From the Faculty Handbook…
Under the terms of the 1984 amendment to the university charter, there are two faculty trustee positions on the Board of Trustees.
A faculty member who has served as faculty representative on the Board of Trustees or as faculty trustee for more than one calendar year shall not be eligible for nomination for the office of faculty trustee for a term commencing less than two years after the expiration of the former term. While professors emeritus, if resident in Ithaca, and members of the faculty serving as university administrators, deans, or directors are eligible for nomination, preference shall be given to active members of the faculty who do not hold such offices.
When acting as faculty trustees, faculty members are privileged to express their independent opinions and judgments. However, in view of the fact that the faculty, when it wishes to inform the Board of Trustees of its views, does so either by requesting the president to transmit them to the board or by establishing a special faculty committee to confer with a trustee committee appointed by the board, faculty trustees shall not assume to speak for the faculty, unless expressly authorized by the faculty to do so in particular cases. They may, however, state their opinion as to the probable faculty reaction to any proposal affecting academic or educational policy.
Ithaca-based faculty trustees shall be ex officio voting members of the Faculty Senate. The Committee on Nominations and Elections canvasses the faculty; prepares a slate of trustee candidates for Faculty Senate approval; and circulates a mail ballot, using the Hare system, to all voting members of the University Faculty. The candidate receiving the majority of votes is elected for a four-year term. The results of the election are reported to the President.