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In accordance with the trustees' "Policy on Academic Freedom, Tenure and Retirement", Tufts University observes certain requirements for the advance notice of nonrenewal to full-time faculty members. The length of advance notice is related to the length of time served at the university and the termination date of the current appointment.
The Board of Trustees has affirmed that in all cases not involving permanent or continuous tenure, if a full-time faculty member is not to be reappointed following one year or more of service, the university shall give written notice to the faculty member that he or she is not to be reappointed, as follows.
Not later than March 1 of the first academic year of service in the university if the appointment terminates at the end of that year; or, if an initial one-year appointment terminates during the academic year, not later than three months prior to the date of its termination.
Not later than December 15 of the second academic year of service in the university if the appointment terminates at the end of that year; or, if an initial two-year appointment terminates during an academic year, not later than six months prior to the date of its termination.
Not later than twelve months prior to the date of termination of an appointment if the appointment terminates subsequent to the completion of more than two years of service in the university.
If an individual requests leave without pay during his/her terminal year at Tufts, the granting of leave will not extend the appointment beyond the year for which the appointment was originally made; that is, the year of the leave will constitute the individual's terminal year.
Part-time lecturers in the School of Arts and Sciences should refer to the CBA for Part-time Lecturers for information about nonrenewal.
The policy with regard to termination of an appointment for cause prior to the expiration of a contract is contained in the trustees' "Policy on Academic Freedom, Tenure and Retirement." In part, that policy states:
"In the case of a termination for cause of appointment with permanent or continuous tenure, or a dismissal for cause prior to expiration of a term appointment, the faculty member concerned will be entitled to a hearing upon request. In such event, the faculty member shall be informed in writing before the hearing of the charges against him/her and shall have the opportunity to be heard in his/her own defense by all bodies that pass judgment upon the case. He/she will be permitted to have with him/her an advisor of his/her own choosing who may act as counsel. There shall be a full stenographic record of the hearing available to both the university and the faculty member unless both the university and the faculty member waive the requirement. In the hearing of charges of incompetence, the testimony should include that of teachers and other scholars, either from his/her own or from other institutions. A faculty member having an appointment with permanent or continuous tenure who is dismissed for reasons not involving moral turpitude shall receive his/her salary for one year from the date of notification of dismissal whether or not he/she is continued in his/her duties at the institution."
Under this trustee policy, the services of a faculty member may also be terminated because of extraordinary circumstances, such as financial exigencies or program discontinuance.
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