Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, April 22, 2011

Regents approve extending upper limit of tenure probationary period

The Board of Regents voted unanimously Thursday to extend the upper limit on faculty tenure probationary periods from eight to 10 years.

The one-word change in Regents’ Bylaw 5.09 gives the governing faculty in the individual schools and colleges added flexibility when establishing the appropriate tenure probationary period.

The bylaw change does not require changes in the maximum tenure probationary period. Tenure probationary periods are set by the governing faculty of each school and college subject to the upper limit contained in Bylaw 5.09.

During the meeting Provost Phil Hanlon said that if the change is approved, he would convene a committee to advise him on steps his office can take to provide oversight when a school or college decides to change the length of its tenure probationary period.

During the period of public comment prior to the vote, five faculty members spoke in favor of the change and two spoke against it.