ERIC Number: ED243364
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr-26
Reference Count: 0
The Decision-Maker Perspective: Procedures Which Avoid Legal Hassles.
George, Melvin D.
Personnel decisionmaking at colleges and universities is discussed, with consideration of ways to avoid legal problems. Two approaches are recommended for universities: develop procedures to minimize the risk of law suits by faculty members and school staff, and provide protection from lawsuits for faculty and staff. Institutional procedures that can control risk are identified: expectations for faculty members should be stated clearly, especially in the letter of offer; departmental colleagues and heads should monitor performance, point out shortcomings, and note areas in which improvement is required. If there is to be a later decision not to give tenure or not to promote, a background of performance evaluation that will substantiate that judgment is very important. To minimize risk, the decisionmaking process regarding promotion, tenure, and other personnel concerns should meet several "fairness" tests: ample opportunity should be provided for contribution of relevant materials by the person being evaluated; different evaluation methods and viewpoints should be allowed; confidentiality should be respected; and opportunity for appeal should be adequate. The university must assume risk when a faculty member acts in good faith to participate in the evaluation of a faculty colleague. University of Missouri rules and regulations for the defense and protection of employees are appended. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).