|Approved by the:
||University Senate April 16, 1998
FACULTY RETIREES' BILL OF RIGHTS
In the course of the common efforts to build
connectedness within the total University community, the Faculty
Senate respects the need to include retired faculty. At present,
there is a virtual absence of University policy on the status,
rights, privileges and services of faculty retirees, aside from
pension and health plans.
The only identified policy is a Regents resolution
of January 9, 1969, now styled Regents Policy on Emeritus Title
On the recommendation of the senior vice president
for academic affairs, and the president, the title "emeritus"
will be awarded to all members of the faculty who retire because
of age, with the understanding that the emeritus title will be
of the rank held by the staff member at the time of retirement.
Even this policy is seriously out of date.
Since the end of mandatory retirement, nobody can be said to
retire "because of age." Even earlier, the policy
made no provision for early retirements. The role of the vice
president and president is no longer clear.
There is a clear need for revising the policy.
Advantage should be taken of this occasion to open and consider
the entire question of retiree status, rights, privileges and
services and to draw up appropriate policies on various aspects
of this question - what may be called a Retirees' Bill
The basic principle which should guide this
policy is that a Professor Emeritus continues as a Professor,
to the extent that each such Professor is willing and able. The
change to emeritus relates to pay status only, and termination
of pay need not terminate any other connection with the University
or its units. Conclusion of the formal employment relationship
does not necessarily terminate a working relationship. Indeed,
the concept of "employment" is inadequate to describe
the relationship of either active or emeriti faculty to the University,
which is more a matter of commitment rather than of work for pay.
Many emeriti continue their connection to the University, volunteering
or contracting their services, continuing their research, attributing
their publications to the University, working with students (especially
graduate students), or at least maintaining a useful social connection.
Others would like to do those things, but are denied.
The continuity of a Professor Emeritus within
the University was understood in the days when the title was specifically
conferred by the Regents, when one spoke of being "promoted
to Professor Emeritus." It should be recognized as a promotion,
not a removal. The ultimate goal should be the maximum degree
of connectedness within the University community, by which the
University will be the net gainer. In this spirit, we propose
the following Retirees Bill of Rights.
- The rank of Professor Emeritus or Emerita
is a rank within the University faculty, albeit without regular
pay status. Such title is automatically conferred upon retirement
under any honorable circumstance, including terminal leave and
the end of phased retirement. It is understood that the emeritus
rank will be that held by the faculty member at the time of retirement.
In order to maintain connection between
departments and emeriti, departments are expected to provide the
following to emeriti who desire them: mail and routine office
services, including xeroxing; e-mail accounts and internet access;
graduate faculty status (subject to Graduate School rules) and
continuity of graduate advising; listing in directories; and,
in general, services and social inclusion of similarly minimal
For the same purpose, but subject to constraints
of cost, space and availability, departments are encouraged to
provide active emeriti with office space, computers and laboratory
space. Deans should assist departments to provide such facilities;
and to encourage deans, central administration should make allowance
for this in its planning. The enumeration of specific benefits
shall not prevent departments from providing more, or from entering
into contractual agreements for teaching courses or for research
support (including the right to submit grant/research proposals).
In order to maintain connection between
the University and emeriti, the University shall provide full
faculty advantages to emeriti who desire them, such as full library
privileges; faculty discounts; special prices for bookstores,
computer and software purchase, recreational facilities and athletics;
U-cards or similar ID cards; and continuity of parking at faculty
rates, with no requirement of special permission.
Emeriti who provide volunteer services,
especially when such services are on a continuing basis, should
be regarded as having entered into a relationship with the University
in some ways analogous to employment, with some consequent rights.
They should be provided with some agency to hear their grievances,
whether the Grievance Office or another. They should be covered
by legal indemnification and/or insurance when functioning as
or in lieu of employees, regardless of pay status. They should
be provided the facilities and services necessary to perform their
duties. Employed emeriti are entitled to full faculty protections.
The cost of medical insurance is recognized
as a problem for retirees, and should be dealt with. Whatever
new plan(s) may be adopted, retiring faculty must be able to maintain
a seamless continuity of medical coverage without proof of insurability.
The Faculty Senate calls upon the Administration
and the Board of Regents to work with faculty to enact the above
principles as Regents' and University Policies.