Two programs for tenure relinquishment have been established effective June 12, 2009:
Policies, procedures, applications, and FAQ’s for full and partial tenure relinquishment programs have been posted to the Office of Human Resources web site. You may access the documents at http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/tenure_relinquishment.html.
Definition and Required Notice Before Termination. The appointment of a tenured or non–tenured faculty member may be terminated or other sanctions imposed "for cause." "For cause" is defined in detail in OAR 580–21–0325 and includes conviction of a felony or of a crime involving moral turpitude, failure to perform assigned duties, evidence of incompetence, default of academic integrity, failure to perform adequately for medical reasons, or other proscribed conduct specified in OAR 580–22–0045.
Procedures to be followed involving termination for cause are available from the Faculty Senate Office and Legal Adviser, President’s Office. Faculty charged with such "for cause" conduct have the right to a formal hearing on the charges before a special ad hoc hearing committee. The hearing committee is selected from panels appointed by the Faculty Senate.
The Board Administrative Rules (580–21–315) provide procedures for termination of tenured and nontenured faculty members "not for cause" due to a) financial exigency, or b) program or department reductions or elimination. No specific notice period is required for the termination of a faculty member due to financial exigency. Tenured faculty members terminated due to program reduction or elimination, are given 12 month notice. Faculty on annual tenure receive notice as provided in Board Administrative Rule 580–021–0305. Faculty on fixed term contract serve in accordance with the provisions of their contract.
The document "Institutional Procedures and Criteria for Program Redirection, Reorganization, Reduction and Termination" provide guidelines for program reduction and financial exigency
Copies are available from the Faculty Senate Office.