The Kansas Board of Regents yesterday approved a measure that, according to a faculty member representing the Council of Faculty Senate Presidents in Kanasas, “basically suspends tenure for a year” at public institutions of higher education in Kansas, “and sets a dangerous precedent for doing so again in the future.”
The measure, approved unanimously by the Regents, states:
In light of the extreme financial pressures placed on the state universities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, decreased program and university enrollment, and state fiscal issues, effective immediately through December 31, 2021 and notwithstanding any other Board or institutional
policy, any state university employee, including a tenured faculty member, may be suspended, dismissed, or terminated from employment by their respective university.
The administration at each university is tasked by the policy to create a “framework for the university’s decision-making” within 45 days that will lay down the criteria and procedures used for any suspensions, dismissals, or terminations, though the policy does require that anyone terminated receive (at least) 30 days’ written notice, and decisions are appealable.
(via Dale Dorsey)