ACADEMIC HEALTH CENTER FACULTY ASSEMBLY

CONSTITUTION

ARTICLE I. ACADEMIC HEALTH CENTER FACULTY ASSEMBLY

1. Membership

The Academic Health Center (AHC, hereafter) Faculty Assembly shall be composed of the following, voting members: (a) members of the AHC Faculty Consultative Committee (AHC-FCC, hereafter); and (b) elected faculty and academic professional representatives of the AHC’s constituent colleges and schools who are members of the University Senate (see Article III, Section 4 of the University Senate Constitution). Academic officers with class titles 9302-9329 shall serve as ex officio nonvoting members.

2. Powers in General

The AHC-FCC and the AHC Faculty Assembly shall have general legislative authority over academic matters concerning more than one school or college within the AHC, but not over the internal affairs of a single school or college, except where these materially affect the interests of faculty in the AHC as a whole or in the interests of other colleges or schools.

3. Election of AHC Faculty Assembly Members

a. The elected representatives of the faculty and academic professionals to the University Senate shall be those persons who comprise the AHC Faculty Assembly.

b. The term of elected AHC Faculty Assembly Members shall coincide with their term as University Senate representatives and AHC-FCC representatives.

4. AHC Faculty Assembly Officers

a. The Senior Vice President for Health Sciences shall chair the AHC Faculty Assembly. The chair of the AHC-FCC shall serve as vice chair of the AHC Faculty Assembly.

5. AHC Faculty Assembly Meetings—Call—Quorum

Meetings of the AHC Faculty Assembly may be held upon the call of the AHC-FCC, or upon written request of five members of the AHC Faculty Assembly in question.

At any meeting of the Assembly, a majority of its membership shall constitute a quorum. Any member of the faculty or academic professional eligible to vote for senators may be admitted to AHC Faculty Assembly meetings and shall be entitled to speak at the discretion of the AHC Faculty Assembly. Only elected AHC Faculty Assembly members (or their designated alternates) and, in the case of a tie, the presiding offer, shall be entitled to vote.

ARTICLE II. COMMITTEES OF THE ACADEMIC HEALTH CENTER FACULTY CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE

The AHC Faculty Consultative Committee may create or terminate subcommittees as it deems necessary and appropriate. Subcommittees of the AHC FCC will be governed by the same rules of the Twin Cities Campus Delegation as it pertains to subcommittees.

1. AHC Faculty Consultative Committee

The AHC FCC is a standing committee of the Twin Cities Campus Delegation and is therefore governed by the constitution and bylaws of that body.

Membership

The AHC-FCC shall be composed of the elected members of the Faculty Consultative Committee, otherwise known as the AHC-FCC. The AHC-FCC will carry out its charge according to the Twin Cities Campus Assembly Constitution, Bylaws, and Rules. While the AHC Faculty Assembly may charge the AHC-FCC with additional responsibilities, it does not have the authority to alter the charge of the Twin Cities Campus Delegation.

The AHC-FCC shall be composed of 8 faculty members as follows: 3 from the Medical School (one from the basic sciences, one from the clinical sciences, and one from UMD Medical School) and 1 each from Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Veterinary Medicine. Members shall be elected by their college faculty governance committee. Terms of office shall be three years with terms beginning July 1 and terminating June 30. No member is eligible to serve more than two consecutive full terms. Elections shall be so adjusted so that the terms of approximately one-third of the members shall expire each year.

In case of a faculty vacancy, the remaining members of the AHC-FCC by majority votes shall fill the vacancy by interim appointment until the next general election.

The committee has the authority to identify ex officio representation as it deems necessary and appropriate.

Duties and Responsibilities. The AHC-FCC has consultative, steering and executive duties and responsibilities.

Consult with the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences

a. To meet with the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences to discuss issues or policies of the AHC of concern to the faculty or to the students and, as appropriate, to make recommendations concerning such matters to the AHC Faculty Assembly.

b. To initiate whatever studies it deems necessary and appropriate or to request such studies from the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences or Administrative officers or from subcommittees.

c. To consult with the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences or Administrative officers on planning and on the annual budget and the biennial request.

d. To receive from any faculty member, academic professional, or student notification of concerns which may require consultation with the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences or Administrative officers.

e. To advise the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences on procedures for making administrative appointments and to participate in the selection process.

Consult with the University Senate

a. To meet with the FCC/Twin Cities Faculty Delegation Steering Committee at least annually.

b. To report to the Twin Cities Faculty Delegation Steering Committee.

Direct AHC Faculty Consultative Subcommittees

a. Create and terminate all committees of the AHC Faculty Consultative Committee, which includes the authority to require that any committee report on any matter within its jurisdiction within 30 days.

b. To receive recommendations of any faculty member, academic professional, or student who wishes to present a proposal to the AHC Faculty Assembly and to refer or act upon such recommendations as it deems appropriate.

c. To route to the appropriate body all documents, proposals, or papers on any matter pertaining to the affairs of the AHC Faculty Assembly.

d. Recommend changes to the Constitution of the AHC Faculty Assembly.

AHC FCC Executive

a. To serve as a deliberative body of the AHC Faculty Assembly on all major items it deems necessary and appropriate and call meetings of the AHC Faculty Assembly as needed.

b. To act on behalf of the AHC Faculty Assembly when a decision is required and it would not be possible to convene a meeting of the AHC Faculty Assembly in a timely fashion.

c. To examine any action taken respecting the AHC by the Board of Regents, the central administration, or by another individual or body having any relationship with the University.

d. To appoint or assist in appointing, when requested, members of non-AHC Subcommittees.

e. Appoint members of the AHC FCC Subcommittees.

f. To report regularly on any matters which, in its judgment, should be brought to the attention of the AHC or specifically to the attention and consideration of the AHC Faculty Assembly.


ARTICLE III. AMENDING PROCEDURE

An amendment to this Constitution shall be approved either by a majority of all voting members present at a meeting, or by a majority of all voting members of the AHC Faculty Assembly in an electronic vote. An amendment shall be effective following approval by the AHC Faculty Assembly


ARTICLE IV. EFFECTIVE DATE OF CONSTITUTION

This Constitution shall take effect immediately upon its approval by the AHC Faculty Assembly.


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