Initial contracts of employment, except for the contract of the Chancellor, shall be for a period of one year. The Chancellor may recommend multi-year contracts of employment to administrators and professionals in subsequent years, provided performance evaluations so warrant and budgetary considerations allow. Likewise, faculty may be considered for multi-year contracts under the Distinguished Faculty Recognition Program. Those employees in low enrollment programs are not eligible to be considered for multi-year contracts. Low enrollment programs are defined as programs that:
- Have had a decline in contact hours during the last two preceding years;
- Current fall enrollment is less than the average for the last five years; or
- The current fiscal year fall enrollment if 15% less than the immediate previous fall enrollment.
Administrative and professional contracts are generally for periods of twelve months. Faculty may be employed for periods of nine, ten and one-half or twelve months. Contracted employment for one or more years does not create any contractual or other entitlement of employment beyond the term of the contract and should not be construed as leading to tenure. All employees are subject to review each year prior to any decision about contract renewals. The Board of Trustees may renew or extend a contract, allow any contract to expire by its own terms, choose not to extend an existing contract, or choose not to offer further employment.
The anniversary date for twelve-month contracts shall be September 1. Contracts of less than twelve months shall generally begin August 15 and extend for a period of nine, and/or ten and one-half months.
Contract recommendations for faculty typically are recommended to the Board of Trustees for action on or before the April Board of Trustees meeting. Contract renewals for other twelve month employees typically are recommended at the Board of Trustees meeting held on or before the month of expiration of the contract. Only the Board of Trustees is authorized to enter into a contract with an employee unless that right is specifically delegated to an administrative office. Only the Chancellor or his/her designee may communicate a contract offer. Oral representations by college personnel other than the Chancellor or his/her designee are not binding on the Board. Offers of contractual employment may only be accepted by signing and returning the contract to the Human Resources Office within thirty days of issuance. If the Chancellor fails to provide either a new contract or written notice of non-renewal prior to the expiration of the employee's current contact, then the affected emplyee will continue to be employed but shall have the status of an at-will employee.