Collective Bargaining Agreement

 

2021 - 2024

 

Between the

 

University of South Florida Board of Trustees and the

United Faculty of Florida

 

 

Article 1 - Recognition

 

1.1               Bargaining Unit. Pursuant to Order Granting Certification No. 03E-119 issued May 15, 2003 by the Public Employees Relations Commission, wherein the Commission issued Certification No. 1395 adopting the bargaining unit agreed to by the University of South Florida and the United Faculty of Florida, the University has recognized the United Faculty of Florida as the exclusive representative, solely for the purpose of collective bargaining with respect to wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment as specifically set forth in this Agreement, for all employees in the bargaining unit described in the certification. Attached as Appendix "A," for information purposes only and not made a part of the Agreement, is the listing of titles included in the General Faculty bargaining unit.

 

1.2               University Rules,  Policies, Regulations and Resolutions.

 

A.                  No existing, new or amended University rule, policy, regulation, or resolution shall apply to employees in the bargaining unit if it is inconsistent with or conflicts with an express term or provision of the Agreement.

B.                  The University shall provide to the UFF an advance copy of any proposed rule,  policy, regulation, or resolution changing a term or condition of employment contained in this Agreement. The University shall provide the advance copy of a proposed rule no later than the date of publication under the provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act. The advance copy of a rule, policy, regulation, or resolution shall be provided to the UFF at least thirty days (30) in advance of its effective date so as to permit the UFF to seek consultation with respect to it. With respect to a rule, policy, regulation, or resolution adopted pursuant to the emergency provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act, an advance copy shall be provided to the UFF as far in advance of its effective date as is feasible under the circumstances.

C.                  If the USF Board or a committee of the Board has scheduled public hearings on any Board action that would conflict with an express term of this Agreement, the UFF shall not be denied the opportunity to address the matter.

D.                  If any proposed rule, policy, regulation, or resolution would modify an express term of this Agreement, the University shall engage in collective bargaining with respect to the change upon the UFF's request.

 

1.3               Board of Trustee Meetings.

 

A.            The University shall maintain a web page containing a copy of the agenda and supporting materials for each Board meeting and Board committee meeting. Minutes of Board meetings and Board committee meetings shall be posted to the web page. The agenda, supporting materials and minutes shall be posted to the web page at the time same are made available to members of the Board.

B.                The UFF shall be granted a place on the agenda at each Board meeting for the purpose of addressing any item on the Board's agenda that affects the wages, hours, or other terms and conditions of employment of employees.

1.4               Right to Hear Views. Nothing contained in this Agreement shall be construed to prevent the USF Board or the University from meeting with any individual or organization to hear views on any matter, provided however, that as to any such matter which is a proper subject of collective bargaining and covered by a term of this Agreement, any changes or modification shall be made only through negotiation and agreement with the UFF.

Article 2 -  Consultation

2.1               Consultation with President. The President or representative shall meet with the UFF representatives to discuss matters pertinent to the implementation or administration of this Agreement, University actions affecting terms and conditions of employment or any other mutually agreeable matters. Such meetings shall occur twice (2) per semester in the academic year and once (1) during the summer term unless the parties agree to meet more or less frequently. The party requesting consultation shall submit a written list of agenda items no less than one (1) week in advance of the meeting. The other party shall also submit a written list of agenda items in advance of the meeting if it wishes to discuss specific issues. The parties understand and agree that such meetings may be used to resolve problems regarding the implementation and administration of the Agreement; however, such meetings shall not constitute or be used for the purpose of collective bargaining.

 

2.2               Diversity Plans. The University shall provide to the UFF, without cost, a copy of any plans to ensure diversity, and updates of such plans.

 

 

Article 3 - UFF Privileges

3.1               Use of Facilities and Services. Subject to the rules of the University and the terms of this Agreement, the UFF shall have the right to use University facilities for meetings and all other services on the same basis as they are generally available to other university-related organizations which are defined as follows:

 

University-Related Groups and Organizations. These groups and organizations may or may not receive budgetary support. Examples of such groups include student organizations, honor societies, fraternities, sororities, alumni associations, faculty committees, University Support Personnel Systems council, direct support organizations, the United Faculty of Florida, etc.

 

3.2               Communications.

 

A.                  UFF may post bulletins and notices relevant to its position as the collective bargaining agent on a reasonable number of existing bulletin boards but on at least one bulletin board per building where a substantial number of employees have offices. Specific locations shall be mutually selected by the University and the local UFF Chapter in the course of consultation pursuant to Article 2, Consultation. All materials placed on the designated bulletin boards shall bear the date of posting and may be removed by the University after having been posted for a period of thirty (30) days. If materials do not bear a date of posting the University may remove them at any time. In addition, such bulletin boards may not be used for election campaigns for public office or exclusive collective bargaining representation.

 

B.                  The University will place a link in an appropriate place on the University web site to the web site of the local UFF chapter.

 

C.                  Accessing existing university e-mail listservs or establishing a new listserv allowing the UFF electronic communications with employees shall be the subject of consultation pursuant to Article 2, Consultation. UFF agrees to pay a reasonable annual fee to the University if access to a University maintained e-mail listserv is provided. However, such listservs may not be used for election campaigns   for public office or for exclusive collective bargaining representation. Employees who are e-mail recipients of the listserv shall have the right to have themselves removed from the listserv upon their written request.

 

D.                  Except in non-reappointment and disciplinary matters, email communications shall suffice as an alternative in cases where certified mail or personal delivery is required by this Agreement.  An electronic delivery receipt or email acknowledgement from the recipient to the sender will be considered proof of receipt.  Official University mail addresses shall be used for this purpose if available.

 

3.3  Leave of Absence -- Union Activity.

 

At the written request of the UFF, provided no later than May 1 of the year prior to the beginning of the academic year when such leave is to become effective, a full-time or part-time leave of absence for the academic year shall be granted to up to 4 employees designated by the UFF for the purpose of carrying out UFF's obligations in representing employees and administering this Agreement, including lobbying and other political representation. Such leave may also be granted to up to 2 employees for the entire summer term, upon written request by the UFF provided no later than March 15 of the preceding academic year. Upon the failure of the UFF to provide the University with a list of designees by the specified deadlines, the University may refuse to honor any of the requests that were submitted late.

 

A.                  No more than one employee per fifteen (15) employees per department/unit, need be granted such leave at any one time.

 

B.                  The employee(s) shall be placed in unpaid leave status. The employee will be responsible for continuation of benefits during the unpaid leave.

 

C.                  Employees on full-time leave under this paragraph shall, upon return to paid status, be eligible to receive salary increases in accordance with the provisions of Article 17.11. Employees on less than full-time leave under this paragraph shall be eligible to receive salary increases on the same basis as other employees.

 

D.                  An employee who has been granted leave under this Article for two (2) consecutive academic years shall not again be eligible for such leave until two (2) consecutive academic years have elapsed following the end of the leave. Two (2) employees, designated by the UFF, shall be exempt from the provisions of this subsection. Other exceptions may be granted at the discretion of the University upon prior written request by the UFF.

 

E.                  The University or the USF Board shall not be liable for the acts or omissions of said employees during the leave and the UFF shall hold the University and the USF Board harmless for any such acts or omissions, including the cost of defending against such claims.

 

F.                  An employee on such leave shall not be evaluated for this activity nor shall such activity be considered by the University in making personnel decisions.

3.4  Released Time.

 

A.                  The University agrees to provide a total of six (6) units of released time in both the Fall and Spring semester to full-time employees designated by the UFF for the purpose of carrying out the UFF's obligations in representing employees and administering this Agreement. The UFF may designate employees to receive released time during the academic year, subject to the following conditions:

 

(1). No more than one (1) employee per fifteen (15) employees per department/unit may be granted released time at any one time, nor may any employee be granted more than a two (2) unit reduction in a single semester.

 

(2). The UFF shall provide the University with a list of designees for the academic year no later than May 1 of the preceding academic year. The designees shall serve for one (1) academic year. Substitutions for the spring semester may be made upon written notification submitted by the UFF to the University no later than October 15.

 

B.                  A "unit" of released time shall consist of a reduction in teaching load of one (1) course per Fall or Spring semester for instructional employees or, for non-teaching employees, a reduction in workload of ten (10) hours per week. Two (2) units shall consist of a reduction in teaching load of two (2) courses per Fall or Spring semester for instructional employees or, for non-teaching employees, a reduction in workload of twenty (20) hours per week.

 

C.                  Released time shall be used for conducting UFF business at the University or State level, and shall not be used for lobbying or other political representation. Leave for lobbying or other political representation may be purchased by the UFF pursuant to Section 3.

 

D.                  Upon the failure of the UFF to provide a list of designees by the specified deadlines, the University may refuse to honor any of the released time requests which were submitted late. Substitutions submitted after the October 15 deadline shall be allowed at the discretion of the University.

 

E.                  An employee who has been granted released time for either or both semesters during four (4) consecutive academic years shall not again be eligible for released time until two (2) academic years have elapsed following the end of the fourth academic year in which such released time was granted.

 

F.                  Employees on released time shall be eligible for salary increases on the same basis as other employees, but their released time activities shall not be evaluated nor taken into consideration by the University in making personnel decisions.

 

G.                 Employees on released time shall retain all rights and responsibilities as employees but shall not be considered representatives of the University or USF Board for any activities undertaken on behalf of the UFF. The UFF agrees to hold the University and USF Board harmless for any claims arising from such activities, including the cost of defending against such claims.

 

H.                  Summer. The UFF may designate three (3) employees to receive a thirteen week .25 FTE summer released time assignment however, no more than one employee per 15 employees per department/unit be designated to receive such released time. The UFF shall provide the University with a list of the designees no later than April 7th of the academic year preceding the summer term. All other provisions contained in Article 3.4 above, except 3.4A and 3.4B above, shall apply to summer released time.

 

 

Article 4 - Reserved Rights

 

4.1               Policy. The USF Board of Trustees retains and reserves to itself the rights, powers, and authority vested in it, including the right to plan, manage, and control the University of South Florida and in all respects carry out the ordinary and customary functions of management.

 

4.2               Limitations. All such rights, powers, and authority are retained by the USF Board of Trustees, subject only to those limitations imposed by this Agreement. Only violations of such limitations shall be subject to the Grievance Procedure.

 

 

Article 5 - Academic Freedom and Responsibility

 

5.1               The University of South Florida affirms the principles of academic freedom and responsibility, which are rooted in a conception of the University as a community of scholars united in the pursuit of truth and wisdom in an atmosphere of tolerance and freedom.

 

5.2               Academic Freedom is the freedom of an employee to discuss all relevant matters in the classroom, to explore all avenues of scholarship, research, and creative expression, to speak freely on all matters of university governance, and to speak, write, or act as an individual, all without institutional discipline or restraint.

 

5.3               On the part of an employee, Academic Responsibility implies the honest performance of academic duties and obligations, the commitment to support the responsible exercise of freedom by others, and the candor to make it clear that the individual, while he or she may be freely identified as an employee of the University, he/she is not speaking as a representative of the University in matters of public interest.

 

5.4               On the part of the Administration, Academic Responsibility implies a commitment actively to foster within the University a climate favorable to responsible exercise of freedom, by adherence to principles of shared governance, which require that in the development of academic policies and processes, the professional judgments of employees are of primary importance.

 

Article 6 - Nondiscrimination

6.1               Statement of Intent.

A.    The University and the UFF fully support all laws intended to protect and safeguard the rights and opportunities of each employee to work in an environment free from any form of discrimination or harassment. The parties recognize their obligations under federal and state laws and rules and regulations prohibiting discrimination or harassment, including required implementation of affirmative action and equal opportunity programs.

B.       The University and the UFF affirm their commitment to equal employment opportunities, diversity and affirmative action. The implementation of affirmative action programs will require positive actions that will affect terms and conditions of employment and to this end the parties have, in this Agreement and elsewhere, undertaken programs to ensure equitable opportunities for employees to receive salary adjustments, tenure, promotion, sabbaticals, and other benefits. This statement of intent is not subject to Article 20, Grievance Procedure and Arbitration.

 

6.2    Policy.

 

A.            Nondiscrimination. Neither the University nor the UFF shall discriminate against any employee based upon race, color, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, military status, veteran status, disability, political affiliation, or marital status, nor shall the University or the UFF abridge any rights of employees related to union activity granted under Chapter 447, Florida Statutes, including but not limited to the right to assist or to refrain from assisting the UFF. Personnel decisions shall be based on job-related criteria and performance.

B.    Sexual Harassment.

(1). Sexual harassment is a prohibited form of sex discrimination. In Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson, 106 S.Ct. 2399 (1986), the United States Supreme Court defined sexual harassment in the employment context as including the following:

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when (1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment, (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting such individual, or

(3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.

(2). In addition to the parties' concern with respect to sexual harassment in the employment context, the parties also recognize the potential for this form of illegal discrimination against students. Relationships between employees and students, even if consensual, may become exploitative, and especially so when a student's academic work, residential life, orathletic endeavors are supervised or evaluated by the employee. These relationships may involve a conflict of interest.

C.                  Prohibited Conduct Under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.  Neither the University nor the UFF shall tolerate any person, on the basis of sex, to be excluded from participation in, to be denied the benefits of, or to be subjected to discrimination under any academic, extracurricular, research, training, or other education program or activity operated by the University, as set forth in University Policy 0-004.

D.                  Investigation of Charges of Discrimination. Charges of discrimination alleging unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that constitutes sexual harassment, including those filed by employees against students, shall be promptly reviewed/investigated according to established university procedures. No employee reviewed/investigated under such procedures shall be disciplined until such review is complete and a finding of discrimination has been issued.

If after the completion of the review/investigation, any finding of discrimination is made, a record of the complete findings will be placed in the employee's evaluation file. If no finding of discrimination on any charge or complaint is made, no record of the charge or complaint will be placed in the employee's evaluation file unless the employee requests in writing that a record of the complete review/investigation be placed in the evaluation file.

 

6.3               Access to Documents. No employee shall be refused a request to inspect and copy documents relating to the employee’s claim of discrimination, except for records which are exempt from the provisions of the Public Records Act, Chapter 119, Florida Statutes, provided, however, the University may charge for copies of documents in accordance with law, rule, university procedures, and this Agreement.

 

6.4               Consultation. As part of the consultation process described in Article 2, Consultation the parties agree to discuss efforts made to appoint and retain women and minority employees.

 

6.5.     Grievance Procedures. Except with respect to alleged violations of Title IX claims of discrimination by the University may be presented as grievances pursuant to Article 20, Grievance Procedure and Arbitration. It is the intent of the parties that matters which may be presented as grievances under the Grievance Procedure, be so presented and resolved thereunder instead of using other procedures. However, the UFF agrees not to process cases arising under this Article when alternate procedures to the Grievance Procedure are initiated by the grievant, except as specifically provided for in Article 20.3. With respect to alleged violations falling within the scope of Title IX, all such claims must be exclusively processed pursuant to the reporting requirements of Policy 0-004, as amended, and will be exclusively processed and resolved pursuant to said Policy.  Such alleged violations shall not be subject to Article 20. After such claims are fully processed and resolved pursuant to Policy 0-004, as amended, should an Employee be dissatisfied with any disciplinary action resulting from the processing of claims pursuant to Policy 0-004, the Employee may file a grievance under Article 20 to contest the disciplinary action.

 

 

 

Article 7 - Minutes, Rules, and Budgets

 

7.1               University Documents.

A.                  The University shall provide the UFF with a copy of the following: (1.)  the agenda and minutes of the meetings of the University Board;

(2.)      the agenda and minutes of the meetings of campus boards;

(3.)     new University rules published under the Administrative Procedures Act; and (4.). the USF/UFF Agreement and all supplements to the Agreement.

If the documents referenced in 7.1 (A) (1) and (2) are maintained on the web by the University they shall be deemed provided.

The University shall also provide the UFF a computer account for purposes of accessing the GEMS USF personnel system file reflecting the annual salary increases provided to employees covered by this agreement. Costs associated with the UFF's use of such file shall be borne by the UFF consistent with the costs charged others.

 

B.                 The University shall ensure that a copy of the following documents is made available in an easily accessible location in its libraries or by links on the university web site:

(1). the minutes of the meetings of the University Board of Trustees;

(2). the University's rules published under the Administrative Procedures Act;

(3). the University's operating budget, including the previous year's expenditure analysis; and (4). a copy of all official University Policies and Procedures.

 

Article 8 - Appointment

8.1             Policy.

The University shall exercise its authority to determine the standards, qualifications, and criteria so as to fill appointment vacancies in the bargaining unit with the best possible candidates. In furtherance of this aim, the University shall, (a) advertise such appointment vacancies, receive applications and screen candidates therefore, and make such appointments as it deems appropriate under such standards, qualifications, and criteria, and (b) commit to an effort to identify and seek qualified women and minority candidates for vacancies and new positions.

 

8.2             Advertisement of Vacancies.

Bargaining unit vacancies shall be advertised in the position vacancy announcement system. Employees of lower or equivalent ranks, employees who are spouses of employees, and employees who are local residents shall not, in the hiring process, be disadvantaged for that reason, except as provided in Florida Statutes Chapter 112. Prior to making the decision to hire a candidate to fill a bargaining unit vacancy, the appropriate administrator(s) shall consider recommendations which have resulted from the review of candidates by employees in the department, and following the departmental and College guidelines for hiring.

 

8.3             Appointments.

All appointments shall be made via standard University offer letters. The University may attach informational addenda, except that such addenda may not abridge the employee's rights or benefits provided in this Agreement. All academic year appointments shall begin on the same date, except when otherwise modified and mutually agreed to by the University and the employee. A new offer letter will be generated should the essence of the appointment change (i.e., salary outside of established salary increase processes, promotions, tenure, etc.). Offer letters shall contain the following elements:

 

 

A.                  (1) Effective Date;

 

(2)   Title, class code, rank, and appointment status;

 

(3)  Employment unit (e.g., department, college, institute, area, center, etc.);

 

(4) An end date, if the appointment is for a limited duration. Otherwise, a statement indicating, “This employment offer will remain in force unless otherwise specified

 

(5)  Special conditions of employment;

 

(6)   A statement that the position is (1) tenured, (2) non-tenure earning, or (3) tenure- earning (specifying prior service in another institution to be credited toward tenure);

 

(7)   A statement that the employee's signature on the standard employment contract shall not be deemed a waiver of the right to process a grievance with respect thereto in compliance with Article 20 Grievance Procedure and Arbitration;

(8)   A statement that the appointment is subject to the Constitution and laws of the State of Florida and the United States, the rules and regulations of all applicable governing bodies of the University.

 

(9)  Percent of full-time effort (FTE) assigned;

 

(10)  Salary rate;

 

(11)  The statement: "The USF/UFF Collective Bargaining Agreement (Article 6) prohibits discrimination against any employee based upon race, color, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, military status, veteran status, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or employee rights related to union activity as granted under Chapter 447, Florida Statutes. Claims of such discrimination by the University may be presented as grievances pursuant to Article 20, Grievance Procedure and Arbitration";

 

(12)  A statement informing the employee of the obligation to report outside activity and conflict of interest under the provisions of Article 19, Conflict of Interest and Outside Activity of the Agreement; and

 

(13)  Principal place of employment.

 

 

8.4  Changes in Appointments and Supplemental Appointments.

 

A.   Within (30) calendar days of any proposed changes in appointment terms, listed in 8.3 A (1)- (13), an employee shall receive a written employment document from the University outlining the proposed changes. No such proposed changes shall become effective and binding on the employee, except an increase in salary rate or promotion to a higher rank, unless and until agreed to and accepted in writing by the employee.

 

B.  An employee who has been given an assignment as a department/unit head is generally eligible for a change in appointment from nine (9) months to twelve (12) months, depending on the size and complexity of the department/unit. In addition to eligibility for the adjustment in salary from nine (9) month to twelve (12) month pay scale, the employee may be awarded a stipend, dependent on the number of faculty and the complexity of the department/unit.

 

C.  Promotion Raises

 

1.       All tenured employees and librarians receiving promotions shall receive a 9% increase to their base salary. In addition, employees promoted to Assistant Professor/Assistant University Librarian shall receive an additional $3,000 base increase; employees promoted to Associate Professor/Associate University Librarian shall receive an additional $5,000 base increase; employees promoted to Professor/ University Librarian shall receive an additional $7,000 base increase.

 

2.       Employees in the non-tenure “Instructor” track who receive promotion to Instructor II or Instructor III shall receive a 9% increase to their base salary.

 

3.               All promotion raises shall be effective on the first August 7 following the decision of the University to grant promotion. Employees on contracts or grants shall receive promotion salary increases equivalent to similar employees on state funding, provided that such salary increases are permitted by the terms of the contract or grant, the rules of the funding agency, and adequate funds are available for this purpose in the contract or grant.Other employees in non-tenure earning career track positions, dependent, wholly or in the majority, on funded grants, with approved career track programs, may be awarded promotional increases to their salary base which shall be paid entirely from grant funds and will not count against the University’s discretionary cap. These promotional increases are to be determined by the funding agencies’ ability to pay.

 

D.               Change in Appointments.

 

1.       An employee serving on a twelve (12) month appointment may request an academic year appointment. Similarly, an employee serving on an academic year appointment may request a twelve (12) month appointment. The President or representative shall carefully consider such requests, although staffing considerations and other relevant university needs may prevent them from being granted.

 

2.       Upon approval by the President or representative, and assuming that the assigned responsibilities remain substantially the same, an employee's base salary shall be adjusted by 81.8 percent when changing from a twelve (12) month to an academic year appointment or by 122.2 percent when changing from an academic year appointment to a twelve (12) month appointment. For an employee whose appointment was previously changed at a salary adjustment other than 122.2 percent or at a salary adjustment other than 81.8 percent, the percent which is the reciprocal of the percent previously used shall be used to make the salary adjustment.

 

E.               Summer Appointments Policy.

 

1.       Available supplemental summer appointments shall be offered equitably and as appropriate to qualified employees, not later than five weeks prior to the beginning of the appointment, if practicable, in accordance with written criteria developed by the faculty in each unit which must be approved by the unit chair and college dean. The criteria shall be made available in each department/unit.  Employees shall be offered the first right to available supplemental summer instructional appointments, if practicable.

2.       Student enrollment caps for a summer school course shall be no greater than 115% of the cap for the same course offered during the prior academic year. 

3.       FTE assignment.  Summer school FTE is computed at .0833 per credit hour for standard lecture, on-line and laboratory course regardless of the session in which the course is taught. 

4.       a. Summer school compensation. Except as provided herein, compensation is computed at 12.5% of the faculty member’s nine (9) month salary per a 3 hour credit course, capped at the level of $4,167 per credit hour for each course taught. (Example: A 1 hour credit course is capped at $4,167 while a 3 hour credit course is capped at $12,500.). Provided that employees who contract to deliver courses concurrent with supplemental summer terms (i.e., A, B, C) through Innovative Education may be paid more than the $12,500 cap.

b. Independent Study and Directed Reading Courses. During the summer session, supplemental summer appointment is not available for a course with either “independent study”, “directed reading”, or “directed research” in the title. One exception is if the course targets students who need the course to graduate on time.  These exceptions must be approved by the Provost’s office.

 

F.               Extra University Compensation Appointments.

 

1.    An Employee who is assigned increased University duties and responsibilities that are not in excess of a full appointment (1.0 FTE) is eligible for a salary adjustment to compensate the employee for said duties and responsibilities.

 

2.  Extra University compensation is defined as University compensation for any duties in excess of a full appointment (1.0 FTE). Available extra University compensation appointments within the University shall be offered equitably and as appropriate to qualified employees in sufficient time to allow voluntary acceptance or rejection. Extra compensation must be paid in accordance with applicable laws, rules, regulations and procedures. Any compensation paid in excess of the established FTE on the position shall be paid from OPS or temporary funds. All appointments up to the FTE established on the line, including summer appointments, shall be paid from salary funds. Exceptions are limited to the following: (1) faculty paid from grants/contracts during the summer may at their option and upon approval of their supervisors, receive payment in OPS so long as the grant/contract so stipulates; (2) faculty appointed in departments/units other than their own may receive summer payments from OPS funds regardless of the FTE assigned to them in their home units.

 

G.                  Visiting Appointments.

 

A "visiting" appointment is one made to a person having appropriate professional qualifications but not expected to be available for more than a limited period, or to a person in a position which the University does not expect to be available for more than a limited period. A visiting appointment may not exceed a total of four (4) consecutive years.

 

H.               Adjunct Appointments. The use of adjuncts at the University shall, upon the request of the UFF Chapter representatives, be a subject of consultation under the provisions of Article 2.1, Consultation.

 

I.                     Fixed Multi-Year Appointments.

 

1.       Two- to five-year fixed multi-year appointments may be offered for the following:

 

a.        Instructors and Lecturers;

 

b.       Non-tenured or non-tenured earning Assistant Librarians, Associate Librarians, Librarians, Curators, and Counselors/Advisors;

 

c.        Scholars/Scientists, Research Associates, and Associate In/Assistant in __;

d.       Clinical Faculty;13

 

e.       Individuals who have officially retired from Universities or other organizations and who are at least 55 years of age;

 

f.         Tenured employees who decide to give up their tenured status to take advantage of whatever incentives might be offered by a fixed multi-year appointment; and

 

g.        Individuals who have held the rank of full Professor for at least seven (7) years at an institution of higher education.

 

2.       Successive fixed multi-year appointments may be offered to eligible employees hired pursuant to Article 8.4(J)(1) as follows:

 

a.        Criteria used to determine in which instances to offer successive appointments include consideration of the basis for the initial fixed multi-year appointment, evaluation of performance, professional growth, extent and currency of professional qualifications, contribution to the mission of the department or program, staffing needs, funding source alternatives, and continuing program considerations. Such criteria shall be in writing and available to all eligible employees.

 

b.       The employee will be advised in the penultimate year of the appointment that to be considered for a successive fixed multi-year appointment, the employee must submit a request and written documentation pursuant to written procedures established by the University. The University shall notify the employee in writing of its decision to offer or not offer a successive appointment by the beginning of the final year of the employee’s current appointment.

 

 

J.                   Continuing Multi-Year Appointments

 

1.                A continuing three (3)-year multi-year appointment (CMYA) may be offered. in writing to:

 

a.             An employee who has been promoted to the rank of Instructor II or Instructor III.

 

b.             An employee who has been promoted to the rank of Associate University Librarian or University Librarian

 

8.5  Reclassification of an Employee to a Non-Unit Classification

Employees shall be provided written notice thirty (30) days in advance, with a copy to UFF, when the University proposes to reclassify the employee to a classification which is not contained in the General Faculty bargaining unit. The employee may request a review of such action consistent with the provisions of Article 27.6 and UFF may discuss such action pursuant to Article 2, Consultation.

 

 

Article 9 - Assignment of Responsibilities

9.1               Policy. The professional obligation is comprised of both scheduled and non-scheduled activities. The parties recognize that it is a part of the professional responsibility of employees to carry out their duties in an appropriate manner and place. For example, while instructional activities, office hours, and other duties and responsibilities may be required to be performed at a specific time and place, other non- scheduled activities are more appropriately performed in a manner and place determined by the employee.

 

9.2 Considerations in Assignment.

 

A.                           The employee shall be granted, upon written request, a conference with the person responsible for making the assignment to express concerns regarding

 

(1). the needs of the program or department/unit;

 

(2). the employee's qualifications and experiences, including professional growth and development and preferences;

(3). the character of the assignment, including but not limited to the number of hours of instruction, the preparation required, whether the employee has taught the course in the past, the average number of students enrolled in the course in past semesters and the time required by the course, whether travel to another location is required, the number of preparations required, the employee's assignments in other semesters, the terms and conditions of a contract or grant from which the employee is compensated, the use of instructional technology, the availability and adequacy of materials and equipment, secretarial services, student assistants, and other support services needed to perform the assignments, and any changes which have been made in the assignment, including those which may have resulted  from previous evaluations of the employee; and

(4). the opportunity to fulfill applicable criteria for tenure, promotion, successive fixed multi-year appointments, and merit salary increases.

B. If the conference with the person responsible for making the assignment does not resolve the employee's concerns, the employee shall be granted, upon written request, an opportunity to discuss those concerns with an administrator at the next higher level.

 

C.                           The University and the UFF recognize that, while the Legislature has described the minimum full academic assignment in terms of twelve (12) contact hours of instruction or equivalent research and service, the professional obligation undertaken by a faculty member will ordinarily be broader than that minimum. In like manner, the professional obligation of other professional employees is not easily susceptible of quantification. The University has the right, in making assignments, to determine the types of duties and responsibilities which comprise the professional obligation and to determine the mix or relative proportion of effort an employee may be required to expend on the various components of the obligation.

 

D.                           Furthermore, the University properly has the obligation constantly to monitor and review the size and number of classes and other activities, to consolidate inappropriately small offerings, and to reduce inappropriately large classes.

 

E.                           No employee's assignment shall be imposed arbitrarily or unreasonably. If an employee believes that the assignment has been so imposed, the employee should proceed to address the matter through the procedures in Appendix "F" of this Agreement, which shall be the exclusive method for resolving such disputes. Other claims of alleged violations of the Agreement with respect to employee assignments are subject to the provisions of Article 20, Grievance Procedure and Arbitration.

 

9.3        Annual Assignment.

 

A.                           Communication of Assignment. Employees shall be apprised in writing, at the beginning of their employment and at the beginning of each year of employment thereafter, of the duties assigned in teaching, research and other creative activities, public service, and of any other specific duties assigned for that year.

 

Except for an assignment made at the beginning of an employee's employment, the person responsible for making an assignment shall notify the employee prior to making the final written assignment. The assignment shall be communicated to employees no later than six (6) weeks in advance of its starting date, if practicable.

 

B.      Instructional Assignment. The period of an instructional assignment during an academic year shall not exceed an average of seventy-five (75) days per semester and the period for testing, advisement, and other scheduled assignments shall not exceed an average of ten

(10) days per semester. Within each semester, activities referred to above shall be scheduled during contiguous weeks with the exception of spring break, if any.

 

C.      Change in Assignment. Should it become necessary to make changes in an employee's assignment, the person responsible for making the change shall notify the employee prior to making such change and shall specify such change in writing.

 

D.      Equitable Opportunity. Each employee shall be given assignments which provide equitable opportunities, in relation to other employees in the same department/unit, to meet the required criteria for promotion, tenure, successive fixed multi-year appointments, and merit salary increases.

 

(1). For the purpose of applying this principle to promotion, assignments shall be considered over the entire period since the original appointment or since the last promotion, not solely over the period of a single annual assignment. The period under consideration at the university shall not be less than four years. The employee's annual assignment shall be included in the promotion file.

 

(2). For the purpose of applying this principle to tenure, assignments shall be considered over the entire probationary period and not solely over the period of a single annual assignment. The employee's annual assignment shall be included in the tenure file.16

 

(3). If an arbitrator determines that the employee was not provided an "equitable opportunity" as described in this section, the arbitrator may require the University to provide the "equitable opportunity" as described herein. The arbitrator also may retain jurisdiction for purposes of determining whether the ensuing assignment provides such "equitable opportunity."

 

(4). Nothing in this section should be interpreted to create an entitlement to an employee that denies or interferes with the right of the University to end the appointment of an employee pursuant to Article 12: Non-Reappointment, 13: Layoff and Recall, or 16: Disciplinary Action and Job Abandonment, provided the respective requirements and criteria for each of the Articles listed are maintained as applicable. This provision applies, but is not limited to, tenure earning employees who are in the probationary period to obtaining tenure.

 

9.4      Summer Assignment.

 

A.      The summer instructional assignment, like that for the academic year, includes the normal activities related to such an assignment as defined by the department/unit and the nature of the course, such as course preparation, minor curriculum development, lectures, evaluation of student efforts, consultations and conferences with students, and minor committee activities.

B.      When a summer instructional appointment immediately follows the academic year appointment, the employee may be assigned reasonable and necessary non-instructional duties related to the summer instructional appointment prior to the conclusion of the academic year appointment.

 

9.5        Place of Employment.

 

A.      Principal. Each employee shall be assigned one principal place of employment, as stated on the University employment contract. An employee shall be given at least nine (9) months’ notice of a change in principal place of employment. The employee shall be granted, upon written request, a conference with the person responsible for making the change to express concerns regarding such change, including concerns regarding considerations in assignment. as described in Article 9.2, above. Voluntary changes and available new positions within the department shall be considered prior to involuntary changes, if practicable.

 

B.      Secondary. Each employee, where possible, shall be given at least ninety (90) days  written notice of assignment to a secondary place of employment more than fifteen (15) miles from the employee's principal place of employment. The employee shall be granted upon written request, a conference with the person responsible for making the change to express concerns regarding such change.

If the assignment to a secondary place of employment is made within a regular full-time appointment, the supervisor is encouraged to make an appropriate adjustment in the assignment in recognition of time spent traveling to a secondary place of employment. Necessary travel expenses, including overnight lodging and meals, for all assignments not at the employee's principal place of employment shall be paid at the State rate and in accordance with the applicable provisions of State law.

 

9.6        Teaching Schedule. Teaching schedules should be established, if practicable, so that the time between the beginning of the first assignment and the end of the last for any one day does not exceed eight (8) hours and the end of the last face-to-face (i.e. not online) assignment and the beginning of the next face-to-face assignment is no less than twelve (12) hours.

 

9.7      Equipment. When equipment is required for classes, it is desirable that there be sufficient equipment to accommodate the students assigned thereto. The University and the UFF are committed to seek funding to provide for the replacement of obsolete equipment, recognizing the necessity for maintaining an adequate inventory of technologically current equipment.

 

9.8      Workweek. Scheduled hours for all employees shall not normally exceed forty (40) hours per week. Time shall be allowed within the normal working day for research, teaching, or other activities required of the employee, when a part of the assigned duties. Supervisors are encouraged to make appropriate reductions or adjustments in the number of hours scheduled in recognition of evening, night, and weekend assignments, and for periods when an employee is on call. Evenings, nights, and weekends when an employee is on call shall be considered in making other assignments. See Article 17.5, regarding schedule adjustment for holiday assignment.

 

9.9 Instructional Technology.

 

A.      "Instructional technology material" includes video and audio recordings, motion pictures, film strips, photographic and other similar visual materials, live video and audio transmissions, computer programs, computer assisted instructional course work, programmed instructional materials, three dimensional materials and exhibits, and combinations of the above materials, which are prepared or produced in whole or in part by an employee, and which are used to assist or enhance instruction.

 

B.    The parties recognize the increasing development and use of technology, such as videotapes, interactive television, and computer software, to support teaching and learning and to enhance the fundamental relationship between employee and student. This technology may be used in the context of distance learning. Furthermore, the parties also recognize that this technology should be used to the maximum mutual benefit of the University and the employee.

 

C.    The University shall review the considerations stated in (1) through (4), below, which may be raised by employee development and use of instructional technology/distance learning. It is recognized that these considerations may already apply to other employee instructional activities and, therefore, be addressed by existing University policies and procedures. If the University concludes that new or revised policies are needed, they shall develop such policies and consult with UFF pursuant to Article 1.2(B), prior to their implementation.

 

(1). Recognition of that employee effort spent in the assigned development of instructional technology/distance learning materials and in providing instruction assigned in this manner which is appreciably greater than that associated with a traditional course;

 

(2). Training and development resources available to employees who have been assigned to provide instruction through the use of instructional technology/distance learning;

 

(3). Provisions for clerical, technical, and library support in conjunction with the assigned use of instructional technology/distance learning; and

 

(4). Compensation, including recognition in an employee's assignment or provisions for extra University compensation, for appreciably greater workload associated with the assigned development and use of instructional technology/distance learning.

 

D.    The employee shall not make use of appreciable University support in the creation or revision of instructional technology materials unless the University approves such use in advance and in writing.

 

(1). Provisions governing releases to be obtained when the University has an interest in instructional technology are contained in Article 18.3(C)(3). Consistent with such provisions and prior to the use of the instructional technology materials described in Article 9.9, above, releases shall be obtained from persons appearing in, or giving financial or creative support to their development or use, and the employee shall certify that such development or use does not infringe upon any existing copyright or other legal right. The employee shall be liable to the University for judgments resulting from such infringements.

 

(2). The University shall assist the employee in obtaining releases regarding instructional technology materials when:

 

•       the University has asserted an interest in such materials; or

 

•       the University has assigned the employee to develop such materials.

 

 

Article 10 - Employee Performance Evaluations

 

10.1            Policy.

A.                  Annual Evaluations. The purpose of the annual evaluation is to assess and communicate the nature and extent of an employee's performance of assigned duties consistent with the criteria specified in Article 10.4 below. The performance of employees, other than those who have received notice of nonreappointment under Article 12.2 or those not entitled to receive notice of nonreappointment under Article 12.2, shall be evaluated at least once annually, and they shall be advised of the academic term during which such evaluation will be made. Personnel decisions shall take such annual evaluations into account, provided that such decisions need not be based solely on written employee performance evaluations.

B.                  Sustained Performance Evaluations. Tenured faculty members shall receive a sustained performance evaluation once every seven years following the award of tenure or their most recent promotion. The purpose of this evaluation is to document sustained performance during the previous six years of assigned duties and to encourage continued professional growth and development.

 

10.2            Sources and Methods of Evaluation.

A.                  In preparing the annual evaluation, the person(s) responsible for evaluating the employee may consider, where appropriate, information from the following sources: immediate supervisor, peers, students, employee/self, other university officials who have responsibility for supervision of the employee, and individuals to whom the employee may be responsible in the course of a service assignment, including public school officials when an employee has a service assignment to the public schools.

B.                  Observation/Visitation. The employee, if assigned teaching duties, shall be notified at least two (2) weeks in advance of the date, time, and place of any direct classroom observation or visitation made in connection with the employee's annual evaluation. If the employee determines that this date is not appropriate because of the scheduled class activities, the employee may suggest a more appropriate date. Alternatively, if such classroom observation or visitation will be made, the employee shall be notified at least two (2) weeks in advance of the period (for example, a semester) over which no less than two (2) observations will be made.

 

10.3            Procedures.

A.                  Annual Evaluation.

(1). The proposed written annual evaluation, including the employee's annual assignment which was furnished pursuant to Article 9.3, shall be provided to the employee within thirty (30) days after the end of the academic term during which such evaluation will be made. The employee shall be offered the opportunity to discuss the evaluation with the evaluator prior to its being finalized and placed in the employee's evaluation file. The evaluation shall be signed and dated by the person performing the evaluation, and by the person being evaluated who may attach a concise comment to the evaluation. A copy of the evaluation shall be provided to the employee. The employee may request, in writing, a meeting with an administrator at the next higher level to discuss concerns regarding the evaluation which were not resolved in previous discussions with the evaluator.

(2). Each university department/unit shall develop and maintain procedures to evaluate each employee according to criteria specified in Article 10.4 below. These procedures will include the method for the distribution of salary increase funds specified in Article 23 based on said annual evaluation. The employees of each department/unit, who are eligible to vote in department/unit governance, shall participate in the development of these procedures and shall recommend implementation by vote of a majority of at least a quorum of those employees.

 

 

a.   The proposed procedures, or revisions thereof, shall be reviewed by the President or representative to ensure that they are consistent with the mission and goals of the university and that they comply with this agreement.

 

 

b.  If the President or representative determines that the recommended procedures do not meet the conditions in Article 10.3(A)(2)(a)) above, the proposal shall be referred to the department/unit for revision with a written statement of reasons for non-approval. No merit salary increase funds shall be provided to a department/unit until its procedures have been approved by the President or representative.

c.  Approved procedures, and revisions thereof, shall be kept on file in the department/unit office. A copy of that department's/units current procedures for annual evaluation will be available to employees either in hard copy or electronic format.

(3). Upon written request from the employee, the persons responsible for supervising and evaluating an employee shall endeavor to assist the employee in correcting any major performance deficiencies reflected in the employee's annual evaluation.

 

B.               Sustained Performance Evaluations.

(1). The sustained performance evaluation program shall provide that:

a.    Only elected faculty employees may participate in the development of applicable procedures. Such procedures shall ensure involvement of both peers and administrators at the department and higher levels in the evaluation and shall ensure that an employee may attach a concise response to the evaluation;

b.   The University shall provide for an appeals process to accommodate instances when the employee and the supervisor cannot agree upon the elements to be included in the performance improvement plan; and

c.       The proposed procedures for the sustained performance evaluation shall be available to faculty employees and to UFF for review prior to final approval.

(2). Employee annual evaluations, including the documents contained in the evaluation file shall be the sole basis for the sustained performance evaluation.

a.      An employee who received satisfactory annual evaluations during the previous six years shall not be rated below satisfactory in the sustained performance evaluation nor subject to a performance improvement plan.

b.  A performance improvement plan shall be developed only for those employees whose performance is identified through the sustained performance evaluation as being consistently below satisfactory in one or more areas of assigned duties. The performance improvement plan shall be developed by the employee, in concert with his/her supervisor, and include specific performance targets and a time period for achieving the targets. The performance improvement plan shall be approved by the President or representative. Specific resources identified in an approved performance improvement plan shall be provided by the university. The supervisor shall meet periodically with the employee to review progress toward meeting the performance targets. It is the responsibility of the employee to attain the performance targets specified in the performance improvement plan.

 

10.4            Criteria. The annual performance evaluation shall be based upon assigned duties, and shall carefully consider the nature of the assignments, in terms, where applicable, of:

A.                  Teaching effectiveness, including effectiveness in presenting knowledge, information, and ideas by means or methods such as lecture, discussion, assignment and recitation, demonstrati