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To establish and define term limits for postdoctoral trainees on all KUMC campuses. 

Applies to: 

Postdoctoral trainees on all KUMC campus locations. 

Medical Center, Kansas City
Policy Statement: 

Postdoctoral trainees employed by the University are considered unclassified employees and are subject to the appointment regulations of the State of Kansas, the Board of Regents, and the University of Kansas.

Postdoctoral appointments should be for a minimum of one year.  Some postdoctoral scholars may have the possibility of annual reappointment for up to four additional years, for a total not to exceed five years, unless granted exemption by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs or his designee.  This limit applies only to time served at KUMC and not time as a postdoctoral scholar at other institutions.

Exclusions or Special Circumstances: 

Under special circumstances, exemption from the five year term limit for postdoctoral scholars may be requested by appealing to the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs.


Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Graduate Studies
Office of Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies
5015 Wescoe
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
MS 1040
Kansas City, KS 66160

Approved by: 
Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs
Approved on: 
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Effective on: 
Friday, January 1, 2016
Review Cycle: 
Annual (As Needed)
postdoc, postdoctoral, trainee, term limit
Review, Approval & Change History: 

06/22/2017: added "KUMC" to title.
11/08/2016: Edited for clarity, replaced "scholar" with "trainee" to avoid confusion & uploaded into Policy Library
04/19/2016: Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs introduced policy to Faculty Assembly, posted online and invited comments and feedback- none received
12/18/2016: Postdoctoral Advisory Committee Faculty Chair introduced policy to postdoctoral community via the postdoctoral newsletter, posted online and invited comments and feedback- none received
11/12/2015: Vice Chancellor received and accepted policy recommendation from Postdoctoral Advisory Committee
09/30/2015: Postdoctoral Advisory Committee email comment and voting period ended, final version of statement issued to Vice Chancellor of Acadmeic Affairs with 15 of 19 members endorsing, 4 members did not participate
09/18/2015: Draft statement reviewed at Postdoctoral Advisory Committee, edits made for clarity
11/13/2014: Postdoctoral Advisory Committee identified need for official policy based on prior guidelines being in place, annual survey indicated lack of clarity and compliance



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