University of Texas at Arlington 

Policy Statement on Tenure Clock due to Covid-19 

Original Posting: April 27, 2020; Update 12/10/2020 


UT System Board of Regents' Rules and Regulations 31007, Sec. 5.1(b)(4) delegates the authority to the provost (chief academic officer) to make the decision to grant a one-year extension of the tenure clock. RR 31007 addresses extension requests that are due to a faculty member's personal circumstances. In those cases, RR 31007 allows for two one-year extensions. 


One-Year Additional Extension for FY2019-2020 

In the face of extraordinary circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic where actions of the university curtail the research, teaching, and service of faculty, to alleviate the stress that pre-tenure faculty may experience, the UT System authorizes a one-year extension of the tenure clock at all eight academic institutions. This has been done and tenure track faculty starting fall 2019 or previously have had a year added one to their tenure clock to use or not as they see fit.