|Approved by the:||Faculty Senate - December 4, 2008
Administration - See comment*
Board of Regents - no action required
*The President supports the underlying principle of this policy statement, and is asking Vice President for Human Resources Carol Carrier to consider ways to incorporate the principle in the current comprehensive review process of administrative policies.
Statement on University Responsibility to Researchers
The Faculty Senate and the President affirm their mutual understanding that, in cases of unpreventable major adversity affecting faculty members, whether due to accident, the weather, building collapse, or any other external cause, the relevant administrations will immediately do all in their power to enable faculty members affected to resume their professional activities as soon as possible; and will ensure that they will not be held responsible for professional performance to the extent that their professional activities are disrupted through no fault of their own.
This version reflects a change suggested at the October 4 Senate meeting: the "administration" responsible for responding should include the colleges and departments as well as central administration, and AF&T agrees.
TOM CLAYTON, CHAIR
ACADEMIC FREEDOM AND TENURE COMMITTEE