Whereas the Faculty Handbook is silent on certain issues, we, the Faculty Senate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, hereby resolve as follows:
Regarding termination procedures (Section 2.14), the (Termination Hearing) Panel will decide on two issues, whether the accused is guilty of the alleged infractions and, if guilty, whether the infractions are sufficiently grievous that termination is warranted. A decision to terminate must be based on clear and convincing evidence that the accused is guilty of the alleged infractions. Equivalently, the Panel must conclude that guilt is highly probable. This is a standard of proof beyond that of the preponderance of evidence standard used in civil litigation but short of the beyond reasonable doubt standard used in criminal cases. All reports made by the Panel, including any minority reports, will be shared with the accused and with the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate.
Regarding scholarly misconduct (Section 5,3), suspension for a period beyond one semester shall be in accord with the procedures specified for termination (Section 2.14).
Regarding grievance procedures (Section 5.4), all reports by the Hearing Committee, including any minority reports, will be shared with the grievant and respondent and with the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate.