6.  SUSPENSIONS, TERMINATIONS AND DISMISSALS

a.  Felony Offenses

i.  Felony Conviction.  The chief executive officer of a state university has the authority to discharge any employee, including a tenured faculty member, immediately upon conviction of any felony.

ii.  Felony Charge.  The chief executive officer of a state university has the authority to discharge or place on leave without pay any employee, including a tenured faculty member, who has been charged with a felony offense.  Prior to any such determination, the employee shall be given notice of the proposed action and an opportunity to respond.

b.  Other

Faculty and staff may also be suspended, dismissed or terminated from employment for reasons of significant reduction in or elimination of the funding source supporting the position, program discontinuance, financial exigency, or for just cause related to the performance of or failure to perform the individual's duties or for violation of the reasonable directives, rules and regulations, and laws of the institution, the Board and the State of Kansas or the United States.

c.  Grievance Procedure

i.  Each state university shall establish and publish grievance procedures for use by faculty and staff in appealing employment decisions of the institution.  The procedures shall provide the employee with notice of the action to be taken, the reasons for the action where appropriate, and an opportunity to be heard.  A copy of all institutional grievance procedures shall be provided to the institution’s general counsel for review prior to becoming effective.

ii.  The decision of the chief executive officer, or the chief executive officer’s designee, concerning any grievance appealing employment decisions of the university shall be final and is not subject to further administrative review by any officer or committee of the university or by the Board of Regents.