Policy  AA-FP-PO9 The Faculty Senate

I.     Policy
II.    Definitions
III.   Relevant Federal and State Statutes
IV.    Relevant UT System and UTA Policies, Procedures, and Forms
V.     Who Should Know
VI.   UTA Officer(s) Responsible for Policy
VII.  Dates Approved or Amended
VIII. Contact Information


I. Policy

A.    Purpose

The Faculty Senate is the faculty legislative and deliberative body on all matters not within the jurisdiction of the Graduate Assembly, the Undergraduate Assembly, or the faculties of the various departments and colleges or schools and the University faculty.

B.      Membership

All full-time faculty (tenured, tenure-track, or non-tenure track who have served at least two consecutive years at UTA) are eligible for membership except for department chairs, school directors, associate deans, deans, or other faculty with an administrative or professional classification.

Membership and elections are separated between tenure-track/tenured and non-tenure track faculty

For tenured/tenure-track membership, each academic department and comparable unit offering undergraduate or graduate academic degrees shall elect one tenure-track or tenured member for each fifteen full-time equivalent tenure-track or tenured members of the faculty or major portion (eight or more) thereof assigned to the department or unit, provided that each such department or unit shall have a minimum of one member. When the size of the body exceeds 60 members, the representation shall be reapportioned to bring the number to 60. All the department/unit’s tenured/tenure-track faculty are eligible to vote for their senate member(s).

For non-tenure track membership, each of the eight colleges and schools shall elect one non-tenure track member. Additionally, seven senate seats will be apportioned to the eight colleges and schools based on the relative number of full-time non-tenure track faculty provided no college/school may have more than two apportioned seats. All the college’s/school’s non-tenure track faculty are eligible to vote for their senate member(s).

The term of the office shall be two years, with approximately one half the members to be elected each year.  No person may serve more than three consecutive terms.

If the chair or chair-elect/vice-chair of the Senate is the only senator from his/her department, a replacement may be elected by that department.

The president, Provost, and President of the Student Congress shall be ex officio members without vote.

C.    Functions

The Faculty Senate shall exercise faculty responsibility in all matters not within the jurisdiction of the other faculty bodies.  It shall be the agency for presenting the views of the entire faculty to the administration and to the Board of Regents.

In any matter having to do with the academic program or internal budget of any instructional component of the University, members of the Senate may deliberate but ma not legislate. 

D.    Officers

The Faculty Senate shall elect officers from among the elected members for terms specified by the Senate’s bylaws. They shall be a chair, chair-elect/vice chair, secretary, parliamentarian, and other officers as might be designated by the Senate bylaws. The chair and chair-elect/vice-chair must be a tenured/tenure-track member.

E.    Executive Committee

The officers shall make up the Executive Committee of the Senate and shall call meetings, circularize the faculty for agenda items and prepare the agenda for each meeting, conduct all meetings, and distribute the minutes to all voting members of the faculty.

F.    Advisory Committee

The Executive Committee, one senator from each of the eight colleges and schools, will act as a faculty advisory committee to the President and the Provost. The Committee shall meet with the President and Provost prior to each Senate meeting.

The senators from each of the eight colleges and schools will elect annually from their number one tenure-track/tenured member to the advisory committee at the first meeting of the Senate in the Fall semester.


G.      Committee on Equity

 Structure

The Committee on Equity & Ethics will have one senator from each of the eight colleges and schools .


Function

The purpose of the Committee is to hear any faculty member or associate of the faculty who feels that he/she has not been given equitable treatment in matters other than those pertaining to tenure, promotion, termination for cause, nonrenewal of appointment, termination for financial exigency, termination for program abandonment or elimination of position, or academic freedom.

Procedures

The individual seeking equity shall provide written documentation showing that the matter has been pursued with the administrator who made the decision and then up the administrative chain to the President before taking a complaint to the Committee on Equity.

To further establish committee jurisdiction, the complaint(s) should not consist of a subject excluded under Sec. 3-607 B.

The individual shall develop, organize, and transmit to the committee a complete set of documents presenting relevant information and arguments in support of the complaint(s).  Copies of the document will be transmitted to the administrator who made the decision or took the action that is the subject of the complaint(s).  The administrator shall have ten (10) work days to respond in writing to the Committee.  If the response of the responsible administrator presents a rational basis for the decision or action, the Committee shall dismiss the complaint.

Committee recommendations will be forwarded to the President for consideration and action.

H.    Committee on Tenure and Academic Freedom and
       Responsibilities

 Structure

The committee on Tenure and Academic Freedom and Responsibilities will have one senator from each of the eight colleges and schools. 

Function 

The committee shall advise the President on policy concerning faculty tenure, financial exigency, academic freedom and responsibilities. The committee shall also provide a hearing for any faculty member who complains to the committee that his or her academic freedom has been denied and submit a written report of its findings to the President. The President may take such action as he/she considers appropriate

I.     Concurrent Service

A senator may serve concurrently on no more than two of the following: President’s Advisory Committee, Committee on Equity, Committee on Tenure and Academic Freedom and Responsibilities

J.     Meetings

The Senate shall meet at least three times each semester.  Special meetings may be called by the chair or upon request of one-third of the Senate.  All Faculty members are privileged to attend the Senate meetings.

K.    Committees

Executive Committee

Advisory Committee

Committee on Equity

Committee on Tenure and Academic Freedom and Responsibilities

The following University committees shall send copies of their annual activities reports and reports relating to general policy to the Senate:
 

  • Hearing Panel and Committees;
  • Long Range Planning Committee;
  • Committee on Committees;
  • Committee on Rules and Elections;
  • Commencement Committee;
  • University Library Committee; and
  • Scholarships, Loans, and Award Committee


Such other committees as are deemed necessary for the efficient exercise of its responsibilities shall be constituted by the Senate from among its members.

L.    Reconsideration of Senate Actions

Upon written request by 30 or more voting members of the faculty, an action of the Senate must be reopened for consideration at its next meeting.  Upon written request by 30 or more voting members of the faculty an action of the Senate must resubmitted to the University Faculty for ratification.

M.    Bylaws and Amendments

The Senate shall make its own bylaws and establish methods of amendment of the bylaws. 

N.    Actions of the Senate

Within four weeks after request by the Senate to forward Senate action for approval by the U.T. System, the President shall either return such action to the Senate for reconsideration or forward such action, together with the President's recommendation, to the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for review and approval. After reconsideration by the Senate, the President shall, within four weeks, forward requested Senate action with his/her recommendation to the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for review and approval. On request of any member of the Senate, a minority report shall accompany such Senate action.

II. Definitions

N/A  

III. Relevant Federal and State Statutes

N/A

IV. Relevant UT System and UTA Policies, Procedures, and Forms

N/A

V. Who Should Know

All members of the University faculty, the Graduate Assembly, the Undergraduate Assembly, and the faculties of University departments, colleges and schools.

VI. UTA Officer(s) Responsible for Policy

Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

VII. Dates Approved or Amended

August 28th, 2019   
 

VIII. Contact Information

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs or his/her designee