"Continuous Appointment" as defined herein means academic tenure. An individual acquires tenure only by action of the Board of Regents.
The number of years a faculty member serves on a Health Professions Appointment before that person achieves tenure (if granted) varies. Normally that period is between four and seven years, depending on the amount of tenure-relevant prior service credit that is allowed. No one may achieve tenure at a rank lower than Assistant Professor.
(Regents Bylaws 4.4.3 and 4.10 )
Normally, an individual being appointed to the UNMC faculty for the first time may be recommended for tenure only if he or she is being appointed to a position in academic administration which requires promotion and tenure decisions regarding other faculty members (i.e., Dean/Chairman). On occasion, however, it may be necessary to recommend "immediate" tenure in order to recruit an outstanding senior faculty member. UNMC officials who wish to recommend any candidate for "immediate" tenure must consult the Dean or Director and the Vice Chancellor. Such requests will be considered on an individual basis and must be approved by the Chancellor prior to making a tenure commitment.
Full-time continuous service
A Continuous Appointment is terminable only for adequate cause, bona fide discontinuance of a program or department, retirement for age or disability; or extraordinary circumstances because of financial exigencies.