The basic governing documents that apply to all faculty at UNCW are briefly described here and available in their entirety through links.
Foremost among the documents describing the policies and procedures of the university and the rights of faculty is The Code of the UNC Board of Governors. Reappointment, tenure and promotion in any of the universities within the University of North Chapter system is governed by state law and policies as described in Chapter VI of the Code, entitled "Academic Freedom and Tenure."
Policies of Academic Freedom and Tenure
UNCW's Policies of Academic Freedom and Tenure is a local interpretation of the Code. The document describes the following: the commitment of UNCW to academic freedom; academic tenure, eligibility for permanent tenure, and probationary service (length and number of appointments) preceding the conferring of tenure; procedures for evaluation and documentation; timely notice of reappointment and non-reappointment; non-reappointment hearings procedure, faculty committee to hear grievances, and policies regarding cessation of university employment; termination of faculty employment because of financial exigency or curtailment or elimination of a program; retirement; policy on leave; and implementation of the policies. Particularly relevant to the RTP process is section IV: Policies on Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure.