Faculty Senate & Governance

Faculty Disciplinary Task Force

Leadership & structure

The Faculty Senate Task Force on Faculty Discipline and Dispute Resolution is co-chaired by Mike Townsend, Secretary of the Faculty and Associate Professor in the UW School of Law, and Zoe Barsness, 2016-17 chair of the Faculty Senate and Associate Professor in the UW Tacoma Milgard School of Business. The Task Force is made up of a Steering Committee, which oversees two work groups: Values and Principles, and Legal and Regulations (aka the “Drafting Committee”).

Note: The timeline for completing the Class A Legislation has been extended to academic year 2022-2023. Throughout Winter Quarter 2022, the Drafting Committee received important feedback from faculty and administration on the proposed legislation. The committee concluded that this feedback could not be given appropriate consideration in time to move the legislation into the legislative process in Spring Quarter 2022. To incorporate the feedback thus far, the committee plans to make revisions to the draft legislation and revised videos, below, and post those revisions in April 2022.

Materials

Videos and Draft Legislation

The following videos were created by the Drafting Committee of the Task Force to provide an overview of the design of the proposed models. These videos may be revised and updated at any time. It would be helpful to review the videos in the following order:

Introduction

This video provides an overview of the five major design improvements of the proposed faculty dispute resolution and faculty discipline processes as compared to the current Faculty Code processes (approx. 19 minutes):

Grievances

This video provides a comparison of the current process with the proposed design of a faculty “grievance” process (approx. 25 minutes):

A copy of the current draft of the proposed legislation to revise Chapter 27 of the Faculty Code can be viewed below. This draft may be revised by the Drafting Committee at any time with the expectation that a final version of the legislation will be brought forward to the legislative process in March 2022.

Proposed Chapter 27: Alternative Dispute Resolution and Faculty Grievances (with commentary)

Proposed Chapter 27: Alternative Dispute Resolution and Faculty Grievances (without commentary)

Faculty Conduct

This video provides a comparison of the current process with the proposed design of the faculty conduct process (approx. 50 minutes):

A copy of the current draft of the proposed legislation to revise Chapter 28 of the Faculty Code can be viewed below. This draft may be revised by the Drafting Committee at any time with the expectation that a final version of the legislation will be brought forward to the legislative process in March 2022.

Proposed Chapter 28: Formal Intervention and Faculty Conduct Proceedings (with commentary)

Proposed Chapter 28: Formal Intervention and Faculty Conduct Proceedings (without commentary)

Revisions to Chapter 25: Tenure of Faculty (revisions necessary to align with the proposed Chapter 28 legislation)

Questions/comments?

Please contact the Secretary of the Faculty, Mike Townsend, with inquiries or input for the Task Force.