Faculty Rights Tip: What to do if you or someone you know receives a notice of pending discipline

If you receive a “Notice of Pending Discipline” it is important to contact your CFA representative immediately. The timelines articulated in Article 19 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) move very quickly.  

If you wish to appeal the discipline (which could be dismissal, suspension, or demotion), you must elect to do so, consistent with Article 19 of the CBA or it will be imposed on you.  Within 10 days of receipt of the Notice of Pending Discipline, you have the right to review the facts with a “reviewing officer,” in a meeting referred to as a “Skelly Hearing.”  Within 15 days of the issuance of the Notice of Pending Discipline the Skelly Hearing/Review Officer must issue a report to the President.

Within 5 days of the receipt of the “Skelly Report,” the President must notify you of the final decision to rescind, modify, or affirm the pending disciplinary action.

After receiving the President’s decision, you have 10 days to appeal the final decision.

Again, this process moves quickly, and we want to help.  So please get in touch with us right away when it comes to discipline. 

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See previous Faculty Rights Tips on a range of topics in our contract.

Finally, CFA has embarked on an anti-racism and social justice transformation this year. To that end, we have been holding meetings to talk with faculty and will continue to offer trainings and workshops on Unconscious Bias. Contact your CFA chapter leaders to learn more.