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Bylaws of the Faculty Senate
The Faculty Senate Bylaws Relating to the Organization
and Operation of the Senate

SB1 Implementing Procedures of the University for the Board of Trustees
Policy on Academic Freedom and Responsibility ..........................................2

SB4 The Senate: Organization and Procedure ........................................ .....................3

SB5 Membership of a Department, Detailed ....................................................... 10

SB6 Departmental Promotion and Tenure Nomination Procedures
for Chairperson(s) W without Tenure ...................................... ............... 10

SB7 Procedures of the Faculty Senate Committee on Academic
Freedom, Tenure, Professional Relations and Standards................................ 11

SB 13 C college E v alu action s ....................................................................... ..................19

SB 15 Privileges of Non-Members at Meetings of the Faculty Senate..........................20

SB 18 Periodic Departm ental Evaluations ............................................ ............... 22

SB 20 U university C om m ittees ............................................... ............................... 23

SB 21 D definition of Faculty ............................ ............... .................. ... ............ 31

The Bylaws include amendments adopted by the Faculty Senate through February 19, 2009.

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BYLAWS OF THE FACULTY SENATE


SENATE BYLAW 1
Implementing Procedures of the University for the Board of Trustees
Policy on Academic Freedom and Responsibility
(Senate Bylaw 1, June 18, 1963; Amended 2/73, 11/74, 4/84, 6/95, 12/95 and 4/2002)


Complaints Against Faculty Members

A complaint to be handled under these procedures must be in written format.

Complaints from outside the University shall be addressed or forwarded to either the President or
to the Provost. The President will refer complaints to the Provost.

The Provost shall refer any complaint for which he or she is given responsibility to the dean (or
director) of the college (or school). Where the faculty member is in more than one college, all
deans shall be informed.

Complaints from inside the University shall be made directly to the dean (or director) and/or to
the appropriate vice president of the college (or school), who shall inform the Provost of the
existence of the complaint.

Unless the complaint is one involving sexual harassment, which shall be handled according to
the University policy for complaints of sexual harassment, the college dean (or director) shall
further refer the complaint to the department chairperson(s) concerned who will examine the
complaint and give a written opinion to the dean (or director) and/or to the appropriate vice
president (with a copy to the Provost) either that:

1. the complaint lacks substance and no further action is necessary, or

2. the complaint has substance but remedial action at the department level is sufficient, or

3. the complaint has substance and must be handled further at higher levels.

The Provost shall review the matter and take such action as is necessary to ensure completion of
handling the complaint. Where charges are recommended by the college dean (or director) and/or
appropriate vice president, the Provost or the Provost's designee shall confer as necessary with
those involved and, if the Provost or the Provost designee concurs in the judgment that charges
are required, assist in the proper formulation of charges.

These charges may then be heard by the Committee on Academic Freedom, Tenure, Professional
Relations and Standards in accordance with the procedures specified in the Constitution of the
University and Senate Bylaw 7.


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Complaints by Faculty Members


Any faculty member may complain in writing of an alleged violation of right and responsibilities
under the University's rule on Academic Rights and Responsibilities.

Such complaints may be forwarded to the Committee on Academic Freedom, Tenure,
Professional Relations and Standards who shall handle the complaint in accordance with the
procedures specified in the Constitution of the University and in Senate Bylaw 7.

The committee's report shall be made to the President.


SENATE BYLAW 2
Interpretation Relating to Rank of Instructor
(Senate Bylaw 2, November 19, 1964; Repealed by Action of the Senate 3/89)


SENATE BYLAW 3
Tenure Eligibility of Faculty in University Libraries and
Florida Museum of Natural History
(Senate Bylaw 3, January 21, 1965; Repealed by Action of the Senate 3/89)


SENATE BYLAW 4
The Senate: Organization and Procedure
(Senate Bylaw 4, January 21, 1965; Amended 9/71, 4/84, 6/95, 12/95, 4/2001, 4/2002, 3/2003,
2/2004, 4/2004, 1/2006, 2/09)

(A) Senate Organization and Procedure: Senate Function

As the legislative body of the University, the Senate is directed by the University
Constitution to take cognizance of matters which concern more than one college, school,
or other major academic unit, or which are otherwise of general University interest; and it
is empowered by the University Constitution to legislate with respect to such matters,
subject to the approval of the President and in appropriate instances the Board of Trustees
and subject to the regulation procedures of the Florida Board of Governors, if applicable.
Among such matters are:

(1) The educational policies of the University

(2) The creation of new degree programs

(3) The abolition of degree programs

(4) Curricula matters affecting more than one college



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(5) Criteria for faculty appointment, promotion and tenure


(6) Matters of general professional importance

(7) Recommendations of candidates for honorary degrees

(8) The University calendar

(9) Academic regulations affecting students

(B) Senate Organization and Procedure: Notice of Proposed Bylaws

The constitutional requirement that the proposal for a Bylaw shall be submitted to the
Senate at least two weeks prior to action upon it, shall ordinarily be met by including the
proposal on the agenda of two successive meetings of the Senate. In cases of emergency,
however, the Secretary of the Senate may either issue the regular agenda two weeks,
rather than the customary one week, in advance of a meeting of the Senate or may make a
special advanced mailing of the proposed Bylaw to the members of the Senate.

(C) Senate Organization and Procedure: Senate Agenda

(1) The Senate Agenda, prepared by the Senate Steering Committee, shall consist of
three parts:

(a) Reports of the President, Provost, and Chair of the Senate;

(b) An Information Agenda consisting of information items, such as reports of
committees, and

(c) An Action Agenda, consisting of action items, containing matters to be
decided at the current meeting.

(2) Placing items on the Agenda:

(a) Items to be included on the Senate Agenda shall be submitted to the
Secretary of the Senate.

1. Items to be included on the Agenda may be submitted by any
member of the Senate, by the chairperson of any committee or
council, by a member of the faculty, or by an administrative officer
of the University.

2. Items to be included on the Agenda shall be submitted in writing,
in the manner prescribed by the Senate Steering Committee.




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3. The Senate Steering Committee shall post the process for
submitting items to the agenda on its website.

(b) The Senate Steering Committee shall determine whether items should be:

1. Referred to a Senate Council or Committee,

2. Placed on the Information Agenda of the Senate

3. Placed on the Action Agenda of the Senate,

4. Deferred, or

5. Declined.

(c) Ordinarily, the Senate Steering Committee shall refer matters brought to
its attention to the appropriate Senate Council or Committee for
consideration and report.

1. Upon receipt of the report or before, the Steering Committee
normally places the item on the Information Agenda prior to its
placement on the Action Agenda.

2. The Steering Committee may place an item immediately on the
Information Agenda if it feels that no committee consideration or
report is necessary, or on the Action Agenda in unusual, special or
emergency circumstances.

(d) The Steering Committee shall within 48 hours inform the person who
submitted the item as to its disposition.

(3) Distribution of the Agenda: The Secretary of the Senate shall distribute the
Agenda, and all materials related to items on the Agenda, to each member of the
Senate seven days before the meeting of the Senate.

(4) The Information Agenda

(a) Matters appearing on the Information Agenda shall appear in the Agenda
and on the Senate website as a brief written report summarizing any
longer report.

(b) Matters appearing on the Information Agenda may be elaborated orally
before the Senate.

(c) After the presentation of an information item, the presiding officer shall
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information item. Upon an affirmative indication by ten Senators, the
matter shall be opened for discussion.

(d) After presentation of the scheduled information items, any Senator may
ask the Senate to add to the Information Agenda of the meeting any item
previously submitted to the Steering Committee by the specified deadline
that has been deferred or declined by the Steering Committee. Upon
majority vote by the Senators present, the item shall be added to the
Information Agenda of the meeting.

(5) The Action Agenda

(a) Matters appearing on Action Agenda shall be debated and voted on at that
meeting of the Senate.

(b) Any Senator may ask the Senate to add to the Action Agenda of the
meeting any item on the Information Agenda of the meeting. Upon two-
thirds vote by the Senators present, the item shall be added to the Action
Agenda of the meeting.

(c) The Senate shall not vote or take other action on any item not on the
Action Agenda.

(D) Senate Organization and Procedure: Senate Membership

The membership of the Senate shall include the following:

(1) Elected Members who shall be apportioned among the academic units in
proportion to the number of faculty members in each unit, except that no unit is to
have fewer than two senate seats, and no unit is to have more than twenty-five
seats (one-sixth of the total number of seats). Apportionment shall be determined
as follows:

Step 1. Determine the percentage of faculty members in each unit by
dividing the number of faculty members in that unit by the total
number of faculty members. Multiply that fraction times the total
number of seats in the Senate (150) and round to determine the
number of seats each unit is proportionally entitled to. In
rounding, standard conventions should be applied, so fractions of
.5 or more are rounded up, and fractions less than .5 are rounded
down.

Step 2. If any unit receives more than one-sixth (25) of the total seats
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Step 3. If any unit receives fewer than two seats in step one, that unit is
assigned two seats.

Step 4. If the total number of seats assigned in steps 1-3 is less than 150,
determine the total number of faculty members in the units which
have not been assigned their number of seats in Steps 2 and 3, and
determine the remaining number of seats to be assigned.

Step 5. Determine the proportionate share of each of these units by
dividing the number of faculty members in that unit by the number
from step 4. Multiply that fraction times the number of seats
remaining to be assigned after step 3 and round to determine the
number of seats each unit is proportionally entitled to, as in Step 1.
If any unit would be assigned more than 25 seats, then it is
assigned 25 seats and if any unit would be assigned fewer than 2
seats, it is assigned 2 seats. Steps 4 and 5 are now repeated with
the additional units removed.

Step 6. If, owing to the necessary rounding off procedure, more or less
than 150 seats have been awarded in the previous steps, adjust as
follows. If more, reduce the number by subtracting one seat from
as many units receiving seats through the rounding-off process as
necessary, beginning with the smallest fraction that had led to an
additional seat, until the total number of seats assigned is 150. If
less, increase the number by adding one seat from as many units
receiving seats through the rounding-off process as necessary,
beginning with the largest fraction that had not led to an additional
seat, until the total number of seats assigned is 150.

(2) Non-voting Members. Non-voting members shall be as set forth in Article IV,
Section 2(B) of the Constitution. Non-voting members shall havethe right of the
floor and the privilege of introducing motions.

(3) Administrative liaison personnel. Administrative liaison personnel shall be as set
forth in Article IV, Section 2 (C) of the Constitution.

(E) Senate Organization and Procedure: Senate Elections

(1) Quotas for Elected Members

(a) Colleges, schools and independent academic units shall be considered in
the assigning of quotas for elected members of the Senate. These quotas
shall be computed annually by the Secretary of the Senate and the Steering
Committee or its designate based on information from the Office of
Academic Affairs and distributed to academic units by the end of the fall
term.


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(b) The Secretary of the Senate shall maintain a publicly available list of those
faculty ineligible for election to the Senate by virtue of two successive
terms, and the point at which they return to eligibility.

(2) Procedures for Election of Senators

(a) As soon as possible after receiving notification of the quota for the unit,
the administrative officer of each college, school or independent academic
unit shall constitute a nominating committee of faculty. If the unit has
several elected Senate members, the administrative officer shall see that
the nominating committee shall be representative of the faculty in each
major area of academic interest within that unit. Proportionate
representation of such academic areas shall be considered by the
committee in making nominations for the elective Senate seats to be filled
that year. The nominating committee shall name twice as many nominees
as there are seats to be filled. Upon completion of two consecutive three-
year terms in the Senate a faculty member shall be ineligible to serve
again for a period of three years.

(b) Before March 15 of each year, the administrative officer shall circulate the
list of nominees and summon all faculty members to a meeting at which
nominations shall be called for from the floor.

(c) All nominations shall be incorporated in a ballot which shall be mailed to
all faculty members in each unit by the administrative officer by April 1 of
each year. Care shall be taken to ensure secrecy as to the identity of each
eligible voter. Voting may be accomplished through electronic means as
long as such secrecy is ensured. All ballots must be returned by April 15
in order to be counted. Tellers, composed of faculty, may be appointed to
record the vote. A plurality shall be sufficient to elect, and tie votes shall
be decided by lot.

(d) The three-year terms of elective Senators shall begin the first day of the
fall term following their election.

(e) When a vacancy in the Senate shall occur because an elected member
takes a leave of absence, or because of a temporary but unavoidable
professional conflict, or because of the extended illness or death or
resignation of any elected member before the expiration of the term as an
elected member, the vacancy shall be filled by a temporary Senator. The
temporary Senator shall be selected as the candidate on the most recent
ballot who received the second most votes or by special election. The
temporary Senator shall serve during the absence of the regularly elected
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than one year, the temporary Senator shall serve until the next Senate
election.

(f) The Provost shall publish annually a list of all Senate, Joint and
Presidential Committees, Boards and Councils indicating the membership
and responsibilities of each.

(F) Senate Organization and Procedures: Chair Elect Nomination and Election
Procedures

In February of each year the Senators will be notified that a complete roster of Senate
members can be found at the Faculty Senate website. Each will be asked to submit from
1-150 nominations for Chair Elect at a date at least two weeks from the date of the notice
to the Chair. All nominees will be notified that they have been nominated and, if they
wish to be on the ballot, that they must notify the Chair by submitting a 250-word
(maximum) summary of their qualifications and goals by the deadline stated in the
Chair's notice. Senators will be notified of the list of the final nominees, and the election
by means of a written ballot will be held at the last meeting of the Faculty Senate for the
academic year. A majority of those Senators voting shall be necessary for election. The
nominee having the greatest number of votes shall be the Chair Elect if such number
represents a majority of the Senators voting. If no nominee receives a majority of votes,
the Senate shall choose the Chair Elect by means of run-off ballots among nominees with
the two highest numbers of votes, until one nominee receives a majority.

(G) Senate Organization and Procedure: Senate Meeting Procedures

(1) Meetings

(a) The Faculty Senate shall normally meet at least once during each calendar
month of the academic year or as specified elsewhere in the Bylaws of the
Senate.

(b) Special meetings of the Senate may be called upon due notice at such
times as the Chair or President may designate, or upon petition to the
Chair of at least 25 voting members of the Senate.

(2) Conduct of Senate Business

(a) In the conduct of its business, the Senate shall be guided by the customary
rules of parliamentary procedure, insofar as these are not modified by the
provisions of the Constitution of the University of Florida or the Bylaws
of the Senate. In cases of dispute recourse shall be to Robert's Rules of
Order.

(b) Decisions in the Senate shall be taken by majority vote of the members
present and voting, except as provided in the Constitution and Bylaws.


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(3) Voting in the Senate


(a) Except in elections, voting in the Senate shall ordinarily be by voice; but,
at the discretion of the presiding officer or upon the request of any
member, a vote shall be taken by show of hands; or at the request of 20
members a vote shall be taken by signed written ballot.

(b) In the selection of the elective members of Senate councils and
committees, voting shall be by ballots distributed to all voting members of
the Senate by the Secretary of the Senate. Such elections may be
accomplished through electronic means.

(4) Quorum

A quorum for any meeting of the Senate shall consist of those elected members
who are present. In order to facilitate voting, members should sit in seats
designated for members by the Senate Steering Committee.

(5) Proxies

No proxies shall be recognized.


SENATE BYLAW 5
Membership of a Department, Detailed
(Senate Bylaw 5, March 25, 1965; Amended 4/84 and 12/95)

Under the University Constitution the members of a department are the budgeted line item
members. Members of the department may nominate and elect non-budgeted members, such as
courtesy faculty, affiliates, or joint appointees, to departmental membership for any periods they
wish. Each individual shall be notified in writing of such election and notified of the term of the
appointment or that it is a continuing one. Members so elected shall have all the rights of
budgeted line item members as appropriate to the appointment.


SENATE BYLAW 6
Departmental Promotion and Tenure Nomination
Procedures for Chairpersons
(Senate Bylaw 6, March 25, 1965; Amended 2/73, 4/84 and 12/95)

In the case where a proposal for tenure or promotion of a chairperson is being voted on, or
otherwise handled by the tenured members of a department, the chairperson's dean or director
shall be the officer in charge under the terms of the Constitution for these purposes. Where
tenure is involved, the appropriate administrator shall obtain the required secret poll of the
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shall solicit the opinions of the faculty in the department holding rank superior to the candidate
for promotion.


SENATE BYLAW 7
Procedures of the Faculty Senate Committee on Academic
Freedom, Tenure, Professional Relations and Standards
(Senate Bylaw 7, April 29, 1965; Amended 9/66, 2/73, 1/74, 9/74,
11/74, 4/84, 2/90, 12/95, 4/2001, 4/2002, and 1/2006, 2/2009)


(1) This Bylaw establishes informal and formal procedures to resolve charges and complaints
brought by faculty members not in the collective bargaining unit involving University
practices bearing on academic freedom, tenure, professional ethics or the general welfare
of the faculty.

(2) Time Limit for Filing and Informal Appeal Procedures: Charges and complaints
involving University practices bearing on academic freedom, tenure, professional ethics
or the welfare of the faculty should be resolved prior to commencement of formal
proceedings whenever possible. However, attempts to informally resolve the charges and
complaints do not remove the 30-calendar-day time limit for the filing of charges and
complaints stated in section 3 below. If additional time is necessary to reach an informal
resolution, an extension must be requested in writing before the 30-calendar-day time
limit has expired. The extension shall be requested from, and may be granted by, the
University President's designee. Proceedings through the Academic Freedom, Tenure,
Professional Standards and Ethics Committee may be denied to any faculty member who
fails to comply with the applicable time limits set forth herein.

(3) Composition and Jurisdiction: The Committee on Academic Freedom, Tenure,
Professional Standards and Ethics shall be a standing committee of the Faculty Senate as
set forth in Article V, Section 4 (A) of the University Constitution. The Committee shall
have jurisdiction to hold hearings and make findings of fact, conclusions of law and
recommendations in matters involving University practices bearing upon academic
freedom or tenure, and University practices generally applicable to faculty members
bearing upon professional ethics or the general welfare of the faculty. Such proceedings
may be commenced by the University President through charges filed by the same or by a
faculty member individually affected by the alleged practices.

(4) Commencement and Pre-Hearing Procedures: (NOTE: All periods of time in this Bylaw
refer to calendar days, unless otherwise specified. If any deadline falls on a non-business
day, the period shall be extended to 5 p.m. of the next business day.)

(a) Commencement of Proceedings by Faculty Members:

1. A faculty member (including any administrator who has faculty status)
may commence proceedings before the Committee by filing one or more

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charges or complaints within 30 days after the complainant knew or
should have known of the occurrence of the alleged actions) on which the
claim is based by stating his or her charge or complaint in a letter to the
University President. A faculty member may request an extension of time
from the University President, or the President's designee for such filing.
The request must be in writing and it must be received before the 30-day
time limit has expired. The granting of the extension of time must be in
writing and for a definite time period. Filing of such a letter of complaint
or charges (hereafter "letter") shall constitute waiver of all other grievance
procedures as provided in University Regulation 6C1-7.041.

2. The letter must state that the faculty member elects to have the Committee
investigate the charges) or complaints) and state that by this election he
or she waives all other grievance procedures available within the
University system. The letter must assert sufficient facts to reasonably
inform the University of the nature of the charges) or complaintss. It is
important that the faculty member describe which of his or her rights have
been violated, in what manner, and clearly delineate what remedy(s) is
sought. Copies of any and all papers, statements, documents or other items
in the possession of the faculty member filing the letter that bear upon the
matter, together with a list of the names and addresses of all persons
believed to have pertinent information, shall be filed with the letter. The
University President, or the designee, shall refer to the letter to the
Committee Chairperson, unless the letter is untimely and no extension has
been granted.

3. If the Committee Chairperson believes the letter does not meet the
requirements of this Bylaw, including whether the charges or complaints
fall within the jurisdiction of the Committee, the faculty member may be
directed in writing by same to amend his or her charges) or complaints)
within a designated period of time, and failing that, the Committee
Chairperson may dismiss the matter and may advise the faculty member of
other grievance procedures that may be available.

The Committee Chairperson shall, upon receipt of the letter, provide a
copy of it to the persons) against whom the charges) or complaints) has
been lodged. The Committee Chairperson shall attempt to resolve the
matter informally by discussion with the persons involved.

4. The Committee Chairperson shall appoint, within 25 days of receipt of the
written complaint or the failure to informally resolve the matter,
whichever is later, a three-member Inquiry Panel. Upon appointment, the
Inquiry Panel will schedule a meeting which generally should be held
within 25 days of the appointment, with at least 15 days notice to affected
parties. The Inquiry Panel shall investigate the validity of the charges and
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proceeding to formal hearing by the Committee. Alternatively, the parties
may agree upon an expedited process in which the Inquiry Panel will
conduct a collegial review of the complaint under the procedures set forth
in Section (B) 6 below. The parties must elect the option of an expedited
process through a written request signed by all parties addressed to the
Committee Chairperson. The request must be received prior to the first
meeting of the Inquiry Panel.

5. The Inquiry Panel shall issue a report to the Committee Chairperson
within 25 days after the conclusion of the meeting, which shall be a
preliminary hearing if no request for an expedited process has been
received unless otherwise agreed by all affected parties. A
recommendation to proceed to a formal hearing before the Committee
requires that at least two members of the Inquiry Panel find that probable
cause exists. If at least two members of the Inquiry Panel conclude that no
probable cause exists, the matter shall be considered closed. Copies of the
Inquiry Panel probable cause report shall be provided to all affected
parties.

Within 25 days after the Inquiry Panel's report finding probable cause to
proceed to a formal hearing has been received by the Committee
Chairperson, the charges or complaints shall be referred to a Hearing
Panel by the Committee Chairperson for proceedings in accordance with
section 7 hereof.

6. At any time prior to the conclusion of the formal hearing, an informal
resolution may be reached. If the matter is informally resolved, the terms
of any informal agreement shall be put in writing and signed by all parties.
The signatures of the parties shall indicate: 1. full resolution of all issues
raised by the faculty member commencing the charges) or complaintss,
and 2. relinquishment of the right to bring any future action based on any
of the issues involved in the charges or complaint.

(b) Commencement of Proceedings by the University:

1. The President or the President's designee may commence proceedings by
referring matters to, or filing charges with, the Committee on Academic
Freedom, Tenure, Professional Relations and Standards. The University
shall file charges by providing an original written notice of the issues to
the Committee Chairperson and a copy thereof to the faculty member
charged. The notice shall assert sufficient facts to reasonably inform the
faculty member of the nature of the charge. Copies of any and all papers,
statements, documents or other items in the possession of the party
commencing the proceedings, bearing upon the charges, together with a
list of the names and addresses of all persons believed to have pertinent
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shall transmit to the faculty member charged a copy of this Bylaw. At any
time prior to the conclusion of the formal hearing, an informal resolution
may be reached.

2. Upon receipt of charges, the Committee Chairperson may refer the
charges to a three-member Inquiry Panel for investigation. Upon
appointment, the panel will schedule a meeting, the preliminary hearing,
which generally should be held within 25 days of the appointment, with
notice of at least 15 days to affected parties. The panel shall investigate
the validity of the charges and evaluate the evidence to determine if there
is probable cause for proceeding, seek an informal resolution agreeable to
all parties, or allow the University to amend the charges if desired. The
Inquiry Panel shall issue a written probable cause report within 25 days
after the hearing, which shall be furnished to all affected parties. A
recommendation to proceed to a formal hearing requires that at least two
members of the Inquiry Panel find that probable cause exists. If at least
two members of the Inquiry Panel find no probable cause, the case shall be
closed. Copies of the preliminary report shall be provided to all affected
parties.

3. Within 25 days after the Inquiry Panel's report finding probable cause to
proceed to formal hearings has been received by the Committee
Chairperson, the charges shall thereupon be referred to a Hearing Panel by
the Committee Chairperson for proceedings in accordance with section 7
hereof.

(5) Inspection of Evidence. Should an Inquiry Panel be appointed, the Committee
Chairperson shall deliver all papers and other items or information received by him or her
to the Presiding Officer of the Inquiry Panel at least 10 days before the first meeting of
the panel. The Committee Chairperson shall notify the party charged of the Committee's
custody of such evidence before the first meeting of the Inquiry Panel, and the names and
addresses of witnesses obtained by investigation shall be made available to all parties in
like manner. No provision hereof shall prevent the introduction of any other evidence,
provided that affected parties shall be entitled a reasonable time in which to examine and
consider same.

(6) Burden of Proof. The burden of proof shall be on the faculty member bringing the
complaints) or chargess, who must support his or her position regarding the matters
complained of or charged by a preponderance of the evidence, except that if the
complaint challenges disciplinary action under University Regulation 6C 1-7.048, the
burden of proof shall be on the University to establish by a preponderance of the
evidence that a violation under that rule occurred. Counseling is not considered
disciplinary action.

(7) Expedited Proceedings. If the parties elect in writing an expedited review process by the
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schedule a meeting with the complainant(s) and the persons) complained or charged.
Notice of at least 15 days shall be given to these affected parties.

(a) At the meeting the faculty member bringing the complaints) or charges)
shall have the right to present any evidence in support of the complaints)
or charges) to the panel. The persons) complained of or charged shall
have the right to present any evidence in support of his or her position to
the committee. The panel may interview other persons and seek other
evidence. The review shall be as collegial as possible, yet compatible with
formulating a recommended resolution of the charges) or complaintss.

(b) The Inquiry Panel shall adopt a final report to the President containing
findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommendations on the matters
considered. The report, along with all evidence submitted to the panel,
should be forwarded to the President, with copies to the parties, within 60
days of the referral of the complaint to the Inquiry Panel for expedited
review. The President shall then dispose of the matter pursuant to Section
(9) hereof.

(8) Formal Hearings of the Academic Freedom, Tenure, Professional Relations and
Standards Committee.

(a) Composition of Hearing Panels

1. Any formal hearings shall be conducted by a panel of three members of
the Academic Freedom, Tenure, Professional Relations and Standards
Committee plus at least one alternate (from among the remaining members
of the Committee) who shall have a vote only under the conditions
specified in Section (8)(a)6 below. The Committee Chairperson shall
select the members of the Hearing Panel and designate a Presiding Officer
and Vice Presiding Officer under the circumstances specified in Section
(4)(a)5 or Section (4)(b)3 above.

2. Whenever feasible, at least one panel member shall be a person familiar
with due process of law by training or experience, and no member of the
Inquiry Panel should be on the Hearing Panel for the same case.

3. In pre-hearing conferences and the formal hearing, a full panel of three
members must be present at all times.

4. All parties to the action shall have the right to challenge a panel member's
right to serve for cause prior to the presentation of evidence. Members of
the Hearing Panel, other than the challenged member, shall determine by a
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5. After the formal hearings of a particular case has begun, any Hearing
Panel member shall serve to the conclusion of the case even if his or her
term as a Committee member may have expired.

6. If a panel member is not present at a formal hearing session, the remaining
members of the panel shall decide by majority vote whether to postpone
the session or to remove the absent member from the panel and replace
him or her with an alternate. If an alternate is formally seated, he or she
will retain the voting status of a regular member of the Hearing Panel for
the duration of the case.

(b) The University President or the President's designee shall appoint an appropriate
person to serve as the legal advisor to the Committee, including the Inquiry Panel
and the Hearing Panel.

(c) Following selection, the Hearing Panel may meet for pre-hearing conferences and
schedule a hearing after notice to affected parties. The hearings shall be held no
earlier than 15 days after notice to affected parties, unless otherwise agreed by all
affected parties.

(d) Parties shall have and be informed of the following rights:

1. To be represented by a colleague authorized in writing by the party to act
on his or her behalf or by counsel;

2. To make an opening statement;

3. To identify witnesses for the hearing, or when required by circumstances
which involve the inability of a witness to appear and testify at the formal
hearing, to request that the sworn statement of such witnesses be taken and
transcribed;

4. To examine and cross-examine any witness who may testify;

5. To offer any relevant material and competent evidence; and

6. To make a closing statement at hearing.

(e) Witnesses:

1. The Presiding Officer shall require all witnesses to affirm or swear to tell
the truth prior to testifying. The oath or affirmation shall be administered
by a notary public or by any other person authorized by law to administer
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2. If requested by any party, any witness shall be excluded from the formal
hearing save when giving his or her testimony, except that in any case
initiated by a faculty member, the University may have one representative
present throughout the hearing, even though the representative may be
required to testify.

(f) Evidence:

1. Admissible evidence shall be any evidence of a type commonly relied
upon by a reasonably prudent person in the conduct of his or her affairs;
however, hearsay may be used only to supplement or explain other
evidence, and shall not be sufficient, in itself, to support a finding.

2. All rulings as to the admissibility of evidence shall be made by the
Presiding Officer of the formal Hearing Panel, subject to objection by any
member. Only the majority vote of the formal Hearing Panel, including
the Presiding Officer shall overcome the Presiding Officer's ruling.

(g) Parties charged shall not be required, either during any investigation or at any
hearing or meeting, to make any statement or to testify unless they expressly
desire to do so, and in the event that they elect to remain silent, such fact shall not
be considered by the Hearing Panel making its report. The term "party charged"
shall mean only an individual against whom proceedings have been commenced
in his or her individual capacity, and shall not apply to any official or
representative capacity in the matters under consideration. The charge shall
clearly state the status or capacity in which he or she is alleged to have acted.

(h) Within 60 days after conclusion of a formal hearing, the Hearing Panel shall adopt
a proposed report containing findings of fact, conclusions of law and
recommendations on the matters considered. Copies of same shall be furnished to
all parties by the Presiding Officer of the panel. Within 10 days after receipt of
such report, the parties shall have the right to submit written exceptions thereto.

(i) After consideration by the Hearing Panel of any exceptions to its proposed report,
the Hearing Panel, by a majority vote, shall adopt a final report containing
findings of fact, conclusions of law, recommendations and the vote on the report.
Members in the minority may adopt separate reports, which shall be appended to
the majority report. Copies of the final report shall be furnished to all parties.

(j) A hearing in which evidence is presented may be recorded by the Hearing Panel.

(9) Report to the President:

(a) Upon completion of the proceedings by the Inquiry Panel under the expedited
review process or by the Hearing Panel, the final report and record shall be filed
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(b) Within 25 days of receipt of both record and report, or as soon thereafter as is
possible, the President shall adopt as is, or modify, and implement as he or she
deems appropriate, the conclusions of law and the recommendations contained in
the final report, or reject the report in its entirety. In taking action the President
may not rely on "ex parte" communications and may not reject or modify findings
of fact if they are supported by competent substantial evidence in the records. If
the report or recommendations are modified or rejected, affected parties shall be
furnished specific reasons therefore, and the President shall meet with the Hearing
Panel to discuss the decision.

(10) Records:

(a) The record of the proceedings shall include all physical evidence considered by
the Committee along with pleadings, notices, tapes of the hearing and transcripts
(if any) and reports.

(b) The record shall be retained by the Secretary of the Senate for a period of not less
than three years after the final resolution of the appeal.


SENATE BYLAW 8
Tenure Eligibility of Faculty in University Counseling Center
(Senate Bylaw 8, May 27, 1965; Repealed by Action of the Senate on 4/84)


SENATE BYLAW 9
Classification of Rank
(Senate Bylaw 9, June 1, 1965; Repealed by Action of the Senate on 3/89)


SENATE BYLAW 10
Exception for Faculty Eligible for Permanent Status
(P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School and
County Extension Faculty)
(Senate Bylaw 10, June 17, 1956; Repealed by Action of the Senate 12/95)


SENATE BYLAW 11
Procedural Tenure Rules
(Senate Bylaw 11, March 24, 1966; Repealed by Action of the Senate 12/95)

SENATE BYLAW 12
Visiting Professors
(Repealed by Action of the Senate on 6/67)



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SENATE BYLAW 13
College Evaluations
(Senate Bylaw 13, February 27, 1966; Amended 5/74 and 12/95, 2/2009)

(1) The Senate recognizes the diversity of the colleges and schools within the University and
endorses the position that procedures for evaluating colleges and schools should take
these diversities into account. Many of the colleges and schools are evaluated by visiting
teams from national accrediting associations. Appropriate advantage should be taken of
such evaluations.

(2) Evaluations of each college, school or other major academic administrative unit shall
normally be conducted at least once every seven years, or more often if deemed desirable
by the President of the University.

(3) The periodic evaluations shall be conducted by one of the following bodies, as deemed
appropriate by the Provost and other Vice Presidents as appropriate in consultation with
the dean or director and representative faculty members of the unit being evaluated by:

(a) A visitation team representing the national accrediting agency of the unit being
evaluated.

(b) A special committee appointed by the Provost for purposes of conducting the
evaluation.

(4) In cases where the evaluation is conducted by a special committee, the following policies
and procedures shall be followed:

(a) The size of the committee shall be appropriate to the assigned task, but normally
should not be less than three nor more than five.

(b) A majority of the committee shall, except in unusual circumstances, be specialists
who are not members of the University faculty. The other members may be
appointed from the University faculty, but a committee not containing any
University faculty members may be appointed.

(c) The committee shall evaluate the entire program of the unit, giving special
attention to the particular needs and problems of the unit and the quality of
leadership shown, with particular reference to the procedures set forth in Article
V of the University Constitution. The report of the committee shall contain
appropriate recommendations to the Provost based upon findings of this periodic
evaluation, including a specific recommendation concerning the continuation of
the dean or director in his or her administrative capacity.

(d) Prior to the visitation of the evaluation committee, the dean or director of the unit
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evaluation committee on the unit's programs of teaching at all appropriate levels,
research and extension, and on the faculty.

(e) The evaluation committee shall submit a draft of its report to the dean or director
of the unit being evaluated. The purpose of this draft is to give the dean or
director an opportunity to review the report for accuracy of factual information.
Depending upon the discretion of the evaluation committee, this draft report may
or may not contain recommendations. After having received the draft back from
the dean or director, the evaluation committee shall submit its final report to the
President of the University who shall forward it for appropriate action through the
appropriate vice presidents to the dean or director of the unit being evaluated,
who, in turn shall distribute copies of the report to the unit's faculty.

(5) In cases where the evaluation is conducted by a visitation team representing a national
accrediting agency, policies and procedures of the agency for conducting such
evaluations shall be accepted. However, the Provost shall, when appropriate, request the
accrediting agency visitation team to investigate and report on any specific matters which
may normally not be covered by such evaluations. Further, the evaluation report of such
teams shall be distributed to members of the faculty of the unit being evaluated unless the
policy of the accrediting agency forbids such distribution.

(6) In the event a unit is evaluated by a national accrediting agency and an additional
evaluation by a special committee is also deemed necessary, the special committee will
make full use of the reports, data, conclusions and recommendations of the accrediting
agency evaluation committee in order to prevent unnecessary duplication of activity.

(7) The Provost shall schedule and make arrangements for college evaluations.


SENATE BYLAW 14
Faculty Representation on the Administrative Council
(Senate Bylaw 14, December 3, 1968; Repealed by Action of the Senate 12/95)


SENATE BYLAW 15
Privileges of Non-members at Meetings of the Faculty Senate
(Senate Bylaw 15, February 27, 1969; Amended 9/71, 4/84 and 12/95)

Any member of the faculty shall have the right to attend meetings of the Senate, but shall not be
entitled to a vote or to have the floor unless reporting at the request of the Senate. Members of
committees elected by the Senate, but who are not members thereof, may have the privilege of
the floor but shall not vote.

(1) Representatives of the press, duly accredited by their publications, may attend all
open meetings of the Faculty Senate. A maximum number of representatives from
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(2) The President of the University or the presiding officer of the Senate may invite
as many as ten (10) individuals, not members of the Faculty Senate, to attend
specific open meetings of the Senate, but they shall not be entitled to vote, or to
have the floor unless reporting at the request of the presiding officer or of the
Senate.

(3) At the discretion of the President or the presiding officer and insofar as seating
capacity permits, students and staff of the University of Florida and the general
public may attend open meetings of the Senate. None of these persons shall have
the privilege of the floor. In case of disorder, the presiding officer shall order any
offending person from the assembly hall.

(4) The presiding officer of the Senate, in advance of each meeting, shall designate a
part of the assembly hall for the seating of non-members.

(5) In case of insufficient seats, the presiding officer of the Senate, in conjunction
with the Steering Committee, shall arrange the seating on the following priorities:

(a) Members of the Senate shall sit in an area designated by the Senate
Steering Committee.

(b) Faculty not members of the Senate.

(c) Representatives of the press.

(d) The designees of the President or the presiding officer who have business
before the Senate or are otherwise designated to attend a specific meeting.

(e) Members of the staff and the student body of the University of Florida.

(f) The general public.


SENATE BYLAW 16
Tenure Eligibility of Members of Veterans Administration Hospital
and University of Florida Health Science Center Jacksonville
(Senate Bylaw 16, March 30, 1972; Repealed by Action of the Senate 12/95)


SENATE BYLAW 17
Appeal Procedures for Non-renewal of Non-tenured Faculty
(Senate Bylaw 17, January 26, 1973; Repealed by Action of the Senate 12/95)





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SENATE BYLAW 18
Periodic Departmental Evaluations
(Senate Bylaw 18, March 28, 1974; Amended 12/95, 2/2009)

(1) Departmental evaluations shall normally be conducted at least once every seven years.
More frequent evaluations may be conducted by the department chairperson, the dean of
the college in which the department resides, the Provost or the President of the
University.

(2) A committee for conducting the departmental evaluations shall be appointed after
consultation with the Vice President for Research, dean of the college in which the
department resides, chairperson of the department and representative faculty members
from the department. This committee usually consist of two or more specialists, not
members of the University faculty, invited to the campus to conduct the evaluation. One
member shall be designated as chairperson. The outside specialists should spend at least
two days on campus conducting the evaluation, after which they will submit a written
report of the evaluation to the Provost with copies to the appropriate administrators. In
addition to the outside specialists, the Provost, when appropriate, may appoint one or
more members of the University of Florida faculty to the Evaluation Committee.

(3) Prior to the Evaluation Committee's first meeting, there shall be prepared and sent to it
summary materials on the departmental programs of teaching, all appropriate levels, on
research and/or extension and concerning the faculty.

(4) The Evaluation Committee shall evaluate the entire program of the department and make
specific recommendations on the curriculum, content of courses, research, strength of the
faculty, quality of leadership and the chairperson's adherence to the provisions of Article
V of the Constitution of the University of Florida. In the course of its investigation, the
Committee shall interview faculty members and students of the department and shall
provide an opportunity for any faculty member so desiring to present information to the
Committee.

(5) The results of recent evaluations of the department chairperson conducted by the Provost
shall be made available to the Committee. If, in the opinion of the chairperson of the
Evaluation Committee, the most recent evaluation of the department chairperson is not
sufficiently current, the Provost shall conduct a new evaluation of the department
chairperson prior to the departmental evaluation. In releasing evaluations of the
department chairperson to the Committee, the Provost shall comply with University and
State of Florida Laws and policy regarding limited access and confidentiality of
personnel records.

(6) The Evaluation Committee shall submit a draft of its report to the department
chairperson(s) of the departments) being evaluated. The purpose of this draft is to give
the department chairperson an opportunity to review the report for accuracy of factual
information. Depending upon the discretion of the Committee, this draft report may or
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department chairperson, the Committee shall submit its report to the Provost, who shall
forward it to the Dean of the Graduate School, dean of the college with such comments,
recommendations or observations as desired. The dean of the college shall submit the
report to the chairperson of the department being evaluated for distribution to the faculty
members of that department.

(7) In those cases where the Provost and the Vice President for Research and/or the dean or
deans of the college or colleges involved deem appropriate, separate departments in
related disciplines may be evaluated at the same time by the same evaluation committee.
Such action shall be taken in consultation with the chairperson and representative faculty
of the departments concerned.

(8) In cases where a department or departments or a program is evaluated by reviewers
appointed by an external agency, the Provost shall consult with the appropriate
administrative officers, including the chairperson or chairpersons and the faculty of the
department. Departments or program concerned to determine whether such external
reviews should be used as the periodic departmental evaluations provided for in Article
IV, Section 3 of the Constitution of the University of Florida and in Paragraph 1 of this
Bylaw.

(9) The Provost shall schedule and make arrangements for departmental evaluations. The
Provost may delegate his or her authority under this Bylaw to appropriate designees.


SENATE BYLAW 19
Appeal Procedures of the Faculty Senate Committee
on Professional Relations and Standards
(Senate Bylaw 19, October 27, 1988; Repealed by Action of the Senate 12/95)


SENATE BYLAW 20
University Committees
(Senate Bylaw 20, April 11, 2002, 1/2006, 4/2006)

(A) Senate Organization and Procedure: University Committees

(1) Establishment of Committees

(a). Senate standing committees must be established by action of the Senate.

(b). Special Senate committees may be established either by action of the
Senate, or by the Steering Committee acting in consultation with the
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(c). The Committee on Committees shall annually review the list of Senate
Committees, and shall recommend to the Senate which Senate committees
shall be continued, reclassified, dissolved, or added.

(d). When in the study of matters before a committee, it is advisable to bring in
special assistance from persons outside the committee, a subcommittee,
including such persons, may be named by the committee. Such a
subcommittee shall be temporary in nature. It shall be responsible to, and
make its report to the committee which appointed it, and it shall not be
designated as a Senate committee.

(2) Description of Committees

(a). Certain committees shall be designated Senate Operations or Senate
Standing Committees and their duties and responsibilities shall be as set
forth in the Constitution. These shall include:

1. Academic Freedom, Tenure, Professional Relations and Standards
Committee.

2. Committee on Committees.

3. University Constitution and Rules Committee.

4. Honorary Degrees, Distinguished Alumnus Awards and Memorials
Committee.

5. Senate Nominating Committee.

6. Senate Steering Committee.

7. University Libraries Committee.

(b). Certain committees shall be designated as Joint Committees. These shall
include:

1. Academic Personnel Board. The President will appoint six
members, three of whom will be selected from a slate of nominees
elected by the Faculty Senate from the faculty at large. All
nominees must hold the rank of professor or above with strong
teaching and research records, selected from a variety of
disciplines. Three times as many nominees as openings will be
provided annually. The Chair is appointed by the President or the
President's designee. The Academic Personnel Board advises the
President with respect to promotion and tenure nominations,
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2. Curriculum Committee. The President shall appoint 20 members
to this committee, and the Senate will elect three members from
the faculty at large. The Chair is appointed by the President or the
President's designee. This Committee shall consider all requests
for changes in undergraduate curricula or catalog listings, and for
the addition of new courses of instruction in any of the colleges,
divisions and schools of the University, except the Graduate
School. When the question under consideration pertains to a course
or courses at the "5000" level, available for graduate major credit,
the Committee shall act jointly with the Graduate School. The
Committee shall endeavor to eliminate duplication of subject
matter between courses and unnecessary proliferation of courses.
Ordinarily, the Committee's decisions on proposals to add courses
to the curriculum or to delete courses from the curriculum shall be
final, but the department which would offer the course, or has been
offering it, may appeal the Committee's decision to the Senate.
Such an appeal would be addressed to the Curriculum Committee,
which might either reverse its earlier decision or ask the Steering
Committee to schedule Senate consideration of the appeal. The
Committee's decision on proposals to add, delete, or make changes
in programs of instruction leading to undergraduate degrees shall
not be a final decision, but shall be submitted to the Senate for
final action.

3. General Education Committee. The President shall appoint 13
members to this committee from the majority of baccalaureate
degree-granting colleges within the University, and the Senate will
elect three members from the faculty at large. The Chair is
appointed by the President or the President's designee. The
General Education Committee establishes a philosophy of what
constitutes the general education component for baccalaureate
degrees offered by the University. It reviews, in accordance with
established criteria, all courses proposed to fulfill general
education and Gordon Rule requirements. It makes
recommendations to the Curriculum Committee regarding the
continued effectiveness of the general education program.

4. Graduate Council. The Graduate Council shall assist the dean in
executing the policies of the Graduate Faculty in matters related to
graduate study and associated research. It shall be composed of
twelve members of the Graduate Faculty, a graduate student
elected by the Graduate Student Council, a representative from the
Graduate Coordinators' Advisory Council, and the Dean of the
Graduate School who shall serve as Chairperson. In the Dean's
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representative. Six of the twelve faculty members of the Graduate
Council shall be elected by the Graduate Faculty for overlapping
terms of three years. Each year, the Dean of the Graduate School
will appoint a Nominating Committee of no fewer than three
members of the Graduate Council. The Nominating Committee
will provide a slate of six or more candidates which will be
discussed by the members of the Graduate Council who will
determine the final slate to be put forth to the Graduate Faculty for
a vote. This process will take place before the end of the Spring
semester. The entire slate indicating the individuals elected will be
presented to the Provost for consideration in making appointments
for the other members of the Graduate Council. The graduate
student member of the Graduate Council, who must be a doctoral
student, serves a two-year term. During the first year, the student
serves as a non-voting alternate member who is expected to attend
all meetings and participate in the deliberations. During the
second year, the student assumes voting privileges, and a new
alternate member is elected by the Graduate Student Council to a
two-year term. The Graduate Coordinators' Advisory Council
representative shall be a current member of that body, elected by
its membership to a one-year term on the Graduate Council and
eligible for re-election for a second term. The Graduate Council
shall establish sub-committees as needed, and shall prepare the
agenda for Graduate Faculty meetings, which shall normally be
held at least once a term. Agenda items to be acted upon at
Graduate Faculty meetings shall be reported on by the
subcommittee responsible. Other motions from the floor shall be
referred to the appropriate subcommittee.

5. Lakes, Vegetation and Landscape Committee. The Lakes
Vegetation and Landscape Committee consists of six faculty
members, three appointed by the President or the President's
designee and three elected by the Senate from the faculty at large,
plus one student member. The Chair is elected. This Committee is
responsible for items that affect the use of University lakes,
including guidelines for use of such lakes in order to preserve their
ecological integrity and research capabilities, and the management
and well being of natural areas containing non-domesticated plants
and animals. It provides recommendations concerning
enforcement of policies regarding the removal of trees and other
vegetation. It provides input to the University Land Use and
Facilities Planning Committee regarding planning of major
landscape elements such as green space, open space, and
significant architectural features to ensure their compatibility with
existing and planned landscaping and master planning. It provides
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Administration about construction on campus, specifically
concerning: programming, including general site suitability having
an impact on trees, landscape, natural areas and lakes; schematic
design, including tree removal, plans for transplants, replacements
and/or mitigation based on building footprint, utility corridors and
other construction activities; and design development including
new landscaping, appropriateness and inclusion of any mitigation
for tree removal.

6. Land Use and Facilities Planning Committee. The Land Use and
Facilities Planning (LUFP) Committee consists of 20 faculty
members, ten appointed by the President or his/her designee and
ten elected by the Senate from the faculty at large, plus three
student members. The Chair is elected. In conjunction with the
Lakes Vegetation and Landscaping Committee, the Preservation of
Historic Buildings and Sites Committee, and the Parking and
Transportation Committee, this committee will be responsible for
providing recommendations on the overall appearance and
development of the campus to the Vice President of Finance and
Administration. This committee shall also provide
recommendations regarding the enforcement of the University of
Florida Master Plan policies and guidelines. Its responsibilities are
to participate in the development and updating of the University of
Florida Master Plan, to recommend policies for land use and
facilities development, and to review and recommend
approval/denial of all requests for land use changes. The
committee will monitor the execution of the University of Florida
Master Plan by reviewing and recommending approval/denial of
all project sites during the Programming and Schematic Design
phases; review and recommend approval/denial of architectural
design of buildings and landscaping, building
additions/renovations, and utility projects during the design
development phase; provide input on minor projects ($1 M and
less) that impact the footprint building exterior of potential historic
building's interior; and assist in upholding the policies, procedures
and standards set by the University of Florida Master Plan. The
committee will work with other committees referenced above in an
integrated and holistic approach to campus planning and
development.

7. Parking & Transportation Committee. The Parking &
Transportation Committee consists of 14 faculty members, seven
appointed by the President or the President's designee and seven
elected by the Senate from the faculty at large, plus five student
members. The Chair is elected. This committee reviews and
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governing traffic, parking and registration of vehicles, bicycles,
scooters and motorcycles and public transportation to and on the
campus. It reviews and recommends programs to meet and
enhance the parking and transportation on the campus. It reviews
and recommends site locations for new parking facilities and
parking lot enhancements on the campus. It reviews and
recommends special parking requests from University
departments, students, staff and faculty. It reviews and
recommends any significant findings regarding all parking and
transportation matters. It reports to the Vice President for Finance
and Administration the significant findings of the Committee
regarding all parking and transportation matters considered by the
Committee.

8. Preservation of Historic Buildings & Sites Committee. The
Preservation of Historic Buildings and Sites Committee consists of
fourteen faculty members, five appointed by the President or
his/her designee the University Historian and the Director of
Preservation Programs as voting ex-officio members, and seven
elected by the Senate from the faculty at large, plus two student
members. The Chair is elected. The committee is assisted in its
efforts by four university liaisons, the Assistant Director of
Architecture and Engineering in the Physical Plant Division, the
Director of Facilities Planning and Construction, the Assistant
Director for Planning, and the Assistant Housing Director for
Facilities Management. This committee assists the University in
implementing its Policy on Historic Preservation, filed with the
Florida Secretary of State, as a Programmatic Memorandum of
Agreement for Protection of Historical Resources. In support of
this Memorandum, it assists the University in fulfilling federal and
state obligations with respect to its historic and archeological
resources. It reports to the Vice President for Finance and
Administration the significant findings on all matters considered
by the Committee.

9. Research Policy Committee. The Research Policy Committee
shall be composed of fourteen members: ten deans or vice
presidents appointed by the Vice President for Research, one ex-
officio faculty member (the chair of the Faculty Senate Policy
Council on Research and Scholarship), and three faculty members
elected by the Senate from the faculty at large. All nominees for
election by the Senate should have strong research and scholarly
records and they must all be from different colleges or academic
units. The Chair shall be the Vice President for Research. The
Research Policy Committee shall advise the Vice President for
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promotion and development of the University's research program.
One of the three faculty members elected by the Senate shall be
chosen to serve on the Senate Policy Council on Research and
Scholarship.

10. Student Petitions Committee. The Student Petitions Committee
shall be composed of six appointed members, three elected
members and two students. The Chair is appointed. This
committee shall act for the Senate on the petitions of students
requesting waivers of University academic regulations except
petitions requesting (1) late registration, (2) exceptions to
minimum-maximum load regulations, (3) changes of schedule after
the date authorized for such changes, and (4) adding of courses
after the date set in the University Calendar as the last time for
adding courses. These four kinds of petitions shall be acted on by
the school or college in which the student is enrolled. Petitions
approved by the school or college must be reported to the
Registrar's Office before the action becomes official.

11. Sustainability Committee. The Sustainability Committee is an
advisory body to encourage application of sustainability principles
in all university policies, practices and operations. The
Sustainability Committee consists of nineteen members, including
eight faculty members elected by the Senate from the faculty at
large, seven faculty or staff appointed by the President's designee,
and two student members selected by the student government. The
director of the Office of Sustainability and an academic officer
appointed by the provost serve as nonvoting ex officio members.
The Chair is elected by the committee. Sustainability is defined as
meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability
of future generations to provide for themselves. Sustainability
embraces three interdependent areas of concern: environmental
preservation, economic viability, and social justice. A sustainable
practice preserves rather than destroys its ecological base, ensures
rather than undermines long-term economic benefits, and advances
rather than retards matters of equity and diversity. The
Sustainability Committee also promotes sustainability within the
University and in the University's relations with the larger
community and seeks to enhance the University's standing as a
global leader in sustainability. It assesses the progress of the
University of Florida's sustainability efforts as compared to
national and international best practices and pursues their
implementation when appropriate. It aids in the development of
policy with the Office of Sustainability and participates in the
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(3) Committee Reports


(a). Committees shall report to the Senate or to the Senate Steering
Committee, orally or in writing, at the request of the Senate or the Steering
Committee. Generally such reports will be brief and will be made to
inform the Senate concerning committee policies and procedures.

(b). Brief summaries of committee reports may be submitted to the Steering
Committee in time for inclusion in the information agenda.

(c). At the request of 10 or more Senators, any committee report which has
been submitted to the Senate shall be opened for discussion and for
possible transfer to the action agenda.

(d). The Graduate Council and the University Curriculum Committee shall be
required to report to the Senate when either is considering creating a new
degree program or abolishing an old one.

(4) Council and Committee Membership

(a). All Senate Policy Council and Senate Standing and Joint Committee
members elected by the Senate shall be elected by ballots mailed to all
voting members of the Senate by the Secretary of the Senate. Ties in the
voting shall be settled by lot.

(b). If two or more council or committee members are to be elected for terms
of different lengths, the longest term of office shall go to the candidate
receiving the most votes, the next longest term shall go to the candidate
receiving the second highest number of votes, etc. until all the council or
committee vacancies are filled.

(c). Unless otherwise provided, membership in the Senate is not prerequisite
for election to Senate or Joint committees. Membership in the Senate is a
prerequisite for election to Senate Policy Councils.

(d). Unless otherwise provided, the members of Senate Policy Councils and
Senate and Joint committees shall serve for terms of three years, except
that the first time a council or committee is elected there will be as nearly
as possible an equal distribution of the members with terms of one, two
and three years. The terms of members of special committees may be
similarly staggered, and they shall not be for more than three years.

(e). Unless otherwise provided, Senate and Joint committee members may be
elected for successive terms when their experience or special talents make
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changes should be made in the elected personnel of every Senate and Joint
committee.

(f). In January of each year, the chair of each Senate Policy Council and
Senate and Joint committee shall advise the President and the Nominating
Committee of the names of elected council and committee members
whose terms are about to expire, and may suggest suitable nominees for
the vacancies. Wherever a vacancy occurs other than by expiration of
term in the case of members elected to serve, the council or committee
chair shall notify the Senate Chair, who, in consultation with the Senate
Steering Committee, shall select a replacement until the next annual
election of members at which time an individual will be elected to fill the
remainder of the term.

(5) Committee Chairperson

(a). Unless otherwise provided, each Senate committee shall annually elect its
own chairperson at the end of the academic year. In the absence of an
elected chair, the Committee on Committees shall designate an acting
chair to convene the first meeting for the purpose of electing a chair who
shall conduct such other business as may be appropriate.

(b). It shall be the duty of every committee chair to inform the Steering
Committee of committee actions and matters under consideration.


SENATE BYLAW 21
Definition of Faculty
(Senate Bylaw 21, April 15, 2004, February 17, 2005)

(A) Titles

(1) Persons employed by the University of Florida during the regular academic year
are members of the faculty if they hold one of the following academic titles:

(a) Eminent Scholar
(b) Graduate Research Professor
(c) Distinguished Service Professor, Distinguished Research Curator
(d) Distinguished Professor
(e) Professor, Associate Professor, or Assistant Professor
(f) Curator, Associate Curator, or Assistant Curator
(g) Research Scientist, Associate Research Scientist, or Assistant Research
Scientist
(h) Scholar, Associate Scholar, or Assistant Scholar
(i) Engineer, Associate Engineer, or Assistant Engineer



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(j) Extension Scientist, Associate Extension Scientist, or Assistant Extension
Scientist
(k) University Librarian, Associate University Librarian, or Assistant
University Librarian
(1) Master Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, or Lecturer
(m) PKY University Developmental Research School Professor, PKY
Associate Professor, PKY Assistant Professor, or PKY Instructor
(n) County Extension Agent IV, County Extension Agent III, County
Extension Agent II, County Extension Agent I
(o) Any of the above titles modified only by clinical, research, or extension

(2) University employees who hold the academic titles of Senior Associate In,
Associate In, or Assistant In, are considered members of the faculty unless the
appointing College certifies their primary assignment to be in administrative
support areas of the University instead of in direct pursuit of the teaching,
research and academic service missions of the University.

By December 15 of each academic year, each College shall transmit to the
Secretary of the Senate a list of those Senior Associates In, Associates In, or
Assistants In whose duties are primarily administrative support and who should
be excluded pursuant to this section. A committee in each College, as required in
Article III of the Constitution of the University of Florida, shall determine who is
excluded on the basis of the principle stated in Bylaw 21(B). Any dispute as to
exclusion under this section shall be referred to the College Tenure and Promotion
Committee for final determination.

(B) Faculty Characteristics

(1) The following principle shall be considered in amending the criteria and titles
listed above and in resolving ambiguous cases.

(2) Members of the faculty share most of the following characteristics.

(a) They are hired through nationally competitive processes.
(b) They are retained and promoted using national, peer-reviewed criteria.
(c) They participate, to some degree, in teaching, research, and service.
(d) They are eligible for tenure.
(e) Their primary employer is the University of Florida.
(f) They hold a terminal degree in their field.
(g) They are hired by their faculty peers.








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