Proposed Policy Amendment: Policy #27

CALL FOR COMMENTS – PROPOSED POLICY AMENDMENT: POLICY #27 (REAPPOINTMENT OF RETIRED OR RETIRING MEMBERS OF FACULTY) AND PROPOSED POLICY REPEAL: POLICY #52 (RETIREMENT OF FACULTY)

The UBC community is invited to comment on proposed amendments to Policy #27 (Reappointment of Retired or Retiring Members of Faculty) and the proposed repeal of Policy #52 (Retirement of Faculty).

Policies #27 and #52 have not been reviewed since 2005. Both Policies refer to mandatory retirement at the age of 65. This is obsolete. The University and the UBC Faculty Association agreed to end mandatory retirement of unionized faculty in May 2007 and the provincial government ended mandatory retirement for all employees in B.C. in January 2008.

The proposed amendments to Policy #27 and the repeal of Policy #52 will bring the University’s policies with respect to retirement into alignment with current practices and provincial legislation.

Retired faculty members make important contributions to their disciplines, their departments and the University. The proposed amendments to Policy #27 recognize that these relationships are normally continued through voluntary contributions, but that in some cases retired faculty members will be appointed to term positions.

The proposed amendments identify the circumstances in which a retired faculty member may be appointed to a position at the University and the mechanism for doing so.

Although there is no longer mandatory retirement, the University has retained the notion of a “normal retirement date” for faculty at age 65. It provides an opportunity to discuss a faculty member’s plans and has implications for benefit coverage. The notion of “normal retirement date” is expressly recognized in the collective agreement with the UBC Faculty Association and has been incorporated into the “Background and Purpose” of the proposed amendments to Policy #27.

The proposed amendments to Policy #27 and the proposed repeal of Policy #52 are now being published and all members of the University community are encouraged to provide their comments. Please submit feedback to the Office of the University Counsel at university.counsel@ubc.ca by March 17, 2013.

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