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(2)    Faculty Governance Structure

(2A)    CONSTITUTION OF THE FACULTY ORGANIZATION

(2B)    UNIVERSITY CURRICULUM COUNCIL BYLAWS

(2C)    UNIVERSITY CURRICULUM COUNCIL STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES

(2D)    FACULTY SENATE BYLAWS

(2E)    STANDING COMMITTEES OF THE UNIVERSITY


(2A)    CONSTITUTION OF THE FACULTY ORGANIZATION

For a summary of recent changes to this chapter, see Chapter 9A: Summary of Recent Revisions to this Handbook.

Contents of this page: 

  1. Purpose of the Faculty Organization

  2. The Academic Faculty

  3. The University Curriculum Council

  4. The Faculty Senate

  5. The Commission on Promotion and Tenure

  6. Implementation and Amendment

ARTICLE I:    PURPOSE OF THE FACULTY ORGANIZATION

In order to fulfill the responsibilities of the faculty in the areas of academic life and governance of Trinity University, the Faculty Organization at Trinity University is established according to the provisions of this Constitution as adopted by the Faculty and ratified by the Board of Trustees.


ARTICLE II:    THE ACADEMIC FACULTY

A.    Membership

Membership of the Academic Faculty shall consist of all full-time members of the faculty whose primary responsibility is teaching, research and/or professional librarianship, plus all administrative personnel holding faculty rank within a department.

B.    Officers

1.    The President of the University shall be the President of the Academic Faculty, and shall preside over the meetings of the Academic Faculty Assembly.

2.    The Vice President for Faculty and Student Affairs of the University shall be the Vice President of the Academic Faculty, and in the absence of the President shall preside over the meetings of the Academic Faculty Assembly.

3.    The Academic Faculty shall elect annually one of its members to serve as Secretary and Parliamentarian of the Academic Faculty Assembly.

C.    Meetings of the Academic Faculty Assembly
(Section 8 added by the Faculty March 19, 1993)

1.    There shall be four stated meetings of the Academic Faculty Assembly during each academic year: two in the fall semester and two in the spring semester.

2.    Called meetings of the Assembly shall be held at the request of the President, or of the Vice President, or of the Faculty Senate, or by petition signed by no less than 10% of the members of the Academic Faculty.

3.    A simple majority of the members of the Academic Faculty shall constitute a quorum for meetings of the Assembly, with the provision that, for meetings to be held in the summer, the quorum shall be determined on the basis of faculty members actually teaching during the summer months.

4.    Meetings of the Assembly held during the Summer Session shall not consider or vote on matters of amendment of the Constitution of the Faculty Organization at Trinity University (Chapter 2A) or changes in general policies of the University.

5.    A simple majority of those present and voting at a given meeting shall be sufficient to carry all motions, unless otherwise specified in this document or in the rules of procedure.

6.    Academic Faculty members holding administrative positions above the rank of departmental Chair shall have voice and vote at meetings of the Assembly, with the following exceptions:

a.    They shall be ineligible to serve on the Hearing and Investigating Committees.

b.    With the exception of the Vice President for Faculty and Student Affairs, who serves as an ex officio non-voting member, they shall be ineligible to serve on the Commission on Promotion and Tenure.

7.    Notice of any stated or called meeting shall be circulated in writing to all the members of the Academic Faculty at least one week prior to the date of the meeting. Such notice shall include a docket of the business to come before the meeting, and its preparation and distribution shall be the responsibility of the Vice President of the Academic Faculty.

8.    Meetings of the Faculty Assembly shall be open to all members of the University Community. The Office of Academic Affairs shall routinely send a copy of the agenda to the Student Association. If there is an item of business on the agenda to which any member of the University Community would like to speak, permission from the President should be obtained in advance of the meeting. The Faculty Assembly reserves the right to exclude students and other observers when, by majority vote, it decides to go into executive session.

D.    Duties of the Academic Faculty Assembly
(Paragraph 3 amended by the Faculty December 10, 1992; paragraph 4 amended by the Faculty March 20, 2009; paragraph 5 amended by the Faculty October 29, 2010.)

1.    The Academic Faculty Assembly shall be responsible for setting the requirements for academic degrees through approval of the actions of the University Curriculum Council and Commission on Graduate Studies, and for certifying those candidates who have met said requirements.

2.    The Academic Faculty Assembly shall approve, either directly or through delegation, the granting of honorary degrees.

3.    The Academic Faculty Assembly shall receive the minutes and approve the actions of the University Curriculum Council or its successors. Reception of the minutes shall be by individual distribution to all members of the Academic Faculty. Approval of the Council’s actions shall take place either by formal action or by consent.

a.    Approval shall take place by formal action when the materials to be approved and appropriate documentation are transmitted on the Council’s Discussion Agenda and distributed to all Academic Faculty members at least twenty-one days before the meeting of the Academic Faculty at which they are to be considered and are placed on the agenda of the Assembly. Proposed amendments to items on the Discussion Agenda must be circulated in writing at least seven days prior to the meeting. Other amendments or substitute motions to a circulated proposal will be in order if their effect is to lessen the degree of change from the present status as compared with the effect of the circulated proposal. Amendments to a previously circulated amendment will be in order if their effect is to lessen the degree of change from the original proposal as compared with the effect of the circulated amendment.

b.    Approval shall be effective by consent fifteen days following distribution on the Council’s Consent Agenda unless within the fifteen days a member of the Academic Faculty notifies the Vice President for Faculty and Student Affairs that the member requests a specified item be considered at the next meeting of the Academic Faculty Assembly. The Vice President for Faculty and Student Affairs shall notify the Academic Faculty of the transfer of the item to the Discussion Agenda and shall place the specified item or items on the agenda of the next meeting.

4.    The Academic Faculty Assembly shall be the electing body for members of the Hearing and Investigating Committees.

5.    The Academic Faculty Assembly shall receive all reports and act upon all recommendations which require reception and/or action by the Academic Faculty. Legislation that requires a vote will be circulated to the Academic Faculty at least fourteen (14) days before the meeting of the Faculty Assembly. Substantial amendments to proposed legislation (amendments extending beyond minor revisions or multiple amendments to a single piece of legislation) should be submitted in writing to the Academic Faculty at least seven (7) days prior to an Assembly vote.

E.    Rules of Procedure

Except on points otherwise specifically stated in this document or in the Bylaws of the Faculty Organization, the latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order shall be the parliamentary authority for procedure at all meetings of the Academic Faculty Assembly.


ARTICLE III:    THE UNIVERSITY CURRICULUM COUNCIL

A.    Authority

The University Curriculum Council will be the agency of the Faculty exercising the Faculty’s authority and responsibility in the area of curriculum and academic policy. Actions of the Council will be subject to approval by the Academic Faculty and, where appropriate, by the Board of Trustees.

B.    Membership

The basis for membership of the University Curriculum Council will be determined by act of the Academic Faculty Assembly, although proposals may originate from the University Curriculum Council, the Faculty Senate, or the Administration. If persons other than members of the Academic Faculty are to be included as members of the Council, the overall basis for membership will be subject to approval by the President.


ARTICLE IV:    THE FACULTY SENATE

A.    Membership
(Amended by the Academic Faculty Assembly on October 21, 2011; approved by the Board of Trustees on February 17, 2012.)

The Faculty Senate shall be composed of nineteen members of the Academic Faculty who do not hold administrative positions above the rank of departmental Chair, who, at the time of election, are completing at least their second academic year on the faculty of Trinity University.

One member shall be elected at large to serve as Vice Chair/Chair-elect of the Senate. Any member of the faculty eligible for membership in the Senate may hold this office.

Six members shall be elected at large from those faculty members holding the rank of professor for the following academic year.

Six members shall be elected at large from those faculty members holding the rank of associate professor for the following academic year.

Six members shall be elected at large from those faculty members holding the rank of assistant professor or instructor for the following academic year. For all purposes of representation assistant professor and instructor are considered one rank.

B.    Terms of Office
(Amended by the Academic Faculty Assembly on October 21, 2011; approved by the Board of Trustees on February 17, 2012.)

Senate elections will be held each year. The normal term of office for members of the Senate shall be three years. Following election, the Vice Chair/Chair-elect will serve in that office for a term of two years, followed by a two-year term as Chair (for a total of four years). If an elected Vice Chair/Chair-elect is not available to succeed to the office of Chair, an election at large will be held to fill both the office of Vice Chair/Chair-elect and the office of Chair.

At the conclusion of a regular three-year term on the Senate, or at the conclusion of any consecutive terms which extend longer than two years, a member is ineligible for re-election for one year. Neither may the Chair succeed to a second term without an interval of at least one year. However, a currently sitting member of the Senate may, in any year of the term, be a candidate for the office of Vice Chair/Chair-elect. Consequently, that member could serve as many as seven consecutive years on the Senate.   

C.    Nomination
(Amended by the Academic Faculty Assembly on September 23, 1996; approved by the Board of Trustees on October 4, 1996; amended by the Academic Faculty Assembly on October 21, 2011; approved by the Board of Trustees on February 17, 2012.)

Immediately after the annual announcement of promotion and tenure decisions, the Faculty Senate shall distribute lists of the Academic Faculty members who are eligible to hold membership in the Senate. Listing shall be by rank for the following academic year as supplied by the Office of the Vice President for Faculty and Student Affairs.

Nominations for filling vacancies in the Senate, other than that of the Vice Chair/Chair-elect, shall be by petition in writing and bearing signatures of two members of the Academic Faculty of the same rank as the nominee for the current academic year.

Nominations for the position of Vice Chair/Chair-elect of the Faculty Senate may be made by petition to the Senate in writing and bearing the signatures of two voting members of the Academic Faculty.

These signed petitions shall be in the hands of the Senate within two weeks following original distribution.

D.    Election
(Amended by the Academic Faculty Assembly on September 23, 1996; approved by the Board of Trustees on October 4, 1996; amended by the Academic Faculty Assembly on October 21, 2011; approved by the Board of Trustees on February 17, 2012.)

By one week after receipt of the nominations, the Faculty Senate shall distribute ballots to members of the Academic Faculty. The ballot shall bear the names of all the nominees, categorized by rank. Each Academic Faculty member may vote for a number of nominees within each rank equaling the number of vacancies in each rank. When within any single rank terms of different length are being filled, the nominees for all vacancies within the rank shall be listed together on a single slate, and the terms awarded according to the order of total votes received.

Elections shall be by plurality, except in the case of the Vice Chair/Chair-elect. If a tie should occur, the Senate shall conduct a runoff election. If a second tie should occur, the Senate shall determine the outcome by lot. To be valid, ballots must be returned to the Senate not later than four class meeting days following distribution. Ballots shall be counted and results posted immediately after the elections.

Election of the Vice Chair/Chair-elect shall be by majority. If no candidate receives a majority on the first ballot, the Senate shall conduct a runoff election with the names of the leading candidates whose combined votes constitute a majority of the votes cast. This process shall be repeated, if necessary, until one candidate has received a majority of the votes cast.

Newly elected Senators shall assume their duties at the first Senate meeting after completed elections and before Spring Break, replacing members whose terms have just expired.

E.    Vacancies of Unexpired Terms

Vacancies of unexpired terms on the Faculty Senate shall be filled by the Senate. A person named to fill a vacancy shall have the same rank as the member being replaced, and shall serve until the next stated election, when the unexpired term, if any, shall be filled by the regular nomination and election procedure.

F.    Change in Rank

In the event that a member of the Faculty Senate changes rank before the expiration of the term of membership, that Senator shall complete the unexpired term at the new rank. Adjustments in the Senate membership necessary to comply with the proper distribution by rank shall be made, to the extent possible, as vacancies are filled at the time of the next regular election.

G.    Duties

1.    The Faculty Senate shall represent the Academic Faculty of Trinity University in all matters of professional concern and work with the Administration in the formulation, interpretation, and implementation of general University policy.

2.    The Faculty Senate shall recommend standards for academic freedom, responsibility, employment, tenure, due process, rank, and promotion for members of the Academic Faculty.

3.    The Faculty Senate may consider any communications brought to it by committees, constituent groups, or individuals within the University.

4.    The Faculty Senate shall have general responsibility for recommendations concerning the committee structure of the University.

a.    The Senate will receive and may at its discretion consider reports from standing and ad hoc committees of the University.

b.    The Senate may recommend to the President of the University the creation, the elimination or the combination of committees, or a change in their responsibilities or composition.

c.    The Senate shall make recommendations concerning the appropriate category and consequent mode of selection of faculty representation for all permanent standing committees of the University.

5.    The Faculty Senate shall have general responsibility for executing or facilitating the responsibility of the Academic Faculty with regard to representation of the Academic Faculty as a constituent group.

a.    The Senate shall supervise the annual nominations and elections of its own membership, of the Investigating and Hearing Committees, and of any other offices within the governance structure of the University which require representation elected by the Academic Faculty.

b.    The Senate shall appoint faculty members to any body which requires representation selected by the Academic Faculty.

c.    Where appropriate the Senate shall recommend the names of faculty members to fill places in other bodies whose membership is to be appointed by the Administration or by student governance organizations.

d.    In the event that a faculty member serving in any position elected by the Academic Faculty at large or appointed by the Senate shall be unable to continue his or her duties, the Senate will appoint a replacement to serve until the next election of members of that committee or governing body. If the faculty member is to be absent on leave for not more than one year during the course of a term extending beyond his or her expected return, he or she may, instead of resigning, request to be temporarily replaced without vacating the term. The Senate will appoint the temporary replacement, who will have full membership rights for the period of the leave. Permanent or temporary replacement members appointed under either of these provisions shall meet whatever formal qualifications were met by the member being replaced.

e.    Nothing in this or the preceding paragraphs shall be construed to prohibit the establishment and appointment of committees responsible for specific elements of academic program, either by the Administration or by the curricular governance councils. However, the Senate may make recommendations concerning the structure or the concerns of such committees or councils. In the case of administrative establishment of and appointment of faculty to such committees, Senate nominations or approval should be sought insofar as the Academic Faculty as a constituent group rather than specific academic programs or narrowly defined functional expertise is the basis for representation.

  6.    The Faculty Senate shall be responsible for directing to the appropriate committee and for maintaining general supervision of the procedures in any cases in which Academic Faculty members contest decisions concerning matters of tenure, academic freedom, due process, and conditions of employment after normal administrative channels of appeal, as described in the Trinity University Policy Statement on Academic Freedom, Responsibility, and Employment of Faculty (Chapter 3A), have been exhausted.

a.    The Senate shall be responsible for the establishment each year of two standing committees to deal with matters relating to academic freedom, tenure, due process, and conditions of employment of members of the Academic Faculty. One of these shall be the Investigating Committee, responsible for initial investigations. The second, a Hearing Committee, shall be responsible for formal hearings on matters of academic freedom, tenure, due process, and conditions of employment recommended for a hearing by the Investigating Committee and referred to the Hearing Committee by the Senate. The Investigating Committee shall consist of three members and three alternate members to serve in case of vacancy or challenge during the process of an investigation. The Hearing Committee shall consist of five members and five alternate members to serve in case of vacancy or challenge during the process of a hearing.

b.    Members of the Investigating and Hearing Committees shall be elected in time for report at the last Faculty Assembly of the academic year, and shall ordinarily serve three-year terms. At the time of the first election following the ratification of this Article, the Investigating Committee shall be divided by lot into three classes: one member to serve one year, one to serve two years and one to serve three years. The Hearing Committee shall also be divided by lot into three classes: two members to serve one year, two to serve two years, and one to serve three years. All Academic Faculty members who are completing one academic year at Trinity University will be eligible to vote in the election of these committees. The Faculty will be advised by a committee of the Senate of the responsibilities of each committee, and will be provided with ballots listing all eligible faculty members. Those members of the Academic Faculty, excluding members of the Senate, members of the Commission on Promotion and Tenure, and members holding administrative positions above the rank of departmental Chair, who are completing at least two years at Trinity University will be eligible for membership on these committees. Members of the Investigating and Hearing Committees should have the qualifications of competence to render unbiased opinions, objectivity in weighing evidence, and independence of pressures from colleagues or administrators, and in support of these qualifications it is advisable that they have tenure.

c.    Each eligible voter shall cast one vote for each vacancy in each committee election. According to the number of places open in a given year, the candidates who receive the highest number of votes shall be considered elected to the respective committee. Candidates not elected will serve as alternates, in order of their number of votes, if and when needed. Ties will be settled by lot. Those members of the faculty who are elected as members or alternates on one of these committees shall be ineligible to serve on the other committee during their terms of service. Terms of service for alternates shall be one year. All terms of service shall begin and end at the beginning of the following fall semester.

  7.    The Faculty Senate by a two-thirds vote of its membership may call meetings of the Academic Faculty to seek advice and counsel on matters of faculty concern. The call of the meeting should include the general purpose for which the meeting is called. The Senate may also, for the purpose of seeking advice and counsel, call caucuses of the faculty grouped either by rank or in units corresponding to academic organization. The Chair of the Faculty Senate shall preside at these called meetings.

  8.    The Faculty Senate may establish whatever bylaws and standing or  ad hoc committees it deems necessary to fulfill its responsibilities.

  9.    The Faculty Senate shall distribute its approved minutes to the Academic Faculty.


ARTICLE V:    THE COMMISSION ON PROMOTION AND TENURE

(Amended by the Academic Faculty Assembly on March 20, 2009)

A.    Duties

1.     The Commission on Promotion and Tenure shall have both an evaluation role and an oversight role.  The primary oversight function is that the Commission will participate, jointly with the Administration, in the review of departmental and library promotion and tenure criteria and procedures.

2.    The Commission on Promotion and Tenure shall review every candidate for promotion and/or tenure and make a recommendation to the President of the University. In making its review and formulating its recommendations, the Commission shall have as its primary concern the maintenance of fair and objective standards for peer-review decisions across the University.

3.    The Commission on Promotion and Tenure shall hold an open meeting late in the spring semester of each academic year for the purpose of reviewing promotion and tenure policies and procedures, as well as reviewing the nature and extent of the documentation to be submitted.

4.    The Commission on Promotion and Tenure shall present an annual report to the President of the University and to the Faculty Senate representing its periodic review of  policies and procedures for promotion and tenure, and suggesting to the Senate any changes it may deem necessary in the Constitution and/or the Policy Statements. At the same time the Commission shall also report the results of its scheduled reviews of departmental and library criteria, undertaken jointly by the Commission and the Vice President for Faculty and Student Affairs/Vice President for Information Resources.

B.    Composition (Article B amended by the Academic Faculty Assembly on December 6, 2002, and approved by the Board of Trustees on January 27, 2003)

1.    The voting members shall be seven tenured members of the Academic Faculty who hold the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. Each one of the following disciplinary groups shall elect to the Commission one of its own members:  

Group 1: Classical Studies, History, Modern Languages and Literatures
Group 2: English, Philosophy, Religion
Group 3: Art and Art History, Communication, Human Communication and Theatre, Library, Music
Group 4: Biology, Chemistry, Geosciences, Physics and Astronomy
Group 5: Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics
Group 6: Education, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology
Group 7: Business Administration, Economics, Health Care Administration

2.    The non-voting Chair will be either the Vice President for Faculty and Student Affairs (VPFSA) or the Vice President for Information Resources (VPIR), serving ex officio. The VPIR shall serve as Chair for all deliberations regarding candidates who are members of the Library Faculty.  The VPFSA shall serve as Chair for all deliberations regarding candidates from all other areas of the Academic Faculty.

3.    With the exception of the VPFSA and the VPIR, Academic Faculty members who hold administrative positions above the rank of Chair shall not be eligible to serve on the Commission.

C.    Nominations and Elections
(Article C amended by the Faculty April 3, 1992; amended by the Faculty March 30, 2001,amended by the Faculty April, 19, 2002)

1.    When places on the Commission need to be filled, the Faculty Senate shall call for nominations after February 15 in the spring semester of the year preceding the commencement of the term.

2.    Nominations shall be by petition to the Senate in writing and bearing the signatures of two members of the Academic Faculty who belong to the relevant disciplinary group. Each member of the Faculty shall  nominate no more than one candidate.

3.    Faculty members who have been granted a leave during the academic year following the election shall be ineligible for nomination to the Commission until the leave is completed. Faculty members who anticipate a leave occurring during the term of service are requested to consider postponing their nomination until after the leave is completed.

4.    The Faculty Senate shall distribute ballots to Academic Faculty members in the relevant disciplinary group within one week after the close of the nomination process. Election shall be by majority of the total ballots received. If no candidate receives a majority on the first ballot, the Senate shall conduct a runoff election with the names of the leading candidates whose combined votes constitute a majority of the ballots cast. This process shall be repeated if necessary, or in case of a tie. If the second runoff does not produce a candidate with a majority of the votes, the Senate shall determine the outcome by plurality, or in case of a tie, the outcome shall be decided by lot.

5.    Only Academic Faculty members who have completed one academic year at Trinity University shall be eligible to vote in the election of Commission members.

6.    All elections will be completed in time for report at the last Faculty Assembly of the academic year. The terms commence at the beginning of the fall semester.

7.    When a vacancy occurs outside the normal schedule of nominations and elections (for instance, when a member of the Commission resigns during the Fall semester), the Faculty Senate, in consultation with the department chairs within the relevant disciplinary group, will appoint an eligible Academic Faculty member from that group to serve on the Commission until the vacancy can be filled by election in the Spring semester.

D.    Terms of Office
(Amended by the Faculty September 21, 2000 and approved by the Board of Trustees October 14, 2000. Amended by the Faculty December 12, 2003 and approved by the Board of Trustees January 16, 2004)

The normal term of office on the Commission shall be three years. At the time of the initial organization of the Commission, the members shall be divided by lot into three classes: three with three-year terms, two with two-year terms, and two with one-year terms. Thereafter, each member shall be replaced after expiration of his or her term in the manner of election described above. After serving a regular, three-year term, a member shall be ineligible for reelection for one year.

E.    Mandatory Resignation

Any member of the Commission who is to be reviewed for promotion during the current year must resign from the Commission by the first meeting of the Academic Faculty in the fall semester. The remainder of the unexpired term will be filled by the  Faculty Senate or disciplinary group as appropriate.

F.    Disqualification
(Amended by the Faculty September 21, 2000 and approved by the Board of Trustees October 14, 2000)

A member of the Commission shall be disqualified from participating in decisions concerning:

1.    Promotion or tenure of a member of his/her own department;

2.    Promotion or tenure of a spouse or other relative.

Should a member of the Commission be disqualified under either of these conditions from participating in a decision, a member of the alternate pool shall be chosen by the Faculty Senate to participate in the decision that brought about the disqualification. 

G.    Rules for Senate Appointments of Alternate Members
(
Amended by the Faculty on December 12, 2003, and approved by the Board of Trustees at their January 16, 2004 meeting)

When it falls upon the Faculty Senate to appoint alternate members of the Commission, that is, in cases of unexpired terms of members who are disqualified from participating in a particular decision of the Commission because the decision concerns a spouse, relative or departmental colleague, then the Senate shall observe the following guidelines:

a) Alternates must have served previously on the Commission.

b) An alternate should not be selected from a department already represented on the Commission.

c) If alternates are required for two or more cases in the same department, whenever possible one person should be appointed for all cases.

d) Selection preference whenever possible will be given to the former commissioner in the target disciplinary group who has most recently served on the Commission.  If this individual refuses the appointment, the Senate will then consider the next most recent commissioner from the target disciplinary group until a willing individual is found. If no such alternate is available from the target disciplinary group, then preference will be given to the next most recent commissioner belonging to the same set of allied disciplinary groups as the target group. The allied sets consist of groups 1,2,3 groups 4,5, and groups 6,7.

Allied groups as currently constituted are:

    Group 1:  Classical Studies, History, Modern Languages and Literatures.
    Group 2:  English, Philosophy, Religion
    Group 3:  Art and Art History, Communication, Library, Music, Speech and Drama.
    Group 4:  Biology, Chemistry, Geosciences, Physics and Astronomy
    Group 5:  Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics
    Group 6:  Education, Physical Education, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology
    Group 7:  Business Administration, Economics, Health Care Administration
  

If still no alternate is available, the choice shall be made by lot from the list of former commissioners.

H.    Abstention and Required Majority
(Added by the Faculty September 21, 2000 and approved by the Board of Trustees October 14, 2000.)

Abstentions shall count as negative votes, and a clear majority of positive votes (i.e., four votes) shall be necessary to carry a  recommendation  for tenure and/or promotion.

I.    Confidentiality
(Amended by the Faculty March 31, 1995 and approved by the Board of Trustees April 27, 1995.)

The confidentiality of all evaluations, discussions, and recommendations shall be strictly maintained by members of the Commission on Promotion and Tenure.


ARTICLE VI:    IMPLEMENTATION AND AMENDMENT

A.    Implementation

This Constitution shall go into effect when approved by a two-thirds majority of those present and voting at a properly constituted meeting of the Academic Faculty Assembly, and after ratification by the Board of Trustees.

B.    Amendment

Proposed amendments to this Constitution shall be circulated in writing to the Academic Faculty at least fourteen (14) days prior to the stated meeting of the Academic Faculty Assembly at which they will be considered. They shall become effective if passed by a two-thirds majority of those present and voting at that meeting, and subsequently ratified by the Board of Trustees.


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