With tenure-track faculty majority approval, research faculty may be appointed by colleges that do not have schools or departments and by schools and departments in colleges that have such subunits. Unless otherwise authorized by a majority vote of the tenure-track faculty in a unit, research faculty must comprise no more than twenty per cent of the number of tenure-track faculty in the unit. In all cases, however, the number of research faculty positions in a unit must constitute a minority with respect to the number of tenure-track faculty in the unit.
The criteria for appointment, reappointment and nonreappointment, and for promotion for research faculty shall be established by the college, school or department making such appointments and shall be set forth in that unit's appointments, promotion and tenure document and approved by a majority vote of the tenure-track faculty of the unit and approved by the office of academic affairs. The criteria must be distinct from the criteria for tenure-track faculty appointments and cannot require classroom teaching. Research faculty will have an earned doctorate or other terminal degree in the relevant field. The criteria for appointment, for reappointment and nonreappointment, and for promotion should reflect the preponderance of responsibilities being in research activities.