UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH POLICY 02-02-07
CATEGORY: ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
SECTION: Faculty Appointment and Tenure
SUBJECT: Termination of Appointment for Cause
EFFECTIVE DATE: July 5, 1988
This policy affirms the rights of the University and the faculty member regarding the
termination of appointment for cause. The following is excerpted from the University of
Pittsburgh BYLAWS. (See Appendix A.)
Termination of any appointment, other than by expiration of term, may be made for cause.
The University recognizes the right of the individual concerned to be informed of the
reasons for the termination of his or her appointment.
Prior to such termination of tenured appointments, the President shall seek the advice of a
hearing board. See Procedure 02-02-10, Faculty Reviews and Appeals.
- The hearing board shall be composed of five members of the faculty, selected from
the elected faculty on Senate Council, and a chairperson appointed by the President,
who may, but need not, be a member of the faculty. The chairperson may not vote on
the outcome, but otherwise may participate fully in the proceedings.
- When a hearing board is needed, the President shall ask the President of the Senate
to select twelve nominees from among the elected faculty on Senate Council. The
faculty member and the senior administrator involved shall each have three
peremptory challenges against any of the twelve persons selected, and the Clerk of
the Senate shall reduce the list by lot to five names.
- The hearing board shall transmit its findings and recommendations to resolve the
matter to the President and to the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, for consideration
and action by the President after review of the process by a committee of the Board
A hearing may also be arranged at the discretion of the President when a faculty member
makes a specific claim within thirty days following completion of prescribed administrative
procedures that there has been unfair practice with reference to the terms and condition
of appointment, such as failure to reappoint and award tenure.
University of Pittsburgh of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education -BYLAWS,
Chapter II, Article II, Section III, Paragraph D, "Termination of Appointment for Cause."
Adopted by the Board of Trustees, January 14, 1969, and as amended thereafter.
Procedure 02-02-10, Faculty Reviews and Appeals