Southeastern Louisiana University
RESOLUTIONS
of the Faculty Senate, 2000-2001

Faculty Senate Resolution 00-01#6
Adopted Jan. 24, 2001

Resolution:
To Approve Governance Procedures

Whereas in formulating policies directly affecting faculty's rights and responsibilities, Southeastern Louisiana University traditionally has followed governance procedures that recognize a partnership between the faculty, the department heads, the deans, and the administration; and

Whereas these procedures have never formally been standardized and approved for use in future years; and

Whereas an official adoption of governance procedures will perpetuate the present fair and equitable policy;

Be it therefore resolved that the Senate recommend the accompanying procedures be formally adopted as the official governance procedures of Southeastern Louisiana University.

UNIVERSITY GOVERNANCE PROCEDURES

In formulating policies directly affecting faculty's rights and responsibilities, Southeastern Louisiana University follows governance procedures that recognize a partnership among the faculty, the department heads, the deans, and the administra-tion. New policies/procedures or revisions to existing policies/procedures affecting faculty can arise in one of two ways:

  1. The Faculty Senate can draft the policies/procedures. After approval by the senate, the draft is sent to the Provost, who forwards it to the Council of Department Heads and the Council of Deans for study and recommendation. The chair of each council will refer any substantive changes back to the senate for consideration and possible revision of the draft. When all three bodies have completed their reviews, the senate president forwards the revised draft to the Provost for discussion and approval by the Academic Affairs Council. Upon that body's approval, the policy is forwarded to the Provost for his/her consideration. The final level of approval is the University President.
  2. Any of the councils named above may draft a policy and then forward it to the Provost, who will then forward it to the senate and the other councils for review and recommendation. Based on the recommendations, the council which drafted the policy will make appropriate changes and then send the policy to the Provost for approval by the Academic Affairs Council, Provost, and President.
  3. The Faculty Senate or one of the Councils named above may request that a broad-based committee be formed to address a particular issue, or the Provost may recognize a need for such a committee. In consultation with the senate president, the Provost will appoint a committee with representatives of the senate, the general faculty, the department heads, and the deans. In cases where the issue significantly affects faculty's rights and responsibilities, the chair and the majority of the commit-tee members shall be faculty. This ad hoc committee will study the issue and make a recommendation to the Provost, who will, in turn, inform the senate president and the chairs of the Council of Department Heads and Council of Deans. If the commit-tee includes a draft policy as part of its recommendations, the Provost will forward it as well, with a request that each body study the document and make recommen-dations. These recommendations will be forwarded to the committee, which will revise the draft accordingly. The Academic Affairs Council will then study the document. Upon their approval, the policy/procedures statement will be forwarded to the Provost for his/her action and then to the University President for his/her action.
  4. Once a policy/procedures statement is presented for consideration in any of the above scenarios, each level of evaluation must be completed within two months so that the final decision on the policy/procedures may be made in a timely fashion.

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