Functions and Rights of the Faculty

Functions and Rights of the Faculty

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.