Acceptance of a full-time faculty appointment is a commitment for the scheduled academic year.  When circumstances do not permit the completion of such a commitment, the University may agree to an earlier resignation with a written notice. A faculty member planning to resign shall give written notice to the departmental chairperson or area head as early as possible. A faculty member who resigns forfeits all rights of tenure and rank.

A faculty member who, without the permission of the department chair, dean, or Provost, fails to report to work for a period of time exceeding 30 calendar days or fails to return to work after the expiration of an approved absence shall be deemed to have constructively tendered a resignation. In such a case, the employee may be terminated by the University without initiating the termination for cause process set forth in Appendix B. This does not apply, however, if the faculty member has been approved for additional leave (such as Family Medical Leave – see Employee Handbook – or medical leave for faculty as provided in Chapter 4) or an exception is necessitated under the Americans with Disabilities Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act or other state or federal law. A faculty member with a qualifying disability should refer to the Employee Handbook on how to request a reasonable accommodation.