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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Friday, July 06, 2007

Dean Dobranski's Termination of Professor Safranek: The Process

I thought it might be helpful to update our readers on Professor Safranek's termination process: how it works, where it is at, and where it is going. (For a full copy of the process as outlined in the Ave Maria School of Law Faculty Handbook, read the relevant portions here.)

Cause. First of all, it should be noted that Professor Safranek is a tenured professor and as such may only be terminated "for cause." Pages 26-27 of the AMSL Faculty Handbook delineate what is considered "cause." It is important to note the following catch-all at the conclusion of the section:
The above list is illustrative, not exhaustive, and the Law School reserves the right to consider other conduct not listed above as cause for the termination of a tenured faculty member.

The Procedure. According to the faculty handbook, the procedure for the termination of a professor for cause may be succinctly stated as follows: (a) informal resolution of the matter if possible, (b) recommendation in writing by the Dean to the Board of Governors to initiate termination proceedings, (c) 30 days response time for the professor to respond to the Dean's recommendation; request or waiver of a hearing, (d) hearing, and (e) final decision by the Board of Governors. A 2/3 majority vote of the Board of Governors members is required for the termination. In addition to this process, the following (from p.29 of the handbook) should also be noted:
Notwithstanding the foregoing procedures, the Board of Governors may immediately suspend a faculty member from performance of his or her duties at the Law School, even prior to the implementation of the above procedures, in extraordinary cases.

Applying the process to the instant case, Professor Safranek is currently at step (a). FUMARE will be watching these developments and the actions of the Board of Governors. We will bring you the very latest as it occurs.