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Chapter 5 -- Faculty: Leaves, Insurance, and Retirement Benefits
1. Notice of continuing appointment or reappointment with the conditions of the appointment are mailed soon after the May meeting of the Board of Regents. It is assumed that, if resignations have not been received by the president previous to this time or within ten (10) working days after the mailing of the notification of continuing appointment, reappointment, or appointment, faculty/unclassified staff members are accepting their continuing appointment, reappointment, or appointment for another academic year and can be depended upon to continue their duties.
2. When negotiations are in progress for a position on another campus or work site, the individual should notify his/her supervisor of the negotiations. Although ethical considerations encourage this type of communication, the university recognizes notification is not always feasible.
3. The acceptance of an appointment elsewhere should always be followed by a prompt letter of resignation to the Provost or appropriate vice president.
4. The resignation of a faculty/unclassified staff member causes a number of changes, such as adjustments in colleague workloads, availability of courses for students, and advising assignments. There are administrative costs as well for searches. Thus, faculty/unclassified staff members are not expected to resign after June 30.
1. There is no official resignation form. A letter of resignation shall be sent to the Provost or the appropriate vice president. In submitting letters of resignation, the reasons should be specified as well as the effective date.
2. All resignations shall be in writing, including the effective date of the resignation.
3. The original signed letter of resignation shall be addressed to the Provost or to the appropriate vice president. Electronic letters of resignation are not acceptable.
4. The Provost will acknowledge the resignation on behalf of the University.
5. Upon receipt of a letter of resignation, the Provost or the appropriate vice president will immediately send copies of the letter to:
a. The President
b. The Provost
1. Appropriate College Dean
2. Appropriate Department Chair or Director
c. The Human Resource Office
Determination of Benefits
1. Due to state regulations on benefits, benefits cease the last day worked on the current notice of continuing appointment, reappointment, or appointment regardless of the effective date of the resignation.
2. A letter of resignation should be submitted a minimum of 30 days prior to the effective date of the resignation to manage pay-out of salary and fringe benefits.
Return of Equipment/Closure of Accounts and Projects
1. Before leaving campus, all library materials, equipment checked out from the Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning Technologies or the Computing and Telecommunications Center, or any equipment or remaining supplies purchased with State of Kansas or FHSU Foundation funds or from Graduate School research grants, external grants, or external contracts must be returned.
2. Faculty/unclassified staff members holding external grants, research grants, external contracts, or external research contracts should consult the Grants Office and the Business Office in order that proper arrangements may be made for the liquidation or transfer of the grant and the proper disposition of any equipment or supplies secured under the grant or contract.
1. Exit interviews at the department or office level are conducted by the chair or director. Prior to the time of the exit interview, office keys, departmental or university equipment, and library or other materials are to be returned (see Key System Policy, Ch 6). The Faculty and Unclassified Staff Handbook, The Comprehensive Faculty Evaluation and Development Handbook, and the Faculty Academic Advising Handbook should remain in the faculty member's office.
2. Exit interviews for the coordination of benefits are conducted by the Director of the Human Resource Office. Since state regulations are the guiding policies and procedures for benefits, the Director will explain the last day for paid health insurance, paid life insurance, vacation pay if appropriate, and other benefit issues.
3. When requested, a final exit interview is conducted by the Provost or the appropriate vice president.
Approved by President Edward H. Hammond (02-19-99).
Revision adopted by President's Cabinet (01-31-07)
Pilot Policy on Notification of Retirement or Resignation
As you know the hiring process for a faculty position can take an extended period of time. Short notice about a resignation or retirement can leave a department struggling to compensate for an unfilled position for a number of terms. I am therefore implementing a new pilot policy for the 15-16 academic year to encourage timely notice about planned resignations/retirements and give the department time to conduct a comprehensive search. If you meet all of the following criteria:
1. You currently hold a full time faculty appointment at FHSU
2. You provide the Provost with a binding letter of resignation at least 30 weeks in advance of your last day of employment
3. You have been employed in a faculty line for greater than two years at the time this letter is received by the Provost
4. Your date of resignation is after the last day of the final term in which you are schedule to teach (i.e. you cannot resign in the midst of an academic term )
5. You have complied with the university policy on resignations found in the Faculty and Unclassified Handbook and have completed the HR exit process.
Then you will receive a $1000 bonus payment in your final pay check.
This pilot policy will be evaluated at the end of this academic year to determine if it will remain in place in subsequent years.
As of 8/31/2015
Approved and Distributed by Provost Glynn
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