Through a process referred to as "shared governance"--a tradition in academia with roots dating back to medieval times--the university faculty play a significant role in the institution's growth and development. The degree programs and curricula offered by the university are designed and vetted by the faculty. In consult with university administrators, the faculty also develop policies and procedures related to graduation requirements, faculty personnel matters, student grievances, perodic assessment of degree programs, the handling of intellectual property, and myriad other aspects of university stewardship. The Academic Senate is the primary vehicle for faculty engagement in these activities.
- Constitution & Bylaws of the University Faculty (Rev. April 2016)
- Standing Rules of the Academic Senate (Rev. March 2016)
- Election Rules & Procedures (Rev. April 2016)
- Senate Officer/Committee Chair Course Release Guiding Principles (Updated 10/24/14)
- Faculty Service & Voting While on Leave (Rev. September 2014)
- Parliamentary Guidelines/Annotated Agenda (Don Barrett, 8/7; updated by Jackie Trischman, 9/15).
- Guide to flow of Senate meetings - (Beverlee Anderson, July 2008) "This item being updated. Check back soon!
- Video on Parliamentary Procedures (Beverlee Anderson, July 2008) This item being updated. Check back soon!