Following a formal declaration of impasse last fall, followed by meetings with a federal mediator, negotiations between the Fort Hays State University Chapter of the American Association of University Professors and the administration team have entered the fact-finding stage as proscribed by Kansas statutes.
The FHSU-AAUP team and the administration team, which represents the university, the Kansas Board of Regents and the Kansas Department of Administration, have approved Dennis Taylor, a Topeka lawyer, to serve as the fact-finder. The fact-finding session will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 3, in the Engel Education Center at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History. The session is open to the public. If necessary, the session will continue on Friday.
The fact-finder will take evidence and hear testimony regarding the issues that are at impasse. Later, he will issue a report for consideration by the parties involved. Following a review and discussion of the recommendations, a memorandum of agreement will be submitted by the management team to FHSU/AAUP, the Board of Regents and the Department of Administration to complete their internal review or approval process.