2009-2011 Master Agreement

A Master Agreement between the Board of Regents, State of Iowa and the UNI-United Faculty



Master Agreement
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Section 7.0  Professional Development Assignment

Subdivision 7.01  Definition

A Professional Development Assignment is a paid semester or academic year assignment awarded to a Faculty Member to undertake approved programs of study, research, or other professional activity.


Subdivision 7.02  Compensation

A Professional Development Assignment is awarded for one semester at regular salary or for an academic year at fifty percent (50%) of regular salary.

Paragraph 7.021

Insurance and retirement benefits are maintained during the period of a Professional Development Assignment.


Paragraph 7.022

The Board may place limits on compensation received for professional services performed during the period of a Professional Development Assignment.

Subdivision 7.03  Eligibility

Paragraph 7.031

Tenured Faculty Members are eligible to apply for a Professional Development Assignment.


Paragraph 7.032

A recipient of a Professional Development Assignment is ineligible for a subsequent assignment during the three (3) years of active service following an award.

Subdivision 7.04  Service or Financial Obligation

Paragraph 7.041

The recipient of a Professional Development Assignment agrees to return to full-time employment for a period twice as long as the assignment following the year of the award.


Paragraph 7.042

Failure to meet the conditions of Paragraph 7.041 obligates the Faculty Member to pay the University an amount equal to all salaries and benefits received during the period of the assignment.  If the Faculty Member returns for part of the requisite period the payback shall be adjusted pro rata.


Paragraph 7.043

Every Faculty Member while on Professional Development Assignment shall be considered to be in regular full-time employment in the position from which the assignment is being taken during the period of said assignment, for the purpose of determining the Faculty Member's length of service.

Subdivision 7.05  Procedure

Paragraph 7.051

A request for a Professional Development Assignment must be submitted no later than October 1 preceding the academic year in which the proposed assignment will be taken.


Paragraph 7.052

A recipient must follow the program proposed in the Professional Development Assignment application unless a variance is approved by the Professional Development Assignment Committee, subject to concurrence by the Executive Vice President and Provost.


Paragraph 7.053

Evaluation of applications for Professional Development Assignments will be carried out by a faculty committee chaired by the Executive Vice President and Provost or her/his designee without vote.  Recommendations of the committee will be subject to approval by the President and the Board.  Recommendations for awards shall be sent to United Faculty when they are sent to the President.

Subdivision 7.06  Availability

Any Professional Development Assignment granted to untenured faculty pursuant to any special program of the Board shall not operate to diminish the number of Professional Development Assignments made available to tenured faculty.

Section 7.1  Sick Leave

Subdivision 7.11  Definition

Sick leave is leave with regular pay granted for personal injury or illness (including pregnancy).  A Faculty Member may use sick leave, not to exceed five (5) days per academic year, for serious illness involving necessary care and attention for the Faculty Member's spouse, minor child, domestic partner, parent, or adoption of child.


Subdivision 7.12  Record

The Board will maintain a record of accumulated sick leave for each member of the unit and each Faculty Member shall annually be informed of the amount accumulated.


Subdivision 7.13  Accrual

Paragraph 7.131

On the first (1st) day of each semester, eight and one-half (8½) days will be added to the accumulated sick leave of each member of the unit holding a full-time appointment.  Fractional credit, to the nearest day, will be credited to each member on a fractional appointment.  If the Faculty Member's first (1st) working day is earlier than the regular first (1st) working day of the semester, the eight and one-half (8½) days will be credited on such first (1st) working day.


Paragraph 7.132

The maximum accumulated sick leave credit shall be one hundred twenty (120) days.  Sick leave shall not accrue during an unpaid leave of absence.  Sick leave accrual will be prorated for faculty serving less than full time.


Paragraph 7.133, Sick Leave Bank

Subparagraph 7.1331
A sick leave bank with five hundred fifty (550)days is established July 1 each year for use by bargaining unit members.  The sick leave bank does not accumulate from year to year but begins with each fiscal year with five hundred fifty (550)days.

Subparagraph 7.1332

A faculty member may use days from the bank; however, the use of sick leave days from the bank shall be limited to faculty members who have used all of their accumulated sick leave days, have not yet met the elimination period for long-term disability, and suffer from serious and/or chronic or long-term illness.  Sick leave bank days may not be used during a short term illness or short term disability.   

Subdivision 7.14  Deductions

A Faculty Member is on sick leave on any day on which she/he misses classes or other University obligations, or is absent from campus for half or more of a day due to injury, illness, or medical appointments.  A Faculty Member's sick leave account will be charged a maximum of five (5) days in any given week.


Subdivision 7.15  Leave Request

Paragraph 7.151

A Faculty Member who proposes to take or takes sick leave must file an official Faculty Absence Request form in time sufficient to permit accommodation to her/his responsibilities whenever possible.


Paragraph 7.152

The Board may request medical proof if absences are excessive or of questionable validity.

Subdivision 7.16  Eligibility

Paragraph 7.161

Sick leave pay will not be made to a member of the faculty during an academic period in which the Faculty Member does not hold a paid appointment.


Paragraph 7.162

When a Faculty Member is on sick leave at the commencement of a new semester the sick leave accrual shall not take place unless and until the Faculty Member returns to regular duties.

Subdivision 7.17  Lay Off - Recall

When a Faculty Member is laid off any unused accumulated sick leave shall be restored provided that the Faculty Member is returned to active service by the University in accordance with Article Five (Staff Reduction).


Subdivision 7.18  Compensation

Compensation during sick leave will be equal to regular compensation less the amount the Faculty Member receives from disability benefits and/or Workers' Compensation.

Section 7.2  Sick Leave Payout

Subdivision 7.21  Cash Payment Option

Effective July 1, 1981, upon retirement, a Faculty Member shall receive cash payment for accumulated unused sick leave in accordance with Chapter 70A.23 of the Code of Iowa (1993) as amended by Chapter 2.42 of the Iowa Acts (1979) as in effect as of February 27, 1981, payable during the pay period preceding the Faculty Member's retirement date.


Subdivision 7.22  Premium Payment Option

Effective July 1, 1981, if a Faculty Member so chooses, payment will be made for monthly premiums for health or life insurance or both in lieu of cash payment in accordance with Chapter 79.23 of the CodeofIowa (1979) as amended by Chapter 2.42 of the Iowa Acts (1979) as in effect as of February 27, 1981, so that the coverage provided is continuous.

Section 7.3  Jury Leave

Subdivision 7.31  Continued Earnings

A Faculty Member who is called for jury service shall be permitted to be absent from her/his duties without loss of pay and without charge against any leave.


Subdivision 7.32  Jury Service Pay

Pay received for jury service shall be reported and remitted to the University, less any travel or personal expense reimbursed for the jury service.


Subdivision 7.33  Absence Request

To receive pay under this Section, the Faculty Member must complete an official Faculty Absence Request form and may be required to furnish satisfactory evidence that such service was performed on the days for which payment is claimed.


Subdivision 7.34  Return

A Faculty Member not required to perform jury duty all day shall return to work.

Section 7.4  Educational, Conference, Research, and Bereavement Leaves

Subdivision 7.41  Short-term Leaves

Paragraph 7.411

The University may grant paid, short-term leaves for Faculty Members to be absent from campus duties for educational and research purposes, conferences, and other professional activities.  Short-term leaves are normally for periods of a week or less, though they may be longer at the discretion of the University.


Paragraph 7.412

The University may grant short-term paid bereavement leaves.


Paragraph 7.413

Leaves for purposes of consulting or for professional activities, for which remuneration is received, may average no more than one (1) day per week during an academic term.

Subdivision 7.42  Long-term Leaves

The University may grant paid or unpaid leaves of up to one (1) calendar year to carry out research and/or educational activities supported under grants, contracts, fellowships, or University research awards.  The University, at its discretion, may renew such a leave.


Subdivision 7.43  Summer Research Fellowships

Paragraph 7.431

For the 2009-2010 appointment year, the Board agrees to allocate not less than one hundred fifty nine thousand five hundred sixty-five dollars ($159,565) as stipends for summer research fellowships.

 For the 2010-2011 appointment year, the Board agrees to allocate not less than one hundred sixty-four thousand three hundred fifty-two dollars ($164,352) as stipends for summer research fellowships.



Paragraph 7.432

Summer research fellowships shall be either full-time (eight weeks) or half-time (four weeks).  Full-time summer research fellowships shall carry a stipend of at least five thousand nine hundred ten  dollars ($5,910) for the 2009-2010 appointment year and six thousand eighty-seven dollars  ($6,087) for the 2010-2011 appointment year.  The stipend for fellowships of a shorter duration shall be prorated.

Subdivision 7.44  Military Leave

Paragraph 7.441

Military leave is granted in accord with Section 29A.28 of the Code of Iowa.


Paragraph 7.442

Military leave shall be without pay except as otherwise provided by the laws of the state of Iowa and of the United States of America.

Subdivision 7.45  Public Office Leave

Faculty Members elected or appointed to a full-time public office shall be granted an unpaid leave of absence for a maximum of four (4) years.


Subdivision 7.46  Terminal Degree Leave

Any tenured Faculty Member who lacks a terminal degree or equivalent in his or her current area of teaching and research specialization may be granted, upon request, a year's leave without pay for the purpose of working toward that degree.  Such leave of absence may be renewable for a second (2nd) year, if necessary, for the completion of the degree.


Subdivision 7.47  Professional or Personal Leaves

Faculty Members may be granted paid or unpaid leaves of absence for professional or personal reasons with the consent of the Board.


Subdivision 7.48  Child Care Leave

A Faculty Member shall be granted an unpaid leave of absence, for a period not to exceed one semester, when a Faculty Member becomes a parent through childbirth or adoption of a child of less than 13 years of age.  The University shall not be obligated to grant the leave to more than one parent if both parents are employed by the University.  To be eligible for this leave, a Faculty Member must provide 60 calendar days of written notice whenever practicable.

Section 7.5  Absence Request Form

Subdivision 7.51  Approval

All absences covered under this Article require the approvals set forth on an official Faculty Absence Request form which must be completed in its entirety, except in emergencies, unusual circumstances, or as otherwise provided in this Article, at least five (5) class days prior to the absence.


Subdivision 7.52  Reimbursements

Reimbursement of expenses under this Article is contingent upon the timely filing of an Absence Request form and approval of expenses. 

Section 7.6  Travel and Related Expenses

During the 2009-2010 year, the Board agrees to allocate no less than the sum of three hundred fifty-two thousand two hundred eighty-seven dollars($352,287) for faculty travel.  During the 2010-2011 year, the Board agrees to allocate no less than the sum of three hundred sixty-two thousand eight hundred fifty-six dollars ($362,856) for faculty travel.

Section 7.7  Fringe Benefits During Leaves

Any Faculty Member on paid leave shall receive regular fringe benefits.  Any Faculty Member on unpaid leave shall have the option of making contributions sufficient to maintain full and continuous coverage on any or all fringe benefits during the time of the leave, subject to regulations set by the carrier.

Section 7.8  Retraining Leave

A retraining leave is a one-year (1-year) leave without compensation which shall be granted, upon request, to a Faculty Member who has received notice of layoff, to assist the Faculty Member to undertake a program of study to enable the Faculty Member to qualify for recall rights pursuant to Article Five (Staff Reduction) to this Agreement.


Section 79 Union Leave/Rlease Time

The United Faculty President shall be granted a 3 credit hour release time leave of absence with pay each semester during the year s/he is serving as President of the Union.  This leave is contingent upon the University securing a satisfactory substitute for the faculty member serving as President.  United Faculty shall be responsible for reimbursing the University one-half (1/2) the cost of the substitute.  The United Faculty President can only make use of this release time if the reimbursement payment has been approved by the United Faculty Central Committee.


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