VII.5. Non-Retention of Probationary Faculty

Despite the best efforts of the recruitment process, not all faculty hires may be a good fit with the university’s professional norms and criteria for promotion and tenure. In these cases, with appropriate attention to a fair and equitable review process and with due notice to the faculty member, the department may choose not to renew the probationary appointment at any time (see the Constitution and Bylaws, Article 5.5.) Should a department decide to follow this procedure, however, it is essential that the chair has a preparatory consultation with the college dean and the appropriate legal counsel to insure full protection of the university from liability.