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.
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 VII. Faculty Committee to Hear Grievances
- The Faculty Professional Relations Committee shall
serve as the grievance committee provided for in Section
607 of the Code. This
committee shall be elected by the faculty with members elected
from each professorial rank as provided in the Bylaws
of the Faculty Senate. No officer
of administration shall serve on the committee. For purposes of
this section, officer
of administration shall be deemed to include department chairpersons.
- The committee shall be authorized to hear, mediate, and advise
with respect to the adjustment of grievances of members of the faculty including those of "special faculty member's as that term is defined in Section 610 of the Code.
The power of the committee shall be solely to hear representations
by the persons directly involved in a grievance, to mediate voluntary
adjustment by the parties, and to advise adjustment by the administration
when appropriate. Advice for adjustment in favor of an aggrieved
faculty member may be given to the Chancellor only after the Provost
and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the appropriate dean, department
chairperson, or other administrative official most directly empowered
it has been given similar advice and has not acted upon it within
a reasonable time.
- "Grievances" within the province of the committee's
power shall include matters directly related to a faculty member's
status and institutional relationships within the constituent institution, including matters related to post-tenure review.
However, no grievance that grows out of or involves matters related
to a formal proceeding for the suspension, discharge, or termination
of a faculty member, or that is within the jurisdiction of another
standing faculty committee, may be considered by the committee.
- If any faculty member feels that he/she has a grievance, he/she
may petition the Faculty Professional Relations Committee for redress.
The petition shall be written and shall set forth in detail the nature
of the grievance and against whom the grievance is directed. The
petition shall contain any information that the petitioner considers
to his/her case. The committee shall decide whether the facts merit
a detailed investigation so that submission of a petition shall not
result automatically in an investigation or detailed consideration
of the petition.