College & University Faculty Tenure Appeals and Rights

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The loss or denial of your tenure can be devasting. It often takes years of education, training, and study for a faculty member to qualify for, and achieve tenure. At the Maura Greene Law Group, we work with professors and faculty members to protect their tenure. We can help you if you face a loss or denial of tenure.

We can assist you if you face a loss or denial of your tenure appeal.

How Do I Enforce My Tenure Rights?

Most Massachusetts colleges and universities have a unique tenure appeal process. However, this appeal process is often very time-sensitive. You should obtain documents that describe why you were denied tenure. Also, think of why your tenure appeal was denied and are their supportive witnesses. This will help you and your attorney outline your appeal strategy.

What If My Tenure Appeal Fails?

In Massachusetts, colleges and universities are generally subject to state and federal anti-discrimination laws that protect employees. Additionally, there is a variety of statutes that protect employees in the workplace. A college or university cannot deny or refuse your tenure for unlawful discriminatory reasons.

What Other Rights May I Have?

Whether you’re a tenured or non-tenured faculty member, you still have unique rights depending on your position. At the Maura Greene Law Group, we often work with professors and faculty members to negotiate employment agreements, sabbatical and retirement arrangements, and other employment terms unique to the higher education environment. 

Bottom Line:

If you need help protecting your tenure rights, working with a trusted law group can help. Contact us today. 

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The Not So Fine Print:

We see patterns in our practice, like the ones described above. However, every case has its own unique facts. Before you take any action, you should contact an employment lawyer and get advice on your own situation. We can’t provide legal advice here and this isn’t intended as legal advice. It is best, if possible, to establish a relationship with an attorney before a workplace issue turns into a crisis. Employees who have received a verbal or written warning or performance improvement plan should contact counsel now. Ditto for employees who are seeing their doctor for workplace-related stress or anxiety.