Any faculty member may appeal the outcome of a promotion, tenure, or fourth year (or equivalent) evaluation. The appeal can be based only on process violation(s). Such an appeal is initiated by the faculty member by submitting a request in writing to the chair of the Faculty Welfare Committee no later than forty-five calendar days after receiving formal notification of the evaluation. The letter should outline the alleged process violation and request the convening of the Faculty Welfare Committee to consider the procedural bases for the appeal. The Faculty Welfare Committee will inform the President and VPAA/Dean of the Faculty that an appeal has been filed.
The function of the Faculty Welfare Committee shall be to evaluate the appeal to assess if procedures were followed consistent with institutional policies. If the Faculty Welfare Committee concludes that the evaluation procedure was consistent with institutional policies, they shall recommend to the President that the original evaluation stand. If the Faculty Welfare Committee concludes that the evaluation procedure was inconsistent with institutional policies, the Faculty Welfare Committee, based on the findings, shall recommend to the President that the evaluation be conducted again by the Faculty Personnel Committee. The President will review the findings and if the recommendation is supported, the case will be re-evaluated by the Faculty Personnel Committee.
If the President finds acts of discrimination on the part of the Faculty Personnel Committee, the President will meet with the Faculty Welfare Committee and may ask Faculty Policy Committee to appoint an ad-hoc Faculty Personnel Committee to re-evaluate the faculty member. If the President does not agree that there were procedural violations, the President will meet with the Faculty Welfare Committee to provide a clearly-defined rationale for the decision. The Faculty Welfare Committee will render its recommendation no later than one week after all material is reviewed and evaluated.
The private minutes of Faculty Welfare Committee's meetings related to the appeal and its recommendation will be sent to the appealing faculty member, the affected department chair(s), the chair of the Faculty Personnel Committee, the President, and the VPAA/Dean of the Faculty no later than one week following the Faculty Welfare Committee's final meeting regarding the appeal.