Faculty Constitution

Faculty Constitution


3.1   ARTICLE I – Membership of the Faculty

The faculty shall consist of the President of the College, the Chief Academic Officer, and those with the rank of professor, associate professor, assistant professor, and instructor.  Faculty, at its discretion, may include in its meetings and activities professional staff whose principal duties are directed oward student learning and development. (The Bylaws of Central College, Article XV, Section 1).

3.2   ARTICLE II – Functions and Rights of the Faculty 

1.   The faculty shall be authorized to develop a constitution, bylaws, and other related documents for use in discharging its delegated duties and in governing its internal affairs and relationships with other campus groups, subject to the final approval of the Board of Trustees.  In any case in which a conflict exists between faculty documents and the official actions of the Board of Trustees or the then-current Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws of Central College, ultimate authority shall reside in the latter. (The Bylaws of Central College, Article XV, Section 2).

2.   The function of the faculty is to plan and carry out the various formal and informal programs of instruction through which students learn, develop, and advance toward appropriate degrees.  In fulfilling this function, the faculty may prescribe requirements for admission, courses of study, conditions of graduation, the nature of the degree conferred, and other matters of academic policy and procedure, all subject to the final approval of the Board of Trustees. The faculty will recommend to the Board of Trustees candidates for degrees. (The Bylaws of Central College, Article XV, Section 3).

3.   The faculty establishes, subject to approval by the Board of Trustees, principles and procedures governing appointment, promotion, rank, tenure, academic freedom, and faculty welfare.

 4.   Members of the faculty are entitled to exercise academic freedom in the classroom and other teaching venues; in the choice of teaching and library materials; in the choice of research and creative projects; in performances; and in the publication of both scholarship and the considered views they hold as professional persons and citizens.

The faculty endorses the statement on “Academic Freedom and Tenure:  1940 Statement of Principles” and the “Statement on Professional Ethics.” These statements, found in the Appendix, will constitute the bases for the resolution of any issues which may arise concerning these topics.


3.3   ARTICLE III – Organization and Business of the Faculty

 1.   The faculty organizes itself to teach, administer, and govern the academic programs of the college.

 2.   Faculty business is normally handled by faculty committees before submission to the faculty.  No policy decision of any committee is binding on the faculty.  Standing and ad hoc committees recommend to the faculty for information or action.

 3.   Every faculty member has the right to attend and to be heard at any meeting of a standing committee.

However, if there is business which cannot be handled apart from strict confidentiality, a committee may, for that purpose only, vote to meet in private session.

 4.   Faculty business is conducted at regular and special meetings of the faculty during the academic year.

The President of the College, or designee, acts as chair of the faculty meeting and appoints a secretary.

 5.   Only members of the faculty as described in Article I of this Constitution are entitled to vote at faculty meetings.

 6.   Unless otherwise specified in this constitution, faculty meetings are conducted according to Robert's Rules of Order.  Additionally, any request by a faculty member for a secret recorded ballot is binding upon the chair.


 3.4   ARTICLE IV – Amendment of the Constitution and Bylaws

 1.   This constitution, other than Sections 3.1, 3.2.1, and 3.2.2, may be amended by a two-thirds vote of voting members at any regular meeting of the faculty at which a quorum is present.

 2.   The faculty bylaws may be amended by a majority vote of voting members at any regular meeting of the faculty at which a quorum is present.