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 XII. Implementation
- These policies and regulations supersede all other
institutional documents governing the matters covered herein.
- Except as otherwise provided below, all provisions of these policies
and regulations shall become operative (with respect to all existing
and all future faculty appointments) on the effective date, which shall
be the date twenty-eight calendar days after the day on which these
policies and regulations have been approved by the President and the
Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina:
- The provisions in Section IV.B.2.a prohibiting appointment
of instructors after five years at that rank shall apply only
to persons who, upon the effective date, have not served at the
rank of instructor for four years. The provisions of that sentence
not apply to those who, upon the effective date, have served at
the rank of instructor for four or more years. It shall neither
non-reappointment nor insure reappointment when their then-current
or subsequent one-year terms expire, but shall leave this decision
be made as under the policies and regulations formerly applying.
- All provisions hereof requiring a department chairperson
or school dean to consult with the assembled senior members
of the department or school, and
the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs to consult with
the assembled college review committee shall apply only with
respect to personnel recommendations
initiated after the effective date.
- The provisions of Section VI shall apply with respect to
both those who are given notice of non-reappointment within
ninety calendar days
before the effective
date. Instructors, assistant professors, and associate professors to
whom notice of non-reappointment has been given within ninety calendar
days before the effective
date shall have twenty calendar days after the effective date within
which to initiate the procedures for review provided in Section VI.
4. The provisions of Section X shall apply both to all persons who,
upon the effective date, have attained normal retirement age and are
in continued terms
of employment, and to those persons who attain normal retirement age
after the effective date.