ERIC Number: ED316298
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Mar-8
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Legal Cases Related to Faculty Tenure in Washington State Colleges and Universities.
Eley, Robert H.
An overview is provided of the issues, procedures, and prevailing judicial rationale for faculty tenure decisions in the state of Washington. All legal cases decided in Washington and cases from other jurisdictions that have had an impact on Washington law are summarized in this digest. Each case summary consists of an introduction of issues considered by the court, notation of past legal procedures, presentation of the facts of the case, and a description of the court's holding and rationale. The first 11 cases involved Washington community college faculty. The cases focused on loss of tenure because of inability to work with others; department chairmanship as a non-tenured position; part-time faculty; contract and tenure rights; denial of tenure with no reason given; termination on the grounds that tenure procedures were inapplicable; mandatory retirement versus voluntary resignation; denial of tenure on the grounds of declining enrollment; tenured faculty layoffs due to financial emergency; denial of tenure in a case where the probationary period had been extended; and tenured faculty layoff due to a budget reduction. Cases in Washington's four-year colleges and universities focused on the loyalty oath; loss of tenure due to sexual misconduct, insubordination, and financial exigency; and denial of tenure contested on the grounds of conspiracy and sex discrimination. Related cases in other jurisdictions dealt with a teacher dismissal in Illinois, denial of tenure with no reason given in Wisconsin, and termination regardless of de facto tenure in Texas. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Washington