Article VI

Section 1 Determination of Discipline as the Functional Equivalent of Department

For the purpose of granting tenure, the functional equivalent of the department shall be the academic discipline to which the probationary faculty member has been appointed to teach. If the department includes more than one academic discipline, the Chancellor shall consult with the department and/or its constituent academic disciplines to determine which discipline is appropriate for the purpose of making tenure recommendations.

Section 2 Before Completion of the Maximum Period
  1. The granting of tenure before completion of the maximum probationary period (that is, less than seven years, including any years granted toward tenure) may be recommended by a department only on the affirmative vote of at least four-fifths of the tenured members of the discipline as specified in Section 1. In disciplines with fewer than three tenured members, the granting of such tenure may be recommended only by a vote of at least four-fifths of the tenured members of the discipline and tenured members of the department review body. In the event that there are fewer than three tenured members in the probationary faculty member's discipline (as specified in Section 1) and the department review body, the granting of such tenure may be recommended only by a vote of at least four-fifths of the tenured members of the department.
  2. Abstention votes shall be counted in determining a quorum. Abstention votes and absences shall not be counted in determining a recommendation on tenure. All votes must be recorded.
Section 3 At the Completion of the Maximum Period
  1. The granting of tenure to begin after the maximum probationary period may be recommended by a simple majority of the tenured members of the discipline as defined in Section 1. In disciplines with fewer than three tenured members, the granting of such tenure may be recommended by a simple majority of the tenured members of the discipline and the tenured members of the department review body. In the event that there are fewer than three tenured members in the probationary faculty member's discipline (as specified in Section 1) and the department review body, the granting of such tenure may be recommended by a simple majority of the tenured members of the department. Because of the notice periods required in UWS 3.09, all such recommendations must be made by the end of the sixth year of employment.
  2. Abstention votes shall be counted in determining a quorum. Abstention votes and absences shall not be counted in determining a recommendation on tenure. All votes must be recorded.
Section 4 Procedure

Recommendations concerning the granting of tenure to any faculty member shall be sent by the department (or the department review body) to the college RST committee and to the faculty member. The rules and procedures to be followed by the college RST committee are set forth in the Faculty Bylaws, Part II, Article V, Section 3.

Recommendations of the college RST committees shall be forwarded to the Provost

Section 5 Granting of Tenure to Department Chairs, Deans and Other Administrative Faculty

All recommendations concerning the granting of tenure to department chairs, deans, and other administrative faculty shall originate with the department wherein the faculty rank is held and shall be based on academic achievement.

Section 6 Appeals
Any adverse decision may be reconsidered and/or appealed according to the following:
  1. If the adverse decision concerning tenure originates with the tenured members of the department or its functional equivalent, the aggrieved faculty member shall, at his or her request, be granted a reconsideration according to the provisions of the Faculty Bylaws, Part III, Article VIII, Section 2. If, after the reconsideration deliberations, the tenured members of the department or its functional equilvant reaffirm their adverse judgment, the aggrieved faculty member may then initiate the formal appeal procedure outlined in the Faculty Bylaws, Part III, Article VIII.
  2. If an adverse recommendation concerning tenure originates with the college RST committee, the aggrieved faculty member shall, at his or her request, be granted all the rights of reconsideration and appeal set forth in the Faculty Bylaws Part III, Article VIII. If a decision or recommendation is made not to grant tenure before the completion of the maximum probationary period, the decision or recommendation shall, at the faculty member's request, be reconsidered, but that faculty member shall not be granted the formal appeal privileges set forth in the aforementioned article.