Handbook of Operating Procedures 2-2420

Retirement and Modified Service for Faculty Members


The University of Texas at Austin
Executive Sponsor: Executive Vice President and Provost
Policy Owner: Associate Vice President - Provost Office

May 1, 1993


As provided in the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Regents, Rule 10501, no faculty member employed by The University of Texas at Austin shall be required to retire because of age. The age of retirement is at the discretion of the individual.


The Board of Regents, upon recommendation of the Office of the Chancellor and the President of the University of Texas at Austin, may appoint a faculty member who has retired to modified service. Recommendation for and appointment to modified service shall be made only if the service of the individual will result in a significant benefit to the University.


Appointment to modified service shall be without tenure and for no more than one-half time. Such appointments shall be for a period of time not to exceed one academic year and shall terminate at the expiration of the stated period of appointment without the notification of non-renewal required by Rule  31002, of the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System. Appointment to modified service may be renewed in writing for successive terms of one academic year if the University determines that it is of significant benefit. Faculty should not be considered for appointment to modified service to teach during a summer session.


A faculty member who wishes to be considered for appointment to modified service shall submit a request in writing to the department chairman during the fiscal year in which he or she has decided to retire, before the budget is prepared for the following year. Requests for renewals of modified service appointments shall be submitted to the chairman each successive year.




The department chairman shall: (1) review the request with respect to the program requirements of the department; and (2) recommend to the dean whether or not employment of the individual on modified service will result in significant benefit to the department and the University. The same review procedure shall be followed for proposed renewals of modified service appointments. The chairman's recommendation and a Prior Approval Request form shall be forwarded to the dean for review and action. If the dean is of the opinion that the appointment or reappointment to modified service will benefit the University, he or she shall so recommend to the President. Subject to the annual instructional needs of the department and with the approval of the departmental chairman and the dean, a faculty member being appointed or reappointed to modified service may complete a one-half time appointment by teaching more than one-half time and up to full time in one semester and zero time in the other semester. A faculty member who has retired under the Teacher Retirement System and who is approved to teach under this option must complete a Teacher Retirement System form entitled Application For Employment After Retirement Exception prior to the beginning of the academic year to which it shall apply. This form, which is completed by the faculty member in consultation with the Office of Personnel Services and Employee Relations, must be filed separately for each academic year that this appointment option is followed. In addition, regardless of the percentage of time for which a Teacher Retirement System retiree is appointed to modified service, he or she is required to be removed from the University's payroll for at least one month following his or her effective date of retirement.


A member of the faculty on modified service shall not be a member of the department budget council, or elected to serve on the University Council or any committee of the faculty to which members are elected by the faculty. Voting status in the General Faculty and the college/schools shall be retained but voting status in the department shall not be retained. These rules apply to all individuals, regardless of the source of funds from which an individual is paid.


Previously HOP 3.05