a) Any faculty member who becomes a parent through birth or adoption, regardless of whether a parental leave is taken, is eligible for an extension of probationary status for each birth or adoption, providing that the faculty member notifies the VPAA/Dean of this intent in the semester of the birth or adoption event. In the event of a summer birth or adoption, the faculty member should notify the VPAA/Dean in the spring.
At that time, the probationary period will be officially extended and a letter that explicitly states the new review/evaluation timeline will be provided to the faculty member and department chair with a copy added to the faculty member’s file. One or two independent births or adoption events will add an additional year to the tenure clock/probationary period. Similarly, three or four independent births or adoption events will add an additional two years to the tenure clock/probationary period. Twins/triplets or multiple adoptions within a year are each considered “an independent birth or adoption event.”
b) Any faculty member who is on short-term disability leave (for events not related to “a” above) during a probationary period is eligible for an extension of the tenure probationary period for a period of a year. The VPAA/Dean will work with the faculty member to extend the probationary period, unless the faculty member declines such an extension.
c) A standard letter will be placed in the file of a faculty member whose tenure probationary period is extended for reasons described above and included in the evaluation file. The letter will include a re-statement of this policy and a reminder that the criteria for evaluation and expectations are identical for all faculty members at the conclusion of the tenure probationary period. The letter will not contain confidential medical information.