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Article XIV. College and School Faculties

1. Membership

Each college or school faculty, except the Graduate Faculty, shall be composed of the President, who shall be the presiding officer; the dean or director of the college or school; and all professors, associate professors, and assistant professors in the department or departments under the charge of that faculty. Instructors, senior research associates, senior extension associates, lecturers and senior lecturers, clinical professors, associate clinical professors, and assistant clinical professors, professors of the practice, associate professors of the practice, assistant professors of the practice, research scientists, principal research scientists, and those bearing the adjunct title shall be nonvoting members, except as stated in the paragraph below, or unless given the right to vote by the particular faculty in circumstances defined by that faculty. Each college or school faculty may, in its discretion, grant voting or non-voting membership to senior scholars, senior scientists, and other professional personnel for whom such membership  is deemed appropriate by such faculty. Granting of such college or school faculty status will in no way affect other conditions of employment.

Clinical professors of all ranks, professors of the practice of all ranks, and lecturers and senior lecturers shall participate fully in those decisions that are directly related to their roles within the college or school and within the department. The dean or director shall have the responsibility of identifying those issues that are related to their roles within the college or school, and the department chair shall have that   responsibility within the department. Within the department, those appointed to clinical professorial titles shall participate fully in hiring decisions of others of their rank or in lower clinical professor ranks; those appointed to professor of the practice titles shall participate fully in hiring decisions of others of their rank or in lower professor of the practice ranks; senior lecturers shall participate fully in hiring decisions of other senior lecturers and lecturers, and lecturers shall participate fully in the hiring decisions of other lecturers. Notwithstanding the above, in units where the number of clinical professorial faculty, professor of the practice faculty and lecturers and senior lecturers is comparable to the number of professorial faculty, the Provost may determine the appropriate level of participation by clinical professorial faculty, professor of the practice faculty, lecturers and senior lecturers in curricular decisions.

Any college or school faculty may elect to its membership persons who  are already members of other faculties of the University for so long a period as they continue to be members of such other faculties.

2. Duties

Subject to the authority of the University Faculty on all matters affecting general educational policy, it shall be the duty of each separate college or school faculty to determine the entrance requirements for its own students; to prescribe and define courses of study for them; to determine the requirements for such degrees as are offered to students under its jurisdiction; to recommend to the President such candidates for degrees as may have fulfilled the requirements therefor; to enact and enforce rules for the guidance and supervision of its students in their academic work; and in general to exercise jurisdiction over the academic interests of students and all other educational matters in the particular college or school.

3. The Faculty of Medicine

The Faculty of Medicine shall be composed as are the other college and school faculties under paragraph one of this Article. However, the duties of that Faculty shall be discharged ordinarily by an Executive Faculty Council consisting of the President, the Provost for Medical Affairs, the dean and the associate deans of the college, and the chairpersons of those departments of the college and such other persons as may be designated by the President; and by a General Faculty Council consisting of representatives elected by the various disciplines and constituent elements of the college as the Board of Trustees shall authorize and provide.

4. The Graduate Faculty

The Graduate Faculty shall be composed of the President, who shall be its presiding officer, the Provost, the deans or directors of the several colleges and schools, the dean of the Graduate School, and those members of the University staff of instruction and research who have been designated members of the Graduate Faculty by the dean of the Graduate School with approval of its general committee on the basis of recommendations made by fields of the Graduate School through their representatives and/or other members of the Graduate Faculty.

The Graduate Faculty shall have jurisdiction over all graduate work and any degree beyond the first degrees given by any college or school except in the case, described below, of the Graduate School of Medical Sciences.  The Graduate Faculty  may delegate jurisdiction over designated professional masters degrees to the particular college or school faculty in instances where the Graduate Faculty determines such programs to be academically aligned with the first degrees given by the college or school.

5. The Faculty of the Graduate School of Medical Sciences

The Faculty of the Graduate School of Medical Sciences shall be composed of members of the staff of instruction and research at the Medical College who are or have been members of special committees to individual students in the Graduate School of Medical Sciences. It shall have jurisdiction over advanced general and professional degrees granted for study in residence at the Graduate School of Medical Sciences.

Last Updated: July 16, 2017 at 5:32 am