ARTICLES OF FACULTY ORGANIZATION  (Adopted 3-16-66, with later revisions)


I.    All persons with the rank of professor, associate professor, assistant professor, or instructor, and those who are unranked faculty members as of January 1, 1975, shall constitute the faculty.


II.   The chancellor of the University shall be ex officio the presiding officer of the faculty. The provost/vice chancellor shall preside in his/her absence.


The secretary of the Faculty Senate shall keep minutes of all general faculty meetings and shall make copies of the proceedings available to the faculty.


III. Within the institution, the faculty directly, or indirectly through the senate, shall have full and final responsibility for determination of curriculum, other requirements for graduation, and the system of grading. It shall also have direct concern with the formulation and implementation of university policy relating to physical facilities, support of research, educational budget, institutional organization, all aspects of student life, and personnel matters relating to academic freedom, teaching loads, salaries, appointments, reappointments, tenure, promotions, leaves and dismissals.


IV  The representative body of the faculty shall be the Faculty Senate. It shall be free to investigate, to study, to debate, and to deliberate on all matters of general faculty concern and may exercise review authority in these matters if it deems such exercise is in the best interests of the University. The following provisions govern the senate:


A.  Specific Powers and Duties

                        Specifically, the senate directly, or through committees, is empowered to:

1.         Determine all curricula of the institution, graduate and undergraduate.

2.         Determine academic standards and requirements for graduation.

3.         Advise the chancellor on the appointment of administrative officials.

4.         Participate in determining policies with respect to the annual budget.

5.         Participate in planning the physical facilities of the campus.

6.         Participate in formulating regulations pertaining to student activities.

7.         Participate in the award of promotions and salary adjustments.

8.   Participate in investigating cases and determining policies with respect to academic freedom, tenure, appointments, reappointments, leaves, dismissals and teaching loads.

9.   Prepare the agenda for meetings of the general faculty and distribute copies of the agenda to faculty members one week prior to such faculty meetings.

10.  Establish and terminate all faculty committees and determine their membership and functions.

11.        Receive and disseminate minutes and reports of all committees.

12.        Conduct nominations and elections of members of the senate.

13.   Hear any faculty member on matters of concern to the member or the general faculty.

14.   Hear the authorized agent of the organ of student government on matters of concern to the student body.

15.  Inform the general faculty, the administration, and the student body of all senate actions affecting the areas of their respective concerns.

16.  Provide for the election and instruction of representatives to extramural councils or committees which seek to communicate or consult directly with University faculty governance.