Complaints and Discipline
7.07 Outside Activities
7.09 Approval of Reportable Outside Activities
7.10 Action to Avoid Possible Conflict of Interest
7.11 Approval of Outside Activities Utilizing Institutional Facilities and Personnel
7.12 Reporting of Outside Activities
7.13 Outside Activities Involving Students
7.14 Service as an Expert Witness or Consultant
7.15 Outside Activities Requiring Absence From Institutional Duties
The Faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside reaffirms its conviction that individual Faculty members, and all others in the University community, should conduct themselves with professional responsibility, and that this includes the faithful performance of all duties they have undertaken in accepting their respective positions.
The Faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside hereby expresses its agreement with and acceptance of the Statement of Faculty Responsibilities of the American Association of University Professors.
I. The professor, guided by a deep conviction of the worth and dignity of the advancement of knowledge, recognizes the special responsibilities placed upon him/her. His/her primary responsibility to his/her subject is to seek and to state the truth as he/she sees it. To this end he/she devotes his/her energies to the obligation to exercise critical self-discipline and judgment in using, extending, and transmitting knowledge. He/she practices intellectual honesty. Although he/she may follow subsidiary interests, these interests must never seriously hamper or compromise his/her freedom of inquiry.
II. As a teacher, the professor encourages the free pursuit learning in his/her students. He/she holds before them the best scholarly standards of his/her discipline. He/she demonstrates respect for the student as an individual, and adheres to his/her proper role as intellectual guide and counselor. He/she makes every reasonable effort to foster honest academic conduct and to assure that his/her evaluation of students reflects their true merit. He/she respects the confidential nature of the relationship between professor and student. He/she avoids any exploitation of students for his/her private advantage and acknowledges significant assistance from them. He/she protects their academic freedom.
III. As a colleague, the professor has obligations that derive from common membership in the community of scholars. He/she respects and defends the free inquiry of his/her associates. In the exchange of criticism and ideas he/she shows due respect for the opinions of others. He/she acknowledges his/her academic debts and strives to be objective in his/her professional judgment of colleagues. He/she accepts his/her share of faculty responsibilities for the governance of his/her institution.
IV. As a member of his/her institution, the professor seeks above all to be an effective teacher and scholar. Although he/she observes the stated regulations of the institution, provided they do not contravene academic freedom, he/she maintains his/her right to criticize and seek revision. He/she determines the amount and character of the work he/she does outside his/her institution with due regard to his/her paramount responsibilities within it. When considering the interruption or termination of his/her service, he/she recognizes the effect of his/her decision upon the program of the institution and gives due notice of his/her intentions.
V. As a member of his/her community, the professor has the rights and obligations of any citizen. He/she measures the urgency of these obligations in the light of his responsibilities to his/her subject, to his/her students, to his/her profession, and to his/her institution. When he/she speaks or acts as a private person he/she avoids creating the impression that he/she speaks or acts for his/her college or university. As a citizen engaged in a profession that depends upon freedom for its health and integrity, the professor has a particular obligation to promote conditions of free inquiry and to further public understanding of academic freedom.
The Faculty Rights and Responsibilities Committee shall consist of nine faculty members one representing the School of Business and Technology, one representing each of the electoral divisions of the College of Arts and Sciences, and the remainder elected at large. Terms are for three years and are to be staggered so that three faculty members are elected each year.
(2) Restrictions on Membership
Only tenured faculty members are eligible to serve. No person who is a member of the University Committee or of the Personnel Review Committee shall be eligible to serve.
The Chairperson shall be elected annually from among the members.
The Committee shall:
(a) serve as the committee to hear dismissal cases and make recommendations under the provisions of UWS 4;
(b) serve as the committee to hear complaints of alleged misconduct and make recommendations under UWPF 7.04 and UWS 6.01;
(c) serve as the committee to hear appeals from decisions of impropriety and make recommendations under UWPF 7.10 and UWS 7.
(d) serve as the grievance committee for the faculty with power to conduct hearings and recommend solutions as specified in UWS 6.02;
(e) serve as the "faculty hearing committee" for layoff for reasons of fiscal emergency under UWS 5.11.
(f) serve as the "appeals committee" for nonrenewal of faculty appointments under UWS 3.08 and UWPF 6.08.
(g) Serve, together with members of the Academic Staff Policies and Personnel Committee, as the Institutional Ethics Committee for the purpose of implementing Regent Policy concerning a Code of Ethics for Unclassified Staff (UWS 8).
(a) The Committee shall operate under procedures adopted by the Faculty Senate which are consistent with this chapter, Chapter Six and applicable portions of the Wisconsin Administrative Code and Statutes.
(b) A member of the Committee must dissociate himself/herself from a case in which he/she has been involved in another capacity.
(c) Replacement for members who are unable to serve shall be made by the University Committee on a case-by-case basis, as necessary when the number of members who are able to serve falls below five. Such temporary members shall serve only for the duration of the case.
(d) A quorum of five members, elected or appointed, shall be required for the Committee to hear cases.
(2) Discipline means any sanction by the Chancellor against a faculty member for conduct specified in UWPF 7.02(1), other than dismissal.
(3) Complaints of alleged misconduct by faculty members may be made to the Chancellor by members of the administration, students, academic staff members, or faculty members, classified staff members, and members of the public. The complaint shall be in writing, and shall describe specifically the alleged misconduct.
(4) A faculty member is entitled to enjoy and exercise all the rights and privileges of a United States citizen, and the rights and privileges of academic freedom as they are generally understood in the academic community. This policy shall be observed in determining whether a complaint is substantial and provides sufficient grounds for a discipline. The burden of proof of the existence of misconduct on the part of a faculty member shall be on the individual or party making the complaint.
(a) if he/she deems the complaint to be not substantial, he/she shall dismiss it; or
(b) if he/she deems the complaint to be substantial, and which if true, might lead to dismissal, he/she shall proceed under the provisions of UWS 4; or
(c) if he/she deems the complaint to be substantial, but which if true, would probably not lead to dismissal, he/she shall refer it to the Faculty Rights and Responsibilities Committee; and
(d) he/she shall notify in writing the faculty member who is the subject of the complaint of the specific nature of the complaint, the identity of the individual or party who made the complaint, and his/her disposition of the complaint under (a), (b), or (c).
(2) Whenever the Faculty Rights and Responsibilities Committee receives a complaint of misconduct from the Chancellor, it shall notify the faculty member who is the subject of the complaint in writing, and shall hold a hearing at a date, time, and place mutually convenient to the Committee and the faculty member, but in no case later than 30 days after the complaint is received from the Chancellor.
(3) The Committee, on the basis of its findings on the evidence presented at the hearing, and within 10 days after the hearing, shall recommend to the Chancellor that the complaint be dismissed, that the complaint be referred to the faculty member's dean or academic department chair, or that there exists sufficient grounds for discipline and the specific nature of the discipline to be imposed. The Committee shall provide the faculty member concerned with a written statement of its findings and recommendations to the Chancellor.
(1) Service of written notice of hearing on the specific complaint at least 10 days prior to the hearing;
(2) A right to the names of witnesses and of access to documentary evidence upon which the complaint is based;
(3) A right to be heard in his/her defense;
(4) A right to confront and cross-examine witnesses;
(5) A record of the hearing;
(2) When a department chair receives a complaint referred by the Chancellor, he/she may not impose discipline or take any action against the faculty member concerned on the basis of the complaint, but may take action to remedy the complaint.
(3) If the Chancellor's decision on the disposition of a complaint does not confirm the recommendation of the Committee, he/she shall, prior to advising the faculty member of his/her decision, consult with the Committee and provide the Committee with an opportunity to prepare a written response to his/her decision. In the letter to the faculty member advising him/her of the disposition of the complaint against him/her, the Chancellor shall include the Committee's response and a statement of the reason why his/her decision does not confirm the Committee's recommendation.
(4) The decision of the Chancellor on the disposition of the complaint shall be final except that the Board at its discretion may grant a review on the record.
(2) "Reportable outside activities" are those activities of an instructional staff member which are defined in s. UWS 8.025.
(2) If, during the year, significant changes in a staff member's reportable outside activities occur, the staff member shall immediately inform, in writing, her/his department chair. This information shall be placed on file with the staff member's annual statement of outside interests.
(3) The department chair shall make a recommendation, within 15 days, regarding the submitted request and notify the member of the instructional staff. When formulating her/his recommendation, the chair may, at her/his discretion, consult with the Institutional Ethics Committee.
(4) The department chair shall forward the request with her/his recommendation to the dean. The dean shall approve or disapprove the request, within 15 days, and notify in writing the chancellor, the chair, and the instructional staff member concerned.
(5) If the dean disapproves the request, the instructional staff member concerned shall have the right to appeal, within 15 days after notice of the dean's decision, in accordance with UWPF 7.17-7.20.
(2) The dean shall notify in writing any member of the instructional staff whose reportable outside activities are deemed by her/him after consultation with the appropriate department chair, to be excessive or improper.
(2) The involved students should be informed of the implications of any agreements restricting their right to publish or communicate freely.
(3) The instructional staff member who either advises or serves on the dissertation committee of a graduate student shall request in writing the permission of her/his department chair to either hire or directly supervise such a student in employment activities.
(1) Where the complaint is against a faculty member, the chancellor shall proceed under the provisions of UWPF 7.02-7.06.
(2) Where the complaint is against a member of the academic staff, the chancellor shall proceed under the provisions of UWPA 10.04.
(a) Receipt of Grievance
(1) Whenever the committee receives a grievance brought by a faculty member, it shall within a reasonable time undertake an investigation of the grievance and offer to discuss the grievance informally with the faculty member concerned.
(2) The committee may offer to informally mediate the grievance.
(3) In the absence of a mediated settlement, the committee shall undertake a formal hearing and reach a recommendation.
(b) Hearing and Recommendation
(1) The Faculty Rights and Responsibilities Committee shall serve as the hearing committee for all grievances brought by faculty members and not resolved by mediation.
(2) The committee shall have the power to conduct hearings and fact-finding related to the grievance.
(3) The committee shall conduct the hearing, make a record of the hearing, prepare a summary of the evidence, and transmit such record and summary, along with its findings and recommendations on the hearing record, to the chancellor.
(4) Investigation and Hearing Process The committee is authorized to establish its own procedures for the investigation and hearing of a grievance. The committee, within 10 days of the completion of its investigation and hearing, shall furnish to the grievant and the chancellor its written findings and recommendations.
(2) If the chancellor's decision on the disposition of a grievance does not confirm the recommendation of the committee, he/she shall consult with the committee, prior to advising the grievant of his/her decision, and provide the committee with an opportunity to prepare a written response to his/her decision. In the letter to the grievant advising him/her of the disposition of the grievance, the chancellor shall include the committee's response and a statement of the reason why his/her decision does not confirm the committee's recommendation.
(3) The decision by the chancellor on the recommendation of the committee shall be final except that the Board of Regents, at its discretion, upon petition of a grievant or the committee, may grant a review on the record.