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ARTICLE II. The Faculty Senate.

Section 1. Powers.  Powers and responsibilities vested in the faculty, except those that are reserved by this constitution to the general faculty or delegated by this constitution to faculty in the colleges, schools, departments or equivalent units, shall be delegated to the Faculty Senate as the representative body of the faculty. As such, the Faculty Senate shall represent faculty interests and maintain faculty prerogatives not vested in colleges, departments, or equivalent units, specifically including the faculty role (as defined in Article I, Section 4, and Article II, Sections 2, 3, 4 of this Constitution) in the immediate governance of the institution, in the formulation of academic policy, in planning, in faculty development, in curriculum development, in faculty personnel matters, and in the management and deployment of fiscal and physical resources.

Section 2. University Policy: Primary Faculty Responsibility.

A.  The Faculty Senate, in cooperation with colleges and departments and equivalent units and administrative officers, shall assure faculty participation in all stages of policy development about matters of primary faculty responsibility.

B.  The Faculty Senate, in cooperation with colleges and departments or equivalent units, and recognizing the students' role and the Chancellor's responsibilities and authority, shall have primary responsibility for formulating university-level policy about the following:

1.  Academic and educational activities including instruction, review and coordination of curriculum,    academic planning, and faculty development.

2.  Tenure-track and tenured faculty personnel matters including salary procedures, university-level    policy about faculty status, appointments, reappointments, dismissals, tenure, promotion, merit,          participation in outside activities, personnel planning, faculty development, and the rights of laid-off faculty. Where applicable, all such policies shall be consistent with the Wisconsin Administrative Code.

C.  Faculty Senate decisions and rationale concerning academic and educational activities and faculty personnel matters are transmitted in writing to the Chancellor. The Chancellor, recognizing  the academic tradition of concurring with a clear faculty judgement in matters of primary faculty responsibility, shall as a matter of collegiality respond in writing, giving reasons, providing that such communication shall not be prohibited by law or System policy. Nothing in this section shall impede the authority of the Chancellor, established by law and System policy, to review faculty decisions on such matters and to make independent judgements regarding them; and nothing in this section shall prohibit appropriate consultation.

Section 3. University Policy: Governance.

A.   The faculty, subject to the provisions of appropriate Wisconsin statutes, shall be responsible for the immediate governance of the institution. The Faculty Senate, in cooperation with colleges and departments or equivalent units, shall assure faculty participation in all levels of policy development about governance.

B.    The Faculty Senate, in cooperation with colleges and departments or equivalent units, and recognizing the students' role and the Chancellor's responsibilities and authority, shall have responsibility for formulating university-level policy about the following faculty matters: elections, eligibility for voting, representation, faculty participation in governance, faculty organizational structure, bylaws, and constitution.

Section 4. University Policy: Faculty Participation Rights.

A.   The Faculty Senate, in cooperation with colleges and departments or equivalent units, shall assure faculty participation in all stages of policy development in areas of faculty concern.

B.    The Faculty Senate or its representatives to the appropriate body, subject to the responsibilities and authority of the Chancellor, shall actively participate in the formulation of university-level institutional policies in areas of faculty concern, specifically including the management and deployment of fiscal and physical resources.

Section 5. Administrative Search and Screen Procedures.  The Faculty Senate shall select faculty representatives for search and screen committees for System and University-level administrators above the level of dean.

Section 6. Evaluation of Administrators.  The Faculty Senate will share in the development of university policy and procedures for the evaluation of administrators concerned with matters of primary faculty responsibility. Faculty within the specific college or school represented by a dean will participate in the periodic evaluation of that dean.

Section 7. Complaints and Grievance Procedure.  The Faculty Senate, in accordance with appropriate Wisconsin statutes, shall develop rules and procedures addressing allegations, complaints, and grievances about the professional conduct of faculty members, and shall provide a grievance procedure to assure that violation of faculty rights or unfair treatment may be promptly and equitably remedied.

Section 8. Faculty Senate Bylaws.  The Faculty Senate shall write and operate in accordance with its own Bylaws.

Section 9. Faculty Senators.  The Faculty Senate shall be composed of approximately one    Senator for every 12-13 faculty members. Senators will be elected as representatives of various constituencies as specified in Article II, Section 10 of this Constitution. All faculty members shall be eligible to serve as members of the Faculty Senate except administrators above the level of chairperson or equivalent who hold a limited appointment.

Section 10. Constituencies.  The Faculty Senate shall divide the faculty into voting constituencies.

A.  Each voting constituency will be entitled to elect at least two faculty senators.

B.  Additional seats are apportioned to constituencies based on the relative number of FTE (Full Time Equivalent Faculty) assigned to the constituency using the Huntington-Hill method.

C.  The Faculty Senate shall review the size of the Faculty Senate and the distribution of Senators among the constituencies every three years.

D.  The constituencies of the Faculty Senate are:

1.   College of Business

2.   College of Education and Human Services

3.   College of Letters and Science: Fine and Performing Arts Division

4.  College of Letters and Science: Humanities Division

5.   College of Letters and Science: Mathematics and Natural Science Division

6.   College of Letters and Science: Social Science Division

7.   College of Nursing

E.   The Faculty Senate shall establish election procedures ensuring that there are Senators from all campuses (conditional on faculty members from a given campus being willing to serve as Senator).

Section 11. Election of Faculty Senators.  Each year elections will be held to fill one-third of the seats on the Faculty Senate. Elections of faculty senators shall be initiated no later than the eighth week of the spring semester and shall be concluded within a five-week period. Election procedures shall be established in the Faculty Senate Bylaws.

Section 12. Meetings of the Faculty Senate.

A.   The Senate shall hold a regular meeting at least once per month during the two full semesters of the academic year with a minimum of nine meetings per academic year. Meetings of the Senate shall be called by the president of the Senate. The times and locations of meetings shall be selected by the president of the Senate, in accordance with the preferences of the senators, and shall be announced in advance to the faculty.

B.    General faculty meetings, for the purpose of discussion and exchange of information, may be called by the Faculty Senate president or by petition of 20 faculty members to the president. The president of the Faculty Senate shall preside.

Section 13. Standing Committees.  The Faculty Senate will establish standing committees to carry out the faculty's role, as defined in Article II, Sections 2 and 3 of this Constitution, in the formulation and implementation of university policy about academic and educational activities, faculty personnel matters, and immediate governance of the institution in accordance with appropriate Wisconsin statutes. The charter for each of these committees will be approved by the Faculty Senate consistent with the procedure for amending the bylaws of the Faculty Senate.

The Senate shall create other standing committees as it considers necessary to assist it and the faculty in formulating policies and making decisions in areas of faculty concern. The process of establishing a charter for each of these committees will be the same as that described above.

Section 14 Special Faculty Committees.  The Senate shall create such ad hoc committees and task forces as it considers necessary to assist it in formulating policies and making decisions on special problems.

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