Section 1: Membership. Faculty membership includes any full-time individuals who hold the academic rank of professor, associate professor, assistant professor, instructor, or lecturer and who are appointed to an academic unit (department, institute, school) of a college or division. Other individuals may be specified in the Bylaws of the college or division as being faculty members of the college or division with the exception of individuals hired on a course-by-course basis.
Section 2. Authority. Subject to the Bylaws and Policies of the Board of Regents and to the policies of the University Senate on all matters affecting general university policy, and subject to minimum requirements as may be established for the University, the faculty of each college or school shall have the authority and duty to determine the entrance requirements for its own students; to prescribe and define courses of study for them; to set requirements for degrees, diplomas, and certificates; to enact and enforce rules for the guidance and government of its students; and in general, to exercise jurisdiction over all educational matters within the college or school.
Section 3. Autonomy. The faculty of a college or school shall have the fullest autonomy which is consistent with the maintenance of the general educational policy of the University and with the maintenance of proper academic and administrative relations with the other colleges or schools of the University, provided that the autonomy is not inconsistent with the Bylaws and Policies of the Board of Regents.
Section 4. Graduate Work. The faculty of a college or school which offers graduate work may be so organized in its bylaws that certain members with suitable qualifications shall be designated as graduate faculty. This graduate faculty may have its own dean or director of graduate studies and its own bylaws subject to the provisions of the college or school bylaws. Its duties and responsibilities within a graduate structure shall be similar to the duties and responsibilities of the faculty of the college or school itself as defined in Section 1, above. If there is a graduate faculty and a director or dean of graduate studies of a college or school, they shall report through the dean of that college or school. At the discretion of the dean and faculty of a college or school, other forms of organization may be adopted with the approval of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Section 5. Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates. Through its dean and the President of the University, the appropriate faculty of a college or school shall recommend to the Board of Regents the establishing, modifying, or discontinuing of degrees, diplomas, and certificates attesting to academic credit earned. A recommendation regarding any degree program shall be made only with the approval of such faculty.
Section 6. Organization. Regarding matters within its jurisdiction, the faculty of each college or school shall have the power to set up rules governing its own procedure and to adopt bylaws and regulations. On call of its dean, each faculty shall hold at least one (1) meeting during each academic semester. Minutes of all such meetings shall be sent by the dean or a representative to each faculty member of the college or school, to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and to the President. Special meetings may be called by the dean and must be called upon petition of twenty (20) percent of the faculty eligible to vote; the petition shall specify the purpose of the meeting. Adequate notice shall be given of any faculty meeting.
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