E.5 Faculty

E.5.1 Faculty Workloads and Schedules

Responsible Department: Instruction

Date Approved/Amended: January 20, 2011

The Vice Chancellor for Instruction shall collaborate with the faculty association and the executive team to develop guidelines governing HCC faculty workloads, schedules, and related issues. Final approval of such guidelines rests with the Chancellor’s Cabinet.

E.5.2 Faculty Sabbatical Leaves

Responsible Department: Instruction

Date Approved/Amended: January 20, 2011

The purpose of sabbatical leave is to provide opportunities for full-time faculty to engage in activities that will benefit the College and result in improved job performance. The total number of sabbatical leaves granted shall be subject to available funds budgeted for such purposes at the College. At no time shall the number of individuals on sabbatical leave exceed five percent (5%), College-wide, of the total number of faculty within a discipline or program, and no more than one (1) full-time employee within a College department or discipline.

E.5.2.1 Eligibility, Duration, and Compensation

A faculty member shall be eligible to be considered for a sabbatical leave when the employee has served a minimum of five (5) years of full-time service in the System. The applicant for a sabbatical leave must agree to return for a minimum of one (1) year of full-time service in the System upon completion of the sabbatical leave. If the employee fails to complete this requirement, the employee will return to the System the full amount of compensation received from the System during the leave period (except in the case of permanent disability or death).

An individual awarded a sabbatical leave shall provide post-sabbatical documentation of activities accomplished during the sabbatical leave period, and participate in professional development activities for other faculty as requested by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (VCAA). Failure to submit post-sabbatical documentation will result in future ineligibility for sabbatical leave and/or repayment of the amount of compensation received during the leave period. Documentation of the sabbatical leave results will be due to the VCIN office no later than thirty (30) calendar days following the completion of the sabbatical leave period.

Once an employee takes sabbatical leave, he or she becomes ineligible to apply for additional sabbatical leave until the completion of an additional period of seven (7) consecutive years of service in the System. The time spent on sabbatical leave is excluded from this service requirement.

A sabbatical leave may be granted for a period of one (1) semester (fall or spring) at the employee’s full salary, or for a period of two (2) consecutive semesters (fall and spring) at full salary for the first semester of leave and seventy-five percent (75%) percent salary for the second consecutive semester.

The individual on sabbatical leave may not receive any other salary from the System during the leave period but will continue to be eligible for insurance benefits during the sabbatical leave period; leave and vacation benefits shall not accrue during the sabbatical leave period.

Should the salary for the position normally held by the employee increase during a sabbatical leave, the employee’s leave pay will reflect the increase. Time served on sabbatical leave is used in calculating an earned increment for the employee’s salary the following year.

Sabbatical leave funds for the College shall be used to pay the salary of a temporary full-time replacement of the individual on sabbatical leave. Replacement salary shall be at the entry rate on the appropriate salary schedule. Funds from the College division/department budgets shall be used to pay the salaries of the employees on sabbatical leave.

Sabbatical leave procedures are developed by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (VCAA) and approved by the HCC Chancellor’s Cabinet. These procedures include the criteria for taking such leave, dates by which applications must be submitted, and procedures for awarding sabbaticals. The proced

E.5.3 Americans with Disabilities

Responsible Department: Instruction

Date Approved/Amended: January 20, 2011

HCC shall comply with The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, as these laws apply to higher education. Employees will protect and maintain confidentiality when working with students with disabilities.

The Chancellor shall establish procedures to ensure System compliance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.