Abrogation of Tenure

06 Jul 2016 17:51

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Abrogation of Tenure or Termination of Current Appointment

Abrogation of tenure or termination of contract proceedings can occur at any time.

Abrogation of tenure is a process totally separate from the process described in Post-Tenure
Review supra., pp. 25-27. Tenure is not license to breach Faculty Responsibilities and Ethics.
In addition to the formal tenure review process, tenure may be abrogated and appointments
may be terminated at a time determined at the discretion of the President of the University
for any of the following reasons:

A. Incompetence, both intentional and unintentional, in normal instructional and other
institutional responsibilities as defined in Faculty Responsibilities and Ethics. Refusal to teach or inability to teach content of courses as described in the University catalogue is one possible example of incompetence.

B. Failure to meet normal instructional and other institutional responsibilities as defined in Faculty Responsibilities and Ethics (supra., pp. 14-16). As faculty are required to be available five days a week during regular business hours, refusal to teach a course at a time during regular business hours as assigned by the Division Chair, or abuse of sick leave or failure to meet classes according to policies of the University and of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, are possible causes for abrogation

C. Conviction of felony.

D. Attempts to obstruct the legitimate operations of the institution as defined by state law and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

E. Lack of need for the instructor's services and/or financial exigencies. (With respect to financial exigencies, see Faculty Financial Exigency Policy, infra., pp. 32-33).

F. Moral turpitude. Definition of such turpitude should take into account local community standards, professional ethics, and the mores of general American culture. Behavior legitimated by law and by judicial decisions cannot be considered grounds for abrogation of tenure unless it directly results in the causes specified in items A, B, C, D, and E.

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