ARTICLE 29

FACULTY EARLY RETIREMENT PROGRAM


29.1

Eligible tenured faculty employees as defined in provision 2.13(d) and tenured librarians who have reached the age of fifty-five (55) may, subject to the conditions below, participate in a Faculty Early Retirement Program (FERP). This program is not available to Counselor Faculty Unit Employees.

29.2

An eligible tenured faculty employee or tenured librarian shall notify the President in writing at least six (6) months prior to the beginning of the campus academic year that he/she opts to participate in the FERP. The President may waive the required notice period.

29.3

The potential participant shall be provided with a FERP appointment letter from the President. The FERP appointment letter shall indicate the required period of employment as determined by the President. The employee shall provide to the President a written statement of acceptance of such a FERP appointment. If the President determines it is necessary, due to program needs, to alter the period of employment, the President and the participant shall attempt to reach mutual agreement on an alternative. If mutual agreement is not reached, the President may alter the period of employment, provided that the participant receives a one hundred and twenty (120) day notice.

29.4

Participants in FERP shall have been granted a service retirement. Such service retirement shall be in accordance with the requirements of PERS and/or STRS.

29.5

Participation in FERP shall commence at the beginning of the campus academic year. Service retirement shall begin concurrently with or prior to the beginning of the campus academic year.

29.6

FERP employment shall be at the same rank, and salary (step) level of the participant in the academic or fiscal year immediately prior to retirement. Such employment shall be proportional to the time base of the participant in the academic or fiscal year immediately prior to retirement.

29.7

    1. An employee who opts to participate in FERP pursuant to 29.2 on or after July 1, 1987, but before July 1, 1995, and whose participation commences with the beginning of the 1988/89 academic year or thereafter, shall be entitled to the yearly period of employment as follows: for those ages fifty-five (55) through sixty-two (62) when participation begins, five (5) years; for those ages sixty-three (63) through sixty-five (65) when participation begins, four (4) years; for those above age sixty-five (65), three (3) years.

    2. An employee who opts to participate in FERP pursuant to 29.2 on or after July 1, 1995, and whose participation commences with the beginning of the 1995/96 academic year or thereafter, shall be entitled to the yearly period of employment for no more than five (5) consecutive academic or fiscal years.

29.8

The permissible "period of employment" shall refer to one (1) academic term not to exceed a total of ninety (90) workdays or fifty (50) percent of the employee's regular timebase in the year preceding retirement. Calculations of such periods of employment shall include days worked in summer session/special session or CSU extension that do not coincide with the period of employment.

29.9

A participant in FERP at California State University, Stanislaus or a quarter system campus may request of the President employment in addition to the one (1) academic term period of employment, provided that such additional employment does not result in a total period of employment which exceeds the ninety (90) day limit pursuant to provision 29.8.

29.10

The right to continued employment in the FERP pursuant to provision 29.6 of this Article shall terminate in the event of dismissal for cause, layoff, or failure to meet the employment commitment.

29.11

A participant may request that the time base of the FERP appointment be reduced. The President shall determine if such a request shall be granted. Such a reduction in time base shall continue for the duration of the FERP appointment.

29.12

Participants may be appointed in CSU extension during the period of employment in FERP.

29.13

Notwithstanding provisions 29.8, 29.9, and 29.12, participants shall not be eligible for other CSU appointments while in the FERP.

29.14

Effective July 1, 1996, when the DMD salary schedule is eliminated, tenured faculty unit employees formerly receiving Designated Market Condition Salaries in disciplines designated hard-to-hire shall be eligible to opt to participate in FERP pursuant to 29.2. An employee receiving a Designated Market Condition salary who, pursuant to 29.2, opts to participate in FERP prior to July 1, 1987, shall continue to participate in FERP under the provisions of this Article.

29.15

A participant shall be granted one (1) leave of absence without pay for personal illness for all or part of the period of employment. Such leaves shall not affect future participation in FERP.

29.16

At the time of the service retirement and appointment in FERP, a participant may elect to carry over up to forty-eight (48) hours of sick leave into the FERP appointment if the participant elects to reduce his/her accumulated sick leave by that amount for service retirement credit. In addition to the sick leave carry over, if any, full-time FERP participants shall continue to accrue eight (8) hours sick leave per qualifying academic pay period or qualifying pay period during the period of employment. Such accrual shall be pro rata for less than full-time participants. A maximum of one hundred and sixty (160) hours of sick leave may be accrued during FERP.

29.17

A participant shall be required to perform normal responsibilities and his/her share of normal duties and activities.

29.18

A participant shall, for the period of active employment, be deemed a tenured faculty employee. Such a participant shall be eligible to serve on governance committees whose assignments are normally completed during the period of employment. Participants shall not be eligible to serve on peer review committees constituted for the purpose of Performance Reviews in accordance with provisions 15.32 - 15.42.

29.19

Employees deemed tenured pursuant to 29.18 shall not be counted against any percentage limitation on total tenured faculty employment at the department, school/college, campus, or statewide level.

29.20

During the period of an employee's participation in FERP, the CSU shall provide a CSU dental plan on the same basis as such a plan is provided to faculty unit employees. The provision of such a dental plan shall require that the participant was enrolled in a CSU dental plan immediately prior to service retirement.

29.21

The following provisions of this Agreement shall not apply to participants in FERP:

Article 14, Promotion
Article 22, Leaves of Absence Without Pay
Article 24, Sick Leave, 24.1, 24.3, 24.4
Article 27, Sabbatical Leaves
Article 28, Difference in Pay Leave
Article 32, Benefits, 32.1


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