PROVISION FOR HEARING COMMITTEE
Policy: Board of Regents Policy Manual, Section 8.3.9, http://www.usg.edu/policymanual/section8/
A dismissal as defined above shall be preceded by statement of charges or causes (ground for dismissal) if so requested, including a statement that the faculty member concerned shall have the right to be heard by a faculty hearing committee.
The Hearing Committee shall consist of not less than three or more than five impartial faculty members appointed by the Executive Committee (or its equivalent) of the highest legislative body of the faculty, from among the members of the entire faculty (as defined by the policies of the Board of Regents) of the institution.
Members of the Hearing Committee may serve concurrently on other committees of the faculty. The Hearing Committee will meet as a body when it is called into session by the Chairman of the body which selected them either at his discretion or upon the request of the President or the faculty member who is subject to dismissal.
When the Hearing Committee is called into session, it shall elect a chairman from among its membership. A member should remove himself/herself from the case, either at the request of a party or on his/her own initiative if he/she deems himself/herself disqualified for bias or interest. Each party shall have a maximum of two challenges without stated cause; provided however, that all challenges whether with or without cause shall be made in writing and filed with the Chairman of the Hearing Committee at least five days in advance of the date set for the hearing. The Chairman shall have the authority to decide whether a member of the committee is disqualified for cause. If the Chairman determines that a member is so disqualified or if a committee member removes himself/herself from a case, the replacement shall be made in the same manner as the original committee was selected. If the Chairman is thus removed, the committee shall elect a new chairman after committee replacements have been appointed. A minimum of three (3) members is required for any action to be taken.