A. ACADEMIC FREEDOM AND TENURE COMMITTEE
The Academic Freedom
and Tenure Committee is responsible for all matters of policy related to
academic freedom and faculty tenure, including the Regents' policy, "Faculty
Tenure." The Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee reports to the Faculty
Senate and does not deal with individual disputes.
The Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee shall be composed of:
at least 7 faculty members (including at least 5 who are tenured and at least one from a system campus),
2 academic professional members whose responsibilities are primarily teaching or research,
1 postdoctoral fellow/associate,
2 graduate students, and
ex officio representation as specified by vote of the Faculty Senate.
Faculty, academic professionals, and students shall be appointed by the Committee on Committees. The postdoctoral fellow/associate shall be appointed by the Postdoctoral Association. The academic professional, postdoctoral fellow/associate, and graduate student members may not vote on any issue related to faculty tenure; the decision about whether a matter relates to tenure shall be determined by the chair. The chair of the committee shall be a tenured faculty member.
a. To review periodically the University’s
policies on academic freedom, its underlying principles, and the tenure
b. To review periodically the tenure-and-promotion system for
faculty appointments, and any related policies, and make recommendations to the
Faculty Senate and to the appropriate senior academic administrators.
To review proposals from any source for amendment of the Regents Policy on Faculty
Tenure and report its views to the Faculty Senate within the time limits
provided by the Regents' Policy.
d. To review annually the use of contract
and non-faculty instructional appointments in all departments and colleges, and
make recommendations to the Faculty Senate and the appropriate senior academic
e. To provide Interpretations of the tenure policies in
accordance with the Regents' Policy.
f. To monitor the post-tenure review
g. To review and monitor issues of academic freedom arising in,
pertinent to, or affecting the University of Minnesota.
h. To promote
understanding of the concepts and exercise of academic freedom across the
i. To advise senior academic administrators concerning issues
of academic freedom, and of academic tenure and rank.
j. To make
recommendations it deems appropriate to the Faculty Consultative Committee or
other committees of the Faculty Senate.
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