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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

POLICY ON TEACHING CONTINUITY AND RESTRUCTUREDFACULTY WORKLOAD UPON THE BIRTH OR ADOPTION OF A CHILD

Executive Vice President and Provost Sheldon Ekland-Olson has provided the policy, reproduced below, concerning teaching continuity and restructured faculty workload upon the birth or adoption of a child. This policy is proposed in response to the Faculty Council's resolution concerning family leave policy (D&P 16965-16966). The secretary has classified this item as general legislation. The Council can take action on the legislation at its meeting on November 20, 2000.


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John R. Durbin, Secretary
The Faculty Council


This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council web site (http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/) on November 16, 2000. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.


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POLICY ON TEACHING CONTINUITY AND RESTRUCTUREDFACULTY WORKLOAD UPON THE BIRTH OR ADOPTION OF A CHILD

A. Policy Statement

The University of Texas at Austin recognizes the importance of teaching continuity during the semester-long duration of scheduled classroom instruction. Therefore, it is the policy of The University of Texas at Austin to require departments to ensure continuity in classroom instruction in the event of a disruption in instruction caused by pregnancy and childbirth or by adoption of a child under the age of three. This policy will permit under appropriate circumstances, and with the approval of the executive vice president and provost, the restructuring or modification of faculty classroom teaching responsibilities in order to allow faculty to maintain full-time employment status when pregnancy and childbirth or adoption of a child under the age of three years will prevent the faculty member from being able to perform regularly-scheduled classroom teaching duties during a long semester.

B. Scope

This policy applies to all faculty (tenured, tenure-track, and non-tenure track) who are appointed full time on the instructional budget in a long-session semester.

C. Purpose

This policy is to ensure continuity in classroom teaching. The policy provides an opportunity for a restructured workload during the time in which the faculty member gives birth or adopts a child under the age of three and is available for full-time employment responsibilities to the University. During a restructured workload, the faculty member is released from regularly scheduled classroom teaching and has duties restructured in form and schedule.

D. Notice of Disruption in Teaching Continuity

The faculty member shall notify the department at the earliest possible date when there is, or is anticipated to be, a disruption in the teaching continuity of scheduled classroom teaching duties due to pregnancy and childbirth or adoption of a child under the age of three years.

E. Use of Sick Leave

Faculty shall use available sick leave, pursuant to the University Sick Leave Policy, while recovering from pregnancy and childbirth, or when providing full-time care for an adopted child under the age of three. Under normal circumstances, up to six weeks of sick leave may be used for these purposes.

F. Application and Review Process

1. Faculty members who wish to request a restructured faculty workload should contact their departmental chair. Specific guidelines, procedures, and application materials will be available through the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.

2. Requests shall be in writing and submitted to the appropriate departmental chair. The request shall describe: a) the non-classroom instructional activities, research, and other scholarly academic activities that the faculty member proposes to perform during the period of restructured workload; and (b) how these activities contribute to the mission and goals of the department. The period of the restructured faculty workload must continue to the end of the applicable semester.
3. The chair will review the proposed plan and scope of activities and forward a recommendation to the dean of the college or school. The dean, in turn, will review the proposal and forward a


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  recommendation to the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost for review and final decision. The Office of the Provost will notify the parties of the final decision.

4. A faculty member approved for a restructured faculty workload will continue as a full-time employee during the period of this assignment and will complete the agreed-upon plan.

G. Qualified Replacement Instructor

When a faculty member is using available sick leave and/or assumes a restructured workload under this policy, the department chair is responsible for securing the services of a qualified instructor to teach the appropriate classes. When adequate departmental or college funding is not available, requests for supplemental funds to cover any additional instructional costs may be submitted by the dean to the executive vice president and provost.

For assistance: Questions regarding the Policy on Teaching Continuity and Restructured Faculty Workload upon the Birth or Adoption of a Child should be directed to the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.