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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

FACULTY WELFARE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS CONCERNING UNIVERSITY FAMILY FRIENDLY POLICIES

On behalf of the Faculty Welfare Committee, Professor Martha Hilley (music and committee chair) submitted the following motion concerning three recommendations related to University Family Friendly Policies. The secretary has classified this proposal as general legislation. The motion will be presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on December 11, 2006.
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Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council and General Faculty

 

FACULTY WELFARE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS CONCERNING UNIVERSITY FAMILY FRIENDLY POLICIES

The Faculty Welfare Committee requests your consideration of the following three recommendations related to University Family Friendly Policies.

1. Change the language of the qualification section of the Modified Instructional Duty Policy (MID) from “…those who are the principal caregiver” to “…those who are a principal caregiver.”

2. Develop a standard for communication of University Family Friendly Policies (UFFP). A description of all such policies will be communicated both directly to all faculty on a yearly basis (e.g., email and/or highlighted on the University homepage) and from the provost’s office to chairs/division heads with the expectation provided that chairs notify and provide information to faculty about UFFP. This notification would include providing both the eligibility requirements and the procedure to be followed to request and negotiate the terms for MID when the faculty member has need and is a principal caregiver. Whenever a chair or division head is made aware that a faculty member is expecting a new child, the chair/division head is required to notify the faculty member of his/her eligibility for MID.

3. Creation by the provost’s office of a brochure (both hard copy and electronic) on UFFP (MID) to be given to all department chairs, all new faculty, and all job candidates who interview for faculty positions at UT.

Rationale:

The first recommendation would allow two parents who are both principal caregivers to take modified instructional duty in the same semester.

The second recommendation is an effort to provide uniformity across the campus.

The third recommendation will aid in the uniformity of communication across campus. The pamphlet should:

  • clarify the relationship between sick leave, FMLA leave and MID;
  • provide examples of the kind of alternative responsibilities to classroom teaching that could be done under MID;
  • discuss the relationship between MID and the Stop the Clock Policy;
  • and provide a website and contact number for further information.

Distributed through the Faculty Council Web site on December 6, 2006. Copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.


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