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Monday, April 6th, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you for your flexibility and creativity to keep the work of the University moving forward during these unprecedented times. Faculty may be concerned about the disruption to normal operations and how that impacts tenure and promotion reviews and post-tenure review activities.

For untenured faculty, tenure clocks will not be automatically extended. However, we will continue to use the University policy already in place for requesting extensions. Faculty desiring an extension due to COVID-19 disruptions should fill out the form found on our website and forward to their department Chair or Dean for review and approval. The policy allows for extensions due to “compelling circumstances,” and we certainly consider COVID-19 disruptions to be compelling circumstances.

The University will continue its post-tenure review process and promotion and tenure processes and committees by digital means. Dossier standard order requirements and submission schedules remain unchanged.

The Academic Personnel Office in the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost is available to respond to questions or to assist with issues that might arise. Please direct inquiries to or to May Offutt at


Robert A. Blouin, PharmD
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

Ronald P. Strauss, DMD, PhD
Executive Vice Provost

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