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Education Code - EDC

TITLE 3. POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION [66000 - 101060]

  ( Title 3 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

DIVISION 7. COMMUNITY COLLEGES [70900 - 88922]

  ( Division 7 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

PART 51. EMPLOYEES [87000 - 88270]

  ( Part 51 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

CHAPTER 3. Employment [87400 - 87885]

  ( Chapter 3 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

ARTICLE 4. Evaluations and Discipline [87660 - 87683]
  ( Heading of Article 4 amended by Stats. 1990, Ch. 1302, Sec. 110. )

87660.
  

The provisions of this article govern the evaluation of, the dismissal of, and the imposition of penalties on, community college faculty. Other provisions of this code which govern the evaluation of, dismissal of, and the imposition of penalties on, community college faculty shall be applied to persons employed by a community college district in a manner consistent with the provisions of this article.

(Amended by Stats. 1990, Ch. 1302, Sec. 111. Effective September 25, 1990.)

87661.
  

For the purposes of this article:

(a) “Academic year” means that period between the first day of a fall semester or quarter and the last day of the following spring semester or quarter, excluding any intersession term that has been excluded pursuant to an applicable collective bargaining agreement.

(b) “Contract employee” or “probationary employee” means an employee of a district who is employed on the basis of a contract in accordance with Section 87605, subdivision (b) of Section 87608, or subdivision (b) of Section 87608.5.

(c) “District” means a community college district.

(d) “Regular employee” or “tenured employee” means an employee of a district who is employed in accordance with subdivision (c) of Section 87608, subdivision (c) of Section 87608.5, or Section 87609.

(Amended by Stats. 2002, Ch. 85, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 2003.)

87662.
  

Except as provided in Section 72411 and subdivision (i) of Section 87663, the provisions of this article do not apply to administrators employed pursuant to Section 72411.

(Amended by Stats. 1990, Ch. 1302, Sec. 113. Effective September 25, 1990.)

87663.
  

(a) Contract employees shall be evaluated at least once in each academic year. Regular employees shall be evaluated at least once in every three academic years. Temporary employees shall be evaluated within the first year of employment. Thereafter, evaluation shall be at least once every six regular semesters, or once every nine regular quarters, as applicable.

(b) Whenever an evaluation is required of a faculty member by a community college district, the evaluation shall be conducted in accordance with the standards and procedures established by the rules and regulations of the governing board of the employing district.

(c) Evaluations shall include, but not be limited to, a peer review process.

(d) The peer review process shall be on a departmental or divisional basis, and shall address the forthcoming demographics of California, and the principles of affirmative action. The process shall require that the peers reviewing are both representative of the diversity of California and sensitive to affirmative action concerns, all without compromising quality and excellence in teaching.

(e) The Legislature recognizes that faculty evaluation procedures may be negotiated as part of the collective bargaining process.

(f) In those districts where faculty evaluation procedures are collectively bargained, the faculty’s exclusive representative shall consult with the academic senate prior to engaging in collective bargaining regarding those procedures.

(g) It is the intent of the Legislature that faculty evaluation include, to the extent practicable, student evaluation.

(h) A probationary faculty member shall be accorded the right to be evaluated under clear, fair, and equitable evaluation procedures locally defined through the collective bargaining process where the faculty has chosen to elect an exclusive representative. Those procedures shall ensure good-faith treatment of the probationary faculty member without according him or her de facto tenure rights.

(i) Governing boards shall establish and disseminate written evaluation procedures for administrators. It is the intent of the Legislature that evaluation of administrators include, to the extent possible, faculty evaluation.

(Amended (as amended by Stats. 1988, Ch. 973) by Stats. 1990, Ch. 1302, Sec. 114. Effective September 25, 1990.)

87664.
  

The governing board of each district, in consultation with the faculty, shall adopt rules and regulations establishing the specific procedures for the evaluation of its contract and regular employees on an individual basis and setting forth reasonable but specific standards which it expects its faculty to meet in the performance of their duties. Such procedures and standards shall be uniform for all contract employees of the district with similar general duties and responsibilities and shall be uniform for all regular employees of the district with similar general duties and responsibilities.

(Amended by Stats. 1990, Ch. 1302, Sec. 115. Effective September 25, 1990.)

87665.
  

The governing board may terminate the employment of a temporary employee at its discretion at the end of a day or week, whichever is appropriate. The decision to terminate the employment is not subject to judicial review except as to the time of termination.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

87666.
  

During the school year, all contract and regular employees are subject to dismissal and the imposition of penalties on the grounds and pursuant to procedures set forth in this article.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

87667.
  

A contract or regular employee may be dismissed or penalized for one or more of the grounds set forth in Section 87732.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

87668.
  

A governing board may impose one of the following penalties:

(a) Suspension for up to one year.

(b) Suspension for up to one year and a reduction or loss of compensation during the period of suspension.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

87669.
  

The governing board shall determine whether a contract or regular employee is to be dismissed or penalized. If the employee is to be penalized, the governing board shall determine the nature of those penalties. If the employee is to be dismissed or penalized, the governing board shall determine whether the decision shall be imposed immediately or postponed in accordance with Section 87672.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

87670.
  

The procedure set forth in this article does not apply to an immediate suspension effected under Section 87736.

(Amended by Stats. 1990, Ch. 1302, Sec. 116. Effective September 25, 1990.)

87671.
  

A contract or regular employee may be dismissed or penalized if one or more of the grounds set forth in Section 87732 are present and the following are satisfied:

(a) The employee has been evaluated in accordance with standards and procedures established in accordance with the provisions of this article.

(b) The district governing board has received all statements of evaluation which considered the events for which dismissal or penalties may be imposed.

(c) The district governing board has received recommendations of the superintendent of the district and, if the employee is working for a community college, the recommendations of the president of that community college.

(d) The district governing board has considered the statements of evaluation and the recommendations in a lawful meeting of the board.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

87672.
  

If a governing board decides it intends to dismiss or penalize a contract or regular employee, it shall deliver a written statement, duly signed and verified, to the employee setting forth the complete and precise decision of the governing board and the reasons therefor.

The written statement shall be delivered by serving it personally on the employee or by mailing it by United States registered mail to the employee at his or her address last known to the district.

A governing board may postpone the operative date of a decision to dismiss or impose penalties for a period not to exceed one year, subject to the employee’s satisfying his or her legal responsibilities as determined by statute and rules and regulations of the district. At the end of this period of probation, the decision shall be made operative or permanently set aside by the governing board.

(Amended by Stats. 1995, Ch. 758, Sec. 159. Effective January 1, 1996.)

87673.
  

If the employee objects to the decision of the governing board, or the reasons therefor, on any ground, the employee shall notify, in writing, the governing board, the superintendent of the district which employs him or her, and the president of the college at which the employee serves of his or her objection within 30 days of the date of the service of the notice.

(Amended by Stats. 1995, Ch. 758, Sec. 160. Effective January 1, 1996.)

87674.
  

Within 30 days of the receipt by the district governing board of the employee’s demand for a hearing, the employee and the governing board shall agree upon an arbitrator to hear the matter. When there is agreement as to the arbitrator, the employee and the governing board shall enter into the records of the governing board written confirmation of the agreement signed by the employee and an authorized representative of the governing board. Upon entry of such confirmation, the arbitrator shall assume complete and sole jurisdiction over the matter.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

87675.
  

The arbitrator shall conduct proceedings in accordance with Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 11500) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, except that the right of discovery of the parties shall not be limited to those matters set forth in Section 11507.6 of the Government Code but shall include the rights and duties of any party in a civil action brought in a superior court under Title 4 (commencing with Section 2016.010) of Part 4 of the Code of Civil Procedure. In all cases, discovery shall be completed prior to one week before the date set for hearing. The arbitrator shall determine whether there is cause to dismiss or penalize the employee. If the arbitrator finds cause, the arbitrator shall determine whether the employee shall be dismissed, the precise penalty to be imposed, and whether the decision should be imposed immediately or postponed pursuant to Section 87672.

No witness shall be permitted to testify at the hearing except upon oath or affirmation. No testimony shall be given or evidence introduced relating to matters that occurred more than four years prior to the date of the filing of the notice. Evidence of records regularly kept by the governing board concerning the employee may be introduced, but no decision relating to the dismissal or suspension of any employee shall be made based on charges or evidence of any nature relating to matters occurring more than four years prior to the filing of the notice.

(Amended by Stats. 2004, Ch. 182, Sec. 26. Effective January 1, 2005. Operative July 1, 2005, by Sec. 64 of Ch. 182.)

87676.
  

In the case in which the arbitrator determines that the operation of his or her decision should be postponed, any question of terminating the postponement shall be determined by the arbitrator.

(Amended by Stats. 1995, Ch. 758, Sec. 162. Effective January 1, 1996.)

87677.
  

The district alone shall pay the arbitrator’s fees and expenses, and the costs of the proceedings as determined by the arbitrator. The “cost of the proceedings” does not include any expenses paid by the employee for his or her counsel, witnesses, or the preparation or presentation of evidence on his or her behalf.

(Amended by Stats. 1995, Ch. 758, Sec. 163. Effective January 1, 1996.)

87678.
  

If within 30 days of the receipt of the notification by the district governing board, no written confirmation of agreement of the employee and the governing board as to an arbitrator has been submitted to the secretary of the governing board for entry into its records, the governing board shall certify the matter to the Office of Administrative Hearings and request the appointment of an administrative law judge.

(Amended by Stats. 1985, Ch. 324, Sec. 7.)

87679.
  

The administrative law judge shall conduct proceedings in accordance with Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 11500) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, except that the right of discovery of the parties shall not be limited to those matters set forth in Section 11507.6 of the Government Code but shall include the rights and duties of any party in a civil action brought in a superior court under Title 4 (commencing with Section 2016.010) of Part 4 of the Code of Civil Procedure. In all cases, discovery shall be completed prior to one week before the date set for hearing. The written notice delivered to the employee pursuant to Section 87672 shall be deemed an accusation. The written objection of the employee delivered pursuant to Section 87673 shall be deemed the notice of defense.

(Amended by Stats. 2004, Ch. 182, Sec. 27. Effective January 1, 2005. Operative July 1, 2005, by Sec. 64 of Ch. 182.)

87680.
  

The administrative law judge shall determine whether there is cause to dismiss or penalize the employee. If he or she finds cause, he or she shall determine whether the employee shall be dismissed and determine the precise penalty to be imposed, and shall determine whether his or her decision should be imposed immediately or postponed pursuant to Section 87672.

No witness shall be permitted to testify at the hearing except upon oath or affirmation. No testimony shall be given or evidence introduced relating to matters which occurred more than four years prior to the date of the filing of the notice. Evidence of records regularly kept by the governing board concerning the employee may be introduced, but no decision relating to the dismissal or suspension of any employee shall be made based on charges or evidence of any nature relating to matters occurring more than four years prior to the filing of the notice.

(Amended by Stats. 1985, Ch. 324, Sec. 9.)

87681.
  

In the case in which the administrative law judge determines that the operation of his or her decision should be postponed, any question of terminating the postponement shall be brought to the administrative law judge.

(Amended by Stats. 1985, Ch. 324, Sec. 10.)

87682.
  

The decision of the arbitrator or administrative law judge, as the case may be, may, on petition of either the governing board or the employee, be reviewed by a court of competent jurisdiction in the same manner as a decision made by an administrative law judge under Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 11500) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code. The court, on review, shall exercise its independent judgment on the evidence. The proceeding shall be set for hearing at the earliest possible date and shall take precedence over all other cases, except older matters of the same character and matters to which special precedence is given by law.

(Amended by Stats. 1985, Ch. 324, Sec. 11.)

87683.
  

The charges levied by the Office of Administrative Hearings shall be paid by the district.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

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