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Part 2. Organization

Section II. Institutional Governance

C. Representative Bodies

1. The Faculty Senate

a. General

The University Faculty has delegated its governance responsibility to a representative body called the Faculty Senate in order to provide:

(1) equitable representation,

(2) direct responsibility to colleges and schools for apportionment, and

(3) efficient channels of communication between Faculty Senate members and their constituencies.

The Faculty through the Faculty Senate and associated councils, committees and boards may provide recommendations concerning:

(1) policy pertaining to academic standards for admissions, progression, and granting of degrees and certificates; policy relevant to student advising;

(2) approval of courses of instruction, and establishment of academic curriculum policy;

(3) policies relevant to student affairs that affect the academic business of the University; policies relevant to establishment, review and maintenance of academic standards and regulations as they affect students;

(4) policies of academic freedom, tenure, and due process;

(5) policies pertaining to appointment, reappointment, non-reappointment, termination, promotion, emeritus status, and sabbatical leaves;

(6) policies relevant to University and faculty research;

(7) policies pertaining to disposition of instructional financial resources as such policies affect the academic mission of the institution;

(8) other policies relevant to the academic welfare of the institution.

b. The basis for representation in the Senate is as follows:

(1) Senate seats are apportioned among colleges, schools, and the University Library according to the number of tenure-track faculty positions, both full- time and part-time, in the unit, with each unit receiving at least one seat.

(2) The Faculty Senate consists of twenty-eight (28) faculty members representing the colleges, schools and the University Library. In addition, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean of Students, a Curriculum Council representative, and a Student Senate representative are ex officio, non-voting members.

(3) The faculty of each college, school, or the University Library with more than one seat determines the internal allocation of those seats among its subunits.

(4) The appointment of seats among colleges, schools, and the University Library is assessed by the Faculty Senate for equity every three years.

(5) Based on the present ratios of full-time and part-time tenure-track faculty positions, the Senate is apportioned as follows: Arts and Sciences (12); Business (2); Education (2); Engineering (1); Health-Related Professions (4); Pharmacy (2); Technology (4); Library (1).

2. Council of Professional Employees (COPE)

The Council of Professional Employees (COPE) is an internal organization recognized by the University which provides leadership for professional employees who are exempt from the Idaho Personnel System in the promotion and development of programs, policies and procedures which enhance the University in the pursuit of its mission. It represents the interests of the professional employees by working with other components of the University for the improvement of personnel management, morale, working conditions, and productivity.

Membership is open to all professional personnel who are filling an administrative professional position employed half-time or more and who are exempt from the personnel policies of the Idaho Personnel Commission and governance by faculty personnel policies and procedures.

3. Classified Employees Council (CEC)

The Classified Employees Council (CEC) is an internal organization recognized by the University which provides leadership for classified employees in the promotion and development of programs, policies and procedures which enhance the University in the pursuit of its mission.

It represents the interests of the classified employees by working with other components of the University for the improvement of personnel management, morale, working conditions, and productivity. Membership is open to all classified employees.


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