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The full text of the "Policy on Academic Freedom, Tenure and Retirement of the Board of Trustees of Tufts University" is available here. The following is a summary.
To become eligible for tenure, an individual must fulfill the following criteria:
The probationary period is seven years of full-time service.
Normally, during the sixth year of the probationary period, a
full-time, tenure-track faculty member either makes application for
tenure review or formally withdraws from consideration in writing.
If the university notifies the faculty member in writing by the end
of the sixth year of the probationary period that tenure has not
been awarded, the faculty member may serve a seventh year, which
will be the terminal year of his/her contract. The School of Arts
and Sciences and the School of Engineering do not usually reduce the
probationary period for a faculty member who has been employed in
other institutions of higher education. Tenure-track faculty
members, however, may request consideration for tenure before
completing six years of full-time service at Tufts in a tenure-track
position. A full year of unpaid leave counts as part of the
probationary period leading to review for tenure, unless otherwise
agreed upon at the time the leave is approved. The probationary
period may be extended for a period not exceeding three years for a
faculty member who at the time of employment did not have his or her
Ph.D. or its equivalent, if the university and the faculty member
agree in writing at the time of the initial employment to such an
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