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Faculty Senate

Article V: Delegation of Functions

1. The Delegation Principle.  The University faculty and the voting faculty shall have power to delegate their functions to elected representatives from their membership and to establish standing or ad hoc committees as they see fit.

2. Delegation of Functions to Faculties of Colleges.  The functions of the University faculty and of the voting faculty are hereby delegated, for all matters lying essentially within the jurisdiction of a single undergraduate college, to the appropriate faculty of that college and, for all matters relating essentially to the Graduate program, to the faculty of the Graduate College.  Decisions of a college faculty or of its elected agencies are reviewable by the University faculty or its agencies only upon a finding by a college faculty, or by a college dean or the Vice-President and Provost or by the University Faculty Senate, that the responsibilities of another college or general University responsibilities are substantially involved.  The term “college” includes all academic units that function as a college, regardless of designation.

3. Delegation of Functions to the University Faculty Senate. The principal representative agency of the University faculty shall be the University Faculty Senate, which shall have the power to act for the faculty on all matters within its jurisdiction with these two exceptions: (a) the Senate shall not have power to amend this Constitution; (b) in emergencies the Senate shall have the power to set aside a decision of the full faculty by a two-thirds vote; this action may be subject to subsequent review by the total faculty.

3.1 Senate Membership. The University Faculty Senate shall be composed of members elected by and from the voting faculty from each undergraduate college (including academic units which function as a college although otherwise designated), elected by and from the Library Faculty, and elected by and from the non-voting faculty. The number of senators to be elected by the members of each undergraduate college and the Library will be determined by the following formula: one senator per thirty voting faculty members rounded to the nearest multiple of thirty, with a minimum of at least one senator from each college.  Two non-voting senators, elected from the non-voting faculty shall have full rights of debate and motion but no Senate vote.  The chairperson of the faculty shall be an ex officio member of the University Faculty Senate with full rights of debate and motion but will not vote.

3.2 Terms. Terms shall normally be three years, with terms of one-third of each group defined in 3.1 above to expire each year. A member shall serve no more than two consecutive full terms.

3.3 Prolonged Absence or Incapacity of a Senator. In case the absence or the incapacity of a senator shall extend beyond a semester, or if, in the Senate's judgment, it is probable that the absence will so extend, the Senate shall declare that senatorial office vacated and shall then proceed to request of the appropriate University faculty or college faculty agency either that a special election be held to fill the unexpired portion of that term or that the person receiving the next highest vote total in the election that installed the aforementioned senator be declared the incumbent in the senatorial office for the unexpired portion of the term. The provisions of this section shall not be construed to abridge the right of a senator to designate an alternate from his/her elective constituency to serve in his/her place and to exercise the functions of his/her office for reasonable periods of time. If a senator is elected chairperson of the faculty, he/she must resign as senator.

3.4 Representation of the Voting Faculty: Limitation of Voting. Privilege of motion, second, and debate shall be afforded to all members of the Senate during Senate meetings. Voting shall be restricted to senators who are members of the voting faculty.

3.5 Senate Organization. The Senate shall elect a chairperson and vice-chairperson from among its members; it shall establish such additional offices and committees from among its members or the faculty at large as it sees fit; and it shall adopt appropriate bylaws, rules, and procedures for the conduct of its business consistent with the requirements and the spirit of this Constitution.

3.6 Information and Communication. The time, place, and agenda of meetings of the Senate shall be regularly communicated in timely form to the faculty; faculty members and recognized student government leaders shall have the right to attend and be heard at meetings of the Senate; minutes of the Senate meetings shall be promptly, distributed to the entire faculty, and to recognized student government leaders; and Senate documents shall be available for inspection by faculty members and by student government leaders upon request.

3.7 Senate Focus on the University as a Whole. It shall be the duty of the Senate to consider all matters that come before it from the point of view of the welfare of the entire University and the State it serves; although elected from various faculty constituencies, Senators shall consider themselves the representatives of the best in their profession rather than the representatives of fractions of their larger constituency.

3.8 Faculty Review of Senate Action. Actions of the Senate shall be reviewed by the faculty upon petition of thirty members of the faculty, delivered to the secretary of the faculty, within fifteen days from the publication of the minutes of the Senate meeting at which the action was taken.

3.9 Accountability of Faculty Committees to the Senate. Except when otherwise directed, all standing committees of the faculty and all ad hoc faculty committees shall report to and be accountable to the University Faculty Senate, and their work subject to instruction or amendment by the Senate.

3.10 Delegation of Senate Authority to Faculty Committees. The Senate may delegate to any faculty committee the authority to make disposition of any matter, subject to subsequent Senate review.

3.11 Senate Consultation with Administrative Officers. The Senate shall establish procedures for regular communication and consultation with the officers of administration, but particularly with the President and the Vice-President and Provost of the University.

3.12 Relation of Senate Meetings to Faculty Meetings. Except when specifically authorized by majority vote of the University faculty, the University Faculty Senate shall not meet while the faculty is in session.

4. Standing Committees of the Faculty and the University Faculty Senate. The Faculty and its delegate, the University Faculty Senate, may establish such committees, standing or ad hoc, as they see fit, and delegate to them, subject to review by the University faculty, any of their functions and responsibilities. Except as explicitly provided otherwise, all such committees report to and are answerable to the Senate.

5. Cooperative Action with Other Agencies. Nothing in this article precludes service of members of the faculty on committees or other appropriate professional groups established by the University administration or other appropriate agencies, except that no internal agency of University governance not answerable to the University faculty may exercise any of its functions.