REBUTTALS AND APPEALS
It is recognized that the
process of applying for promotion and tenure is a sensitive one and one
which, because of its inherent judgmental quality, frequently leads to
differing opinions. The
faculty member should have ample opportunities for review, rebuttal,
appeal, and dispute resolution.
faculty member or ILS may seek advice and assistance from the coordinator
of the Faculty Promotion and Tenure Application Procedure regarding
questions and concerns related to administration.
The coordinator can provide general information and advice,
interpret procedural provisions, take action to ensure the fair
administration of all procedures, and authorize appropriate exceptions to
procedures. Consultation with
the coordinator should be the first step taken if a faculty member or ILS
has questions related to the administration of the Faculty Promotion
and Tenure Application Procedure.
faculty member may prepare and submit written rebuttals to any assessment
components of the promotion and tenure process.
All rebuttals must be sent to the Central File within five workdays
of receiving an assessment or recommendation.
Copies of rebuttals should also be sent to individual evaluators or
to the appropriate committee within five workdays after receiving the
assessment or recommendation.
deadlines permit, evaluators and committees should send a copy of their
written recommendation to each promotion/tenure
applicant at least five working days before sending such recommendations
to the next level of evaluation.
rebuttals become part of the promotion and/or tenure application folder
and are forwarded to those persons who will subsequently review the
Evaluators or committees may respond to rebuttals in writing. All such responses must be sent to the Central File with a
copy to the evaluatee. All
responses to rebuttals become part of the promotion and/or tenure
Appeals do not automatically move forward in the procedure. They must be initiated at each stage in the prescribed sequence by the appellant. Applicants who are not recommended for promotion and/or tenure will have the opportunity, prior to filing their appeals, to examine all papers and documents in the records upon which the recommendations against promotion or tenure were made.