Faculty Handbook

Dual Appointments

4/01/2014 (Policy created), 4/15/2019 (Policy revised)

This policy was issued by the Office of the Provost with an effective date of April 1, 2014, and revised on April 15, 2019, after consultation with the University Committee on Faculty Affairs and  the University Committee on Faculty Tenure.

No faculty/academic staff member holding a full-time appointment at Michigan State University may, during the term of the appointment, or while on leave of absence, simultaneously hold a paid appointment at another institution. Exceptions to this policy must be approved in advance by the Dean and by the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs (or designee).

A faculty/academic staff member who, without good cause, fails to request an exception and who continues to maintain employment elsewhere after receiving notice of violation of this policy, shall forfeit rights to further employment at the University and shall be considered as having resigned. In such circumstances, the following procedures shall apply in lieu of the Discipline and Dismissal for Cause of Tenured Faculty Policy procedures:

The Provost or designee, upon being notified of the faculty/academic staff member’s additional employment, shall inform the faculty/academic staff member that the dual appointment is in violation of this policy, and provide the person with an opportunity to respond. If the faculty/academic staff member does not respond after twenty one (21) days, the Provost or designee shall proceed based on the available information. The Provost or designee shall decide whether the faculty/academic staff member’s continued employment shall be considered a resignation.

The faculty/academic staff member may initiate a grievance under the Faculty Grievance Policy if he or she disagrees with the Provost’s or designee’s decision within 28 days of receipt of the decision. If a grievance is filed, the faculty member will be granted an unpaid leave of absence during the pendency of the grievance. In the case of tenured or tenure system faculty the initial hearing panel shall include at least three members of the University Committee on Faculty Tenure.

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