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Chapter 2: Organization and Constitution of the Faculty

Introduction and Ethics


The Board of Trustees has delegated to the University Faculty certain powers and responsibilities concerning the University's educational, research, and scholarly activities. Educational policy is recommended to the president for transmittal to the Board of Trustees through the structure described in the "Constitution of the University Faculty."


The faculty of the University comprises eight constituent faculties, each responsible for a particular professional or scholarly discipline or group of related disciplines. The eight include the faculties of Applied Social Sciences; Arts and Sciences; Dentistry; Engineering; Law; Management; Medicine; and Nursing.


All powers of the University Faculty, not reserved for the University Faculty itself, are exercised by the Faculty Senate, which is elected by the constituent faculties. The Faculty Senate also includes voting student members. The president of the University, the provost or a designee of the president, and the secretary of the University Faculty are members ex officio of the University Faculty and Faculty Senate.


Undergraduate education is governed by the Faculty Senate Committee on Undergraduate Education. Graduate education is governed by the Faculty Senate Committee on Graduate Studies.


The secretary of the University Faculty serves as secretary of the Faculty Senate. Copies of the complete by-laws of the Faculty Senate may be obtained from the Office of the Secretary of the Faculty Senate. The by-laws of each constituent faculty may be obtained from the dean of the respective unit.