CHAPTER ONE: 1520
HISTORY, MISSION, GENERAL ORGANIZATION, AND GOVERNANCE
OF THE UNIVERSITY FACULTY
NOTE: When the university was young, the faculty’s business could be
transacted quite satisfactorily in general meetings and through presidential
committees. After the mid-20th
century, however, the need for a representative form of government became
obvious. Shortly after assuming the
presidency in 1965, Ernest W. Hartung expressed great confidence in the
faculty and urged it to assume the responsibilities entrusted to it by the
territorial legislature and the state constitution [see
A-3]. Accordingly, the Interim Committee of the Faculty, a body that performed
limited academic functions for a time, recommended the establishment of a
council having responsibilities and authority essentially as set forth in this
constitution. The university
faculty adopted the Interim Committee’s recommendation on October 20, 1966,
the regents approved it on November 18, 1966, and elections were held in the
several colleges. The first Faculty Council assembled on February 23, 1967, with Professor Thomas R. Walenta (law)
as chair; during the ensuing year, the council developed a proposed constitution
of the university faculty. The
document was amended and approved by the university faculty on March 20, 1968,
and, with President Hartung’s support, was ratified with minor amendments by
the regents on September 5, 1968. The
last major revision took place in 1986.
In 2009 the Faculty
Council changed its name to Faculty Senate a more common name used in academia,
off campus faculty will have voting members on Senate at Coeur d'Alene, Boise, and
Idaho Falls, and off-campus faculty
will now be counted in the quorum at university faculty meetings with vote through
designated sites and delegates given available technology (see
A). In 2011 Clinical faculty rank was added and language with respect to
associated faculty voting was clarified. In 2012 Faculty Senate Center Senator's role/responsibility was
clarified, staff membership increased to two and the required annual venue
determination removed. In July 2013 the Faculty Senate's membership was
increased again by one member to represent the Student Bar Association. The
text printed here includes all amendments to date (see also 1420
Unless otherwise noted, the text is of 1996. For more information,
contact the Office of the Faculty Secretary (208-885-6151). [ed. 7-00, rev.
7-09, 7-11, 7-12, 7-13]
Article I. General Provisions
Article II. Faculty Classifications
Article III. Faculty
Article IV. Responsibilities
of the University Faculty
Article V. Faculty
Article VI. Rules
The faculty of the University of Idaho, designated "university
faculty," as defined in article II, section 1, in acknowledgement of the
responsibilities entrusted to it for the immediate government of the
university by article IX, section 10, of the constitution of the state of
Idaho, has adopted and declared this constitution to be the basic document
under which to discharge its responsibilities.
The regents are vested by article IX, section 10, of the constitution
of the state of Idaho with all powers necessary or convenient to govern the
university in all its aspects. The
regents are the authority for actions of the university faculty, and policy
actions taken by the university faculty are subject to review and approval by
the president and by the regents. [See
1120 A-2 and
The president of the university is both a member of and the president of the
university faculty and is also the president of the other faculties referred
to in section 4, below, and in article II.
The president is the representative of the regents, the institution’s
chief executive officer, and the official leader and voice of the university.
1420 A.] [ed. 7-00]
3. Faculty Senate.
This senate is empowered to act for the university faculty in all
matters pertaining to the immediate government of the university.
The senate is responsible to and reports to the university faculty
and, through the president, to the regents.
The university faculty, president, and regents retain the authority to
review policy actions taken by the senate.
III-3, V, and
1420 A-1-c.] [ed. 7-00, 7-09]
4. Constituent Faculties.
The university faculty is composed of various constituent faculties,
including the faculties of the several colleges and other units of the
A. College Faculties.
The constituent faculty of each college or similar unit, meeting
regularly and in accordance with bylaws adopted by a majority vote of the
members of such faculty, is authorized to establish and to effect its own
educational objectives, including matters of student admission and curriculum,
and to participate in the selection of its own dean, other executive officers,
and faculty members, subject only to the general rules and regulations of the
university faculty and the authority of the president and the regents.
B. Faculties of Subdivisions.
If there are schools, intracollege divisions, departments, or separate
disciplines within a college or similar unit, the constituent faculty of each
such subdivision participates in decisions concerning its educational
objectives, including matters of student admission and curriculum, the
selection of its executive officers, and its faculty appointments, subject
only to the general rules and regulations of the college faculty and the
university faculty and the authority of the president and the regents.
C. Interim Government.
The Faculty Senate will provide for the establishment of bylaws for any
college or similar unit that has not adopted its own bylaws. [ed.
D. Matters of Mutual Concern.
The Faculty Senate has the responsibility for resolving academic
matters that concern more than one college or similar unit. [ed. 7-09]
1. University Faculty.
The university faculty is comprised of the president, provost, vice
presidents, deans, professors, associate professors, assistant professors,
senior instructors, instructors (including those professors, associate
professors, assistant professors, senior instructors, and instructors whose
titles have distinguished, research, extension, clinical or visiting designations,
e.g., "assistant clinical professor", "assistant research professor" and "visiting associate
professor"), and lecturers who have served at least four semesters on more than half-time appointment [see
Those who qualify under this section have the privilege of
participation with vote in meetings of the university faculty and the
appropriate constituent faculties. [ed.
7-99, 7-09, rev. 7-01, 7-11]
2. Emeriti. Faculty members emeriti have the privilege of participation without
vote in meetings of the university faculty and the appropriate constituent and
associated faculties. Also, they may be appointed to serve with vote on UI
committees. [See also
E.] [ed. 7-00, 7-09]
3. Associated Faculties.
4. General Faculty.
"General faculty" is a collective description for the
combined faculties referred to in sections 1, 2, and 3, above.
A. The adjunct faculty [see
1565 F-1] and the affiliate faculty [see
1565 F-2] are associated faculties.
Other associated faculties may be established as needed with the
approval of the university faculty, president, and regents. [ed. 7-00, 7-09]
B. Members of
the adjunct faculty have the privilege of participation without vote in meetings of the
university faculty. Members of the
affiliate faculty may participate with vote in meetings of the university
faculty if they have status as university faculty in their home unit.
Both adjunct and affiliate faculty members have the privilege of
participating in meetings of their respective constituencies of the
university faculty, and may participate with vote if the bylaws of their
constituent faculty so provide; however, if authorized to vote, they are not
counted among the full-time-equivalent faculty members when determining the
basis for the constituent faculty's representation on the Faculty Senate. [ed.
7-09, rev. 7-11]
The university faculty meets at least once each semester.
Meetings of the university faculty may be called at any time, with due
notice, by the president. Meetings
of the university faculty must be called with due notice by the president on
the request of the Faculty Senate or on the written petition of 25 members of
the university faculty. The
president, or a member of the
university faculty designated by the president, presides at meetings of the
university faculty. [ed. 7-09]
IV--RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE UNIVERSITY FACULTY. Subject to the authority of the president and the general
supervision and ultimate authority of the regents, the university faculty
accepts its responsibilities for the immediate government of the university,
including, but not restricted to:
2. Secretary. The president appoints the secretary of the faculty from among the
tenured members of the university faculty [see
The secretary is responsible for recording and distributing the minutes,
tallying and recording of votes,
and performs such other duties as may be assigned by the president or the
university faculty. [rev. 7-09]
Recognition of Speakers, Recording of Votes and Delegates.
Clause A. Venue. University faculty may participate and vote in
faculty meetings by being physically present at the designated venue on the Moscow
campus, or by being physically present at another designated venue (see FSH
1540 A-1) in the
state that is connected via electronic video and audio link as outlined in
Clause B. [add. 7-09, rev. 7-12]
Clause B. Participation. To be eligible for meeting
participation, venues remote from the Moscow campus must be linked to the
Moscow venue via compressed video link or other electronic means that
conveys audio and visual signals in both directions between Moscow and the
remote venue. In addition, an authorized delegate of the Secretary of
the Faculty must be present at each site to facilitate meeting participation
and counting and reporting of votes (see Section 3, Clause C, Secretary's
delegates at remote sites). [add. 7-09, ed. 7-12]
An agenda listing all subjects to be voted on, other than routine
matters, must be issued to all members of the university faculty at least one
week in advance of each meeting of the university faculty, except as provided
in clause E. Faculty Senate
actions that require approval by the university faculty must be published in
full in the agenda. [See also
1420 A-1-c.] [ed.
Clause A. Quorum. A quorum consists of one-eighth of the
membership of the university faculty, as defined in article II, section 1. If there is not a quorum
at a faculty meeting, Faculty Senate actions reported in the agenda for that
meeting have faculty approval and are forwarded to the president and regents.
[rev. 7-97, 7-09]
Clause B. Recognition of Speakers. Participants
wishing to speak at the Moscow site or at remote sites will be recognized by
the presiding officer in Moscow and may obtain the floor with his/her
approval. [add. 7-09]
Clause C. Recording of Votes. In determining the
outcome of motions, the secretary will determine the number of votes for or
against. The Secretary's delegate at each electronically linked site
will convey votes for and against to the Secretary (see
FSH 1540 A).
[add. 7-09, ed. 7-12]
Clause D. Secretary's Delegates. Delegates at remote
sites shall be members of the University Multi-Campus Communications
Committee appointed by the Committee on Committees as outlined in 1640.
The president is responsible for the agenda and it is issued under the
B. Agenda Items from Individual
Members. Individual members who wish to suggest items for the agenda are
to submit them to the president. No
items may be considered under this clause that are presented to the president
less than twelve calendar days before the meeting.
C. Resolutions Requiring Action.
Ten or more members of the university faculty desiring to submit a
resolution that requires action at the next meeting are to submit the signed
resolution to the president at least twelve calendar days before the meeting.
Such resolutions must be published in full with, and included in, the
agenda. [But see
D. Proposed Changes of Written
Policies or Regulations. Any
proposed change in a written policy or regulation of the university to be
voted on by the university faculty must be published in full in the agenda, or
final action on the proposal must be delayed until the next meeting. This provision can be waived only by unanimous consent.
E. Agenda for Emergency Meetings.
If circumstances require an emergency meeting of the university
faculty, the president declares the emergency and calls the meeting.
In such circumstances the agenda may be limited to items approved by
the president and must be published not less than three calendar days before
the meeting. Policy actions taken
at emergency meetings require an approving vote of two-thirds of the members
of the university faculty in attendance at the meeting, a quorum being
present. This constitution cannot
be amended at an emergency meeting.
1. Standards for Admission.
The university faculty establishes minimum standards for admission to the
standards for admission to individual colleges or other units of the
university that are recommended by the appropriate constituent faculties are
subject to approval by the university faculty.
2. Academic Standards. The
university faculty establishes minimum academic standards to be maintained by
all students in the university. Supplementary
academic standards to be maintained by students in individual colleges or
other units of the university that are recommended by the appropriate
constituent faculties are subject to approval by the university faculty.
3. Courses, Curricula, Graduation
Requirements, and Degrees. Courses
of instruction, curricula, and degrees to be offered in, and the requirements
for graduation from, the individual colleges or other units of the university,
as recommended by the appropriate constituent faculties, are subject to
approval by the university faculty. [See
4. Scholarships, Honors, Awards,
and Financial Aid. The
university faculty recommends general principles in accordance with which
privileges such as scholarships, honors, awards, and financial aid are
accepted and allocated. The
university faculty may review the standards recommended by the individual
constituent faculties for the acceptance and allocation of such privileges at
the college or departmental levels.
5. Conduct of Students.
The faculty’s responsibility for approving student disciplinary
regulations and the rights guaranteed to students during disciplinary hearings
and proceedings are as provided in the "Statement of Student
Rights," the "Student Code of Conduct," and the "Student
Judicial System." [See
6. Student Participation.
The university faculty provides an opportunity for students of the
university to be heard in all matters pertaining to their welfare as students.
To this end, the students are entrusted with their own student
government organization and are represented on the Faculty Senate.
If students so desire, they are represented on faculty committees that
deal with matters affecting them. [ed. 7-09]
7. Selection of Officers.
The university faculty assists the regents in the selection of the
president and assists the president in the selection of the provost, vice
presidents and other administrative officers of the university.
8. Governance of Colleges and
Subdivisions. The university
faculty promulgates general standards to guarantee the right of faculty
members to participate in the meetings of the appropriate constituent
faculties and in the governance of their colleges, schools, intracollege
divisions, departments, and other units of the university. [See
1540 A.] [ed. 7-06, 7-09]
9. Faculty Welfare.
The university faculty recommends general policies and procedures
concerning the welfare of faculty members, including, but not limited to,
appointment, reappointment, nonreappointment, academic freedom, tenure,
working conditions, promotions, salaries, leaves, fringe benefits, periodic
evaluations, performance reviews, reassignment, layoff, and dismissal or
10. The Budget.
Members of the university faculty participate in budgetary
deliberations, and it is expected that the president will seek faculty advice
and counsel on budgetary priorities that could significantly affect existing
units of the university. [See
University Budget and Finance Committee.] [ed. 7-05]
11. Committee Structure.
The university faculty, through the medium of its Faculty Senate,
establishes and maintains all university-wide and interdivisional standing and
special committees, subcommittees, councils, boards, and similar bodies
necessary to the immediate government of the university and provides for the
appointment or election of members of such bodies.
This section does not apply to ad hoc advisory committees
appointed by the president or committees made up primarily of administrators.
1620 and 1640] [ed. 7-97, 7-09]
12. Organization of the
University. The university
faculty advises and assists the president and the regents in establishing,
reorganizing, or discontinuing major academic and administrative units of the
university, such as colleges, schools, intracollege divisions, departments,
and similar functional organizations.
13. Bylaws of the Faculty Senate. The bylaws under
which the Faculty Senate discharges its responsibilities as the
representative body of the university faculty are subject to review and
approval by the university faculty.
1580.] [ed. 7-09]
The Faculty Senate functions as provided in this constitution and in
accordance with its bylaws as approved by the
I-3 and 1580.] [ed. 7-09]
VI--RULES OF ORDER. The
rules contained in Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised govern all
meetings of the university faculty, other faculties, the Faculty Senate, and
faculty committees in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they
are not in conflict with this constitution, regents’ policies, or any bylaws
or rules adopted by any of those bodies for the conduct of their respective
meetings. An action taken by the
university faculty, a constituent or associated faculty, the Faculty Senate,
or a faculty committee that conflicts with a previous action by that body
takes precedence and, in effect, amends, in part or in full, the previous
action. [ed. 7-09]
constitution may be amended by a two-thirds affirmative vote of the members of
the university faculty, as defined in article II, section 1, in attendance at
a regular meeting, a quorum being present. Proposed amendments must have been published in full in the agenda at
least one week before the meeting or presented in writing at a meeting
previous to the one at which the vote is to be taken. Amendments to this constitution are subject to review and approval by
the president and by the regents.
The senate is constituted as follows: [ed. 7-09]
Each year the senate elects a chair and a vice chair from among the
elected faculty members of the senate. Also,
each year a secretary is appointed by the chair, subject to confirmation by
the senate, from among the members of the senate or from the membership of
the university faculty. The
appointment of a person who is not a member of the senate to serve as
secretary does not carry with it membership on the senate. [ed. 7-09]
4. Terms of Office.
Elected faculty members of the senate serve for three years.
The academic dean shall serve one year, the staff representatives shall serve for
staggered two year terms.
The terms of office for student members are as established by the
Newly elected members take office each year on September 1 or on the
official opening date of the academic year, whichever is earlier.
To carry out the requirement that approximately one-third of the
elected faculty members are to take office each year, the senate may shorten
the initial term of office of faculty senators elected to fill new
positions in the senate to conform to a balanced rotation plan.
When members are elected to fill a vacancy, they take office at the
first meeting after the election and serve for the unexpired term of the
vacancy. No elected faculty
member of the senate may serve an immediately ensuing term [but see
III-3]. [ed. 7-09, rev. 7-12]
Every member of the university faculty is eligible to vote for members
of the senate representing his or her college or other unit.
Every member of the university faculty is eligible to serve as an
elected member of the Faculty Senate and to hold an elective or appointive
office in the senate. [ed. 7-09]
Regular elections for senators on the senate are held before
April 15 of each year in which an election is to be held.
All elections for members of the senate are by secret ballot.
Appropriate procedures for nominations and elections are developed and
approved by a majority vote of the faculty of the college or other unit.
College Faculties. The
faculty of each college, except the College of Graduate Studies, elects one
senator for each 50, or major fraction thereof, full-time-equivalent
faculty members in the college, provided, however, that each college faculty
elects at least one senator. If,
because of a reduction in the membership of a college faculty, there is to be
a corresponding reduction in the college’s representation in the senate,
the reduction does not take place until the expiration of the term of office
of an elected senator from the college. [ed. 7-09]
B. Members Ex Officiis.
The president or the president’s designated representative and the
secretary of the faculty are members ex officiis of the senate, with
voice but without vote. [ed. 7-09]
(2) University Centers. The resident faculty of the university
centers in Boise, Coeur d'Alene and Idaho Falls each elects one senator from
among its number. Those senators shall have the right to participate and
vote in faculty senate meetings by means of available two-way video-audio
technology located at the centers. If the available technology fails,
telephone conferencing will be used. Senators elected to represent a
center have a unique role on senate, which is to provide a voice and vote
from the perspective of their centers. That perspective is not
intended to be college and/or discipline specific. [add. 7-09, rev. 7-12]
Faculty-at-Large. Members of
the university faculty who are not affiliated with a college faculty
constitute the faculty-at-large, and this constituent faculty, in accordance
with procedures adopted by the faculty-at-large, elects senators to
serve with vote in the senate on the same basis as provided above for college
faculties. [See 1566.]
[ren. & ed. 7-09]
Dean. The academic deans
elect one of their number to serve with vote in the senate. [ren. & ed. 7-09]
Staff. The representative
body (Staff Affairs) of the university staff elects two employees who do not have faculty
status to serve with vote in the senate. [ren. & ed. 7-09, rev. 7-12]
Students. Two undergraduate
students, one graduate student, and one law student serve as voting members of the senate, and
the senate provides regulations governing the qualifications, terms of
office, and election of student members, and procedures for filling vacancies
in the student membership. [See
1580 VI.] [ren. & ed. 7-09, rev. 7-13]
The recall of a member of the senate may be initiated by a petition
bearing the signatures of at least 10 percent, or five members, whichever is
greater, of the membership of the particular constituency represented.
The petition must be delivered to the chair of the senate.
On the receipt of a valid petition, the chair calls a meeting of the
faculty of the college or other unit and appoints a chair.
Charges against the member are presented in writing and the member is
given adequate opportunity for his or her defense. A two-thirds majority vote by secret ballot of the members of
the college or other unit present at the meeting is necessary for recall,
providing the members present constitute a quorum as defined in the bylaws of
the college or other unit. In the
event that the vote is to recall the senator, the member may appeal the
case to the senate within 10 days. If
the case is appealed and the senate affirms the recall, or if the recall
stands for 10 days without appeal, the members of the college or other unit
elect another senator. Regular
procedures are followed in replacing the recalled person, except that the
chair of the senate appoints the chair of the election committee of the
college or other unit. During the
interval between recall and the election of a replacement, the candidate who
received the next highest number of votes in the most recent election acts as
the alternate in the senate with full vote. [ed. 7-09]
A. If it is necessary for a
member of the senate to be absent temporarily (more than a month, but less
than four months), the candidate who received the next highest number of votes
in the most recent election in the college or unit acts as his or her
alternate in the senate with full vote.
If it is necessary for a member to be absent for more than four months,
but less than one year, a special election is held to fill the temporary
vacancy. When the senate member
returns, he or she resumes the position in the senate.
If it is necessary for a member to be absent for more than one year, or
if the member is unable to complete the term of office for any reason, a
special election is held to fill the unexpired term.
1580 VI for procedures covering student vacancies.] [ed. 7-09]
B. The chair of the Faculty
Senate must declare a position vacant if a member is absent from three
consecutive meetings unless the member has informed the chair of the senate in writing that he or she intends to participate fully in the activities of
the senate in the future. When a
position is declared vacant, the chair must notify the constituency concerned.
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