Request for Board of Regents to Permit Necessary Discourse and Study of its Proposed Changes to (1) Procedures for Dismissal of Faculty Members, (2) Institutions’ Authority to Grant Tenure, & (3) Post Tenure Review & Annual Review Standards/Process

General Information

Motion Number: 2122.FAPC.001.R
Source Committee: Faculty Affairs Policy Committee
Motion Status: Implementation Complete
Motion Type: Resolution
Referenced Material: 



Motion Text: 

WHEREAS at the September 9, 2021, meeting, the Board of Regents proposed new policies for adoption during the October 12-13, 2021, meeting that substantially alter (1) the procedures for the discipline and dismissal of faculty members (8.3.9), (2) the authority of institutions to grant tenure (, and (3) the standards and process for post tenure review and annual evaluations (,, 8.3.6,,, and;

WHEREAS these proposed changes to the Board of Regents Policy Manual dramatically impact faculty conditions of employment; 

WHEREAS these proposed changes have not been widely circulated to impacted faculty, and impacted faculty have not been given adequate opportunity to comment upon these proposed changes; 

WHEREAS the members of the USG faculty council, whose mission is to “to promote and foster the welfare of system faculty through the combined creativity and expertise of faculty representatives from system institutions”, at a previously unscheduled last-minute meeting with the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, expressed serious concerns about the proposals and their effect on academic freedom and tenure;

WHEREAS the USG faculty and faculty council must have an opportunity, on behalf of the system institutions’ faculty, to consider and comment upon the proposed changes; and now, therefore, 

BE IT RESOLVED the faculty request that the Board of Regents table further action on these proposed changes so that impacted faculty and the USG faculty council may fully consider and comment upon these proposals.


Executive Committee Actions
ECUS action: 
Submit to University Senate
University Senate Actions
US action: 
Recommend to University President to Approve
Presiding Officer Electronic Signature: 
Dr. Catherine Fowler
Approval Date: 
Presidential Actions
UP action: 
Effective Date: 
President Electronic Signature: 
Cathy Cox
Guidance for Implementor(s): 
president Cathy Cox sent the motion contents to the Board of Regents. Thank you!
Implementor Actions
Implementation Status: 
Implementation Complete

Processed by Alex Blazer

On behalf of: 
University President
This motion was processed by University Senate Secretary Alex Blazer on Behalf of University President Cathy Cox.
Action log: 
Motion Submitted to ECUS on October 1, 2021 - 6:03pm
Submit to University Senate by the Executive Committee on October 2, 2021 - 10:06am
Awaiting Action by University Senate on October 2, 2021 - 10:06am
Endorsed by University Senate by the University Senate on October 6, 2021 - 6:28pm
Endorsed by University Senate on October 6, 2021 - 6:28pm
Recommend to University President to Approve by the University Senate on October 6, 2021 - 6:32pm
Awaiting Action by University President on October 6, 2021 - 6:32pm
Approved by the University President on October 7, 2021 - 12:02pm
Awaiting Action by Implementor on October 7, 2021 - 12:02pm
Implementation in progress on October 7, 2021 - 12:37pm
Implementation Complete on October 13, 2021 - 2:10pm