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Court rules Metro State's tenure changes invalid

June 5, 2009

A Colorado court has invalidated the changes made in Metropolitan State College's faculty handbook in 2003, ruling that they were unconstitutional and the terms of tenure that faculty member had under an earlier version of the handbook were vested rights.

Five tenured professors and the Colorado Federation of Teachers sued the Metro State, whose 1994 faculty handbook said that in the event of layoffs, nontenured faculty members would be laid off before their tenured peers.

The 2003 handbook stripped faculty members of such protections and, instead, listed factors the president of the college must consider when deciding whom to lay off. Also altered were the hearing procedures for professors who were dismissed for cause or laid off.

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