Texas lawmakers did not eliminate faculty tenure at state universities as sought by the lieutenant governor. But, the legislature passes a process for getting and keeping tenure. Senate Bill 18, which is now awaiting the governor’s signature, lists eight conditions where a tenured faculty member can be dismissed through a due process hearing. That list includes exhibiting professional incompetence, engaging in unprofessional conduct, and continually failing to perform duties, none of which were given a more specific definition.
A faculty member can also lose tenure for violating laws and policies and falsifying their academic credentials. Brazos Valley House members who were part of the 83 to 61 majority included Kyle Kacal, who represents Grimes County, John Raney, Angelia Orr and Stan Gerdes. Details of the final vote in the Senate is not available.