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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 6. Termination of Services and Reduction in Force [87730 - 87740]
  ( Heading of Article 6 amended by Stats. 1990, Ch. 1302, Sec. 123. )

87730.
  

Governing boards of community college districts shall accept the resignation of any employee and shall fix the time when the resignation takes effect, which shall not be later than the close of the school year during which the resignation has been received by the board.

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

87731.
  

Whenever any academic employee of any community college district who, at the time of his or her resignation, was classified as regular, is reemployed within 39 months after his or her last day of paid service, the governing board of the district shall, disregarding the break in service, classify him or her as, and restore to him or her all of the rights, benefits and burdens of, a regular employee, except as otherwise provided in this code; provided, that time spent in active military service, as defined in Section 87700, subsequent to the last day of paid service shall not count as part of the aforesaid 39-month period.

(Amended by Stats. 1990, Ch. 1302, Sec. 124. Effective September 25, 1990.)

87732.
  

No regular employee or academic employee shall be dismissed except for one or more of the following causes:

(a) Immoral or unprofessional conduct.

(b) Dishonesty.

(c) Unsatisfactory performance.

(d) Evident unfitness for service.

(e) Physical or mental condition that makes him or her unfit to instruct or associate with students.

(f) Persistent violation of, or refusal to obey, the school laws of the state or reasonable regulations prescribed for the government of the community colleges by the board of governors or by the governing board of the community college district employing him or her.

(g) Conviction of a felony or of any crime involving moral turpitude.

(h) Conduct specified in Section 1028 of the Government Code.

(Amended by Stats. 1998, Ch. 63, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 1999.)

87733.
  

No report on the fitness of a faculty member in a dismissal proceeding shall be received from a statewide professional organization by a governing board unless the employee shall have been given, prior to the preparation of the report in its final form, the opportunity to submit in writing his or her comments on the report and unless a copy of the report in final form is given to the employee investigated at least 10 days prior to its submission to the board. The report shall not be distributed other than to the governing board and those persons participating in its preparation unless the employee does not demand a hearing as provided by law.

(Amended by Stats. 1990, Ch. 1302, Sec. 126. Effective September 25, 1990.)

87734.
  

The governing board of any community college district shall not act upon any charges of unprofessional conduct or unsatisfactory performance unless during the preceding term or half college year prior to the date of the filing of the charge, and at least 90 days prior to the date of the filing, the board or its authorized representative has given the employee against whom the charge is filed, written notice of the unprofessional conduct or unsatisfactory performance, specifying the nature thereof with specific instances of behavior and with particularity as to furnish the employee an opportunity to correct his or her faults and overcome the grounds for the charge. The written notice shall include the evaluation made pursuant to Article 4 (commencing with Section 87660), if applicable to the employee. “Unprofessional conduct” and “unsatisfactory performance,” as used in this section, means, and refers only to, the unprofessional conduct and unsatisfactory performance particularly specified as a cause for dismissal in Section 87732 and does not include any other cause for dismissal specified in Section 87732.

(Amended by Stats. 1998, Ch. 63, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 1999.)

87735.
  

Upon the filing of written charges, duly signed and verified by the person filing them with the governing board of a community college district, or upon a written statement of charges formulated by the governing board, charging a permanent employee of the district with immoral conduct, conviction of a felony or of any crime involving moral turpitude, with incompetency due to mental disability, or with willful refusal to perform regular assignments without reasonable cause, as prescribed by reasonable rules and regulations of the employing district, the governing board may, if it deems such action necessary, immediately suspend the employee from his or her duties and give notice to him or her of his or her suspension, and that 30 days after service of the notice, he or she will be dismissed, unless he or she demands a hearing.

(Amended by Stats. 1990, Ch. 1302, Sec. 127. Effective September 25, 1990.)

87736.
  

Whenever any academic employee of a community college district is charged with the commission of any sex offense, as defined in Section 87010, by complaint, information, or indictment filed in a court of competent jurisdiction, the governing board of the district may immediately place the employee upon compulsory leave of absence for a period of time extending for not more than 10 days after the date of the entry of the judgment in the proceedings. The governing board of the district may extend the compulsory leave of absence of the employee beyond such period by giving notice to the employee within 10 days after the entry of judgment in the proceedings that the employee will be dismissed at the expiration of 30 days from the date of service of the notice, unless the employee demands a hearing as provided in Section 87737.

Any employee placed upon compulsory leave of absence pursuant to this section shall continue to be paid his or her regular salary during the period of his or her compulsory leave of absence, if and during such time as the employee furnishes to the community college district a suitable bond, or other security acceptable to the governing board, as a guarantee that the employee will repay to the district the amount of salary so paid to the employee during the period of the compulsory leave of absence in case the employee is convicted of such charges, or fails or refuses to return to service following an acquittal of the offense or dismissal of the charges. If the employee is acquitted of the offense, or the charges against the employee are dismissed, the district shall reimburse the employee for the cost of the bond upon his or her return to service in the district.

If the employee does not elect to furnish bond, or other security acceptable to the governing board of the district, and if the employee is acquitted of the offense, or the charges against the employee are dismissed, the district shall pay to the employee his or her full compensation for the period of the compulsory leave of absence upon his or her return to service in the district.

Whenever any academic employee of a community college district is charged with the commission of any narcotics offense as defined, in Section 87011 of the Education Code, or a violation of Section 261.5 of the Penal Code, Sections 11357 to 11361, inclusive, 11363, 11364, or 11377 to 11382, inclusive, insofar as such sections relate to any controlled substances in paragraph (4) or (5) of subdivision (b) of Section 11056, or any controlled substances in subdivision (d) of Section 11054, except paragraphs (10), (11), (12), and (17) of such subdivision, of the Health and Safety Code, by complaint, information, or indictment filed in a court of competent jurisdiction, the governing board of the district may immediately place the employee upon compulsory leave in accordance with the procedure in this section.

(Amended by Stats. 1990, Ch. 1302, Sec. 128. Effective September 25, 1990.)

87737.
  

The notice of suspension and intention to dismiss, shall be in writing and be served upon the employee personally or by United States registered mail addressed to the employee at his or her last known address. A copy of the charges filed, together with a copy of the provisions of Section 87736, shall be attached to the notice. If the employee demands a hearing within 30 days, the matter shall proceed to arbitration or hearing, as the case may be, as specified in Article 4. If the employee does not demand a hearing within the 30-day period, his or her dismissal shall be effective upon the expiration of 30 days after service of the notice.

(Amended by Stats. 1990, Ch. 1302, Sec. 129. Effective September 25, 1990.)

87740.
  

(a) No later than March 15 and before an employee is given notice by the governing board that his or her services will not be required for the ensuing year, the governing board and the employee shall be given written notice by the superintendent of the district or his or her designee, or in the case of a district which has no superintendent by the clerk or secretary of the governing board, that it has been recommended that the notice be given to the employee, and stating the reasons therefor.

If a contract employee has been in the employ of the district for less than 45 days on March 15, the giving of the notice may be deferred until the 45th day of employment and all time periods and deadline dates prescribed in this subdivision shall be coextensively extended.

Until the employee has requested a hearing as provided in subdivision (b) or has waived his or her right to a hearing, the notice and the reasons therefor shall be confidential and shall not be divulged by any person, except as may be necessary in the performance of duties. However, the violation of this requirement of confidentiality, in and of itself, shall not in any manner be construed as affecting the validity of any hearing conducted pursuant to this section.

(b) The employee may request a hearing to determine if there is cause for not reemploying him or her for the ensuing year. A request for a hearing shall be in writing and shall be delivered to the person who sent the notice pursuant to subdivision (a), on or before a date specified in that subdivision, which shall not be less than seven days after the date on which the notice is served upon the employee. If an employee fails to request a hearing on or before the date specified, this failure to do so shall constitute waiver of his or her right to a hearing. The notice provided for in subdivision (a) shall advise the employee of the provisions of this subdivision.

(c) In the event a hearing is requested by the employee, the proceeding shall be conducted and a decision made in accordance with Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 11500) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code and the governing board shall have all the power granted to an agency in that chapter, except that all of the following shall apply:

(1) The respondent shall file his or her notice of defense, if any, within five days after service upon him or her of the accusation and he or she shall be notified of this five-day period for filing the accusation.

(2) The discovery authorized by Section 11507.6 of the Government Code shall be available only if request is made therefor within 15 days after service of the accusation, and the notice required by Section 11505 of the Government Code shall so indicate.

(3) The hearing shall be conducted by an administrative law judge who shall prepare a proposed decision, containing findings of fact and a determination as to whether the charges sustained by the evidence are related to the welfare of the colleges and the students thereof. The proposed decision shall be prepared for the governing board and shall contain a determination as to the sufficiency of the cause and a recommendation as to disposition. However, the governing board shall make the final determination as to the sufficiency of the cause and disposition. None of the findings, recommendations, or determinations contained in the proposed decision prepared by the administrative law judge shall be binding on the governing board or on any court in future litigation. Copies of the proposed decision shall be submitted to the governing board and to the employee on or before May 7 of the year in which the proceeding is commenced. All expenses of the hearing, including the cost of the administrative law judge, shall be paid by the governing board from the district funds.

The board may adopt, from time to time, rules and procedures not inconsistent with this section that may be necessary to effectuate this section.

(d) The governing board’s determination not to reemploy a contract employee for the ensuing college year shall be for cause only. The determination of the governing board as to the sufficiency of the cause pursuant to this section shall be conclusive, but the cause shall relate solely to the welfare of the colleges and the students thereof and provided that cause shall include termination of services for the reasons specified in Section 87743. The decision made after the hearing shall be effective on May 15 of the year the proceeding is commenced.

(e) Notice to the contract employee by the governing board that the employee’s service will not be required for the ensuing year shall be given no later than May 15.

(f) If a governing board notifies a contract employee that his or her services will not be required for the ensuing year, the board, within 10 days after delivery to it of the employee’s written request, shall provide him or her with a statement of its reasons for not reemploying him or her for the ensuing college year.

(g) Any notice or request shall be deemed sufficient when it is delivered in person to the employee to whom it is directed, or when it is deposited in the United States registered mail, postage prepaid and addressed to the last known address of the employee.

(h) If the governing board does not give notice provided for in subdivision (e) on or before May 15, the employee shall be deemed reemployed for the ensuing school year.

(i) If, after request for hearing pursuant to subdivision (b), any continuance is granted pursuant to Section 11524 of the Government Code, the dates prescribed in subdivisions (c), (d), (e) and (h) that occur on or after the date of granting the continuance shall be extended for a period of time equal to the continuance.

(Amended by Stats. 1995, Ch. 758, Sec. 168. Effective January 1, 1996.)

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