Policies of Academic Freedom and Tenure
The University of North Carolina Wilmington
Approved by the Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina
- May 14, 1976, effective June 11, 1976; revisions approved July
20, 1979, effective July 20, 1979; revisions approved May 10, 1982,
July 1, 1982; revisions approved November 11, 1994, effective December
9, 1995; revisions approved January 2001, effective July 1, 2001; revisions approved August 2007, effective August 2007; revisions approved October 2009; revisions approved August 10, 2011.
This document sets forth the official policy of The University of
North Carolina Wilmington regarding academic freedom, rights, and
responsibilities, promotion, and tenure of its faculty. Fundamental
in this policy are the concepts of academic freedom, rights, and responsibilities
as stated in Chapter VI of the Code of The University of North Carolina.
Equally fundamental is an explicit policy of promotion and tenure.
- Freedom and responsibility
in the university community
- Academic freedom and responsibility
- Academic tenure
- Policies on appointment, promotion, and
- Mediation of faculty grievances
- Non-reappointment hearings procedure
- Faculty committee to hear grievances
- Policies regarding cessation of university
- Termination of faculty employment
- Policy on leave
Section III. Academic Tenure
- The University of North Carolina Wilmington is responsible
for maintaining high standards of teaching and creative scholarly
therefore, it is essential that its faculty be composed of individuals
with superior professional qualifications. The educational and
scholarly quality of the institution depends primarily on its
a sound policy for defining, recognizing, and impartially rewarding
excellence is necessary in furthering the purposes of the institution.
Academic tenure as a means to these ends is fundamental.
Not only does it guarantee the freedoms espoused in Sections I and
II, but it
also provides a degree of economic security to make the institution
attractive to persons of high ability. A sound policy of academic
tenure is indispensable to the success of the institution in fulfilling
obligations to its students and to society.
- The tenure policies and
regulations herein contained set forth the considerations upon which appointment,
and permanent tenure are to be recommended. These considerations
shall include an assessment of at least the following: the faculty
demonstrated professional competence, continued academic and professional
growth, potential for future contribution, teaching effectiveness,
research, outreach (when appropriate), and the institution's needs and resources.
- Permanent tenure may
be conferred only by action of the President and the Board of Governors
of The University of North Carolina, or
by such other agencies or officers as may be delegated such authority
by the Board of Governors.
- In all instances, the tenure conferred
on a faculty member is held with reference to employment by The
University of North Carolina Wilmington rather than The University of North Carolina.