3. Procedures for Suspension and Dismissal
Without limiting or abrogating any of the powers, duties, and privileges granted by the Charter to the Board of Trustees, and without restricting the right of suspension or dismissal in the first instance residing in the President, the Board of Trustees declares that it is its intention, in case of suspension or dismissal of a member of the Faculty to proceed as follows:
Should the Dean of the Faculty determine it is necessary to review the conduct of a member of the Faculty under this section, the Dean or the Dean’s designee will so inform the individual, preferably in person, and so apprise them of the circumstances and offer them the opportunity to be heard and to provide information. If, at the conclusion of the review, the Dean is considering recommending to the President that the member of the Faculty be suspended or dismissed, prior to submitting such written recommendation, the Dean of the Faculty will so inform the affected individual and provide another opportunity to be heard.
If the Dean of the Faculty decides to proceed to recommend suspension or dismissal, the member of the Faculty shall receive a written statement from the Dean articulating the reasons for the proposed suspension or dismissal. Upon receiving the Dean’s statement of reasons, the member of the Faculty shall be entitled to a review of the matter by the CCFA provided they request this review within one week following receipt of the Dean’s statement of reasons, unless another University policy governs. This review shall be conducted in accordance with the Guidelines for the Conduct of Inquiries by the CCFA (Appendix C to these Rules). In cases where suspension or dismissal is recommended, the member of the Faculty shall be entitled to a hearing before the CCFA. The CCFA, after considering the matter, shall report its opinion, including an explanation of its rationale, to the Dean of the Faculty. If the CCFA recommends a penalty less than suspension, and the Dean issues a new decision consistent with the CCFA’s opinion, the revised decision shall be final. If the Dean disagrees with the CCFA recommendation, or decides to recommend a suspension or dismissal, the Dean shall send the recommendation to the President, along with the statement of reasons provided to the Faculty member, the CCFAs report, and other relevant material. After receiving the recommendation from the Dean of the Faculty, the President will request a meeting with the member of the Faculty.
Following the meeting (or if the individual declines the meeting), if the President decides upon a penalty less than suspension, that penalty will be imposed and the member of the Faculty shall receive a written statement from the President explaining the decision, and that decision will be final.
If the President decides to recommend suspension or dismissal, the President shall provide the recommendation to a committee of the Board appointed to consider the proposed suspension or dismissal before the Board takes final action on the recommendation. The President’s recommendation shall be accompanied by (i) the President’s statement of reasons, (ii) the Dean of the Faculty’s recommendation to the President and statement of reasons, (iii) the CCFA’s report, and (iv) material from the review. In cases in which the CCFA’s report advises against suspension or dismissal, recommends a shorter period of suspension than recommended by the President, or recommends suspension when the President recommends dismissal, the committee of the Board shall invite the CCFA to discuss the CCFA’s report. Before final action is taken by the Board, the member of the Faculty shall be invited to appear and be heard by the committee of the Board.