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ARTICLE FOUR


POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR FACULTY
 
Chapter 1:
The University Faculty
Chapter 2:
Ranks of Instructional Staff
Chapter 3:
Responsibility of Faculty
Chapter 4:
Academic Freedom
Chapter 5:
Faculty Personnel Policies and Procedures
Chapter 6:
Faculty Role in University Governance
           
Chapter 7:
Academic Due Process
Chapter 8:
Faculty Salary and Benefits
Chapter 9:
Faculty of the Department of Military Science
Chapter 10:
Amendments
Chapter 11:
Clinical Staff
 
 
 
 
CHAPTER SIX

FACULTY ROLE IN UNIVERSITY GOVERNANCE

§4-06.01 - General Provisions
§4-06.02 - Faculty Senate
§4-06.03 - Committees
§4-06.04 - University Committees
§4-06.05 - Committees of the Board of Trustees
§4-06.06 - Presidential Committees
§4-06.07 - Committees of the Faculty Senate
§4-06.08 - Committees Appointed by the Faculty Senate
§4-06.09 - Committees Elected by the Faculty Senate
§4-06.10 - School or Faculty Committees
§4-06.11 - Department or Faculty Committees
§4-06.12 - Ad Hoc Committees
§4-06.13 - Term of Office
§4-06.14 - Temporary Substitution of Committee Members
§4-06.15 - Confidentiality in the Work of Committees
§4-06.16 - Presiding Officers of Committees; Procedures
§4-06.50 - Department Chairperson
§4-06.51 - Acting Chairperson
§4-06.52 - Associate or Assistant Chairperson
§4-06.53 - Chairperson of School Faculty
§4-06.54 - Coordinators or Directors of Programs and Areas
§4-06.55 - Directors of Arts and Sciences Interdisciplinary Program Committees
 
§4-06.01 - General Provisions

(a) Governance.  The Faculty role in University governance is carried on through participation at the University, School and Department levels through representative bodies, committees and meetings of the Faculty at large.  The Faculty has primary responsibility for fundamental academic matters [see §4-01.02].  In these matters, the power of review, lodged in the Board of Trustees and delegated by it to the President of the University, should be exercised adversely only in exceptional circumstances and after consultation with Faculty.  The Faculty responsibilities for governance are carried out primarily through the Faculty Senate, the faculty organizations of the Schools and Departments, and the committees described in this Chapter.

(b) Faculty Voting Privileges.  All full-time faculty members of a School or Department shall have the right to participate and vote in decisions of the unit, with the exception of certain restrictions in cases of joint appointments, personnel recommendations, and the nomination of Department Chairpersons [see §4-01.04 and .05, §4-05 and §4-06.50(c)].

(c) Faculty Representatives.  All faculty members shall be entitled to participate in choosing representatives for University, Campus and School bodies which represent the Faculty, subject to restrictions in these Statutes and the Constitution of the Faculty Senate.

(d) Selection Committees.  Representatives of the Faculty shall have the right to participate in Search Committees for Deans of Schools and higher academic officers of the University.  Faculty members of such committees are normally appointed after consultation with the President of the Faculty Senate or faculty of the Schools involved, by authority of the President of the University, or in the case of Deans or the Director of University Libraries, by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

§4-06.02 - Faculty Senate


The Faculty Senate is the representative body of the University Faculty.  It serves in an advisory capacity to the President of the University on all matters of concern to the University pursuant to the Constitution of the Faculty Senate, Article I, (B)(a) [see Appendix 2].  It has the right and duty to initiate recommendations and to speak for the Faculty in all areas of University activity.

§4-06.03 - Committees

The faculty participates in several types of committees as part of its role in governance:

(a) University Committees [see §4-06.04]

                (1) Committees of the Board of Trustees [see §4-06.05]

                (2) Presidential Committees [see §4-06.06]

                (3) Statutory Faculty Senate Committees [see §4-06.07, 08]

(b) Other Faculty Senate Committees [see §4-06.07]

(c) School Committees [see §4-06.10]

(d) Department Committees [see §4-06.11]

(e) Ad Hoc Committees [see §4-06.12]

§4-06.04 - University Committees

(a) The Board of Trustees and/or the President of the University may establish University Committees to consider matters which affect more than one School of the University.  Every reasonable effort shall be made to ensure appropriate representation of the several Schools.

(b) Faculty representatives on University Committees may receive the advice of the Faculty Senate on the work of the Committees.

§4-06.05 - Committees of the Board of Trustees

(a) Appointment.  Faculty members of Committees established by the Board of Trustees containing faculty representation shall be appointed by the Faculty Senate for two-year renewable terms.

(b) List of Committees.  The following Committees of the Board of Trustees have faculty representation:

                (1) Academic Affairs Committee.  The Academic Affairs Committee shall review all major
                      changes in the educational programs and policies of the University.  The Committee shall
                      include at least two faculty members.

                (2) Audit and Finance Committee.  The Audit and Finance Committee shall appraise the financial
control
                      and accounting system of the University.  The Committee shall include at least two faculty members.

                  (3) Facilities Committee.  The Facilities Committee is responsible for monitoring the condition
                      of existing facilities and developing a comprehensive facilities management program.  The
                      committee shall include at least two faculty members.

                (4) Student Affairs Committee.  The Student Affairs Committee shall review all matters affecting
students
                      except those relating to academic programs.  The Committee shall include at least two faculty members.

                (5) University Commencement Committee.  The Commencement Committee shall solicit and screen
                      nominees for Honorary Degrees to be conferred by Fordham University at Commencement.  The
                      Committee also nominates persons to be the commencement speaker.  The Committee shall consist
                      of ten members, at least two of whom shall be faculty members.

                (6) University Relations Committee.  The University Relations Committee oversees the external
                      relations/advancement aspects of University operations including fund raising, alumni/alumnae
                      and other constituency relations, and public affairs.  The committee shall include at least two faculty members.

§4-06.06 - Presidential Committees

(a) Definition.  Presidential Committees are committees whose members are appointed by the President
of the University (except in those cases in which faculty members may be appointed by the Faculty Senate) which report to the President of the University or to a person designated by the President.

(b) Appointment.  Faculty members appointed by the President of the University are selected as follows:

                (1) The President of the University shall inform the President of the Faculty Senate of the nature and
                      purpose of each committee proposed to be created, except as limited by paragraph

                (2).  The Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate shall present nominees to the Faculty Senate for
                      each Presidential Committee.  The Faculty Senate normally shall select, from these nominees,
                      twice the number of faculty members required, and shall transmit the names to the President
                      of the university for appointment.

                (3) This subdivision shall not preclude the establishment of committees by the President of the
                      University without consulting the Faculty Senate.

(c) List of Committees.  The following are Presidential Committees.

                (1) Advisory Committee on ROTC.  The Committee shall advise the President (through the Vice
                      President for Academic Affairs) on all   matters concerning the ROTC program.  The Committee
                      shall consist of seven tenured faculty members appointed by the President of the University
                      for three-year terms.

                (2) Athletic Advisory Board. The Athletic Advisory Board shall exercise supervision over intercollegiate
                      and intramural athletics so that all students of the University may be provided the most effective
                      athletic program possible.  The Board shall have authority to investigate and recommend
                      implementation of the athletic policies of the University, subject to the approval of the President
                      and the Board of Trustees.  The Athletic Advisory Board shall consist of twelve members
                      representing all segments of the University, four of whom shall be faculty members.
                      [See Constitution of the Athletic Advisory Board].  The four faculty members shall be appointed
                      by the President of the University for three-year renewable terms.

                (3) Budget Planning Committee.  The Budget Planning Committee shall assist the President of
                      the University in the formulation of the annual budget.  The Committee shall consist of six
                      members of the faculty selected by the Faculty Senate for three-year renewable terms, and six
                      administrators appointed by the President.  The President of the University shall serve as an
                      ex officio member of the Committee.  The Chairperson of the Committee shall normally be the
                      Vice President for Finance. [See §3-09.02].  The term of office shall begin on July 1.

                (4) Computer Advisory Committee.  The Computer Advisory Committee shall advise the
                      Administration concerning the organization, operation and use of the Computer and Information
                      Management Systems.  The Committee shall consist of six Presidential appointees, or their
                      delegates, and six members of the faculty.  The faculty members shall be appointed by the
                      Faculty Senate for three-year renewable terms.

                (5) Faculty Development Committee.  The Faculty Development Committee shall study programs
                      of faculty development, advise the Vice President for Academic Affairs, and report to the Faculty
                      Senate concerning policies for professional improvement of the Faculty of the University. 
                      The Faculty Development Committee shall consist of the Vice President for Academic Affairs;
                      one administrator from the Rose Hill Campus and one from the Lincoln Center Campus
                      appointed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs; the President of the Faculty Senate, ex officio;
                      and two faculty members from the Rose Hill 
Campus and two faculty members from the Lincoln Center 
                      Campus.  The faculty members 
shall be appointed by the Faculty Senate for three-year renewable terms.

                (6) Research Council

                                (A) The Research Council shall formulate University research policies and procedures,
                                            and shall report to the President of the University.

                                (B) The Research Council shall consist of the Associate Vice President for Academic
                                            Affairs-Research, University Director of Research, or designate, the President of the
                                            Faculty Senate, ex officio, and ten faculty members (five from the Arts and Sciences
                                            Faculty at Rose Hill, one from the Arts and Sciences Faculty at Lincoln Center and
                                            one each from the Faculty of Business and the Schools of Education, Law, and Social
                                            Service).  The faculty members shall be chosen so as to reflect the interests of the
                                            natural sciences, the social sciences, the humanities and the professions.

                                (C) The Research Council may call upon other University offices as resources.

                                (D) On or before January 15 of each year the Research Council shall transmit to the Faculty
                                            Senate the names of two nominees for each vacancy on the Council, along with
                                            supporting data.  The Faculty Senate may add its nominees to those of the Research
                                            Council if it so desires, and may rank all nominees and forward the list to the President
                                            of the University, who shall make the appointments.

                                (E) The term of office for a member of the Research Council shall be for three years.  No
                                            member may serve more than two terms consecutively.  Subsequent reappointment
                                            may be made after a lapse of two years.

                (7) Committees Dealing with Student Affairs.  There are several committees dealing with student
                                            affairs which report to the Vice President for Student Affairs.  Faculty representatives on
                                            these committees are appointed as described in the Student Handbook and the Code
                                            of Conduct Adjudication Process.

                (8) Editorial Board of the Fordham University Press.  The Editorial Board shall control the use of
                                            the Fordham University Press imprint by authorizing the execution of contracts
                                            with authors after adjudicating manuscripts offered for publication, and shall
                                            evaluate, on a regular basis, the nature and character of the publications.  The
                                            Board shall normally consist of eight faculty members with professorial rank who
                                            possess a record of publication.  The members are appointed by the President
                                            of the University upon recommendation by the Vice President for Academic Affairs
                                            for three-year renewable terms.

§4-06.07 - Committees of the Faculty Senate

(a) Definition.  Committees of the Faculty Senate are committees appointed or elected by the Faculty Senate, pursuant to these Statutes or the Constitution or by-laws of the Faculty Senate, which report to the Senate.

(b) Selection Procedure.  Committee members are selected as follows:

                (1) Committees appointed by the Faculty Senate:  The Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate
                      normally shall present nominees for these committees to the Faculty Senate for its approval.

                (2) Committees elected by the Faculty Senate:  The Faculty Senate shall elect the committee
                      members in the manner provided for each committee.

(c) Obligation to Report.  Committees of the Faculty Senate shall report to the Faculty Senate annually and when requested by the Faculty Senate.

§4-06.08 - Committees Appointed by the Faculty Senate

(a) Faculty Elections Committee

                (1) The Faculty Elections Committee shall conduct elections as required by these Statutes
                      and the Constitution of the Faculty Senate.

                (2) The Faculty Elections Committee shall consist of eight faculty members appointed by the
                      Faculty Senate for three-year renewable terms.

(b) Faculty Handbook Committee.  The Faculty Handbook Committee shall review current and proposed faculty and administrative policies and procedures in the light of the university statutes.  The committee shall consist of the President of the Faculty Senate, ex officio, and twelve members of the faculty appointed by the Faculty Senate for three-year renewable terms.  Proposed changes in university statutes, policies or procedures shall be submitted to the Faculty Senate.

(c) Faculty Hearing Committee

                (1) The Faculty Hearing Committee shall consider matters as provided in §4-07, Parts II, III and IV.

                (2) The Faculty Hearing Committee shall consist of nine tenured faculty members appointed by
                      the Faculty Senate for a maximum of two consecutive two-year terms. No more than one member
                      of any Department or School Faculty shall serve as a member of this committee.  In the event
                      of disqualification of a member of the Committee in a particular case, the Faculty Senate shall
                      appoint a substitute as provided in §4-06.14.

(d) Faculty Library Committee.  The Faculty Library Committee shall advise the University Librarian concerning University Library policies and budget.  The Committee shall consist of the University Librarian,
ex officio, and nine members of the faculty appointed by the Faculty Senate for a maximum of two consecutive three-year terms.  The Law School Library does not fall within the jurisdiction of the Faculty Library Committee or of the University Librarian.

(e) Committee on Student Life.  The Committee on Student Life shall enhance the culture of the campus and insure the education of the whole person so central to liberal arts education in the Jesuit tradition.  The committee shall foster faculty awareness of and involvement in student activities under the jurisdiction of the Vice-President for Student Affairs, and promote communication between faculty and those involved in student affairs.  The Committee shall consist of five faculty members appointed by the Faculty Senate for three-year renewable terms.

(f) Faculty Committee on Technology.  The Faculty Committee on Technology shall advise University officials concerning the purchase, support, and use of technologies relevant to all aspects of academic affairs.  The Committee shall consist of the University’s chief technology official,
ex officio, other University technology staff deemed relevant by the University’s chief technology official, ex officio, the Academic Vice President or his designee, ex officio, the President of the Faculty Senate, ex officio, and eight full-time faculty members.  No more than one member of any School shall serve as a member of this committee.  Faculty members will be appointed by the Faculty Senate and serve a maximum of two consecutive three-year terms.

(g) Faculty Life Committee. 

                (1) The Faculty Life Committee shall advise the Faculty Senate on those aspects of
                      University life that contribute to faculty development and to the sense of University community.

                (2) The Faculty Life Committee shall consist of the President of the Faculty Senate,
ex officio,
                      and eleven other faculty members appointed by the Faculty Senate for three-year renewable
                      terms.  The Committee membership consists of: five from the Arts and Sciences Faculty at
                      Rose Hill, two from the Arts and Sciences Faculty at Lincoln Center, and one each from the
                      Schools of Business, Education, Law and Social Service.   Of the five Committee members
                      representing the Arts and Sciences Faculty at Rose Hill, three shall be tenured and two
                      non-tenured.   Of the two Committee members representing the Arts and Sciences Faculty
                      at Lincoln Center, one shall be tenured and one non-tenured. Faculty representing schools
                      having one seat on the Committee may be either tenured or non-tenured.  Committee members
                      shall be deemed to have the status they held at the time of appointment regardless of a status
                      change which may occur after appointment.
               
§4-06.09 - Committees Elected by the Faculty Senate

(a) Faculty Salary and Benefits Committee

                (1) The Faculty Salary and Benefits Committee shall review with the Administration the faculty
                      salary structure of the University.  The Committee shall determine annually with the
                      Administration the allocation of monies for faculty salaries and fringe benefits, subject to
                      the approval of the Board of Trustees (see §4-08.01). The Committee shall not represent
                      the Law School.  The Committee shall report to the Faculty Senate and obtain its approval
                      before reaching a final agreement with the Administration.  Nothing in this paragraph shall
                      modify the power of the Board of Trustees to establish the University Budget.

                (2) The Faculty Salary and Benefits Committee shall consist of the President of the Faculty
                      Senate, ex officio, and twenty-two other faculty members elected by the Faculty Senate
                      in the Spring semester for three-year terms. There are no term limits for members of
                      the Faculty Salary and Benefits Committee. The twenty-two faculty members shall be
                      elected as follows: ten from the Arts and Sciences Faculty at Rose Hill, four from the Arts
                      and Sciences Faculty at Lincoln Center, four from the Faculty of Business, and two each
                      from the Schools of Education and Social Service. Of the ten Committee members
                      representing the Arts and Sciences Faculty at Rose Hill, six shall be tenured and four
                      non-tenured. Of the four Committee members representing the Arts and Sciences Faculty
                      at Lincoln Center, two shall be tenured and two non-tenured. Of the four members of the
                      Committee representing the Faculty of Business, two shall be tenured and two non-tenured.
                      Of the two members of the Committee representing the Faculty of the School of Education,
                      one shall be tenured and one non-tenured. Of the two members of the Committee
                      representing the Faculty of the School of Social Service, one shall be tenured and one
                      non-tenured. The persons nominated and subsequently elected shall be deemed to have
                      the status they held at the time of election regardless of a status change which may
                      occur after election.

                (3) The Faculty Salary and Benefits Committee shall be elected by the Faculty Senate from a
                      list of nominees presented by the Schools of the University (except the Law School). 
                      Nominations shall be secured in the following manner:   During the Spring semester, the
                      President of the Faculty Senate shall present to each Faculty separate lists of the tenured
                      and non-tenured eligible full-time faculty.  Members of a faculty voting in the election shall
                      nominate three names from the list and return the ballot to the President of the Faculty
                      Senate.  The Elections Committee shall count the ballots and rank the nominees from each
                      Faculty according to the number of votes received.  Nominees shall be selected in descending
                      order from this list to supply two names for each vacancy.  The Faculty Senate shall elect
                      members of the Committee from this list of nominees.

               (4) If a vacancy occurs in the Committee:

                                (A)  The President of the Faculty Senate shall promptly fill the vacancy by certifying as
                                            elected thereto the candidate from the Faculty in which the vacancy occurs who
                                            secured the next highest number of votes in the latest election of the Committee
                                            members by the Faculty Senate.

                                (B)  If the vacancy is not filled as provided in subparagraph (A), the Executive Committee
                                            of the Faculty Senate, together with the Senators representing the Faculty
                                            concerned, shall designate a faculty member from that Faculty to fill the vacancy.

                                (C) A committee member filling a vacancy pursuant to this paragraph shall serve out the
                                            term of the member whose vacancy is thus filled.

                (5) The term of office for this Committee shall begin on July 1.

(b) Tenure and Reappointment Appeals Committee

                (l) The Tenure and Reappointment Appeals Committee shall consider matters provided in §4-07, Part I.

                (2) The Tenure and Reappointment Appeals Committee shall consist of eleven tenured
                      faculty members (five from the Arts and Sciences Faculty at Rose Hill, two from the Arts
                      and Sciences Faculty at Lincoln Center, and one each from the Faculty of Business and
                      the Schools of Education, Law, and Social Service) elected by the Faculty Senate for
                      three-year terms.  No member of the Committee shall serve for more than one consecutive
                      three-year term, and no more than one member of any Department may serve as a
                      member at the same time.  If any case requires a rehearing or reconsideration by the
                      Committee, to the extent possible the same Committee members who originally heard the
                      case shall constitute the Committee for that purpose, regardless of the then current
                      membership of the Committee.

                (3) The Tenure and Reappointment Appeals Committee shall be elected by the Faculty Senate from
                      a list of nominees presented by the Faculties of the University.  Nominations shall be secured
                      in the following manner:  During the Spring semester, the President of the Faculty Senate shall
                      present to each Faculty a list of all eligible full-time tenured faculty members of that Faculty. 
                      Each full-time faculty member may nominate up to three names from the list and return the ballot
                      to the President of the Faculty Senate.  The Elections Committee shall count the ballots and rank
                      the nominees from each Faculty according to the number of votes each received.  Nominees
                      shall be selected in descending order from this ranked list to supply two names for each vacancy. 
                      The Faculty Senate shall elect members of the Committee from this list of nominees.

                (4) If a vacancy (other than temporary) occurs in the Committee:

                                (A) The President of the Faculty Senate shall promptly fill the vacancy by certifying as elected
                                            thereto the candidate from the Faculty in which the vacancy occurs who secured the
                                            next highest number of votes in the latest election of the Committee members by the
                                            Faculty Senate.

                                (B) If the vacancy is not filled as provided in sub-paragraph (A), the Executive Committee
                                            of the Faculty Senate, together with the Senators representing the Faculty concerned,
                                            shall designate a faculty member from that Faculty to fill the vacancy.

                                (C) A committee member filling a vacancy pursuant to this paragraph shall serve out the term
                                            of the member whose vacancy is thus filled.

                (5) In the event of disqualification of a member of the Committee in a particular case, the Faculty Senate
                      may appoint a substitute as provided in §4-06.14.

(c) University Tenure Review Committee

                (1) The University Tenure Review Committee, subsequent to the recommendations of the Deans
                      and the Vice President for Academic Affairs, shall review all positive tenure recommendations
                      by Departmental or Professional School Faculty (with the exception of the Law School) to
                      ensure that The University Norms for Granting Tenure [§4-05.04(d)(1)(2) are adhered to by the
                      unit making such a recommendation.  The Committee in its deliberations will take into
                      account the weight given to each of the qualifications of the candidate for tenure as articulated
                      by the several Departments and Schools in the context of their varying needs [§4-05.04(d)(2)(A). 
                      The Committee may make a  recommendation on tenure at variance with the Department or
                      School only for exceptional reasons.  The Committee shall make its recommendations to the
                      President of the University.

                (2) Faculty who had tenure track appointments on or before September 1, 1996, and are applying
                      for tenure in Departments and Professional Schools (with the exception of the Law School)
                      where fewer than sixty percent of the unit are tenured may elect at the time of tenure application
                      to have their cases reviewed by the University Tenure Review Committee if the unit vote is positive.

                (3) No recommendation by the Tenure and Reappointment Appeals Committee shall be reviewed
                      by the University Tenure Review Committee.

                (4) The University Tenure Review Committee shall consist of ten tenured faculty members (four
                      from the Arts and Sciences Faculty, Rose Hill, two from the Arts and Sciences Faculty, Lincoln
                      Center, one each from the Faculties of Business, Education and Social Service, with a fourth
                      rotating among these Professional Schools alphabetically, beginning with Business for the
                      Spring Term, 1998), elected by the Faculty Senate for three-year terms.  No member of the
                      Committee may serve for more than one consecutive three-year term.  No more than one
                      member of a Department may serve as a member of this Committee.  If any case requires
                      a rehearing and reconsideration by the Committee, to the extent possible the same University
                      Tenure Review Committee that originally acted on the case shall be reconvened regardless of timing.

                (5) The University Tenure Review Committee shall be elected by the Faculty Senate from a list of
                      nominees presented by the Faculties of the University (except the Law School).  Nominations
                      shall be secured in the following manner.  During the Fall semester, the President of the Faculty
                      Senate shall present to each Faculty a list of its tenured faculty members.  Each full-time  faculty
                      member of the Faculty shall nominate three names from the list and return the ballot to the
                      President of the Faculty Senate.  The Elections Committee shall count the ballots and rank
                      the nominees in each Faculty according to the number of votes each has received.  Nominees
                      shall be selected in descending order from this ranked list to supply two names for each
                      vacancy.  The Faculty Senate shall elect the members of the Committee from this list of nominees.

                (6) If a vacancy (other than temporary) occurs in the Committee:

                                (A)  The President of the Faculty Senate shall promptly fill the vacancy by certifying as elected
                                            thereto the candidate, from the Faculty in which the vacancy occurs, who secured the next highest
                                            number of votes in the latest election of the Committee members by the Faculty Senate.

                                (B) If the vacancy is not filled as provided in sub-paragraph (A), the Executive Committee of
                                            the Faculty Senate, together with the Senators representing the Faculty concerned,
                                            shall designate a faculty member from that Faculty to fill the vacancy.

                                (C) A committee member filling a vacancy pursuant to this paragraph shall serve out the
                                            term of the member whose vacancy is thus filled.

                (7) In the event of disqualification of a member of the Committee in a particular case, the Faculty
                      Senate may appoint a substitute as provided in §4-06.14.

§4-06.10 - School or Faculty Committees

Each School or Faculty may establish such faculty committees as it deems appropriate.
   
§4-06.11 - Department or Faculty Committees

Each Department may establish faculty committees as it deems appropriate.

§4-06.12 - Ad Hoc Committees

When required, ad hoc committees may be established at the University, Faculty, School or Department level, to make appropriate studies and recommendations.  These Committees normally shall be established after consultation between the involved faculty and administration, as appropriate for the level concerned.

§4-06.13 - Term of Office

Unless otherwise specified, the term of office for each committee member shall commence on September 1.  Each committee member shall hold office until the expiration of the designated term and until a successor has been selected and qualified.
  
§4-06.14 - Disqualification and Temporary Substitution of Committee Members

(a) Faculty members are disqualified from serving on particular cases brought to the Faculty Hearing Committee, the Tenure and Reappointment Appeals Committee, and the University Tenure Review Committee if they have had prior roles in the case or have demonstrated another form of conflict of interest.

(b) The Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate may make temporary appointments to committees when required to fill vacancies for the purpose of avoiding a conflict of interest and in cases where the committee requests a substitute to fill a vacancy caused by disqualification or otherwise.

§4-06.15 - Confidentiality in the Work of Committees

(a) Members of committees dealing with individual personnel matters or confidential administrative matters are bound by the rule of confidentiality [see §4-07.41].

(b)  Nothing contained in this section shall preclude members of such committees from disclosing confidential matters to the Faculty Senate in executive session [see §4-06.04 (b)].

§4-06.16 - Presiding Officer of Committees; Procedures
   
(a) Unless otherwise specified, each committee shall elect its own presiding officer and any other officers it may require.

(b) Each committee may establish its own by-laws and procedures. Committees specified in §4-06.04 through §4-06.09 shall file copies of their by-laws and procedures in the Faculty Senate Office.  [See also §4-07.03(a), §4-07.32(a)].  The Faculty Senate may request that other committees file such documents in the Faculty Senate Office.

§4-06.50 - Department Chairperson

(a) Chairperson.  A faculty member shall serve as Chairperson of each Department.  The Chairperson's duties shall be carried out in consultation with the faculty members of the Department.

(b) Responsibilities of the Chairperson.  The Chairperson’s duties shall be carried out in accordance with these Statutes and other policies of the University, Faculty, School or Department.

                (1) Representational Duties.  The Chairperson shall represent the Department in dealing
                      with units of the University and administrators, informing them of the needs, policies
                      and procedures of the Department.  The Chairperson shall communicate University and
                      School policies to the members of the Department.

                (2) Administrative Duties.  The Chairperson shall administer the Department including calling
                      and presiding at meetings, implementing University, Faculty, School or Department policies
                      and procedures, supervising the staff and facilities, preparing the budget and supervising
                      expenditures of the unit.

                (3) Curricular and Instructional Duties.  The Chairperson shall be responsible for planning and
                      implementing the curriculum, instructional programs and schedules, and ensuring proper
                      evaluation of teaching effectiveness, according to procedures established by the University,
                      Faculty, School or Department.

                (4) Counseling Duties.  The Chairperson shall arrange for the registration and counseling of students.

                (5) Duties Relating to Faculty.  The Chairperson shall take an active role in recruitment of faculty
                      and instructional staff, shall preside at meetings of personnel committees as provided in these
                      Statutes and shall review progress with each probationary faculty member at least annually
                      [see §4-05.02(e)(2)].

(c) Selection of Chairperson

                (1) The Chairperson normally shall be selected from among the tenured Professors and Associate
                      Professors of the Department.

                (2) The nominating committee shall consist of all full-time faculty with the rank of Assistant Professor
                      or higher who have completed one academic year of service at the University.

                                (A) If there are fewer than five faculty members who meet the above requirements, the full-time
                                            faculty members of the Department shall elect from among themselves by written secret
                                            ballot the number of persons necessary to secure a five member nominating committee.

                                (B) In Departments where there are fewer than five full-time faculty members, the entire faculty
                                            shall constitute the nominating committee.

                                (C) Any member of the faculty serving under a terminal notice of contract shall be eligible to
                                            participate in nominations for Chairperson only if such person will serve under the
                                            Chairperson to be appointed.

                                (D) Eighty (80) percent of a nominating committee shall constitute a quorum for the
                                            transaction of all business.

                                (E) Faculty members on faculty fellowship or leave of absence and administrators tenured in
                                            the unit may vote as members of a nominating committee if they are present at the
                                            meeting but they shall not affect the presence or absence of a quorum.

                (3) The Dean of Faculty shall meet with the nominating committee for the purpose of sharing
                      perspectives.

                (4) The nominating committee shall vote separately on each nominee for Chairperson.  The Committee
                      shall forward all the names (up to three) from among those who received a majority of the votes 
                      cast.  The vote  shall be by written secret ballet.  The Committee shall transmit the names to the
                      Dean of Faculty.
     

                      Each academic unit may use its own procedures forthe process of nominating candidates for the 
                      unit's recommendation of a chair, but these procedures must be put in written form, must respect
                      Robert's Rules for Order, and must be approved by the members of that academic unit prior to
                      beginning the nomination process.  These procedures should be forwarded by the unit to the
                      appropriate deans, to the Office of the Provost, and to the Faculty Senate in the same way in which
                      it must declare its procedures for merit considerations.  

     
                (5) The Dean shall add comments, and transmit the names of the nominees to the Vice President for
                      Academic Affairs, who shall appoint the Chairperson.

                                (A) If the Vice President for Academic Affairs declines to appoint any of the nominees, the Vice
                                            President shall meet with the Committee and the Dean to discuss the matter.  A quorum
                                            is not required at this meeting, unless another nomination for a permanent chairperson
                                            is to be made by the committee, in which case the usual 80% quorum will be required.

                                (B) If agreement on a Chairperson is not achieved, the Vice President for Academic Affairs may
                                            appoint an Acting Chairperson [see §4-06.51]

(d) Term of Office.  The term of office of a Chairperson is three years, renewable for one sequential term.  A shorter appointment may be made in special circumstances.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, a Chairperson who has served two Consecutive three-year terms may be continued in Office by reappointment for one-year terms, subject to the nomination process described in §4-06.50(c).

(e) Stipend.  In addition to receiving a reduced teaching load, the Chairperson shall receive an appropriate stipend.

(f) Termination of Appointment.  A proceeding for termination of the appointment of a Chairperson may be commenced by petition to the Dean of Faculty made by at least two thirds of the eligible nominating committee; or by the Dean with the consent of a majority of the eligible nominating committee.  If the Dean is unable to reconcile the matter, the Dean shall inform the Vice President for Academic Affairs, who shall conduct a hearing at which all parties may be represented.  The decision of the Vice President for Academic Affairs shall be final.

§4-06.51 - Acting Chairperson

(a) - If a Department is unable to make any nominations for Chairperson, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, after consultation with the Dean of Faculty, may appoint an Acting Chairperson for a period not to exceed one academic year.

(b) - In case of inability of a Chairperson to serve, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, after consultation with the Dean of Faculty and the Professors and Associate Professors of the Department, may appoint an Acting Chairperson to serve until a Chairperson is appointed pursuant to §4-06.50(c).

§4-06.52 - Associate or Assistant Chairperson

The Chairperson with the concurrence of the Department may request that an Associate or Assistant Chairperson be appointed in cases where the administration and operation of Associate or the unit so require.  Upon approval by the Dean of Faculty, such appointments are made by the Vice President for Academic Affairs for one-year renewable terms. Appropriate workload and compensation shall be arranged.

§4-06.53 - Chairperson of a School Faculty

In Schools not organized by Departments one member of the faculty of the School may, at the option of the faculty, be selected as Chairperson of the Faculty of the School by the same procedure specified for the choosing of Department Chairperson [see 4-06.50(c)].  The responsibilities of the Chairperson of a Faculty shall be determined by the Faculty of the School, and may include the following:

(a) Conducting faculty meetings dealing with appointment, reappointment, promotion and tenure, and making the presiding officer's recommendation in these matters.

(b) Representing the faculty in dealings with the Dean, other administrators, and other units of the University.

This section 4-06.53 is not applicable to the Schools of Business.

§4-06.54 - Coordinators or Directors of Programs and Areas

The nominating process does not apply to Coordinators or Directors of Programs or Areas.  For such positions, if the program is intra-departmental, the selection shall be made by the Chairperson ofthe Department; if it is inter-departmental, the selection shall be made by the Dean of the School.

§4-06.55 - Directors of Arts and Sciences Interdisciplinary Committees

(a) Responsibility.  The Director of an Arts and Sciences Interdisciplinary Committee (or in the special case where there are Co-directors) is the operational head/administrative officer of the program with responsibilities for coordinating the participating faculty members’ formulating of major and minor programs offered by the Committee.  The Director represents the program’s needs to the Dean(s) of the College(s) and the Dean of the Arts and Sciences Faculty as appropriate, coordinates course scheduling for courses specific to the program, discusses the program’s needs with the Chairpersons of those Departments that offer courses essential to the program, and coordinates scheduling and cycling of these with the Chairpersons.

(b) Selection of Director and Terms of Appointment.  The Director of an Interdisciplinary Program is nominated by the members of the Interdisciplinary Committee, is appointed by the Vice President for Adademic Affairs, upon the recommendation of the Dean of the Arts and Sciences Faculty after consultation with the Dean(s) of the Colleges(s) for a three-year term, and receives a stipend and/or course reduction as appropriate to the size of the program and the burden of the tasks involved in managing the program.

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