ERIC Number: ED082721
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Aug
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Institutional Responsibility in the Development of Faculty Dismissal Criteria.
Holderfield, H. M.; Brown, Frank D.
Faculty termination criteria of community/junior colleges in Texas and Michigan were studied, and case law was researched to determine how definitive the criteria need to be and how the courts have interpreted general criteria. In Texas, 37 public two-year colleges were surveyed, with 25 replying. Of these, 11 institutions supplied policy statements that were basically a restatement of the Coordinating Board, Texas College and University System, criteria with one or two additional institutional criteria. These criteria for dismissing both a faculty member and a probationary faculty member are: (1) the demonstration of professional incompetence, (2) the demonstration of moral turpitude, and (3) the gross neglect of professional responsibilities. A list is compiled of the dismissal criteria of the 25 colleges. In Michigan, 29 public community/junior colleges were surveyed, with 20 responding. Of these 20, 7 have criteria of various degrees of specificity. The faculty dismissal criteria for these seven institutions are listed. Case law and the most common dismissal criteria are discussed from the standpoints of: legal basis for institutional development of sismissal criteria, courts' interpretation of dismissal criteria, the interpretation of case law. A case law perspective of the dismissal of nontenured faculty is then discussed as related to the rights of nontenured personnel in a termination. Finally, a case law perspective of the dismissal of tenured personnel as a response to financial exigency is presented. An annotated bibliography prepared from a computer search of ERIC materials concludes the report. (DB)
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Authoring Institution: Florida State Univ., Tallahassee. Dept. of Higher Education.
Identifiers - Location: Michigan; Texas