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Chapter 2

ARTICLE V. The Faculty Senate


Sec. A. Purpose and Functions


Par. 1. There shall be a Faculty Senate, which shall meet regularly to exercise all powers of the University Faculty not reserved to the University Faculty itself or delegated elsewhere by the University Faculty.


Par. 2.The powers and obligations of the Faculty Senate shall include but not be limited to those following:

  1. Making recommendations to the University Faculty on all issues presented to the University Faculty, including those specified in Article III, Section B.
  2. Making recommendations to the president for consideration and transmittal to the Board of Trustees with respect to policies governing:
    1. Standards of appointment, reappointment, promotion, tenure and termination of service of members of the constituent faculties;
    2. Standards for curricula and content of all degree programs;
    3. Standards and facilities for research and scholarship;
    4. Admission standards and academic requirements for students;
    5. Awarding of degrees in course;
    6. Awarding of honorary degrees.
  3. Making recommendations to the president for consideration and transmittal to the Board of Trustees with respect to:
    1. New degrees and the discontinuance of existing degrees;
    2. The establishment or discontinuance of departments within constituent faculties, as provided in Article VII, Section B, the renaming of departments, the merging of departments, or the transfer of departments between constituent faculties;
    3. Approval of the university academic calendar and modifications in the university calendar except in the case of extraordinary circumstances.
  4. Advising and consulting with the president on the appointment of major academic officers other than those of individual constituent faculties, on the formulation of the budget, on the allocation of the University's resources and facilities, on long-range planning, on the composition of faculty benefits, and on other matters of similar concern to the University Faculty.
  5. Reviewing current programs, policies and organizational structures with regard to their effectiveness, and exercising initiative in proposing the development and introduction of new programs, policies, and organizational structures.
  6. Recommending amendments of this constitution, as provided in Article IX.

Sec. B. Meetings


Par. 1. The by-laws of the Faculty Senate shall provide as to frequency of regular meetings and emergency meetings, provided, however, that each year the Faculty Senate shall hold not fewer than two regular meetings during the period from September to December, inclusive, nor fewer than two during the period from January to May, inclusive.


Par. 2. The by-laws of the Faculty Senate shall specify rules concerning the calling of meetings by petition or otherwise, notice of meetings, agenda, quorum, meeting procedures, and the distribution and approval of minutes.


Sec. C. Membership


The voting members of the Faculty Senate shall be the president of the University, the provost or a designee of the president, the secretary of the Faculty Senate, elected voting members of the University Faculty apportioned as specified in Article V, Section F, the chair of each standing and ad hoc committee of the Faculty Senate, for the duration of such committee chairmanship, one undergraduate student, one student enrolled in the School of Graduate Studies, and one student enrolled in a post-baccalaureate program in any of the professional schools, the three student members to be selected by their respective constituencies.


Sec. D. Privilege of Attendance


Members of the Board of Trustees, a designee of the provost, vice presidents, deans, and other academic officers of equivalent rank, as well as others designated in the Faculty Senate by-laws may attend all meetings of the Faculty Senate and may participate in its discussions. Student and faculty members of committees of the Faculty Senate who are not elected senators may attend all meetings of the Faculty Senate, and may participate in the discussions of the Faculty Senate related to their committee's work. Other members of the university community may attend designated meetings with the permission of the chair.


Sec. E. Officers


Par. 1.The Faculty Senate shall elect annually from among the voting members of the University Faculty a chair-elect, who shall serve as vice chair during his or her first year of office and shall become chair of the Faculty Senate during his or her second year in office and past chair in the third year. If not already an elected member of the Faculty Senate, the vice chair, the chair, and the past chair shall be voting members of the Faculty Senate by virtue of office. The chair of the Faculty Senate, or in the chair's absence, the vice chair, shall preside over the Faculty Senate and shall be vice chair of the University Faculty.


Par. 2. The secretary of the University Faculty shall serve ex officio as secretary of the Faculty Senate.



Par. 3. Additional officers of the Faculty Senate may be selected in a manner and for duties and terms to be specified in the by-laws of the Faculty Senate.


Sec. F. Apportionment, Election, Term of Office, and Vacancies


Par. 1. APPORTIONMENT. Pursuant to Article V, Section C, each constituent faculty of fewer than seventy voting members of the University Faculty shall elect three voting members of the Faculty Senate, each constituent faculty of at least 70 but fewer than 150 shall elect five and each constituent faculty of 150 or greater shall elect ten. The Department of Physical Education and Athletics shall have one voting member of the Faculty Senate. For purposes of apportionment, the membership of any constituent faculty shall be deemed to consist of only those members who are voting members of the University Faculty as defined in Article I. Reapportionments shall be made prior to senatorial elections in any year as may be required by changes in the number of members of each constituent faculty or by changes in the number or identity of constituent faculties. For the purpose of such reapportionment, the secretary and the chair of the Faculty Senate shall have reference to the lists of faculty members furnished by the deans of the constituent faculties as provided in Article I of this constitution and shall inform each dean as to the resulting number of senators to be elected that year by that faculty.


Par. 2. ELECTION. Each elected faculty member of the Faculty Senate shall be elected by majority vote of the constituent faculty represented, but no one such member shall represent more than one electorate. The Department of Physical Education and Athletics shall elect its faculty senator by majority vote. Each member of the University Faculty holding appointments in more than one constituent faculty shall vote in senatorial elections and be eligible for election to the Faculty Senate as a member of that faculty in which the member holds the primary appointment. The senatorial elections shall be held in the spring semester. The newly elected senators shall take their seats at the first meeting subsequent to the spring commencement.


Par. 3. TERM OF OFFICE. The elected faculty senators representing constituent faculties shall serve overlapping three-year terms to end on commencement day of the terminal year. The faculty senator of the Department of Physical Education and Athletics shall serve a three-year term. Excepting as otherwise provided in this constitution, any elected faculty senator who shall have been a member of the Faculty Senate for three consecutive years shall not be eligible for election for a fourth consecutive year, whether representing the same or another constituency, but after the lapse of one year following three consecutive years of membership, he or she shall again be eligible for election.


Par. 4. VACANCIES OTHER THAN LEAVES OF ABSENCE. Faculty senatorial vacancies, other than those occasioned by leaves of absence from the University, shall be filled by the constituent faculty for only the unexpired portion of the term. The incumbent who completes the unexpired term shall, upon completion, be eligible for immediate election to serve for a maximum of three additional consecutive years.


Par. 5. LEAVES OF ABSENCE. Faculty senatorial vacancies occasioned by leaves of absence from the University shall be filled for only the duration of the absence. Should the period of absence terminate before the end of the senatorial term so vacated, the original incumbent, upon return to the University, shall resume membership and complete the term. Should the period of absence terminate at the same time as the senatorial term, both the original incumbent and the incumbent who shall have completed the vacated term shall be eligible for immediate election to serve for a maximum of three additional consecutive years.


Sec. G. Annual Report


Each year, the chair of the Faculty Senate shall make available to all voting members of the University Faculty a report on the activities of the Faculty Senate that year.