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University of Colorado Denver College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UC Denver
 

CLAS Policies, Forms & Procedures

Salary Savings and Course Buy-out Policy


 

Approved October 2006

In requests for external funding for research, creative activities, and other educational and outreach programs, faculty are expected to include funding to cover much or all of the effort that they will spend on this work both during the summer and during the academic year, consistent with the rules and guidelines of the funding organization. Academic year funding includes partial use of time a faculty member would otherwise spend on unfunded research and service (often described as salary savings), and funding to allow reallocation of effort from teaching to the externally funded activity (often described as course buyout).

Unless specifically prohibited by the rules and guidelines of the funding organization, all requests for external funding through departments and programs in CLAS will include:

  1. full or partial funding for faculty summer time to be spent on the project
  2. estimated faculty academic year time that will be spent on the project that is part of normal research and service effort (and not less than 5% AY for each proposal)
  3. 10% for the first course buyout in an academic year and 15% for each additional course buyout in an academic year to allow reallocation of time for additional research effort.

Junior faculty are advised to get release for no more than half of their normal teaching load, given that they must demonstrate meritorious performance in teaching to receive tenure. Course buyouts for any faculty member must be approved in advance by the appropriate department chair.

At the beginning of each FY, departments will be allocated additional one-time use general funds in an amount equal to 50% of the faculty academic year time from the prior year that had been covered in the department by external funds as salary savings. At the beginning of each FY, departments will be allocated additional one-time use general funds in an amount equal to 50% of funds that were generated by course buyout in the prior year using external funds that were in excess of the cost of replacement teaching.