General University Reference Utility
GUIDELINE'S INITIAL DATE: December 4, 1984
THIS VERSION EFFECTIVE: March 10, 2017
To permit a reduction in prior tenure credit upon the written request of a faculty member and subject to the concurrence of the appropriate dean.
(NOTE: "Prior tenure credit" is defined as credit awarded to the faculty member at the time of appointment to a tenure track position.)
A request for reduction in prior tenure credit will be considered only once for each faculty member. The request must be made during the first three years of tenure-eligible service at Penn State, or prior to the completion of the fourth year tenure review, inclusive of prior credit of tenure-eligible service, whichever occurs first. In the College of Medicine, the request must be made during the first five years or prior to the sixth-year tenure review.
The appropriate academic dean has the authority to approve a request for a reduction of prior tenure credit as outlined in this guideline. The dean may not rescind more years of service than those requested by the faculty member. However, the dean may rescind less than those originally requested with the concurrence of the faculty member.
3/10/17 - "Limit for Submitting Requests" section revised to include the College of Medicine. "Procedure to Be Followed" section, part 3 updated to reflect Executive Vice Presidnet and Provost title.