Non-reappointment at the Conclusion of a Contractual Term
As noted above, full-time faculty contractual appointments do not renew automatically. The reasons for non-reappointment may include but are not limited to, unsatisfactory performance, violation of CCS’s policies, failure to remain professionally active and to enhance one’s professional skills, a change in curricular needs, a change in enrollment patterns, or financial exigency. Decisions regarding non-reappointment at the conclusion of an appointment term are made by the President, following procedures outlined in the reappointment of full-time faculty.
Termination During a Contractual Term
A faculty member’s contractual appointment may be terminated by CCS before the conclusion of its contractual term for the following reasons: (1) fraud, theft or dishonesty; (2) failure to perform contractual duties and responsibilities in a satisfactory manner as determined by CCS; (3) failure to follow the rules, regulations, policies and procedures of CCS; (4) failure of a faculty member to return to full-time employment and to perform the duties outlined in this handbook within 12 months following the beginning of an approved medical leave of absence; (5) the faculty member’s death during the term of the appointment, in which case CCS shall pay to the faculty member’s personal representatives earnings and expenses already accrued, but unpaid, for the period prior to death and upon such payment, CCS will have no further liability except for any fringe benefits that may arise at the time of faculty member’s death; and (6) threatened or actual bodily harm, intimidation, or harassment of staff, faculty, students, or other members of the CCS community. It is understood that continued employment may be impacted by a serious decline in enrollment, a financial exigency, and/or the elimination of faculty position(s) due to changing curriculum needs. If such a reduction in the number of faculty or the reorganization of an academic department or program is deemed necessary, CCS leadership will inform the Faculty Executive Committee of the Faculty Assembly when a plan and rationale for reduction or reorganization is being implemented.
Decisions regarding termination before the conclusion of a contractual term are made by the President, following recommendations by the Dean of Academic Affairs and the graduate or undergraduate Dean. At such time as CCS determines that it may be in its best interest to terminate an appointment for reasons (1), (2), (3), (4), and/or (6) above, CCS will first deliver to the faculty member written notice of its proposed termination which shall set forth the reasons for the proposed action. If the faculty member then within fifteen (15) days requests that the matter be reviewed by the Faculty Concerns Committee (FCC), and signs the necessary waiver of claims, then CCS will hold its decision in abeyance until the FCC has conducted its review and made a non-binding written recommendation to CCS, provided that such a review and recommendation are completed within thirty (30) days after the request for the review is made. If a termination notice is delivered with fewer than 45 days remaining in a semester, then the review by the Faculty Concerns Committee, if requested by the faculty member, must be completed within the first 45 days of the next semester.