The following statement was adopted by the Council of the American Association of University Professors in October 1963 and endorsed by the Fiftieth Annual meeting in 1964 as Association Policy. In 1989 and 1990, the appropriate Association bodies adopted several changes in language in order to remove gender-specific references from the original text.
Because the probationary appointment, even though for a fixed or stated term, carries an expectation of renewal, the faculty member should be explicitly informed of a decision not to renew an appointment, in order that the faculty member may seek a position at another college or university. Such notice should be given at an early date, since a failure to secure another position for the ensuring academic year will deny the faculty member the opportunity to continue in the profession. The purpose of this statement is to set forth in detail, for the use of the academic profession, those standards for notice of non-reappointment which the Association over a period of years has actively supported and which are expressed as a general principle in the 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure.
Approved May 9, 2009