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Faculty Manual:
EXISTING POLICY ON TENURE
Proposed changes
(November 9, 2005)
2.27 Tenure 2.27 Tenure
The following statement is the policy of Syracuse University with regard to tenure for instructional, research, and administrative personnel. This statement of tenure policy is also intended to include any persons who have served as full-time faculty members regardless of their specific titles.The privilege of a continuing appointment with tenure shall be granted to members of Syracuse University who have completed seven years of credited full-time teaching service with faculty rank unless a negative tenure decision has been made in their regard. A tenured appointment may be granted only by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs with the concurrence of the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees. Such an appointment may be extended only to members of Syracuse University who hold full-time teaching appointments with faculty rank. Members have faculty rank provided they have an appointment at an academic rank (professor, associate professor, assistant professor, instructor, or lecturer).Untenured faculty members on tenure-track appointments will normally not be considered for tenure before the conclusion of their fifth year of credited full-time teaching service. In rare and exceptional cases, however, the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs may approve a written request for an earlier review. Such a request should be based on exceptional circumstances such as meeting an offer of a tenured position at a comparable university. Under this provision, the University will review an individual for tenure only once. The following statement is the policy of Syracuse University with regard to tenure for instructional, research, and administrative personnel. This statement of tenure policy is also intended to include any persons who have served as full-time faculty members regardless of their specific titles.A tenured appointment may be granted only by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs with the concurrence of the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees. Such an appointment may be extended only to members of Syracuse University who hold full-time teaching appointments with faculty rank. Members have faculty rank provided they have an appointment at an academic rank (professor, associate professor, assistant professor, instructor, or lecturer).
Throughout the remainder of the statement on tenure, the term “faculty members” shall be used to designate members of Syracuse University with faculty rank. Throughout the remainder of the statement on tenure, the term “faculty members” shall be used to designate members of Syracuse University with faculty rank.
2.28 Administrative officers and department chairpersons 2.28 Administrative officers and department chairpersons
The privilege of tenure is not attached to appointments to administrative positions or to appointments as department chairpersons in the University. Appointment to or relinquishment of such positions, however, shall not deprive faculty members of tenure in the highest instructional rank which they have attained at the University. Administrative appointments made without granting of accompanying faculty rank shall not result in the accumulation of time toward tenure. The privilege of tenure is not attached to appointments to administrative positions or to appointments as department chairpersons in the University. Appointment to or relinquishment of such positions, however, shall not deprive faculty members of tenure in the highest instructional rank which they have attained at the University. Administrative appointments made without granting of accompanying faculty rank shall not result in the accumulation of time toward tenure.
2.29 Transfer of tenure credit from other institutions 2.29 Consideration for tenure
Beginning with appointment to faculty rank as defined above, the probationary period shall not exceed seven years, including within this period full-time service in faculty rank in all institutions of higher education regionally accredited in the United States, or in any other comparable institutions, but subject to the following provisos:(1) when, after a term of probationary service of more than three years in one or more such institutions, faculty members are called to Syracuse University, it may be agreed in writing that the new appointments are for probationary periods of not more than four years, even though thereby the total probationary periods in the academic profession are extended beyond the normal maximum of seven years;(2) within six months of the date of employment at Syracuse University, the candidates may choose to reduce the number of years of prior service to be counted, and so to extend the probationary period at Syracuse University up to a maximum of seven years. All faculty members shall be informed in their letter of appointment, concerning the number of years of prior academic service for which they will receive credit toward tenure. Beginning with a full-time tenure-track appointment with faculty rank at Syracuse University, the tenure probationary period shall not exceed seven credited years at Syracuse University. A candidate for tenure must be considered for tenure before the end of the sixth credited year; however, a candidate may request to be considered for tenure at an earlier date. Such a review shall be conducted following the established standards, procedures, and timetable of the school or college. The term credited year shall mean a year of service at Syracuse University identified in the faculty member’s appointment letter as a full-time tenure-track appointment.Candidates for tenure are considered only once for tenure. The formal review process will begin with the signed and dated irrevocable request on the standard form from the individual to the dean to initiate the tenure review. This written request must be submitted to the dean prior to the solicitation of external evaluations of the candidate’s qualifications for tenure. After the formal review process has begun, candidates for tenure may not withdraw from consideration and subsequently reapply for tenure. If an eligible faculty member fails to submit a formal request for a tenure review prior to the college or school deadline for completing the tenure review before the end of the sixth year of the probationary period, the University will consider the faculty member to have waived all claims for consideration for tenure.
2.30 Notice of tenure decision 2.30 Notice of tenure decision
Written notice of the tenure decision, whether positive or negative, will be given to faculty members at least one year prior to the expiration of the seven-year probationary period. If the decision is negative, the written notice will indicate that the appointment for the remainder of the probationary period becomes terminal. If the decision is affirmative, the terms of the probationary contract remain in effect, except that the provision of The Faculty Manual (Section 3.15) with respect to the termination of a faculty member shall apply from the date the favorable decision was made. Continuing appointment with tenure formally begins at the start of the eighth year of credited full-time service. Written notice of the tenure decision, whether positive or negative, will be given to faculty members at least one year prior to the expiration of the seven-year probationary period. If the decision is negative, the written notice will indicate that the appointment for the remainder of the probationary period becomes terminal. A negative tenure decision will be accompanied by a terminal one-year appointment. If the decision is affirmative, tenure formally begins on the date the Board of Trustees confers tenure.
It is the right of every faculty member when informed by the University of a denial of tenure, to appeal this decision on the basis of a procedural violation before the Senate Committee on Appointments and Promotions or on the basis of denial of academic freedom or violation of professional ethics before the Senate Committee on Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Professional Ethics. Also, Syracuse University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and, in accordance with law, maintains a grievance procedure whereby any employee believing himself or herself to have been subject to discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, national origin, religion, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era is encouraged to seek a resolution through informal or formal means. (See Affirmative Action Grievance Procedures, Section 3.23.) It is the right of every faculty member when informed by the University of a denial of tenure, to appeal this decision on the basis of a procedural violation before the Senate Committee on Appointments and Promotions or on the basis of denial of academic freedom or violation of professional ethics before the Senate Committee on Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Professional Ethics. Also, Syracuse University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and, in accordance with law, maintains a grievance procedure whereby any employee believing himself or herself to have been subject to discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, national origin, religion, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era is encouraged to seek a resolution through informal or formal means. (See Affirmative Action Grievance Procedures, Section 3.23.)
2.31 Effect of promotion on tenure status 2.31 Effect of promotion on tenure status
Faculty members who are promoted prior to the completion of their seventh year of academic service do not by virtue of the promotion thereby receive tenure. Faculty members who are promoted prior to the completion of their seventh year of academic service do not by virtue of the promotion thereby receive tenure.
2.32 Temporary appointments 2.32 Non-tenure track appointments
The privilege of tenure will not be extended to visiting faculty nor to appointees who temporarily replace members of the teaching staff officially on leave of absence. Should contracts not specified as temporary be granted to such appointees at a subsequent time, however, the years of service as a temporary appointee shall count toward tenure. Individuals may hold full-time non-tenure track faculty appointments no more than six years. Should their appointment be converted to a tenure track appointment, the years in the full-time non-tenure track position are not credited toward the completion of the probationary period. Tenure track and non-tenure track appointments are identified as such in the appointment letter. Individuals who are initially appointed to a tenure track position at Syracuse University are not eligible subsequently to receive full-time non-tenure track faculty appointments.
2.33 Annual written contract 2.33 Annual written contract
Faculty members without tenure shall receive an annual written contract unless they have entered into a contractual agreement with the University which specifies a period longer than one year. The institution will normally notify faculty members of the terms and conditions of their renewals prior to commencement, but in no case shall such information be given later than May 15. Faculty members without tenure shall receive an annual written contract unless they have entered into a contractual agreement with the University which specifies a period longer than one year. The institution will normally notify faculty members of the terms and conditions of their renewals prior to commencement, but in no case shall such information be given later than May 15.
2.34 Nonrenewal of a probationary appointment 2.34 Nonrenewal of a probationary appointment
Regardless of the stated term or other provisions of any appointments, written notice that probationary appointments are not to be renewed will be given to faculty members in advance of the expiration of their appointment, as follows: not later than March 1 of the first academic year of service, if the appointment expires at the end of that year; or, if a one-year appointment terminates during an academic year, at least three months in advance of its termination; not later than December 15 of the second academic year of service, if the appointment expires at the end of that year; or, if an initial two-year appointment terminates during an academic year, at least six months in advance of its termination; at least 12 months before the expiration of an appointment after two or more years of service at the institution. Regardless of the stated term or other provisions of any appointments, written notice that probationary appointments are not to be renewed will be given to faculty members in advance of the expiration of their appointment, as follows: not later than March 1 of the first academic year of service, if the appointment expires at the end of that year; or, if a one-year appointment terminates during an academic year, at least three months in advance of its termination; not later than December 15 of the second academic year of service, if the appointment expires at the end of that year; or, if an initial two-year appointment terminates during an academic year, at least six months in advance of its termination; at least 12 months before the expiration of an appointment after two or more years of service at the institution.
2.35 Annual report on non-tenured faculty members 2.35 Annual report on non-tenured faculty members
Deans shall submit to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs an annual report and recommendation on all regular faculty members not holding tenure. Deans shall submit to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs an annual report and recommendation on all regular faculty members not holding tenure.
2.36 No other means of acquiring tenure 2.36 No other means of acquiring tenure
No person has tenure except as provided herein; that is, by direct grant in writing from the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs with the concurrence of the Board of Trustees. No person is appointed with tenure unless it is expressly stated in the letter of appointment or other official writing to that effect. No person has tenure except as provided herein; that is, by direct grant in writing from the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs with the concurrence of the Board of Trustees. No person is appointed with tenure unless it is expressly stated in the letter of appointment or other official writing to that effect.
2.37 Limitations of tenure 2.37 Limitations of tenure
Tenure is not synonymous with a life appointment. Serious disregard of duties, incompetence, or moral turpitude on the part of the individual, or bona fide financial exigency on the part of the institution constitutes grounds for separation. No removal shall take place without adequate warning and without compliance in full faith with the procedures described herein, which are based upon the principles and practices set forth in the 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure, formulated by the Association of American Colleges and the American Association of University Professors. Tenure is not synonymous with a life appointment. Serious disregard of duties, incompetence, or moral turpitude on the part of the individual, or bona fide financial exigency on the part of the institution constitutes grounds for separation. No removal shall take place without adequate warning and without compliance in full faith with the procedures described herein, which are based upon the principles and practices set forth in the 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure, formulated by the Association of American Colleges and the American Association of University Professors.
Faculty Manual
EXISTING POLICY ON TIME IN RANK TOWARD PROMOTION
Proposed changes
(November 9, 2005)
Section 2.22 Time in Rank Section 2.22 Time in Rank
Candidates for promotion will normally not be considered until they have completed the following minimum time in rank:

  • for promotion from instructor to assistant professor, one completed year;
  • for promotion from assistant to associate professor, three completed years;
  • for promotion from associate professor to professor, four completed years.

Variations from these minimum time requirements will be considered only under exceptional circumstances.

Candidates for promotion will normally not be considered until they have completed the following minimum time in rank:

  • for promotion from instructor to assistant professor, one completed year;
  • for promotion from assistant to associate professor, three completed years;
  • for promotion from associate professor to professor, four completed years.

For faculty members being reviewed for tenure, the years in rank requirement for promotion will be waived if requested by the faculty member. Other variations from these minimum time requirements will be considered under appropriate circumstances.

In each recommendation, service at other academic institutions will receive appropriate credit. Service in other than academic institutions will be considered if the work performed shows a high order of professional achievement, but it must be applied at the rank at which the faculty members are first appointed. Any credit for prior service that will be credited toward promotion will be indicated in the appointment letter. In each recommendation, service at other academic institutions will receive appropriate credit. Service in other than academic institutions will be considered if the work performed shows a high order of professional achievement, but it must be applied at the rank at which the faculty members are first appointed. Any credit for prior service that will be credited toward promotion will be indicated in the appointment letter.
No one is entitled to advancement solely because of length of service. It should be emphasized that accomplishment and not time in rank is the essential criterion for promotion. No one is entitled to advancement solely because of length of service. It should be emphasized that accomplishment and not time in rank is the essential criterion for promotion.