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C200 revision log

Policy revision – February 15, 2024

Update type: Policy revision
Revision status: Current revision (published )
Previous revision: Policy revision – Modified before publishing

Faculty comment periods:
August 31, 2023: Proposed changes to C200 - 2nd comment period
February 14, 2023: Proposed changes to C200

Revision notes

The Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee, the Faculty Senate Policy Committee and the Committee on Governance recommended the following changes and were approved by the voting faculty to C200:

  • Applicability Section: Added reference to the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

  • Policy Rationale Section: Added language that aligns with the intent of the current Sabbatical Leave policy.

  • Policy Statement Section includes the following new language:

    • Section 1 pertains to the effective date of the proposed policy changes and indicates they will not be retroactive.
    • Section 2 clarifies and expands on the types of academic activities that can qualify for sabbatical.
    • Section 3 Eligibility: Proposes removal of the restriction that a sabbatical will not be granted to subsidize graduate work or work on advanced degrees.

Section 4 Options:

  • Added language to indicate that part-time faculty are eligible for a sabbatical that is prorated for their FTE. This reflects current practice. It clarifies the time frame when a faculty member can apply for sabbatical. In addition, it clarifies that a faculty member may supplement their salary while on sabbatical.
  • Added an option that allows a faculty member to propose for consideration an alternative option that is of equivalent time and salary.

Section 7 Restrictions:

  • Added language “if it is necessary for a faculty member to defer a sabbatical, the duration required for eligibility for a subsequent sabbatical will be reduced by the length of the deferral.” This aligns with Collective Bargaining Agreement Unit 1 and creates equity across UNM, especially for faculty in small departments that can be negatively impacted due to limited resources and reflects best practices at other colleges and universities.
  • Specified how deferrals will be documented.


  • Section 1:
    • Added language pertaining to department chair and dean responsibilities and provided clarification on deferrals. At the request of the Board of Regents, after the faculty vote had occured, clarifying language was added regarding the allowances of deferrals to minimize impact on critical operations of a department.
    • Deleted the sections that place a limit on the number of sabbaticals that can be granted and added “Requests for leaves from faculty members of small or large departments shall receive equal consideration.”

Section 3:

  • Clarified that all faculty may submit applications up to 18 months in advance.
  • Removed the differentiation between HSC and other faculty pertaining to application deadlines. The differentiation pertaining to application deadlines is between 9-month and 12-month faculty.

Sections 5, 6, & 7: Added language reflecting current practices at UNM and clarifying eligibility for annual leave accrual for 12-month faculty taking a sabbatical.

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