These rules are established to implement and augment the requirements of UWS 3.08.
The authority to review nonrenewal decisions concerning faculty members shall be vested in the Faculty Hearing, Grievance and Appeals Committee of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (link to Ch III) (hereinafter, Committee). No person participating in the original decision to nonrenew a faculty member shall participate with the Committee in reviewing that decision.
The Committee shall review a nonrenewal decision in accordance with the following procedure:
The burden of proof before the Committee shall be on the faculty member concerned. This burden shall be satisfied upon a showing that the decision to nonrenew was based in any significant degree upon one or more of the factors set forth in Section 4.6.4 herein, with material prejudice to the individual [See UWS 3.08 (1)].
The Committee shall ascertain whether the decision was based in any significant degree upon one or more of the following factors, with material prejudice to the faculty member concerned:
The review of a nonrenewal decision shall be conducted by the Committee at a meeting held specifically for that purpose. Such meeting shall be closed unless the faculty member concerned requests an open meeting. The faculty member concerned and representatives of those making the nonrenewal decision shall be present at the review.
The Committee shall report on the validity of the appeal to the body or official making the nonrenewal decision and to the appropriate Dean and the Chancellor. The report may include remedies which may, without limitation because of enumeration, take the form of:
Cases shall be remanded for reconsideration by the decision maker in all instances unless the Committee specifically finds that such a remand would serve no useful purpose.
The Committee shall retain jurisdiction during the pendency of any reconsideration.
The decision of the Chancellor will be final and shall be supported by the reasons for accepting or denying the recommendations of the Committee.