Faculty Senate Bylaws, Article IV., Section 5

H. FACULTY CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE

The Faculty Consultative Committee shall represent the faculty at large and not the individual campuses, institutes, colleges, schools, or departments of the University.

The Faculty Consultative Committee shall serve as the consulting body to the president and as executive committee of the Faculty Senate.

Membership

The tenured and tenure-track faculty of the Twin Cities campus and those tenured and tenure-track faculty members on the Duluth campus eligible to vote in elections for the Senate shall elect 9 members, and the tenured and tenure-track faculty of the Morris campus shall elect one faculty member. Faculty members shall be nominated and elected by procedures established by each campus faculty, subject to the following provisions:

- All members of the Faculty Consultative Committee shall hold regular appointment at the rank of professor, associate professor, or assistant professor. Individuals holding, in addition to their professorial title, a University position carrying as any part of its title, for any percentage time, president, vice president, chancellor, provost, dean, executive director, librarian, counsel, attorney, or chief of staff at a collegiate or central administrative level may not serve on the committee. Individuals holding, in addition to their professorial title, an administrative appointment as department chair or department head (or its equivalent, such as center director) are eligible to serve on the committee.

- Each campus faculty shall submit a slate of twice as many candidates as are to be elected from its numbers. These candidates shall be nominated and certified as available according to procedures set forth by each campus assembly. The clerk of the campus assembly shall distribute election ballots and slates to all faculty members eligible to vote for members of the Senate and shall receive all returns. The election shall be held and completed by the end of spring semester. In case of a tie, the clerk shall choose the successful candidate by lot.

- For the purposes of this section only, the faculty on the Duluth campus who are eligible to vote in Senate elections shall be considered a part of the Twin Cities campus: They shall be eligible (1) to vote in elections for the Faculty Consultative Committee and (2) for nomination and election to the Faculty Consultative Committee in accord with the provisions established in these bylaws.

- The Nominating Subcommittee is responsible for identifying Twin Cities faculty candidates for the Faculty Consultative Committee. The Nominating Subcommittee shall consist of the Twin Cities voting members of the Faculty Consultative Committee (except the chair and vice chair), the chairs of Senate committees who are ex officio members of the Faculty Consultative Committee, and the immediate past voting members of the Faculty Consultative Committee. A faculty member must be eligible to serve on the Faculty Consultative Committee to serve on the Nominating Subcommittee. The Nominating Subcommittee shall elect a chair from among its members. The Nominating Subcommittee shall nominate twice as many faculty candidates for the Faculty Consultative Committee, who are confirmed as willing to serve, as are to be elected each year from the Twin Cities campus and from those faculty from the Duluth campus eligible to vote in Senate elections. To achieve balanced representation across the Twin Cities campus, the Nominating Subcommittee may choose to pair candidates. The final slate of candidates shall be announced in the Faculty Senate docket for a spring semester meeting. Additional nominations of eligible faculty, confirmed as willing to serve, may be made by: (1) petition of 12 voting members of the Twin Cities faculty, provided that the petition is in the hands of the clerk of the Senate the day before the Faculty Senate meeting; (2) nomination on the floor of the Faculty Senate by members of the Twin Cities Faculty Delegation when the slate is presented. If the nominees are paired, any additional nomination shall specify against which pair the nominee will run. The clerk of the Senate shall present the slate to the Twin Cities Faculty Delegation for its approval. In the event there are additional nominations, the Twin Cities Faculty Delegation will reduce the slate to twice the number to be elected by voting by secret ballot. The slate as approved shall be presented to the faculty for an election, conducted in accordance with the preceding paragraph of the Faculty Senate Bylaws.

In case of a faculty vacancy, the remaining members of the Faculty Consultative Committee by majority vote shall fill the vacancy by interim appointment until the next general election.

Articles II, Section 2(f), Article IV, Section 2(f) and Article VI, Section 2(e) of the Rules governing absences from committee meetings and Article I, Section 4 and Article III, Section 4 of Bylaws governing absences from Senate meetings shall apply to the Faculty Consultative Committee.

The chair of the Faculty Consultative Committee shall be elected by their respective members from among their number for a one-year term of office. Chairs shall be eligible for re-election to that position. The chair of the Faculty Consultative Committee shall serve as chair of the Senate Consultative Committee.

The ex officio members of the Faculty Consultative Committee are:

--The vice chair of the Faculty Senate (ex officio voting).
--The chairs of the Academic Health Center Faculty Consultative, Educational Policy, Faculty Affairs, Finance and Planning, and Research Committees (ex officio nonvoting).
--The past chair of the Faculty Consultative Committee for the year following his or her service as chair, irrespective of the term to which that individual was originally elected (ex officio voting).
-- One representative of the faculty on the Duluth campus eligible to vote in Senate elections (ex officio non-voting). This representative shall be elected in accord with procedures established by the eligible Duluth faculty. The ex officio Duluth representative may send an alternate to Faculty Consultative Committee meetings.
--The faculty legislative liaison(s) (ex officio non-voting).

Duties and Responsibilities

Consultative

a. To discuss with the president and other University officers issues or policies of the University of concern to the faculty and, as appropriate, to make recommendations concerning such matters to the Faculty Senate.

b. To initiate whatever studies it deems necessary and appropriate or to request such studies from the president or senior academic officers or from committees of the Faculty Senate.

c. To consult with the president or senior academic officers, in cooperation with the Finance and Planning Committee, on planning and on the annual budget and the biennial request.

d. To advise the president on procedures for making major administrative appointments and to participate in the selection process.

e. To receive from any faculty member notification of concerns which may require consultation with the president or senior academic officers.

Steering

a. To superintend and direct all committees of the Faculty Senate, which includes the authority to require that any committee of the Faculty Senate report on any matter within its jurisdiction within 30 days.

b. To receive recommendations of any faculty member who wishes to present a proposal to the Faculty Senate 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 Faculty Senate.

d. To convene on a regular basis the chairs of Faculty Senate committees as a coordinating committee to discuss and track agenda items.

e. To serve as a coordinating body between the president and the Faculty Senate or a committee of the Faculty Senate.

f. To be responsible for the review, approval, and distribution of the docket for each meeting of the Faculty Senate.

g. To recommend, with the approval of the Faculty Senate, such rules of procedure as are not provided in the Constitution or Bylaws.

h. To keep the published Constitution, Bylaws, and Rules of the Faculty Senate up to date.

Executive

a. To serve as a deliberative body of the Faculty Senate on all major items it deems necessary and appropriate.

b. To act on behalf of the Faculty Senate when a decision is required prior to the next scheduled meeting of the Faculty Senate and when a decision is required when it would not be possible to convene a special meeting of the Faculty Senate in a timely fashion; such actions will be reported to the Faculty Senate at its next meeting and the Faculty Senate may then overrule the Faculty Consultative Committee.

c. To examine any action taken respecting the University 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-Senate committees.

g. To appoint special committees or subcommittees or to employ other devices which it deems necessary and appropriate.

e. To report regularly on any matters which, in its judgment, should be brought to the attention of the University at large or specifically to the attention and consideration of the Faculty Senate.

f. To dispose of business which appears to be not germane to the purposes of the Faculty Senate.

g. To approve editorial changes in existing administrative policies previously approved by the Faculty Senate and in Faculty Senate documents (including the constitution, bylaws, and rules), and to reflect changes in titles of administrative offices or officers; the changes will be reported to the Faculty Senate for information.

h. To correct grammatical and punctuation errors and to approve other non-substantive technical amendments in existing administrative policies previously approved by the Faculty Senate and in Faculty Senate documents (including the constitution, bylaws, and rules); such actions will be reported to the Faculty Senate at its next meeting and the Faculty Senate may then overrule the Faculty Consultative Committee.

i. To provide for a Business and Rules Committee composed of the Chair and Vice Chair of the Faculty Consultative Committee, the Clerk of the Senate, and the Vice Chair of the Senate. The Chair of the Faculty Consultative Committee shall serve as chair of the Business and Rules Committee. The Business and Rules Committee shall be responsible for preparing the docket of the Faculty Senate, which shall be submitted to the Faculty Consultative Committee for review and approval.


(Updated: 3/6/14)


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