Univ of Colorado Regents Reconsider Payout For Fired Professors

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The University of Colorado regents will reconsider a 45-year-old, rarely used policy that allows fired tenured professors to stay on the school's payroll for a year unless they are ousted for "moral turpitude."

The policy surfaced when firebrand ethnic studies professor Ward Churchill was fired for academic misconduct in 2007 but collected about $96,000 in a salary payout.

The new policy would require that faculty members make a recommendation to the board that a fired professor receive the one-year payout.

If approved, the Board of Regents could vote to deny a year of severance pay if a professor is fired. But, "in doing so, the board shall consider any recommendation from the Faculty Senate Committee on Privilege and Tenure."

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