C)(2).
  4. In the rare instances in which probationary faculty members have exhausted the two years maximum as of Feb. 29, 2020, they may apply for a third and final year of tolling under this waiver to be used in AY 20/21.