An Act relative to the rights of faculty members at the University of Massachusetts

The Open Meeting Law, in Chapter 75 section 4 of the Massachusetts General Laws, provides for all meetings of a governmental body to be open to the public. In all other public institutions, including community colleges and public schools, faculty have the right to attend any executive session at which they are being discussed, including discussions about tenure.  Unfortunately, the University of Massachusetts Trustees do not believe that the protections of the Open Meeting Law apply to tenure votes and discussions.   This bill would explicitly guarantee that the protections for individuals who are being discussed in executive session would be extended to faculty members being considered for tenure.