Off-Campus Duty Assignments (OCDA) – LR 402.41

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University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Policy Name: Off-Campus Duty Assignments (OCDA)
Policy Number: LR 402.41
Effective Date: December 14, 2023
Revised Dates: November 3, 1978; October 1, 1979; April 7, 1980; January 1, 2008; December 14, 2023
Most Recent Review Date: November 28, 2023

Reason for Policy

Delineates UA Little Rock requirements linked to the implementation of UASP 435.4 (Off-Campus Duty Assignments)

Definition of Terms

Off-campus Duty Assignment (OCDA) is a time-limited appointment, usually away from campus, which allows eligible faculty and administrators to pursue the completion of an approved project while being relieved of full (one semester) or part-time (two semesters) teaching and administrative duties.


Full-time faculty members and non-classified administrators who have completed a minimum of six years of continuous full-time employment with the university or who have completed a minimum of six years of continuous full-time employment since a previous OCDA may apply for consideration of OCDA. Faculty who have submitted for tenure may not submit for OCDA within the same year.

There must be evidence that the faculty member’s absence will not cause an undue burden on the academic unit or a gap in service to the students, for example: the OCDA will not require additional Education and General (E and G) funds, assignment of classes to other faculty will not result in teaching overload, and/or that the usual assigned classes can be moved to an alternative semester without adversely impacting student progression in degree completion.

OCDAs are not vehicles for raising an individual’s salary. The University is paying the faculty member to complete the approved activities included in the OCDA application. Accepting another full-time compensated position during OCDA is in violation of this policy.

UA Little Rock OCDA timeline, process, and forms

Source: University-wide Administrative Memo, November 17, 1975; Academic Policies Webpage; Faculty Handbook
Status: Active
Approved by: Chancellor Christina Drale
Originator: Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
Custodian: Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost