UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
Article I - General Authority of the Faculty
It is the responsibility of the faculty, as a community devoted to scholarship, to engage in the formulation, implementation, and maintenance of programs and policies designed to effectively encourage the pursuit of knowledge. Within the limits prescribed by law and by the policies of the Board of Regents and in keeping with the tradition of the academic community, the general faculty serves as the organization through which policies are formulated and recommended to the Chancellor. The faculty is properly concerned with academic policies and programs, with how such policies are administered, and with any other matters that affect the general welfare of the University and the achievement of its goals.
Article II - Definition of the Faculty
Faculty shall be defined to include the Chancellor, all professors, associate professors, assistant professors, and instructors. Academic staff were granted "faculty status" by action of the Faculty Senate and the Chancellor on July 29, 1975 and Sept. 16, 1975, respectively.
Article III - Powers and Responsibilities of the Faculty
Faculty responsibility includes, but is not limited to, the areas of curriculum, subject matter, methods of instruction, standards for scholarship, research, academic program development for the student, academic advising, those aspects of student life which relate to the educational process, professional and welfare matters that relate to the faculty working environment, and the general areas of professional standards and overall faculty responsibility for the educational process within the University community.
Based on the historical principles of the right of those governed to participate in the decisionmaking that affects how they are to be governed, the following Constitution is intended to identify and delineate, within the University structure, the roles and responsibilities of the faculty within the University community.
The faculty shall have full academic freedom in the classroom, in research, and elsewhere as outlined in the AAUP statements on academic freedom.* Faculty members shall be free from institutional censorship or discipline when acting as citizens or in matters of academic freedom. In turn, members of the faculty shall acknowledge and accept their responsibilities as professional people, and any public statement shall make clear whether they speak as individuals or as representatives of the University.
*1940 AAUP Statement of Academic Freedom and 1968 Recommended Institutional Regulations.
In the performance of its academic and legislative functions, the following shall be among the concerns and responsibilities exercised by the faculty, normally handled through the college, departmental, and committee structure:
Whenever it becomes necessary to appoint a new chancellor, the faculty shall elect a committee which, at the pleasure of the Board of Regents, shall be consulted in the selection process.
For the purposes of planning the total academic program, the entire faculty is responsible for institutional policy without respect to lines established for administrative convenience as described in Chapter II.
The faculty delegates to the elected members of the Faculty Senate its powers and responsibilities as affect the academic policies and programs and general welfare of the University, in accordance with the provisions of Article IV.
The faculty may at any time review the selection of the Faculty Senate. The faculty reserves the right to overrule any Senate action, such a veto requiring a majority vote of the quorum of the faculty.
Section C – Meetings of the Faculty
In all appropriate matters of University policy, all decisions of the Faculty Senate shall be forwarded to the Chancellor of the University for his or her implementation or veto. In the event the Chancellor chooses to veto action of the Faculty Senate, he or she shall so inform the Chair of the Faculty Senate within a reasonable period of time.
If agreement on the issue cannot be reached, the Faculty Senate, by a two-thirds vote, may refer the matter to a general faculty meeting for discussion to be followed by a mail vote. If at least two-thirds of the faculty concur with the Faculty Senate action, the Chair of the Senate will request the Chancellor to reconsider the veto and to take such further steps toward reconciliation of differences as the Chancellor and the Faculty Senate may agree to be appropriate.
In the event that the Chancellor chooses to veto action taken by the faculty at a faculty meeting, that matter will be placed on the agenda for the next faculty meeting for discussion to be followed by a mail vote. If at least two-thirds of the voting faculty concur with the original faculty action on the issue, the Chair of the Senate will request the Chancellor to reconsider the veto and to take such steps toward a reconciliation of differences as the Chancellor and the Faculty Senate may agree to be appropriate.
The Faculty Senate is the legislative arm of the faculty. As such, the faculty delegates to the Senate its powers and responsibilities as affect the academic policies and programs, faculty affairs, and the general welfare of the University in accordance with the provisions of Article III.
The Election Chair [FS 11/12-52], here and everywhere else "Vice Chair" formerly appeared in Section C], as the agent of the Faculty Senate, shall conduct and validate elections. The procedure for electing senators shall be initiated by March 1 in the spring semester.
1. Division Elections – Senate Seats
2. At-large Election – Senate Seats
a. Chair of the Faculty Senate:
- to preside over all meetings of the Faculty Senate
- to appoint all ad hoc Committees as authorized by the Faculty Senate
- to serve as liaison between the Chancellor and the Faculty Senate
- to call and conduct meetings of the Executive Committee
- to serve as the Senate's representative to the body known as "Faculty Representatives"
b. Vice Chair of the Faculty Senate:
- to preside over meetings in the absence of the Chair
- to keep a record of on-going changes for the Faculty and Academic Staff Handbook [FS 01/02-1]
- to serve the Faculty Senate as a resource person on the content of the Faculty and Academic Staff Handbook
- to update the on-line Faculty and Academic Staff Handbook annually and in accordance with the August 1 deadline for changes and to make print copies of the Handbook as needed. [FS 01/02-1]
c. Elections Chair of the Faculty Senate [FS 11/12-52]
- to validate, supervise, and conduct elections under jurisdiction of the Faculty Senate
d. Secretary of the Faculty Senate:
- to act as Secretary of the Faculty and be the recipient of items to be placed on the agenda
- to keep minutes of the Faculty Senate and Faculty meetings and effect the appropriate distribution of these minutes
- to transmit Faculty Senate actions in writing to the Chancellor for his or her information and/or approval
- to provide for notification of Faculty and Faculty Senate meetings as specified in the Constitution
- to transmit pertinent Faculty Senate actions in writing to the Faculty Senate Chair
- to receive and present to the Senate all appropriate correspondence
- to keep duplicate copies of all written records for annual disposition in the University Archives
e. Faculty Senate Liaison [FS 11/12-52]
- Represent the Faculty Senate on the Academic Staff Council
- Report to and confer regularly with the Faculty Senate regarding Academic Staff Council Activities
Ratification of this Constitution will be by a majority of faculty voting in a mail ballot and acceptance by the Chancellor of the University.
Amendment of this Constitution will be by a majority of faculty voting in a mail ballot, provided notice of the proposed amendment has been given to the faculty at least two weeks prior to the vote. Amendments may be proposed by a majority vote of the Faculty Senate or by petition submitted to the Faculty Senate bearing signatures of at least 10 percent of the faculty. In addition, all amendments to this Constitution must be approved by the Chancellor.