ACADEMIC PROGRAM/UNIT CLOSURE
2.18.4 Procedures for Academic Program/Unit Closure22.214.171.124 Acquisition of Faculty Advice Concerning the Recommendation126.96.36.199 Provost’s Action188.8.131.52 President’s Action
The committee is charged with acting in the best interest of UAB as a whole and is responsible for evaluating whether the decision to close the academic unit or discontinue the program is based on educational considerations and assessing any other issues deemed relevant by the Provost and the committee.
The committee shall have access to all information reasonably available at the time, including documentation of the necessity and rationale for the academic program/unit closure and documentation concerning the Provost's plan. Within 30 calendar days after its initial meeting, the committee shall submit to the Provost and the faculty (through the chair of the Faculty Senate) a written recommendation concerning the advisability of the academic program/unit closure and the Provost’s plan.(Return to top)184.108.40.206 Provost’s ActionIf the Provost believes an academic unit closure is in the best interest of UAB as a whole, he or she shall submit a recommendation to the President describing the necessity and rationale for proposing the academic program/unit closure and a specific plan based on this rationale, including any recommendations for the termination of tenured faculty members. In the formulation of this plan, the Provost in consultation with the affected faculty member(s) and appropriate deans shall consider the feasibility and advisability of placing the potentially terminated faculty members in other academic units at UAB. The Provost also shall submit to the President the recommendations of the faculty committee.(Return to top)220.127.116.11 President’s ActionWithin thirty days of receipt of the Provost’s recommendation, the President will (a) deny the recommendation, (b) return alternative recommendations to the Provost for his or her advice, or (c) accept the original recommendation.
If the President’s decision requires the termination of tenured faculty, such faculty shall be notified in writing by the President before the President requests approval of the decision of academic program/unit closure by the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees. A faculty member may request a hearing in accordance with Appendix C. If the President’s decision is unchanged as a result of the hearing, the President shall submit the request for approval of the recommendation of closure to the Chancellor.
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