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Faculty Bylaws

 

ARTICLE I

Name of the Organization 

Section 1. The name of this organization shall be the faculty of Elon University

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ARTICLE II

Purpose 

Section 1. Objective of the Organization. The objective of the organization is to enable the faculty, administrative officers, students, and Board of Trustees to engage in conscious, deliberate, and purposeful cooperation so that each may most effectively contribute to the growth, development, and functioning of Elon University.

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ARTICLE III

Membership 

Section 1. The faculty shall consist of the teaching faculty, administrators with faculty rank and academic support staff with faculty rank.

Section 2. Voting members shall be those persons elected by the Board of Trustees to the rank of assistant professor or above and/or all teaching personnel with a load of eighteen or more semester hours in the current academic year.

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ARTICLE IV

Officers 

Section 1. The officers of the faculty shall be a chair and a secretary. 

Section 2. Method of Selection. The president of the university shall serve as chair of the faculty. The secretary shall be elected by the academic council for a one-year term.

Section 3. Duties. The chair or his/her appointee shall serve as the presiding officer at meetings of the faculty, exercise supervision over the activities of the organization, and represent and speak for the organization to other organizations and to the public. The secretary shall keep an accurate record of the proceedings of the meetings, prepare the minutes, and cause to be preserved all reports and documents of the organization.

 

ARTICLE V

Powers

 

Section 1. General Powers. The general powers granted to the faculty by the charter of Elon University are "to confer by and with the consent of the Board of Trustees all degrees and marks of literary distinction as are usually conferred by colleges and universities and to make regulations regarding courses of instruction, student discipline, and such other matters as may be assigned to it by the Board of Trustees."  

Section 2. Specific Powers. The following specific powers are granted to the faculty to be exercised subject to review by and approval of the president and the Board of Trustees:  

a.       To recommend the academic standards for admission of students to Elon University and for continuation therein;

b.      To determine the courses of study, requirements for admission thereto, and standards of performance;

c.       To determine and to maintain current requirements for granting of academic degrees;

d.      To evaluate student performance and to recommend approval of student applications for graduation;

e.       To determine and recommend to the Board of Trustees standards for selection, promotion, and tenure of faculty members;

f.        To make rules for the implementation of the instructional program;

g.       To evaluate (1) effectiveness of the instructional program, (2) performance of individual faculty members in execution of the program, and (3) proposals for improvement of academic instruction;

h.       To make rules for conduct of faculty business and to organize such councils and committees as may be required;

i.         To discipline members for infractions of faculty rules;

j.        To make rules of conduct for aspects of students' life relating to the educational process and to discipline students for infractions thereof;

k.      To make recommendations to the Board of Trustees through its educational affairs committee on any matter pertaining to the educational program of the university;

l.         To define ethical and professional standards for members of the faculty.

 

ARTICLE VI

Academic Council 

Section 1. Membership. The academic council shall consist of eleven members elected for terms of three years, the president, without vote, and/or the provost.vice president for academic affairs, without vote. On occasions when the council so requests, the president and the provost/vice president for academic affairs shall not meet with the council. Such requests may be made as a matter of course, and need not signify any exigency. In additon, the president, and the provost/vice president for academic affairs will not meet with the council when it is serving as a nominating committee or as a hearing committee. Elections to the academic council occur on a three-year cycle. Int he first year of the cycle one member shall be elected from each of the following divisions: (1) fine arts and humanities; (2) mathematics and natural sciences; and (3) social sciences. In the second year of the three year cycle, one member shall be elected from each of the following: (1) School of Education; (2) Matha and Spencer Love School of Business; (3) School of Communications; and (4) a member of the academic support staff with faculty rank. In the final year of the three- year cycle four at-large members shall be elected by the faculty.

a.       Eligibility to Serve. To serve as a voting member of the academic council, a faculty member must be a voting member under the terms of these bylaws, must have two years of service on the faculty, and must hold the rank of assistant professor or above. No more than two members of the faculty whose principal duties are administrative may serve on the council at any one time.

b.      Eligibility to Vote for Members. All faculty members who have voting privileges under the terms of these bylaws shall be eligible to vote for members of the academic council.

c.       Election. At the March meeting of the faculty, election of members will follow a prescribed cycle:


Year One: fine arts and humanities; mathematics and natural sciences; and social sciences
Year Two: School of Education; Martha and Spencer Love School of Business; School of Communications; member of academic support staff with faculty rank
Year Three: four (4) at-large members

In years one and two, divisions and schools shall meet individually and elect a representative. Present council members from each division will coordinate these sessions. In year three, at-large members will be elected by full voting faculty after nominations are made from the floor. All voting will be by secret ballot. Members of the academic council shall take office during the last council meeting of the academic year and shall serve until their successors are duly installed.

d.      Vacancies. In the event of an elective vacancy on the council, an election shall be held at the next regular meeting of the faculty to fill the unexpired term. The manner of election shall be the same as that by which the vacating member was elected.

e.       Right of Recall. The faculty reserves the right of recall of any member of the council. A two-thirds vote of the faculty shall be required.

f.        Re-election or Reappointment. No member of the council shall serve for more than two consecutive terms.

 

Section 2. Officers of the Council. The members shall elect annually a chair and a secretary, who, in the absence of the chair, shall serve in his/her place. 

Section 3. Powers and Responsibilities of the Council

a.    The academic council shall act as coordinating committee of the faculty and shall deliberate on any matter within the province of the faculty for the purpose of formulating general policy for approval or disapproval of the faculty. Those matters which are the responsibility of standing committees shall be referred to the appropriate committee.

b.     The council shall work with the president in planning the agenda for meetings of the faculty in order to provide for timely and appropriate discussion of faculty business and to provide adequate information about matters of concern to the faculty.

c.      In its role as coordinating committee of the faculty, the academic council shall communicate regularly with members of standing committees. Faculty representatives of standing committees who have concerns about issues of shared governance in areas relevant to their committee should report those concerns to the academic council. The council shall consider these concerns and, where it deems appropriate, formally address them in regular council meetings. On matters deemed to be of general concern, the council may report directly to the faculty, or request that standing committees do so. In addition, the academic council shall collect formal reports on a yearly basis from the chairs of all standing committees.

d.     The council shall act in an advisory capacity to the president. It shall advise the president on the setting of priorities and the planning of long-range goals for the university. The council shall avail itself of pertinent information that is required to carry out these advisory duties effectively.

e.      The council shall supply the faculty yearly with information relevant to its participation in the formulation of the goals and priorities of the university and shall supply the faculty yearly with information relevant to these priorities and goals.

f.       The council shall serve as a nominating committee for elective members of standing committees of the faculty, submitting to the faculty at least one week in advance of the faculty meeting one name for each place to be filled. The council shall secure consent of persons being nominated.

g.      The council shall develop and maintain a Statement of Professional Standards and publish it upon adoption by the faculty. Council shall submit proposed amendments to this statement to the faculty. Approval shall require an affirmative vote of the majority of the voting members present at a regular meeting of the faculty subsequent to the one in which the proposal was presented.

h.      Elected members of the council shall serve as a hearing committee, when a hearing is to be held, in cases involving the dismissal or suspension of a faculty member or charges of unprofessional conduct against a faculty member.

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Section 4. Meetings and Procedures of Council. The council shall determine its place of meeting and its procedures. Meetings of the council shall be held no less than once a month during the academic year and at such other times as it shall deem necessary. 

 

Section 5. Reports. The chair of the council shall make reports on the deliberations and recommendations of the council at all regular meetings of the faculty and shall make such other reports as may be required by the faculty.

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ARTICLE VII

Faculty Meetings 

Section 1. Regular Meetings. The regular faculty meeting shall be held on the first Friday of each month during the academic year. The presiding officer shall cause to be prepared and distributed to each member, at least three days in advance of regular meetings, a written notice and an agenda accompanied by minutes of the previous meeting. The agenda shall be prepared jointly by the presiding officer and the chair of the academic council. The usual order of business for a regular meeting shall be as follows:

a.       Call to Order and Invocation

b.      Minutes of the Previous Meeting

c.       Administrative Business Items

        Reports of Administrative Officers

        Reports of Special Committees

d.      Academic Council Business Items (Led by the chair of the Academic Council)

        Report and Resolutions of the Academic Council

        Reports and Resolutions of Standing Committees

e.       Unfinished Business

f.        New Business, Questions, or Concerns

g.       Announcements

h.       Adjournment

 

Section 2. Special Meetings. The presiding officer shall call a special meeting whenever (1) the presiding officer considers necessary, or (2) the academic council or any ten faculty members request such. 

 

Section 3. Procedures

a.       Formal announcement of faculty action shall be made only by the presiding officer or by persons designated by the presiding officer or by vote of the faculty.

b.      Non-voting members may participate in discussion.

c.       A major policy item, including a curriculum change, will not be allowed to come to a vote at a regular meeting unless the proposal in writing has been distributed with the agenda three days in advance or unless the item has been discussed at a previous meeting.

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ARTICLE VIII

Standing Committees 

Section 1. Election of Members to Standing Committees. Election of members for the promotions, tenure, and professional status committee shall be held at the regular April meeting of the faculty. Election of members for other standing committees shall be held at the regular May meeting of the faculty. Nominations shall be made by the academic council; additional nominations from the floor shall be in order. Election may be by voice vote when there is no contest. 

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Section 2. Staggering of Terms on Standing Committees. Notwithstanding other provisions of the article, upon initial election total membership shall be provided, and where staggered terms of membership are required, elected committee members shall assign themselves to short terms by lot. 

Section 3. Student Membership on Standing Committees. Student members shall be full-time students; have at least a 2.0 cumulative average; and, unless otherwise provided for in this article, shall be elected annually in May by the newly installed student senate from nominations submitted by the president of the student government association. Members appointed by the president of the student government association shall be approved by the student senate. No student shall serve on more than one committee at the same time. Those standing committees with student members may submit a list to the student government association president and student senate of suggested names for future membership on their committees. 

Section 4. Meetings of Standing Committees

a.       Standing committees shall meet at least once each academic semester and at other times as called by the chair.

b.      When they are considering matters of general concern to the faculty, standing committees shall announce the time, place, and agenda of their meetings and shall seek out information from faculty, and other knowledgeable sources.

c.       Any committee may convene in executive session at its own discretion.

Section 5. Operating Procedures for Standing Committees

a.       Standing committees shall agree on procedures for carrying out their duties, including their method of reporting to the faculty and the academic council, and shall publish these procedures as information in the Faculty Handbook.

b.      Administrative officers are responsible for insuring that necessary information and clerical assistance are provided to the committees.

c.       Standing committees shall furnish the academic council with regular, written, and substantive reports of their activities.

d.      Standing committee members who have concerns about the degree of participation in decision-making on issues falling within their purview should report those concerns to the academic council.

e.       Standing committee chairs shall communicate with the chairs of other standing committees as appropriate on issues of shared concern.

 

Section 6. Academic Standing Committee(For Procedures and Policies, see II, 12, A, 1; for membership, see Academic Standing Committee.)

  1. Membership

1.)    Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs or designee, administrative officer

2.)    Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students

3.)    Registrar

4.)    Four faculty members, serving two-year terms, with two elected each year. The committee shall elect annually in May a chair from among these four faculty members.

5.)    Representative appointed by and from the Academic Advising Office, ex officio, without vote

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  1. Duties

1.)    To recommend to the president standards for satisfactory academic performance by students of the university

2.)  To recommend academic standards for probationary status or suspension of students whose work fails to meet these standards

3.) To recommend an appeals procedure for students contesting academic standing decisions

4.)    To establish procedures for the readmission of suspended students

5.)    To review the operation of the grading system and to propose changes that will provide for academic quality

6.)    To publish periodic reports of its work to the faculty

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Section 7. Academic Technology and Computing Committee(For Procedures and Policies, see II, 12, A, 2; for membership see Academic Technology and Computing Committee.)

a.       Membership

1.)    Director of Campus Technologies

2.)    Director of Belk Library or designee, without vote

3.)    Six faculty members, three elected annually for a two-year term. The committee shall elect annually in May a chair from among these six faculty members

4.)    Four student members elected annually

b.      Duties

1.)    To make recommendations regarding improvement, extension and development of the services and facilities provided to make computational and multimedia technologies available for academic use

2.)    To report to the faculty regarding the level of provision of educational technology to the academic community both in absolute terms and in comparative terms relative to other institutions

3.)    To serve as a liaison committee between the faculty, the students, academic computing and the media services center and to discuss administrative matters pertaining to the provision of suitable technological support of the academic function

 

Section 8. Admissions Committee(For Procedures and Policies, see II, 12, A, 3; for membership see Admissions Committee.)

††††† a.†† Membership

1.)    Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs

2.)    Dean of Admissions, administrative officer

3.)    Registrar

4.)    Coordinator of Transitional Students

5.)    Four faculty members, serving two-year terms, with two elected each year. The committee shall elect annually in May a chair from among these four faculty members.

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†††††† b.Duties

1.)    To recommend to the president standards for the admission of students to the university

2.)    To establish procedures for reviewing individual applications that are on the borderline of acceptability and collectively making decisions on acceptance

3.)    To publish periodic reports of its work to the faculty

 

Section 9. Athletics Committee(For Procedures and Policies, see II, 12, A, 4; for membership see Athletics Committee.)

 

a.       Membership

1.)    Director of Athletics, ex officio, without vote

2.)    Athletics Departmentís Compliance Coordinator, ex officio, without vote

3.)    Senior Woman Administrator, ex officio, without vote

4.)    Faculty Athletics representative (FAR), appointed by the president

5.)    Six faculty members elected for three-year terms; two elected each year in May. The committee shall elect a chairperson from among these members.

6.)    Two students who are not members of an intercollegiate athletic squad

b.      Duties

1.)    To oversee the intercollegiate athletics program and make recommendations about its academic and fiscal integrity; gender equity, diversity and student athlete welfare; and athletics governance

2.)    To monitor adherence to approved Athletics Department gender equity and minority plans

3.)    To serve as a liaison and provide faculty oversight of intercollegiate athletics and to report twice annually to the faculty and academic council

4.)    To review and recommend guidelines regarding participation in and scheduling of intercollegiate athletics contests

5.)    To review and recommend general institutional guidelines for awarding, reducing and terminating grants-in-aid

6.)    To review and make recommendations regarding the universityís athletics conference and to advise the Faculty Athletics Representative concerning institutional positions on NCAA and conference legislative matters

7.)    To review annually the Athletics Departmentís progress toward meeting its established priorities and to advise the athletics director regarding priorities

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Section 10. Curriculum Committee (For Procedures and Policies, see II, 12, A, 5; for membership see Curriculum Committee.)

a.       Membership

1.)    Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, or designee

2.)    Director of Belk Library, without vote

3.)    Registrar, without vote

4.)    Director of General Studies, without vote

5.)    Representatives to the curriculum committee shall be elected within each department and interdisciplinary major of the university. Each department and interdisciplinary major shall elect one representative to the committee to serve for three years. Elections to the curriculum committee occur on a three-year cycle. In the first year of the cycle representatives from departments and programs housed in the following divisions shall be elected: (1) mathematics and natural sciences and (2) fine arts and humanities. In the second year of the cycle, representatives from departments and programs housed in the following divisions shall be elected: (1) social sciences and (2) Martha and Spencer Love School of Business. In the final year of the cycle, representatives shall be elected from departments and programs in: (1) School of Education, (2) School of Communications and (3) graduate programs not based in an undergraduate major. One of these elected representatives shall be elected each May as chair.

6.)    Two student members

b.      Duties

1.)    To study and make recommendations to the faculty in regard to all areas of the instructional program of Elon University, including the content, methods, and objectives of all courses and major fields of study

2.)    To evaluate proposed additions to or deletions from the curriculum and to report to the faculty recommendations for curricular changes

 

3.)    To be responsible for periodic studies of the curriculum in order to provide an instructional program which is consistent with the aims and objectives of Elon University and which will meet the needs of the students who are currently enrolled

4.)    To review and make recommendations on major changes in curriculum in early planning stages

5.)    To review and make recommendations on all major grant proposals with curriculum implications

6.)    To review and approve independent major proposals submitted to the director of general studies

 

Section 11. Faculty Research and Development Council(For Procedures and Policies, see II, 12, A, 6; for membership see Faculty Research and Development Committee.)

a.       Membership

1.)    Teaching faculty members elected for two-year terms. In odd numbered years one member shall be elected from each of the divisions and schools. Four at-large members shall be elected in even numbered years. The committee shall elect annually in May a chair from among these teaching faculty members.

2.)    Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, or his/her designee

3.)    Director of Sponsored Programs, without vote

b.      Duties

1.)    To develop and recommend to the president policy regarding faculty development

2.)    To help monitor the effectiveness of such policies

3.)    To plan and help coordinate workshops, seminars, or other individual proposals related to faculty development

4.)    To devise criteria for the administration and evaluation of individual proposals related to faculty development

5.)    To receive, evaluate and approve such proposals

6.)    To receive, study and evaluate proposals for research and advanced study submitted by members of the faculty, and approve those proposals which, in the judgment of the committee, should receive financial assistance

7.)    To receive, study and evaluate requests for sabbatical leaves, and approve those requests which, in the judgment of the committee, should be granted

 

Section 12. General Studies Council(For Procedures and Policies, see II, 12, A, 7; for membership see General Studies Council.)

a.       Membership

1.)    Director of General Studies

2.)  Members of the teaching faculty elected for three-year terms, one from each of the divisions and schools into which the departments are organized, and two at-large from among the teaching faculty. At-large members must represent different divisions. Elections to the general studies council occur in a three-year cycle. In the first year of the cycle, one member shall be elected from each of the following: (1) Martha and Spencer Love School of Business; (2) School of Communications; and (3) an at-large member. In the second year of the cycle, one member shall be elected from each of the following divisions: (1) fine arts and humanities; (2) mathematics and natural sciences; and (3) social sciences. In the final year of the cycle, one member shall be elected from each of the following: (1) School of Education; and (2) an at-large member. The council shall elect annually in May a chair from among the eight teaching faculty members.

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3.)    Two student members elected for two-year terms, one elected each year

4.)    Director of the Writing Program, ex officio

b.      Duties

1.)    To advise the director of general studies in implementation of the general studies program

2.)    To work in consultation with the departments to insure that department courses satisfactorily meet general studies requirements

3.)    To provide leadership in creating, modeling, and promoting effective teaching methods for general studies courses

4.)    To develop and implement assessment criteria and procedures to evaluate courses, student development, and the progress of the general studies program itself

5.)    To promote the goals of general studies across campus

6.)    To review periodically and make recommendations to the curriculum committee for curricular changes in the general studies program

7.)    To approve petitions from departments not included in liberal studies for acceptance for one semester of an appropriate class for general studies credit at the advanced (300-400) level

8.)    To approve petitions from departments for acceptance of courses carrying a general studies prefix

9.)    To plan, implement, and review general studies seminars (first-year and advanced)

Section 13. Graduate Council  (For Procedures and Policies, see II, 12, A, 8; for membership see Graduate Council.)

a.       Membership

1.)    Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs

2.)    Director of each graduate program

3.)    Members of the faculty, one from each of the divisions and schools into which the departments are organized and two members-at-large. Each is elected for a two-year term with four elected in even years and the remaining elected in odd years. At-large members must represent different divisions or schools and be elected in alternate years. Those eligible for election must meet the criteria to teach graduate level courses.

4.)    Director of Graduate Admissions, ex-officio

5.)    Registrar, ex officio

6.)    Two graduate students appointed annually by directors of graduate programs

7.)    Chair to be elected from among the elected teaching faculty members

b.      Duties

1.)    To recommend to the president standards for the admission and retention of students in graduate programs

2.)    To develop and recommend policy with regard to graduate programs

3.)    To recommend academic support and student services pertinent to graduate students

4.)    To establish criteria for approving faculty to teach graduate level courses

5.)    To review the quality of graduate programs

6.)    To make recommendations to the president regarding new graduate program approval

7.)    To approve curriculum for new graduate programs and recommend such to the Curriculum Committee

8.)    To approve curriculum changes to graduate programs and recommend such to the Curriculum Committee

9.)    To publish periodic reports of its work to the faculty

 

Section 14. Institutional Review Board (For Procedures and Policies, see II, 12, A, 9; for membership see Institutional Review Board.)

a.      Membership

1.)    Director of Sponsored Programs, without vote

2.)    Teaching faculty from each of the areas of Elon College (arts and humanities; mathematics and natural sciences; and social sciences) and the schools of the university elected by the faculty to serve a period of three years. Elections to the Institutional Review Board occur in a three-year cycle. In the first year of the cycle, one member shall be elected from the fine arts and humanities faculty, and one from the mathematics and natural sciences faculty. In the second year of the cycle, one member shall be elected from the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business and one from the School of Communications. In the final year of the cycle, one member shall be elected from the School of Education and one from the social sciences faculty. The committee must always include at least two scientists and two non-scientists. (Any faculty who has had substantive training or experience in a scientific discipline or in a scientific method should be considered a scientist.)

3.)    An additional member of the committee shall be named by the provost/vice president for academic affairs from the non-institutional population

4.)    Invited non-members, without vote. If the committee reviews projects involving a category of vulnerable participants or involving issues requiring competence in special areas, it may invite one or more non-members if at least two members of the committee request such representation.

5.)    Committee members who have a conflict of interest regarding a specific project may not participate in the review of such project.

 

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b.      Duties

1.)    To carry out charges made by the full faculty which pertain to the activities of the committee or issues of human participants in research

2.)    To review and amend the policies established in these guidelines when modification is deemed necessary by the committee or broader university community

3.)    To review all research proposals and act according to these guidelines to either approve, exempt, or disapprove new research and ensure the compliance of continuing research

4.)    To review all grant applications sponsored by the university involving proposed research with human participants and advise administration concerning compliance issues

5.)   To act as a clearinghouse for the ethical guidelines and regulations of various professional associations and appropriate governmental agencies

6.)    To disseminate approved guidelines in order to promote understanding of the policies and increase general sensitivity to ethical issues related to human participants in research

7.)    To hold hearings to respond to complaints from the university community regarding issues related to research with human participants

8.)    To maintain records of committee activity as required by 45 CFR 46.115, which include copies of all research proposals reviewed, minutes of meetings, and copies of correspondence between the committee and investigators

9.)    To refer cases to the provost/vice president for academic affairs regarding violations of these guidelines which have not been resolvable between the committee and researcher

Section 15. Library Committee(For Procedures and Policies, see II, 12, A, 10; for membership see Library Committee.)

a.       Membership

1.)    Director of Belk Library

2.)    Six teaching faculty members, three elected each year for a two-year term. The committee shall elect annually in May a chair from among these six teaching faculty members.

3.)    Four student members elected for two-year terms, two elected each year

b.      Duties

1.)    To serve as a liaison committee between the faculty, the students, and the librarian and to discuss administrative matters pertaining to the library and make recommendations for the best possible library services

2.)    To develop and recommend policy with regard to the library and library services

3.)    To allocate funds for each department from the budget provided for the purchase of books; to evaluate requests for expenditures not provided for in the budget; to make recommendations regarding such requests

4.)    To make recommendations regarding improvement, extension, and development of the services and facilities of the library

 

Section 16. Promotions, Tenure and Professional Status Committee  (For Procedures and Policies, see II, 12, A, 11; for membership see Promotions, Tenure & Professional Status Committee.)

a.       Membership

Eight tenured or professional status teaching faculty members, at least four of whom shall be full professors. Of the eight, at least four shall be tenured, and at least two shall hold professional status. Members will serve two-year terms with no person serving more than two consecutive terms. Four persons shall be elected annually. A chair will be elected from and by the membership. Faculty members shall be ineligible for promotion while serving on this committee.

b.      Duties

1.)    To receive from the provost/vice president for academic affairs a list of faculty members who are eligible for professional status, promotion in rank and tenure

2.)    To consider each eligible faculty member with the assistance of relevant information which may be available from administration, department chair, faculty, or students

3.)    To submit to the provost/vice president for academic affairs of the university recommendations for the next academic year not later than January 10 of each year

4.)    To make available to any eligible faculty member upon request, through the provost/vice president for academic affairs, its recommendations concerning him/her and a brief explanation of the basis for that recommendation

5.)    To review the distribution of faculty ranks each year and to make recommendations for any needed changes for the next academic year prior to October 15

 

Section 17. Religious Life Committee(For Procedures and Policies, see II, 12, A, 12; for membership see Religious Life Committee.)

a.       Membership

1.)    University Chaplain

2.)    Four faculty members, serving two-year terms, with two elected each year. The committee shall elect annually in May a chair from among these four faculty members.

3.)    Four student members elected for two-year terms, two elected each year

4.)    This committee may supplement faculty and/or student membership by electing non-voting members.

b.      Duties

1.)    To exercise an overall concern for the religious life of the university and to advise the university chaplain on needs in this area of campus life

2.)    To advise the university chaplain in planning chapel and vesper services and special religious programs

3.)    To serve as a coordinating committee for religious groups on campus

 

Section 18. Student Life Committee(For Procedures and Policies, see II, 12, A, 15; for membership see Student Life Committee.)

a.       Membership

1.)    Four faculty members, serving two-year terms with two elected each year. The committee shall elect annually a chair from among these four faculty members

2.)    Four student members appointed to two-year terms by the president of the student government association. Student membership should reflect the variety of experiences and perspectives found in the student body. The committee shall elect annually a vice chair from the student members

3.)    Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students, ex officio. The dean shall serve as secretary to the committee

4.)    President of the student government association, ex officio

5.)    Director of Leadership and Organizational Development

b.      Duties

1.)    To advise and assist the vice president for student life/dean of students and student organizations

2.)    To review extracurricular student activities and organizations periodically

3.)    To recommend changes in policy and procedures affecting student life to the faculty and/or administration of the university

4.)    To recommend to the vice president for student life/dean of students the bylaws of all new student organizations

5.)    To promote more effective communication among the several campus constituencies in connection with student development and/or student life

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Section 19. Study Abroad Committee (For Procedures and Policies, see II, 12, A, 14; for membership see Study Abroad Committee)

a.  Membership

1.)    Dean of International Programs or his/her designee, without vote.

2.)    Members of the teaching faculty elected for three-year terms, one from each of the three divisions of the college of arts and sciences and from each of the schools into which the institution is organized, and two members-at-large from among the teaching faculty. At-large members must represent different divisions/schools. All members shall have had experience teaching a study abroad course. Three members will be elected the first two years and two the third year, with at-large members being elected in different years. The committee shall elect annually in May a chair from among the eight teaching faculty members.

3.)   Director of London Winter Term program, ex officio

4.)   Director of General Studies, ex officio

5.)    Two student members, with study abroad experience, elected annually

b.  Duties

1.)    To promote the goals of the study abroad program.

2.)    To develop and apply criteria and procedures for reviewing and approving study abroad course proposals.

3.)   To work in consultation with faculty and departments on the development of study abroad courses.

4.)   To review periodically and to make recommendations to the Curriculum Committee for general curricular changes in the study abroad program.

5.)    To promote the integration of study abroad experiences with other components of the academic programs of the institution.

6.)    To review with the Dean of International Programs potential study abroad program arrangements with other institutions.

7.)    To work in collaboration with the Office of International Programs on developing and conducting assessments to evaluate credit-earning study abroad courses and programs, including both academic issues and student development.

8.)    To work in collaboration with the Office of International Programs on reviewing and evaluating relevant programmatic aspects of the study abroad program.

9.)    To consult with the Dean of International Programs on the implementation of the study abroad program.

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ARTICLE IX
Quorum

 

Section 1. Meetings of the Faculty. At regular or special meetings of the faculty, two-thirds of the voting members shall constitute a quorum. 

Section 2. Meetings of the Academic Council. At meetings of the academic council, two-thirds of the voting members shall constitute a quorum. 

Section 3. Meetings of the Standing Committees. At meetings of the standing committees, a majority of the voting members shall constitute a quorum. 

 

ARTICLE X

Academic Freedom Statement

 

In the spirit of its historic association with the United Church of Christ, Elon University affirms the openness of that tradition to free inquiry and respect for the right of each person to her or his convictions. Academic freedom is the right of every faculty member to be responsibly engaged in scholastic efforts to seek, discover, speak, teach and publish the truth. Elon University will uphold its faculty's academic freedom and will protect all its faculty members against influences from inside or outside the university which would restrict them in the exercise of that freedom.  

 

At the same time, Elon University enjoins its faculty members to exercise these freedoms in a professional and responsible fashion. As scholars and teachers, they should remember that others may judge their profession and their institution by their utterances. Hence they should at all times be accurate, exercise appropriate restraint, show respect for the opinions of others, and make every effort to indicate that they are not speaking for the institution unless so authorized.  

 

Any faculty member, regardless of rank or contract status, who believes his or her academic freedom has been violated, may petition the academic council for a hearing. Following the hearing, the academic council will report its findings to the president and to the faculty member who initiated the petition.  

 

(12/98)

  

ARTICLE XI

Department Chair

 

Section 1. Appointment. The appropriate dean will make a recommendation for a departmentís chair to the provost/vice president for academic affairs after consulting with all full-time department teaching faculty. The chair shall be appointed by the provost/vice president for academic affairs after conferring with the dean. A department chair shall normally be appointed for a period of four years. The chair may be reappointed for successive 2-, 3-, or 4-year terms.

 

Section 2. Duties. A department chair, in addition to performing all regular duties of teaching faculty members, shall serve as the chief administrative officer of the department and shall represent the department in general university matters. The chair shall involve department members in decision making especially with regard to curriculum proposals and appointment, promotion, and retention of faculty members. He/she may also delegate administrative duties. Specific responsibilities include the following: 

 

a.       Planning courses, submitting class schedules, making teaching assignments, and supervising the advising of majors

b.      Keeping under continuous study the departmental curriculum and standards, and making efforts to strengthen teaching procedures and to improve the quality of instruction

c.       Holding each semester a joint evaluation conference with each member of the department to determine instructional goals and to determine how both have contributed and may more effectively contribute to attainment of those goals

d.      Participating in the selection and orientation of new staff members and making recommendations relative to the retention and promotion of staff members

e.       Preparing budget requests for the department and for library needs and requisitioning materials and equipment

f.        Preparing catalog material related to the department, conducting correspondence, and maintaining files necessary for the department

(8/01)

 

ARTICLE XII

Parliamentary Authority

 

Section 1. All meetings and other business of the faculty shall be conducted according to Sturgis Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure. 

 

 

ARTICLE XIII

Amendments to Bylaws

 

Section 1. Proposals for Amendment. A proposal for amendment to these bylaws may be originated by motion at any regular meeting of the faculty or at any special meeting called for such purpose. A written copy shall be distributed. 

 

Section 2. Adoption. Approval of an amendment to these bylaws shall require an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the voting members present at a regular meeting of the faculty subsequent to the one in which the proposal was presented. All amendments are subject to approval by the Board of Trustees. 

 

(6/94)