Tenure and Promotion Appeals

7.12   PROMOTION AND TENURE APPEALS   

7.12.1  Appeal of the P & T Committee’s Recommendation    When the College P&T Committee submits a recommendation to withhold promotion and/or tenure, the dean shall inform the faculty member of the P&T Committee’s recommendation, of the justifications for the recommendation, and of the faculty member’s right to appeal.  Details regarding procedures for appealing the P & T Committee’s recommendation are contained in the relevant appendix outlining the college’s tenure and promotion policy and procedures. For the College of Arts and Sciences, see Appendix I; for the College of Business, see Appendix J; and for the College of Education, see Appendix K.

7.12.2  Appeal of the Dean’s Recommendation    The dean shall review all information and recommendations contained in the promotion and/or tenure credentials file of each faculty member, shall formulate and state in writing his or her recommendations, with reasons, and shall forward these and the promotion credentials files to the Provost.  A copy of this letter will be sent to the faculty member and his or her department chair.  When the dean recommends that promotion and/or tenure be withheld, the recommendation letter from the dean shall inform the faculty member of his or her right to appeal the dean’s recommendation, in writing, within seven days to the Provost.

7.12.3  Appeal of the Provost’s Recommendation    The Provost shall review the recommendation letter from the P & T Committee along with the recommendation letter from the dean.  The Provost shall formulate and state in writing his or her recommendation and shall submit this letter to the President.  A copy of this letter shall be sent to the faculty member, his or her department chair, and the dean. When the Provost recommends that promotion and/or tenure be withheld, the recommendation letter from the Provost shall inform the faculty member of his or her right to appeal the Provost’s recommendation, in writing, within seven days to the President and the Board of Visitors.

7.12.4  Appeal of the President and Board of Visitors    The Board of Visitors (or the Executive Committee thereof) in consultation with the President shall, no later than May 15, review all information of record, as well as any written appeals, and shall render a final decision in the matter and so notify each candidate, his or her department chair, the college dean, and the Provost in writing.  Action by the Board of Visitors (or the Executive Committee thereof) shall be final.