Chapter 1: Mission of the Laboratory Schools
Chapter 2: University Organization and Governance
Chapter 3: Role of Faculty Associates
Chapter 4: Appointment and Employment Information
Chapter 5: Professional Growth & Evaluation of Faculty Associates
Chapter 6: Contractual Continued Service
Chapter 7: Grievance Process
Chapter 8: University Leaves
Chapter 9: Benefits
Chapter 10: University Services
Chapter 11: Recreation, Leisure, and Cultural Activities
Chapter 12: Emergency Information
Appendix A: Procedures for Making an Application for Research in the Laboratory Schools
Any teacher who is employed with the Laboratory School shall be considered to be in a probationary period for four (4) consecutive school years before the teacher is eligible to enter Laboratory School Continued Service. For the purpose of determining Laboratory School Continued Service, the first probationary year shall be any full-time employment from a date before November 1 through the end of the school year.
Any full-time teacher who has not completed the last year of the probationary period before the end of the school year, or any teacher employed on a full-time basis not later than January 1, of the school term, shall receive written notice from the employer at least 45 days before the end of any school term whether or not he/she will be re-employed for the following school term. If the employer fails to give such notice, the employee shall be deemed re-employed, and not later than the close of the then current school year the employer shall issue a regular contract to the employee as though the employer had re-employed her/him in the usual manner.
Unit-wide criteria for Laboratory School continued service will be provided to faculty. Under no circumstances should a candidate be promised or in any way assured of contractual continued service. Laboratory School continued service criteria reflect the Laboratory School Mission. Although baseline requirements for all probationary faculty associates are outlined below, the criteria may be modified to address the unique assignments included in the classification of University employees known as faculty associates. Such modifications will be communicated to probationary faculty associates at the beginning of their assignment in the Laboratory Schools.
A. Consideration for Laboratory School continued service is predicated upon receipt of state certification or other endorsements that are required for the assigned position.
B. There must be evidence of continuing high quality professional performance throughout the probationary period that reflects the four-fold mission of the Laboratory Schools: teacher education, research, teaching, and service to education.
A. Any full-time teacher who is completing a year of probation shall receive written notice from the administration at least 45 days before the end of the school term saying whether or not he/she will be re-employed for the following school term. No reasons are required to be stated for termination during the four-year probationary period. Thus, there is no appeal process.
B. If dismissal or removal of a Laboratory School Continued service faculty associate is sought for cause, it shall be based upon: (1) incompetency either to teach, discipline, or participate in the Laboratory School-related work, (2) cruelty to students, (3) negligence of duties and responsibilities, (4) negligence in attending to assigned tasks, (5) immorality, (6) insubordination, (7) conduct detrimental to the best interest of the Laboratory School.
Faculty Associates on Laboratory School Continued Service must be given written notice of dismissal stating the specific reasons for dismissal by registered mail by the administration of the University at least 45 days before the end of such period.
Removal or Dismissal or Faculty Associates
Any teacher who has been employed by the Laboratory School as a full-time teacher for a probationary period of two (2) consecutive school terms shall be conferred Laboratory School Continued Service status unless given written notice of dismissal stating the specific reason therefor, by certified mail, return receipt requested by the employer at least 45 days before the end of such period.
Removal or dismissal of faculty associates in Laboratory Continued service may be appealed through the procedures specified in the School Code 105 ILCS 5/24-12(d), provided that no hearing shall apply School Code performance standards articulated in Article 24A of the School Code in any Laboratory School hearing. Removal or dismissal of any faculty associated based on performance issues, shall be evaluated in accordance with Chapter 5 of this Handbook.
A teacher who has entered into Laboratory School Continued service may resign at any time by obtaining concurrence from the Laboratory School Superintendent or by serving at least 30 days’ written notice. However, no teacher may resign during the school term, without the concurrence of the Laboratory School Superintendent, in order to accept another teaching assignment.