Break-in-Service – where there is a full pay period with no pay earned by a VIUFA faculty member for VIUFA instructional activity.

Pay Period – the two-week calendar period, defined in advance by VIU’s Payroll Department, where work activity results in paid compensation.  (e.g. Pay Period 1825 is the 25th pay period in 2018 for the time period of November 24, 2018 to December 7, 2018)

Seniority Expiration – Non-regular instructional faculty will cease to have VIUFA seniority of any type when that faculty member has no workload resulting in paid VIUFA instructional activity for twelve (12) months from the end of the pay period where there was last pay earned for VIUFA instructional activity.


  1. Seniority credits earned are recognized and accumulate only in the department(s) of active pay.

Non-Regular seniority is only applicable to departments where the faculty member has pay earned for VIUFA instructional activity in the previous twelve (12) months in that department from the end of the pay period where there was last pay earned. 

  1. LTC Seniority will be tracked separately from Sessional seniority except for the purposes of the Right of First Refusal (ROFR), Article 9.2.2 where the faculty member’s seniority credit value will be the combination of LTC and Sessional seniority (e.g., LTC credits = 0.8, Sessional = 2.0, combined will equal 2.8) 
    • If ROFR work is offered and rejected by a non-regular faculty member who has an LTC appointment, that faculty member will not be eligible for ROFR offer as a sessional instructor where the workload offering is the same.
  1. When a sessional Instructor is appointed to an LTC position, their sessional seniority will be frozen as of the first day of their LTC appointment until:
    • They obtain other sessional work (within 12 months of the conclusion of their LTC contract),
    • Their seniority expiration.
  1. In the event that a part-time LTC faculty member is appointed to additional sessional workload, LTC and sessional seniority are earned and tracked separately based on the relevant appointment.
  1. When an LTC contract ends and that non-regular faculty member obtains further sessional workload, the previously earned LTC seniority credits will be combined with their sessional seniority credits, and vice-versa, provided their seniority has not expired.

In the event that a non-regular faculty member becomes regular, either through a posted vacancy or through the regularization process, the combined LTC and sessional seniority credits will be treated in accordance to Articles 6.2.3 or