10.0 Temporary Policy on Faculty Salary Reduction

(President 6/17/20)

This policy is effective June 17, 2020, through June 30, 2022.

  1. Due to the coronavirus worldwide pandemic and the resulting financial crisis imminently facing the university, and notwithstanding any provision in this Operations Manual or in this section to the contrary, in the event the vice presidents and/or deans exercise their authority to reduce the salaries (including, e.g., base pay, administrative supplements, incentives, bonuses, and production-based earnings) of faculty within their respective units for fiscal years 2021 and/or 2022, such action shall not be subject to review under the grievance procedures applicable to faculty, including those in the Faculty Dispute Procedures (III-29) and the Instructional Faculty Policy (III-10.11), so long as the action complies with the requirements set forth in paragraphs b through e of this section.
  2. Any decision by the vice presidents and/or deans to exercise their authority to reduce the salaries of faculty within their respective units during fiscal years 2021 and/or 2022 subject to a suspension of grievance procedures as set forth in this section shall not be authorized unless it can first be demonstrated to the Provost or the Provost’s designee that a reduction to the salaries (including e.g., base pay, administrative supplements, incentives, bonuses, and production-based earnings) of faculty so described is necessary due to a coronavirus-related emergency and will be implemented in a systematic, uniform, and nondiscriminatory manner that complies with all applicable federal and state laws, rules, and regulations. An emergency under this section is limited to one or more of the following conditions:
    1. A condition critical to sustaining patient care or human life;
    2. A condition in which there is an immediate need to protect the health, safety, or welfare of persons on campus;
    3. A condition in which the university must act to preserve academic programs or critical services because of adverse financial events and circumstances.
  3. Any reduction to the salary of a faculty member, subject to a suspension of grievance procedures as set forth in this section, shall end no later than June 30, 2022.
  4. Any reduction to the salary (including e.g., base pay, administrative supplements, incentives, bonuses, and production-based earnings) of a faculty member subject to a suspension of grievance procedures as set forth in this section shall not exceed 10 percent in total throughout fiscal years 2021 and/or 2022 unless through operation of an applicable faculty practice plan.
  5. A faculty member who believes a salary reduction subject to this policy was imposed for an Improper Reason as contemplated by III-29.6(a)(2)(c) may pursue a complaint through the university’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity. In addition, this policy does not affect a faculty member’s access to legal avenues external to the university.