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4.3. C. 1 and 2 Adequate Cause Definition of and Serious Sanctions

4.3. C. 1 and 2 Adequate Cause Definition of and Serious Sanctions

Adequate Cause

Except in the case of termination due to Financial Exigency or for Medical Reasons, termination of or serious sanctions against a tenure-line faculty member may be effected only for Adequate Cause. Adequate Cause will be related, directly and substantially, to the fitness of the faculty member in the professional role as a teacher with obligations to the discipline, students, colleagues, the institution, and the community.  Neither termination nor serious sanctions will be used to restrain a faculty member in the exercise of academic freedom.  

  1. Adequate Cause includes: a) demonstrated incompetence or dishonesty in teaching or research, b) substantial and manifest neglect of duty, c) personal or professional conduct which substantially impairs the individual’s fulfillment of institutional responsibilities or which brings disrepute to the institution, or d) a violation of the College’s policies related to harassment, discrimination, retaliation, sexual misconduct and relationship misconduct.
  2. Serious Sanctions include: a) change in assignment or area of responsibility, b) leave of absence with reduced or no pay, c) a reduction of salary, d) change of status from full-time to limited assignment, or e) suspension with or without pay.