In making a decision that may involve nonrenewal, the authorized official must start the process early enough to allow time for a possible reconsideration and no later than the notice periods stated in UWS 10.05: Written notice that a probationary academic staff appointment will not be renewed shall be given to the appointee at least 3 months before the end of the appointment in the first year; 6 months before the end of the appointment in the second year; and 12 months thereafter. If proper notice of nonrenewal is not given in accordance with the above time line, the appointment shall be extended so that at least the required notice is provided. The policies and procedures of each institution may provide for longer notice periods for teaching members of the academic staff. Unless specifically enumerated in the institutional policies and procedures, the above provisions shall govern.
Each nonrenewed member shall receive written notice that his or her appointment will not be renewed and such shall be made in accordance with UWS 10 and related policies and procedures adopted by UW-River Falls. A nonrenewed member of the academic staff shall be provided with an opportunity to receive, in writing, the reasons for nonrenewal. Such a request by the nonrenewed staff member shall be made in writing within five (5) working days of the receipt of the letter of nonrenewal. The authorized official shall have five (5) working days in which to provide the written reasons.
A nonrenewed member of the academic staff shall be provided with an opportunity to receive a review of the nonrenewal decision. A written appeal must be brought to the Academic Staff Council within twenty (20) days of the notice of nonrenewal (twenty-five  days if notice is by first class mail and publication). The review shall be held not later than twenty (20) days after the request, except that this time limit may be extended by mutual consent by the parties or by the order of the Academic Staff Council. The burden of persuasion in such a review shall be on the nonrenewed appointee. Academic Staff Council members must be disqualified if they participated in the nonrenewal decision. On the motion of either party in the case, any additional members of the Academic Staff Council may be disqualified by majority vote of the members, for cause. If any Academic Staff Council member(s) is disqualified, the remaining members shall select, by majority vote, a replacement(s) from among the academic staff.
The scope of review shall be limited to the question of whether the decision was based in any significant degree upon one or more of the following factors, with material prejudice to the individual:
Findings as to the validity of the appeal shall be reported in writing to the official making the nonrenewal decision and to the appropriate Dean or division head and the Chancellor. Such report may include remedies which may, without limitation because of enumeration, take the form of a reconsideration by the decision maker, a reconsideration by the decision maker under instructions from the hearing body, or a recommendation to the next higher administrative level. Cases shall be remanded for reconsideration by the decision maker in all instances unless the hearing body specifically finds that such a remand would serve no useful purpose. The hearing body shall retain jurisdiction during the pendency of any reconsideration.
Failure by the academic staff member to meet the deadlines in the above sections shall be considered a waiver of those procedures, and the authorized official will continue the procedures as outlined.