6.2 Involuntary Transfers of Faculty from Departments or Colleges

(Regents 6/26/75; 7/19/22)


  1. No faculty member shall be transferred involuntarily from the department or college in which they hold an appointment, except when:
    1. For educational, financial or administrative reasons, the university, after consulting interested parties, decides to abolish one or more colleges or academic departments, reduce the size of either or both, consolidate either or both, divide either or both into two or more units, reorient the scope of either or both, or move one or more departments from one college to another; or
    2. After appropriate consultation with interested parties, there are good reasons to believe that the educational program of the university will be forwarded by such a transfer and that the services of the faculty member can be utilized more effectively in the transferee department or college than in the transferor department or college. Before such a transfer is made, consideration should be given to alternative methods of achieving the educational goal and an involuntary transfer should be made only if no other reasonable means is available to achieve that goal.
  2. No faculty member may be transferred involuntarily under the provisions of these regulations as a sanction or penalty for personal or professional action of the faculty member.
  3. No faculty member shall be transferred involuntarily under the provisions of paragraph a(2) of this policy:
    1. Prior to being given at least three months' notice.
    2. Prior to being given a written statement of the reasons for the proposed transfer as well as the conditions, if any, under which the transferring faculty member will be transferred back to the transferor department or college.
    3. Unless the proposed transfer has been reviewed by a committee of the Faculty Senate which shall advise whether the proposed transfer meets the standards established herein.
  4. A faculty member who is transferred involuntarily under the terms of this policy shall retain their rank, tenure rights (if any), promotion opportunities (if any), salary, and other perquisites acquired during prior service at the university.
  5. As used in this policy, the words "interested parties" shall, at a minimum, include the faculty member or members being transferred, the dean or deans of the college or colleges involved, the departmental executive officers of the departments directly affected and, through them, members of such departments.
  6. If a faculty member files a grievance concerning their proposed involuntary transfer, such grievance may be brought in accord with procedures specified in III-29.6 (Grievance) of the Faculty Dispute Procedures on the issue of whether the proposed transfer meets the terms of this policy.