Illinois Supreme Court Rules That Community Colleges Can’t Replace Laid Off Tenured Faculty with Adjuncts

On December 17, 2020, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that a community college violated the Illinois Public Community College Act when it replaced laid off tenured faculty members  with adjunct faculty. The case addressed Section 3B-5 of the Act, which addresses “bumping rights” and prohibits community colleges from employing “other employees with less seniority” for services a laid off tenured faculty member is competent to render. Barrell v. Board of Trustees of John A. Logan Community College (insert link) involved the layoff of 27 full-time, tenured faculty members at an Illinois community college. The college subsequently hired adjunct instructors to teach […]
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