English Proficiency of Instructors

  1. It is the policy of Cameron University that all who provide instruction at the University shall be proficient in written, aural, and spoken English so that they may adequately instruct students. Cameron University has established procedures to ensure that faculty members have proficiency in written, aural, and spoken English.
  2. A student who believes that an instructor is not sufficiently proficient in written, aural, or spoken English may file a written complaint with the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The identity of the complainant(s) shall remain confidential. Anonymous complaints will not be accepted.
  3. The Vice President for Academic Affairs shall notify the instructor, the department chair of the academic unit in which the instructor is employed, and the dean of the school that a complaint has been received, although the identity of the complainant(s) shall remain confidential. If, after consulting with the school and department, the Vice President for Academic Affairs determines that a formal inquiry is necessary, he/she shall appoint an independent evaluator to evaluate the English proficiency of the instructor. The evaluator may visit the class of the instructor named in the complaint, interview the instructor, interview students, or engage in such other activities as necessary to evaluate the instructor in a fair manner. The evaluator shall provide the Vice President for Academic Affairs with a written report of his/her findings as to the English proficiency of the instructor and make recommendations of actions that should be taken.
  4. The Vice President for Academic Affairs shall notify the complainant(s), the instructor, the department head of the academic unit, and the dean of his/her findings as to the validity of the complaint.
  5. In the event that the instructor is found not to be sufficiently proficient in English, the Vice President for Academic Affairs shall specify actions to be taken by the instructor and/or the academic unit. Such actions may include but are not limited to: (1) reassignment of the instructor to other duties; (2) re-evaluation of the instructor for the purpose of hiring, promotion, salary, or other personnel decisions; (3) appropriate remedial measures to assist the instructor in improving his/her English proficiency; and (4) appropriate remedies for the affected students.