Faculty and Academic Staff Handbook

23rd Edition, 2013 Version


Preface

Purpose

The Faculty and Academic Staff Handbook (Handbook) is a resource for all faculty and staff, defining the history, mission, educational design, organizational structure, compensation procedures, academic standards, and policies of the institution. 

Handbook Editions

The official version of the Handbook is the on-line copy.  A new edition of the Handbook will be saved each year on August 1.  Old editions will be archived and made available through the Faculty Senate’s website.

Amendments

Unless otherwise defined at the time of their passage, amendments to the Handbook take effect August 1 of each year. Each section of the Handbook can be amended by using the appropriate process defined below:

Chapter/
Section

Initiating
Body

Placed onto
the Faculty Senate
Agenda by

Faculty Senate Readings

Faculty
Senate
Voting Rule

Chancellor’s Signature

Other Approvals

Preface or
Introduction

Faculty Senate Executive Committee

Faculty Senate Executive Committee

Two readings at least seven days apart

Majority of Members

Required

None

Chapter 1
1.1 History
1.2 University of Wisconsin System

Chancellor

Faculty Senate Executive Committee

One reading

Majority of Members

Required

Typically none, but also see footnote 3 below

Chapter 1
1.3 Mission   Statements
1.4 Educational  Design
1.5 Academic Organization
1.6 Accreditation     and Memberships
1.7 UW-River Falls    Foundation
1.8 West Central Wisconsin
Consortium

1.9 Budgeting
1.10 Equality of Opportunity

Faculty Senate Executive Committee

Faculty Senate Executive Committee

Two readings at least seven days apart

Majority of Members

Required

Typically none, but also see footnote 3 below

Chapter 1
New sections

Faculty Senate Executive Committee

Faculty Senate Executive Committee

Two readings at least seven days apart

Majority of Members

Required

Typically none, but also see footnote 3 below

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 3
3.1 Introduction

Faculty Senate Executive Committee

Faculty Senate Executive Committee

Two readings at least seven days apart

Majority of Members

Required

None

Chapter 3
3.2 Constitution of the UWRF Faculty

Faculty Senate Executive Committee,
or the Chancellor, or Faculty Committees,
or A majority vote of senators,
or a petition signed by 12 or more faculty

Faculty Senate Executive Committee,
or the Chancellor,
or Faculty Committees,
or A majority vote
of senators,
or a petition signed by 12 or more faculty

One reading

Simple majority vote  (alternative method is to obtain signatures of 10 percent of the members of the faculty)

Required after referendum

Referendum approved by a simple majority vote of faculty

Chapter 3
3.3 Faculty By-Laws

Faculty Senate Executive Committee, or the Chancellor,
or Faculty Committees,
or A majority vote of senators, or a petition signed by 12 or more faculty

Faculty Senate Executive Committee,
or the Chancellor,
or Faculty Committees,
or A majority vote
of senators,
or a petition signed by 12 or more faculty

Two readings at least seven days apart

Two-thirds vote of Members

Required

None

Chapter 3
New Sections

Faculty Senate Executive Committee

Faculty Senate Executive Committee

Two readings at least seven days apart

Majority of Members

Required

None

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapters 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 and proposed new chapters *

Faculty Senate Executive Committee

Faculty Senate Executive Committee

One reading

Majority of Members

Required

Typically none, but also see 1 - 3 below

Chapter 6

Academic Staff Council

NA

NA

NA

Required

Typically none, but also see 1 - 3 below

* Temporary arrangement:  The proposed amendment process for these chapters shall be in effect until modified by the Faculty Senate and the Chancellor.

 

1. Rules and procedures developed pursuant to chapters UWS 3 to 8 by the faculty of each institution shall be forwarded by the Chancellor to the President and by the President to the Board for its approval prior to their taking effect. Such policies and procedures, unless disapproved or altered by the Regents, shall be in force and effect as rules of the Regents.

2.  Wherever each institution is charged in chapters UWS 8 to 13 with adopting policies and/or procedures, the Chancellor shall develop these policies and procedures in consultation with the committee and, as appropriate, members of the faculty and student body. Policies and procedures developed by each institution for administering the elements of the academic staff personnel policies addressed by these rules shall be in full force and effect when finally approved by the Chancellor and forwarded to the Board. The Board may undertake a review of any or all portions of such policies and procedures but shall complete such review within 90 days of the receipt of the policies and procedures. Should the board within 90 days return to the institution any portion or portions of its policies and procedures as disapproved, that portion or portions shall be suspended until reconsideration and resubmission has occurred.

3. Administrative reorganizations (e.g. establishment of new colleges) and University mission statements require Board of Regents approval.


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