1.13-1 Grounds for Removal

A tenured or non-tenured faculty member may be dismissed before the end of his/her contract term for any of the following reasons, provided that the institution has complied with procedural due process requirements:

  1. Conviction or admission of guilt of a felony or of a crime involving moral turpitude during the period of employment—or prior thereto if the conviction or admission of guilt was willfully concealed.
  2. Professional incompetency, neglect of duty, or default of academic integrity in teaching, in research, or in scholarship.
  3. Unlawful manufacture, distribution, sale, use or possession of marijuana, a controlled substance, or other illegal or dangerous drugs as defined by Georgia laws; teaching or working under the influence of alcohol which interferes with the faculty member’s performance of duty or his/her responsibilities to the institution or to his/her profession (BoR minutes 1989-90, pp.384-385).
  4. Conviction or admission of guilt in a court proceeding of any criminal drug offense (BoR Minutes, 1989-90, pp. 384- 385).
  5. Physical or mental incompetency as determined by law or by a medical board of three (3) or more licensed physicians and reviewed by a committee of the faculty.
  6. False swearing with respect to official documents filed with the institution.
  7. Disruption of any teaching, research, administrative, disciplinary, public service or other authorized activity.
  8. Such other grounds for dismissal as may be specified in the Statutes of the institution.

Each institution, as a part of its statutes, may supplement Regents’ policies governing causes for dismissal and procedures for dismissal. Each institution should provide for standards governing faculty conduct, including sanctions short of dismissal, and procedures for the implementation of such sanctions. In the imposition of sanctions, the burden of proof lies with the institution (BoR Minutes, 1951-52, pp. 315-319, pp. 159-60; 1966-67, p. 206; 1969-70, pp. 21-22; 1974-75, pp. 304-313; 1982-83, p. 254).