Faculty Professional Policies Council
Campus Box 8070
Idaho State University

Faculty Professional Policies Council

Bylaws of the Faculty Professional Policies Council


A. The name of this group is the Faculty Professional Policies Council (FPPC).

B. The Faculty Professional Policies Council is a Council of the Faculty Senate, to which it reports.


The Council's purpose is to recommend university policies and procedures in the areas of employment and retention, salary and other compensations, and appeals and grievances. These purposes include policies related to academic freedom and due process; appointment, reappointment, non-reappointment, termination; tenure and promotion; sabbatical leave; emeritus/emerita status; consulting, faculty professional recognition and development; and legislative policies such as SBOE or other proposals affecting faculty welfare.


A. The membership of the Council consists of the following:

1. Three (3) College of Arts and Sciences faculty representatives drawn from:

a. One (1) from the Arts & Humanities divisions

b. One (1) from the Social Sciences division

c. One (1) from the Natural Sciences divisions

2. One (1) Kasiska College of Health Professions faculty representative

3. One (1) College of Pharmacy faculty representative

4. One (1) College of Engineering faculty representative

5. One (1) College of Education faculty representative

6. One (1) College ofBusiness faculty representative

7. One (1) College ofTechnology faculty representative

8. One (1) Library faculty representative

9. One (1) Faculty Senate representative

10. The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs or designee

11. One (1) Academic Deans representative

All thirteen Council members have voting privileges.

B. The Faculty Senate appoints a member of its body to the Council annually and appoints the other designated faculty representatives from the general faculty to the Council for terms of three years. To select appointees, the Senate shall solicit nominations and hold elections of the of the various groups represented by members on the Council.

1. No faculty representative may be reappointed to the Council for a third consecutive term, thus requiring at least a one-year interval after the second term of office for reappointment.

2. Representatives of the administration on the Council (the Provost and the Academic Dean representatives) are appointed; terms of office are established by that constituency.

C. If a vacancy occurs among the faculty representatives, the Faculty Senate appoints a new member in accordance with the membership provisions in Article Three, A and Three, B. If a temporary vacancy occurs (sabbatical, illness, etc.), the head officer of the unit involved recommends a temporary replacement, to be approved by the Senate.

D. Attendance at Council meetings is mandatory.

1. Any Council member who misses three meetings in an academic year may be replaced by the appointing constituency (Faculty Senate or Administration).

2. The Faculty Senate may recall any faculty representative (including its own member) by two-thirds approval of those voting. The Faculty Senate must allow the members in question an opportunity to appear before the Senate to explain their absences.


A. The Council elects the Chair of the Council at the last meeting of the spring semester from the continuing membership of the Council. The Chair serves for one year and may be reelected if eligible. The Chair shall be a faculty member.

B. If the office of the Chair becomes vacant, the Council elects a new Chair for the remainder of that year, or in accordance with Article Four, A.

C. The Council meets:

1. In accordance with a calendar governing meetings of Councils as established by the Faculty Senate.

2. Upon the call of the Chair, who is responsible for informing Council members in advance of the meeting of its time, place, and agenda.

D. If three members of the Council request a meeting, the Chair will call it within two weeks of the request in accordance with the provisions in Article Four,C.

E. Should the removal of the Council Chair become necessary, it will be done in accordance with the provisions governing amendments to the Bylaws as outlined in Article Seven, B. A two-thirds approval of the entire Council membership is required for removal.


A. Minutes are kept for each meeting and prepared in accordance with the format set by Faculty Senate and are submitted in a timely manner to the Faculty Senate for review and approval/acceptance. Policy recommendations of the Council are submitted to the Faculty Senate separately from the minutes. Minutes will be taken by a Faculty Senate office staff member or an elected faculty member of the Council. The Council may elect to have a permanent secretary for the year or to have a chair-appointed one for each meeting.

B. Within two weeks of the meeting, statements of policy recommendations are approved by email ballot or special meeting of the Council and submitted to the Faculty Senate for review. The Faculty Senate acts on policy recommendations in accordance with Faculty Senate Bylaws.

C. A quorum consists of fifty percent of the Council membership (7 members needed).

D. A motion is passed when it receives a majority of the votes.

1. Abstentions do not count as votes.

2. Tie votes fail.

3. The Chair has the right to vote on all motions.

4. No proxy or absentee votes are allowed.


A. Standing committees may be established or discontinued with the consent of the Faculty Senate and in accordance with Article Seven.

B. The Council determines the permanent membership and establishes the purposes of its standing committees in accordance with the provisions outlined in Article Seven.

1. The Council appoints or re-appoints the members of its standing committees annually with the approval of the Faculty Senate.

2. The Council appoints the Chair of the standing committee after the members of the committee are approved by the Faculty Senate.

3. The Council approves or disapproves minutes from its subcommittees' meetings.

C. The standing committees:

1. Prepare operating procedures, approved by the Council, which specify how meetings are called, votes are taken, and policy recommendations are reported. Changes in the operating procedures are approved by the Council by the majority vote.

2. May form special task forces that report directly to the committee. These task forces are not standing committees.


A. These Bylaws may be amended by a majority vote of the entire Council membership.

B. No amendment may be both introduced and passed at the same meeting.

C. The Faculty Senate may override Council Bylaw changes in accordance with the Faculty Senate Bylaws.


A. Items or policy not completed in one academic year should be considered old or continuing business to be completed by the FPPC in the next academic year.

B. New business may be initiated in the Council by any of the following means:

1. Business referred to the FPPC by Faculty Senate

2. Items brought in by a member of FPPC, or

3. Items referred by the University community.

Approved by Faculty Professional Policies Council: Via email vote - February 5, 2007.
Approved by Faculty Senate: February 12, 2007
Revised and approved by Faculty Professional Policies Council: April 22, 2009.
Approved by Faculty Senate with minor changes: May 4, 2009



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