Faculty: Rights and Privileges of Emeritus Faculty

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The University of Oregon values and encourages the continuing academic and intellectual engagement of its emeritus faculty. It therefore strives to support and recognize such faculty who wish to continue contributing to their academic disciplines in ways beneficial to the University and the community.

This Policy Statement sets forth, in general terms, the rights and privileges of the University's emeritus faculty.

Reason for Policy: 

To describe the non financial benefits available to emeritus and retired faculty.

Policy Statement: 

A. Appointment to Emeritus Status

The University will award emeritus status to any faculty member retiring after at least five years at the highest rank available to her/his appointment type; provided, however, that any faculty member retiring, or contracting to retire, before December 31, 2014 will not be subject to the foregoing five-year requirement.

The Provost or her/his designee--in consultation with the appropriate dean, department head, or director--may award emeritus status to a retiring faculty member without regard to the foregoing standard.

Emeritus status, if awarded, normally will become effective immediately upon a faculty member’s retirement. Deans, department heads, directors, and the Provost or designee will strive to complete all necessary paperwork by that time.

Emeritus faculty will be listed in the University Bulletin, in the appropriate school or department.

The Provost or designee, with consent of the Faculty Personnel Committee, may withhold or withdraw emeritus status for good cause, defined as any act that would justify dismissal for cause of an active, tenured faculty member.

B. Participation in Faculty Governance

An emeritus faculty member may introduce and address motions in the Faculty Senate and Faculty Assembly, as provided by the Constitution and bylaws adopted by those bodies.

An emeritus faculty member also will retain full governance rights--including voting rights--within her/his school or department whenever on the University payroll and serving actively in an instructional or research capacity. In addition, a school or department may, if it wishes, grant such rights to emeritus faculty at other times.

C. Use of University Facilities and Resources

The University will provide, insofar as reasonably possible, working space and academic services to emeritus faculty so they may continue their academic activities. Deans, department heads, and directors will be responsible for assigning such space and services, considering, among other criteria, the likelihood an emeritus faculty member will make sustained, productive use of them.

An emeritus faculty member also may apply for University financial support for research, travel to professional meetings, and the like. Again, deans, department heads, and directors will rule on such applications, considering always the typically higher priority of regular, active-duty faculty members.

D. Additional Privileges

The University’s Human Resources Department regularly compiles a list (http://hr.uoregon.edu/benefits/retirement/university-services-available-retired-unclassified-employees) and provides descriptions of all privileges extended to retired employees. Currently, these privileges include such items as staff-rate class enrollments, discounted athletic tickets, and free campus parking when not on the University payroll.

In order to encourage the continuing academic and intellectual contributions of emeritus faculty, the University will make every reasonable effort to continue granting to such faculty free campus parking whenever they are not on the University payroll.

Reviewed and Approved By: 
Robert Berdahl, Interim President
Issued by: 
Academic Affairs
Revision History: 

02 February 1991 - Originally issued

08 February 2010 - Policy number revised from 3.130 to 02.01.10

11 April 2012 - Revised and approved by UO Senate

01 May 2012 - Revision approved by Interim university president <signed copy>

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UO Policy Statement