Faculty Rights Tip of the Week: Definitions Are Important

This weekly CFA Headlines feature offers a brief “Faculty Rights Tip” or short information piece about the faculty contract.

FACULTY RIGHTS TIP:  Definitions Are Important

Article 2 of our Faculty Contract specifically defines certain terms used throughout the agreement.

For instance, a “day” is defined as a calendar day and the definition goes on to describe how to compute a day and how to deal with holidays.  “Department” is defined as the faculty unit employees within an academic department or other equivalent administrative unit, and the “President” is defined as the chief executive officer of a University or college or his/her designee.

Definitions for terms such as these are crucial for correctly interpreting and enforcing provisions of the faculty contract. Arbitrators frequently cite specific definitions when issuing decisions on grievances.

If you have a question about the definitions found in Article 2 contact your local CFA Faculty Rights Representative. You can find your campus CFA Chapter Faculty Rights Representative here.

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