Elimination of Academic Programs

Original Policy Source APPM Section III Item 20
Policy Approval Authority University Council
Primary Audience Faculty
Status Active
Effective Adoption Date 04-06-1994
Last Review Date 10-16-2017
Policy Category/Categories Faculty & Academics

Principles Governing Consideration of Program Elimination

Whenever elimination of an academic program is under consideration, every effort shall be made to insure that all discussions and deliberations regarding program elimination are as open and inclusive as possible. In particular, regardless of the specific mechanisms and procedures through which these deliberations occur consistent with established principles of "shared governance," all members of the university community shall be explicitly invited, in as timely a fashion as possible, to make their views known to those charged with making the recommendation regarding retention or elimination of an academic program.

Principles Governing Reassignment of Tenured Faculty

In the event that an academic program is eliminated:

  • The university shall make every effort to expedite reassignment of affected tenured faculty to compatible units on the campus.
  • The Faculty Personnel Advisor and the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs shall be available to assist in making such reassignments as easy as possible for both individual faculty members and the academic units concerned.
  • The Provost's Office shall actively assist deans and chairs to help insure that all such reassignments occur with a minimum of difficulty and disruption.

Approved by University Council, April 6, 1994

Editorial Modification, October 16, 2017

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