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Rules and Bylaws of the
University of Minnesota, Crookston
Faculty Assembly

Article I. Meetings

The Faculty Assembly will meet at least once per semester at a time designated by Faculty Consultative Committee. The meeting date shall be at a time convenient for the majority of the members. The time and place may change at the wishes of the Faculty Consultative Committee. Special meetings may be called as needed by the Chairperson or any three members of the Faculty Consultative Committee.

Article II. Amendments

The Faculty Assembly may amend the Bylaws by a two-thirds vote of the members present. All amendments to the Rules and Bylaws shall be distributed to the voting members at least two weeks prior to the date for voting on the adoption or change of the Rules and Bylaws.

Article III. Quorum

A quorum for the Faculty Assembly and standing committees shall be 40 percent of the voting members.

Article IV. Standing Committees

Minutes of all faculty assembly standing committees are to be submitted 10 days after each meeting to the Chairperson of the Faculty Assembly. All proposals and recommendations from standing committees require Faculty Assembly action and shall be submitted to the Faculty Consultative Committee for review. A final report of the committees' actions for the academic year shall be submitted to the Chairperson of the Faculty Assembly by June 1.

Faculty membership on all faculty assembly standing committees, with the exception of the Curriculum Committee, shall be for a three-year term, with approximately one-third of the elected membership replaced each year. Voting faculty members of all standing committees shall be members of the Faculty Assembly and elected by the Faculty Assembly. Consultant/advisory members of Faculty Assembly who are required by virtue of their respective titles to serve on standing committees shall attend meetings, participate in debate, and make motions, but are not counted in determining the quorum and do not have the right to vote or serve as committee chair. Student membership on standing committees shall be for a one-year term.

In the event that a Faculty Assembly committee member cannot attend a scheduled committee meeting, it is their responsibility to send a proxy in their place from their department. The proxy must also be a member of Faculty Assembly.

1. Academic Standards and Policies Committee

    A. Membership

    1. Voting membership shall include one faculty member from each academic unit, and two student members.
    2. Consultant/advisory members shall include, the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and the Registrar,

    B. Method of Selection

    1. Faculty members shall be elected by their respective academic units, and student members shall be selected by Student Forum action.

    C. Duties

    1. To establish procedures relating to students maintaining satisfactory academic progress and to recommend policies on academic standards for the Faculty Assembly

    2. To consult with and advise the administrators it determines appropriate on all matters of educational policy and to recommend to the Faculty Assembly such policies on educational issues as it deems appropriate and necessary

    3. To receive reports on the quality and effectiveness of undergraduate education, and to foster improvement of instruction

    4. To review student evaluation and grade notification policies and procedures and to recommend to Faculty Assembly any changes.

2. College Promotion and Tenure Review Committee

  1. Membership

    1. Membership shall consist of two tenured faculty representatives from each academic unit holding the rank of Associate Professor or Professor.
  2. Method of Selection
    1. Members shall be elected by academic unit promotion and tenure committees.
  1. Definition of "Academic Unit"
    1. An academic unit on the University of Minnesota , Crookston campus shall be defined as the unit responsible for making academic personnel recommendations.
  1. Duties
    1. To review tenure and promotion recommendations that has been forwarded to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Membership and duties are defined in the current All-University Regulations Concerning Faculty Tenure and its amendments and "Procedures for Reviewing the Performance of Probationary Faculty" issued from the University's Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Office.

      1. To make recommendations regarding tenure and promotion procedures on campus.

3. Curriculum Committee

  1. Membership

    1. Voting membership shall include the Academic Unit Heads, one faculty member from each academic unit, the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, and one student from each academic unit.
    2. Consultant/advisory members shall include .the Registrar, and the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations.
  2. Method of Selection
    1. Faculty members shall be elected by their respective academic units for a two-year term and student members shall be selected by Student Forum action.
  3. Duties 
    1. To examine and review the curriculum and its programs continuously for possibilities for improvement.
    2. To review curriculum proposals submitted by the academic units and to submit these to the Faculty Assembly for action.
    3. To study problems relating to instruction and to make recommendations to the Faculty Assembly.
    4. To review curriculum proposals as they are being developed by the Office of Academic Affairs.
    5. New programs or academic units shall be routed through this Committee and the Faculty Assembly before final approval is sought from Central Administration.

Liberal Education Sub-Committee of Curriculum Committee

  1. Membership
  2. Membership shall include five voting faculty members of Curriculum Committee and two students from the Curriculum Committee.

  3. Method of selection
    1. Members shall be elected by the Curriculum Committee for a two year term with beginning terms staggered.
    2. No academic unit shall have more than one member on this sub- committee.

  4. Duties
    1. To establish and regularly review the criteria for courses which
      will be considered for designation for the Liberal Education Curriculum
    2. To formulate the procedures for
      a. proposing the courses to be added to, and
      b. deleting courses from the Liberal Education Curriculum
    3. To review and approve or disapprove all proposals for courses designated for the Liberal Education Curriculum
    4. To review on a regular basis established courses in the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum goal areas.

4. Elections, Constitution and Bylaws Committee


4. Elections, Constitution and Bylaws Committee


A. Membership

  1. Voting Membership shall include one elected representative from each academic unit
  2. Consultant/advisory member shall include the Parliamentarian.

B. Method of Selection

  1. Faculty members shall be elected by their respective academic units.

C. Duties

  1. To assist department heads in administering committee elections in their academic unit indicating committee openings in their academic unit.
  2. By the end of the fourth week of fall semester, the Elections, Constitution and Bylaws Committee shall submit to the voting membership of the Faculty Assembly a list of committee members of Faculty Assembly.
  3. When a faculty vacancy occurs at some time other than the expiration of a term of office, the Elections, Constitution and Bylaws Committee shall act to fill the vacancy following the procedures outlined above one week prior to the Faculty Assembly meeting immediately following the vacancy in consultation with academic units.
  4. To examine and review the Constitution and Bylaws for possibilities of change and improvement.
  5. Maintain and update changes in the Constitution and Bylaws and distribute updates to faculty.
  6. To act upon all proposals for changes in the Constitution and Bylaws and submit them to the Faculty Assembly for action.
  7. To insure that copies of the Constitution and Bylaws are available to all members of the Faculty Assembly.

5. Faculty Awards Committee

  1. Membership
    1. Voting membership shall include the following:
      • Most recent Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni
        Undergraduate Education Award recipient employed during academic year,
      • Most recent John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising recipients
      • Most recent UMC Distinguished Teaching Award recipient employed during academic year,
      • one faculty member from each academic unit
      • President of the Alumni Association
      • President of the Crookston Student Association.
  2. Method of Selection
    1. Faculty members shall be elected by their respective academic units.
  3. Duties
    1. To promote nominations for faculty recognition awards at both the campus and the all University level (e.g. Morse Award, Tate Award, Distinguished Teaching Award)
    2. To evaluate, select and promote candidates for any awards that require or recommend such a process.
    3. To select the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.
    4. To recommend additional awards or recognitions.

 

6. Faculty Development Committee

  1. Membership
    1. Voting membership shall include one elected representative from each academic unit.
    2. Consultant/advisory member shall include the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
  2. Method of Selection
    1. Faculty members shall be elected by their respective academic units.
  3. Duties
    1. To develop and communicate criteria for distributing available funding from the Academic Affairs office for the professional enhancement and development of the faculty at UMC.
    2. To establish the processes for distributing available funding.
    3. To solicit applications for funding individual faculty member's enhancement activities and select those activities that will be funded.
    4. To advocate on and off campus faculty development activities that supports the mission of UMC.
    5. To file and distribute an annual report on the distribution of funds for each fiscal year to the Faculty Assembly membership at the first Faculty Assembly fall meeting.

7. Assessment Committee

A. Membership

  1. Voting membership shall include one elected representative from each academic unit.
  2. Consultant/Advisory member shall include the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

B. Method of Selection

  1. Faculty members shall be elected by their respective academic units.

C. Duties

  1. To review and advise the office of the VCAA on UMC's Assessment Plan.
  2. To work towards continuous process improvement in implementing UMC's Assessment Plan.
  3. To encourage regular review of course and program learner outcomes.
  4. To evaluate and advise on technical solutions to assessment issues.
  5. To promote professional development opportunities related to assessment.

Adopted: December 10, 1999
Revised February 23, 2011