Academic Affairs Manual (ACD)

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Effective: 7/1/1982

Revised: 7/1/2011

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ACD 508–01: Nonreappointment

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Purpose

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To describe notification deadlines for nonreappointment of tenure-eligible faculty and probationary academic professionals

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Sources

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Arizona Board of Regents Policy Manual - 6–201; 6–301
Office of the Provost of the University

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Applicability

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Faculty (tenure-eligible)
Academic professionals (probationary)

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Policy

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Presidential Decision Not to Retain

The president or designee may decide not to retain for a succeeding appointment period any nontenured faculty member or probationary academic professional. The president or designee shall make such a decision after receiving recommendations from the appropriate department and college. (See ACD 506–04, “Tenure” and ACD 507–06, “Continuing Appointment for Academic Professionals.”) A nontenured faculty member or probationary academic professional has no expectation of continued employment and shall not be entitled to a formal hearing following or prior to a decision of nonretention, except as provided for in ACD 509–02, “Grievance Policy for Faculty” and ACD 509–03, “Grievance Policy for Academic Professionals.”


Suspension Pending a Hearing

A nontenured faculty member or a probationary academic professional may be suspended with pay pending a hearing in a case in which the president determines that the continued presence of the faculty member or the academic professional on the campus constitutes a substantial interference with the orderly functioning of the university or of a substantial area, unit, college, or department of the university.


Notification of Termination

Nontenured faculty or probationary academic professionals whose services are to be terminated shall be informed in writing by the president or the provost of the university. Notice of nonreappointment shall be given in writing in accordance with the following schedule:

  1. Not later than March 1 of the first academic year of service if the appointment expires at the end of that year; or, if a one-year appointment terminates during an academic year, at least three months in advance of its termination. If the notice is given after March 1, the faculty member or academic professional will be compensated for the 90-day period immediately following the date of the notice but shall not be entitled to another appointment.
  2. Not later than December 15 of the second academic or fiscal year of service if the appointment expires at the end of that year. If the notice is given after December 15, the faculty member or academic professional will be compensated for the 150-day period immediately following the date of the notice but shall not be entitled to another appointment.
  3. At least twelve months before the expiration of an appointment after two or more years in the institution. If the notice is given after May 15, the faculty member or academic professional will be compensated for the next academic or fiscal year (depending on the appointment) but will not be entitled to another appointment beyond that year.
  4. If the decision is not to give an assistant professor tenure, or an academic professional continuing status, the individual should be notified by May 12 of the sixth year of service. The contract for the seventh year should read “terminal contract.”
  5. If the decision is not to give an associate professor or professor tenure, the faculty member should be notified by May 12 of the fourth year of service. The contract for the fifth year should read “terminal contract.”

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Cross-References

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See the following for more information:

  1. ACD 506–04, “Tenure”

    and

  2. ACD 507–06, “Continuing Appointment for Academic Professionals.”

 


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