Protection of Academic Senate Reassigned Time

Resolution Number: 
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State and Legislative Issues

Whereas the State Auditor has investigated the application of the 50% law and found that 6 of the 10 districts surveyed were out of compliance, and that the Chancellor's Office has failed to exercise proper oversight of and compliance with the 50% law, and

Whereas some local academic senates report that their administrations have threatened to revoke reassigned time for AB 1725 governance mandates if the 50% law is enforced,

Resolved that Academic Senate work with local academic senates to address and counter any attempt at revocation or reduction of reassigned time accorded local academic senates to carry out their statutory responsibilities for academic and professional matters, and

Resolved that the Academic Senate work with local academic senates to prevent and address climates of retaliation against faculty who raise critical issues regarding compliance with state law or regulations, and

Resolved that the Academic Senate urge the Chancellor to provide leadership to prevent retaliation on the part of administrators who have threatened to rescind reassigned time for academic senates.

Status Report: 

Reports indicate that in general other reassigned time is under reconsideration but local senate reassigned time is still relatively secure. Comments indicate that the greatest protection is provided by Board Policy rather than college budget agreements or union contract language. This issue will continue to be discussed at Leadership Institute but the committee goal should be considered complete.