1.70 Shared Governance and the Role of the Faculty Senate

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Source: RPM Title 1 | Institutional Governance

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Last Updated: 03/06/2017

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Appendix RPM 1.70 - A - Constitution of the Faculty Senate



Revision History:

Recompiled 2017 Recompilation, formerly Policy 1.70
03/06/2017 Policy relocated from Policy 1.05.70 
08/22/2011 Policy approved by Board of Regents.

 

A. Shared Governance


Shared governance refers to the governance of the university in which responsibility is shared among the Board of Regents, the faculty and the administration. As used in this policy, “faculty” refers to the general faculty, defined as all tenured, tenure track and college faculty at all of the university’s campuses. For purposes of this policy, the Chancellor and the executive vice president and provost, and their respective direct reports, shall be collectively referred to as “administration”. Shared governance shall remain a central tenet of academic decision making at New Mexico State University.

  1. By law, the Board of Regents governs the NMSU system, under the advice of faculty, by the enactment of policies and by its delegation of operational authority through the Chancellor.
  2. Consistent with the principles of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), the faculty, represented through the Faculty Senate and other faculty representatives, shall be involved in personnel decisions, selection of administration, preparation of budget, and determination of educational policies. The faculty shall have primary responsibility for curriculum and subject matter and methods of instruction, research, faculty status and those aspects of student life which related to the educational process. Faculty shall have primary responsibility for developing and applying policies affecting the university’s academic mission in regard to education, research, and service, subject to the authority of the Board of Regents, the Chancellor, and the executive vice president and provost.
  3. The faculty shall also be involved in administrative planning processes. To facilitate this, faculty members serve on the many and varied administrative committees.
    1. The chair of the Faculty Senate shall be a member of the Academic Deans Council and of the Administrative Council.
    2. The vice chair of the Faculty Senate shall be a member of the Associate Deans Academic Council.
    3. As directed by administration, members of the general faculty serve on other advisory committees, including but not limited to: the University Budget Committee, the University Research Council, and the President’s Associates Board. Moreover, the Faculty Senate may select the requisite faculty representative; in addition, administration may select a member of the faculty directly.

 

B. Faculty Senate


The Faculty Senate has legislative jurisdiction over policies affecting the university’s academic mission in regard to education, research, and service, including the definitions of purpose and objectives. The Faculty Senate is elected by the faculty at large. The NMSU Faculty Senate Constitution provides specifications relating to the Faculty Senate’s composition, elections, terms of office, officers, committees, meetings, legislative processes, and methods to amend the constitution. See Appendix 1-G. Additional details about the operation of the Faculty Senate are contained in the Faculty Senate Bylaws. The chair of the Faculty Senate will have 50 percent assigned time for Faculty Senate work, based on the teaching load. The vice chair of the Faculty Senate will have 25 percent assigned time.

  1. The Faculty Senate shall key its propositions that affect academic policy to the corresponding provision in the Regents Policy Manual, Administrative Rules and Procedures of NMSU, or other policy document(s).
  2. Propositions affecting academic policy approved by the Faculty Senate are subject to acceptance or veto by the Chancellor.
    1. If the Chancellor approves a proposition, it will be placed on the next agenda of the Board of Regents for consideration and approval.
    2. If the Chancellor does not accept or vetoes the proposition within 40 working days from the receipt, the proposition will be placed on the next agenda of the Board of Regents for consideration and approval.
    3. If the Chancellor vetoes a proposition, a two-thirds vote of the present and voting Faculty Senate may return the proposition to the Chancellor and, if the Chancellor does not rescind the veto within five (5) working days, the proposition will be placed on the next agenda of the Board of Regents for consideration and approval.
  3. Faculty Senate legislation will become effective upon approval by the Board of Regents, or upon such other date as may be specified in the legislation or by the Chancellor’s provisional authority.