In response to faculty feedback and institutional concerns about the clarity of the contingent nature of BSD Contingent Letters of Offer (CLOs), we have collaborated with the Office of the Provost and the Office of Legal Counsel to update the cover page of our CLO templates to better reflect that the contingent offer is expressly subject to final approval of the academic appointment by the Dean and Provost. A copy of the new cover page is linked below for your review and will go into effect on March 20, 2023, to coincide with the start date of the University’s new Provost, Katherine Baicker, PhD.
As always, you may find the most current versions of all BSD CLO and LO templates organized by track and rank within the OAA Box Academic Affairs Resources Folder. This folder will be updated with new versions of all impacted templates in anticipation of the March 20, 2023 effective date. Please note that the instructional text and terms of our templates will remain unchanged.
As you discuss contingent offers with prospective appointees, it is critical that you disclose the contingent nature of the offer and avoid making any representations, verbal or in writing, that approval is “pro forma” or that we endorse or support any of the candidate’s actions that rely on the contingent offer’s approval (e.g., resignation of their current appointment/employment, an announcement that they are leaving their institution or transitioning to the University of Chicago, sale of their residence, etc.).