Applicability and Principles
At UCR the following implements the University Policy on Faculty Conduct and the Administration of Discipline (set forth in its entirety in APM-016) and the Faculty Code of Conduct (APM-015) and applies to all members of the Academic Senate and to academic staff whose instructional duties are not subject to direct supervision. These procedures adhere to the five principles for Enforcement and Sanctions (Part III, Section A) articulated in the Faculty Code of Conduct (APM-015).
No disciplinary sanctions for professional misconduct shall be imposed by the administration except in accordance with the procedures set forth below. In circumstances where these procedures are silent, the policies and procedures contained in APM-015, APM-016, and UC Academic Senate Bylaw 336 shall govern.
The procedures set forth below describe several stages in the process: (a) an allegation of faculty misconduct, (b) efforts for informal resolution, (c) filing of a formal complaint, (d) inquiry by the Committee on Charges of the Academic Senate, (e) determination by the Chancellor1 to initiate disciplinary action by filing charges with the Committee on Privilege and Tenure of the Academic Senate, (f) disciplinary hearing by a Hearing Committee of the Committee on Privilege and Tenure, and (g) imposition of disciplinary sanctions by the Chancellor.
If the matter involves an alleged violation of the University of California Policy on Integrity in Research, the allegation should be filed according to the UCR Policy and Procedures for Responding to the Allegations of Research Misconduct.
If the matter involves an alleged violation of the University of California Policy on Sexual Harassment, the allegation may be filed according to the UCR Policy and Procedures for Responding to Reports of Sexual Harassment, instead of or in addition to filing an allegation under these Rules of Procedure.
This document indicates the timelines for the conduct of separate steps of the process, and it is important that such matters proceed expeditiously. However, it is recognized that these timelines may not always be adequate. Where individuals or committees require additional time to complete a step(s) in this process, all members involved shall be informed of the reasons for the delay and provided with a revised timeline for this step of the process, with a commitment that the step will be completed as promptly thereafter as possible.
All proceedings covered under this document are to be treated as confidential. No participant in such proceedings shall reveal or disclose the identity of the complainant, the accused Faculty member, witnesses, the nature of the allegation, the evidence, or the deliberations of any decision maker, other than to individuals who have a legitimate need for such information in order to conduct the proceeding or as may be required by law.(Am 20 Feb 07)
1 For the purposes of this document, the Chancellor shall be taken to mean the Chancellor or the appropriate Chancellor's designee, such as the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost. This shall apply in all cases with the exception of imposing discipline, which shall not be delegated by the Chancellor.