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Faculty Rights Board (FRB)

University Senate Code
Article XV Standing Committees Of The Faculty Senate
Section 3. Functions

The Faculty Rights Board shall have original jurisdiction over any claim or charge by a member of the faculty that an administrative action constitutes; (i) a violation of the tenure rights of a tenured member of the faculty; (ii) a termination without proper cause of the services of a non‑tenured member of the faculty prior to the end of the term of his or her appointment; (iii) a violation of established University procedures for the appointment, promotion, reappointment, or non-reappointment of a faculty member that prevented a fair consideration of the case; (iv) a violation of the academic freedom of a tenured or non‑tenured member of the faculty; (v) appeal under Article VI of the Faculty Senate Rules and Regulations from a negative promotion and/or tenure recommendation based on demonstrable application of improper standards or criteria; (vi) a censure, suspension or dismissal pursuant to Article VI of the Code of Faculty Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct without proper cause; or (vii) the placing of a faculty member on administratively determined Leave Without Pay pursuant to Article IV of the Code of Faculty Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct without proper cause. In its role as a hearing panel, all Committee members are expected to behave as objective arbiters of the evidence presented, neither advocating for nor against the individual bringing the case nor personally participating in the preparation and presentation of a particular case. Additionally, Committee members’ comments and questions are expected to focus on the substance of the case.

Procedures for hearings held and appeals heard by the Faculty Rights Board shall be developed, approved, and made publicly available according to applicable provisions of the Faculty Senate Rules and Regulations.


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