65-250 08-10-15 REDUCTION IN FORCE (POLICY) A. Reasons 1. Reduction in force resulting in the termination of staff personnel may occur for any of the following reasons: a. the college is faced with a justifiable lack of work. b. the college of staff person's curriculum, service or support program area has experienced declining participation due to identifiable lack of need. c. funds are not justifiably available to support the staff persons curriculum, service or support program. d. a major, justifiable change occurs in the staff person's curriculum, service or support program. B. Provisions Concerning Reductions in Force 1. If it becomes apparent that reduction in force is necessary, the administration will develop and present a plan to the Board of Trustees for approval. A decision to reduce force at the college must be made by the Board of Trustees before any reduction in force action begins. 2. Staff employed by the College may be subject to reduction in forces for any or a combination of any of the reasons previously stated. The Board recognizes that the college, within these factors, may have no alternative but to curtail or delete certain programs, or portions of programs at the same time that other programs are being retained, expanded or added depending upon the legitimate educational needs of the community. Programs and services most necessary to meet the needs of the students and community, consistent with in philosophy and mission of the college, are to be of highest priority when reduction in forces is being considered. 3. As soon as the Board of Trustees has approved a reduction in force plan, all staff of the affected College Department or Program will be notified in person. Following this, the Personnel Director shall attempt to reduce layoffs by accepting retirements, resignations, transfers, extended leaves and other types of normal attrition. In addition, priority in retaining positions will be given to full-time over part-time personnel in those programs affected. Furthermore, staff persons shall be given the opportunity to move into other areas in the College where there may be vacancies for which they are qualified. Also, staff persons shall be given the opportunity to upgrade themselves into vacant positions providing that such persons are reasonably qualified to do so, and the College can accommodate such a move. 4. When staff reduction cannot be satisfied by the above methods and the qualifications and abilities of staff in the affected area are relatively equal, seniority shall be the determining factor in considering who shall be reduced. The most recently employed staff shall be reduced first and additional reductions shall proceed in that order. 5. In any future vacancies of the college for which staff persons need to be hired, those positions for which the reduced staff are qualified shall be offered to those staff who were reduced last and continue to be offered through the list of those who were reduced first. All reduced personnel must keep the college informed of their current mailing address in order to be eligible for employment as specified in this section. 6. A staff person who is rehired under procedures (5 d) shall have the benefits or longevity, salary and fringe benefits reinstated.
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