Excerpts, Faculty Senate Constitution

Section 1. Executive Committee

(a) There shall be an executive committee of the Senate comprised of the president, the president-elect, the immediate-past president, the secretary, and four or more senators. If there is a vacancy in the position of immediate-past president, the Senate shall elect an additional senator to serve on the Executive Committee.(b) The senators elected by the Senate shall serve for one-year terms. If there is a vacancy among those elected committee members, the Senate shall promptly elect a replacement.(c) The Executive Committee is empowered to act for the Senate between meetings, but all actions taken by the committee shall be reported to the Senate at its next regularly scheduled meeting and are subject to revocation by the Senate.Section 1. Regular Meetings

(a) Normally, the Senate shall hold at least one regular meeting each month of the academic year from September through May, except January.(b) The first regular meeting of each new Senate session shall be held in May.(c) Senate meetings shall be open to all faculty members, including those with administrative appointments, except in the rare circumstances where the Senate must meet in executive session to maintain confidentiality, as in the case of decisions to recommend honorary degree candidates.(d) Meetings shall be convened and conducted in accordance with the Senate Bylaws. 


Section l. Jurisdiction

The jurisdiction of the Senate shall extend to all matters of interest to the General Faculty of the University as distinguished from those specifically reserved by University Bylaws to the Particular Faculties. The Senate shall consider in addition any matters referred to it by the president of the University or by the Board of Trustees through the president of the University.

Section 2. Powers and DutiesActing in the name of the General Faculty in accordance with University Bylaws, the Senate shall have all powers and duties residing in the General Faculty.The powers of the Senate shall be exercised through consultation, investigation, legislation, recommendation, and resolution. Its powers and duties shall specifically include, but are not limited to, the following:(a) Exercise leadership to achieve and maintain a high quality of intellectual life for the University;(b) Monitor the general education curriculum, interdisciplinary academic programs, university libraries, information technology, university research subventions, university support for scholarly publications, and the activities of non-School academic institutes and programs;(c) Assist in formulating and enforcing general admissions requirements to the undergraduate programs and general graduation requirements;(d) Speak by resolution through the president of the University to the Board of Trustees on any issue of general University interest or on any issue of specific concern to the Senate;(e) Consult with the Board of Trustees in the selection of the president of the University;(f) Consult with the president of the University in the selection of persons for high administrative positions, the functions of which affect more than one school of the University;(g) Consult with the president of the University on the development of the University budget, and receive from the administration timely information about the tentative annual budget;(h) Select faculty members to serve on appropriate committees of the Board of Trustees; nominate or select faculty members to serve as appointed faculty representatives on all-University task forces and committees; and administer elections for all faculty positions on University bodies whose elected membership includes faculty representatives;(i) Defend the exercise of academic freedom throughout the University, investigate any matter endangering such freedom, and recommend remedies as these are warranted;(j) Recommend criteria and procedures for granting and protecting academic rank and tenure; investigate any matter endangering the established rank or tenure of a faculty member and make appropriate recommendations to the president of the University and to the Board of Trustees;(k) Provide guidance concerning the professional behavior of members of the University faculties and make recommendations for action to appropriate officials of the University in instances where professional ethics are found to have been violated;(l) Assist in formulating and enforcing University policies and standards pertaining to intercollegiate athletics; assist in preparing and implementing the Athletic Department budget; assist in selecting administrative personnel and head coaches in the Athletic Department; control the eligibility of all participants in athletics; control scheduling of games; provide appropriate guidance and assistance in all other matters embraced within the rules of those extramural athletic associations in which the University has membership;(m) Nominate to the Board of Trustees all candidates for honorary degrees;(n)  Edit and publish the Faculty Handbook in consultation with the provost;(o) Establish the academic calendar of the University.(p) Make any Bylaws it deems necessary to facilitate the transaction of its business so long as such Bylaws are consistent with provisions of this Constitution and the Bylaws of the University.(q) Perform any and all other functions and any and all other acts reasonably necessary or incidental to the exercise of the powers and duties implied or set forth above.


Full-time faculty members may submit individually signed protests concerning action taken or not taken by the Senate. If protests are signed by thirty full-time faculty members, the president of the Senate must present the protest for consideration no later than the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Senate.


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