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FAC 4.B.10. Additional Considerations.

 

(1)   All committee meetings shall be held in accordance with Open Meetings Law, section 19.81 of the Wisconsin Statutes.

(2)   The initial level of review and the Chancellor make decisions on renewal and tenure considerations. All other levels of review make recommendations.

(3)   All renewal/tenure materials shall be reviewed at successively higher levels as follows:

(a)   Initial Level of Review.

      1. Tenured members of the initial level of review shall carefully review evidence. The votes and specific reasons shall be recorded on the form provided by the Provost and Vice Chancellor’s Office. Copies of the form, including the recommendation and rationale, shall be provided to the candidate for review as soon as possible, but in any case no later than three working days after the materials are completed.
      2. Evidence presented to support professional and scholarly growth and service will be evaluated primarily at the departmental or initial level of review.
      3. The materials under consideration shall then be forwarded (a) to the college committee if the vote is for renewal, or (b) directly to the Provost and Vice Chancellor if the vote is for nonrenewal. If the vote is for nonrenewal, the review process will end and the Provost and Vice Chancellor shall inform the Chancellor of the nonrenewal decision.

(b)   College Committee.

The college committee shall consist of elected tenured members of the college (exclusive of those holding limited appointment as Assistant Deans and above) and an affirmative action representative (non‑voting) designated by the University Director of Equity and Affirmative Action. The committee shall vote to recommend renewal or nonrenewal, record the vote and specific reasons on the form provided and forward the materials to the Dean. Members of such committees shall not participate in the vote or discussion of a faculty candidate with other members if they have already had the opportunity to do so at the initial level. If the college committee is the initial level of review, copies of the form, including the recommendation and rationale, shall be provided to the candidate for review as soon as possible, but in any case no later than three working days after the materials are completed. The materials shall then be forwarded to the Dean.

(c)   College Dean.

The Dean shall record his/her recommendation for renewal or nonrenewal together with the specific reasons and forward the materials to the Provost and Vice Chancellor.

(d)   Provost and Vice Chancellor.

The Provost and Vice Chancellor shall recommend on renewal for all probationary faculty who have the positive support of the initial level of review. The Provost and Vice Chancellor shall record the recommendation together with the specific reasons. If the recommendation is for nonrenewal, a reconsideration and appeal process will ensue, if requested by the probationary faculty member. In the case of an appeal of the recommendation of the Provost and Vice Chancellor, the Chancellor shall be called upon to receive and consider the report of the Faculty Senate Hearing Subcommittee before making a decision on that report.

(e)   Chancellor.

The Chancellor will decide on renewal/nonrenewal for all probationary faculty who have the positive support of the initial level of review and the Provost and Vice Chancellor. The Chancellor will also decide on renewal/tenure for all who appeal a negative recommendation of the Provost and Vice Chancellor. The faculty member shall have the right to reconsideration and appeal, as provided in these rules.

(4)   The Chancellor shall inform all probationary faculty, in writing, of renewal or nonrenewal by the appropriate date. Upon written request by the faculty member, written reasons for nonrenewal will be provided by the Chancellor as provided in the procedures for reconsideration.

(5)   Limited Appointments. Individuals serving in limited appointments who also hold concurrent faculty appointments and who teach half‑time or more shall be acted on for renewal/nonrenewal by all supervisors, the Provost and Vice Chancellor, and Chancellor for the non‑teaching assignment. The teaching portion of the assignment, if half‑time or more, shall be subject to the review process found above. Tenure decisions will be made using the regular procedures.

(6)   When the initial level of review has determined that renewal or tenure should be granted, the Chancellor’s decision to deny renewal or tenure is subject to the campus-based reconsideration and appeals process.

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