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Constitution of the University of Florida


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I................. .......The G overnance of the U university ..................................... 3

II ........... ............A dm inistration of the U university .............. ... ................ 3

III ........................T he F aculty .............................................

IV ........................T he F aculty Senate ........................................ ............... 10

V ..........................C ouncils and C om m ittees ......................... .................. 15

VI ........................Organizational Units of the University ...............................21

V II ......... .... ......R eight of A appeal ........... .. .... .. ........... .......... .. .. 26

V III .......... ......... A m endm ents ............. ........ ...... .... .. ..... .......... 26


The Constitution includes amendments adopted by the Faculty Senate through December 18,
2008.

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PREAMBLE


Believing that a society establishes institutions of higher learning, particularly universities,
because such institutions serve the higher ends of that society;

Believing that a university serves these higher ends by being a beacon of learning, a
fountainhead of dedicated and unselfish service, a focus for research and creative scholarship, a
means for the transmittal and extension of old knowledge and the creating of new, a vehicle for
that society's improvement by providing for that society the capacity for enlightened and
responsible self-criticism which will prevent that society from losing its dynamic character and
falling victim to intellectual and moral decay;

Believing that a university, like all complex human institutions, functions best to serve its
assigned purposes under orderly processes of organization and government;

We, the Senate of the University of Florida, do hereby enact this Constitution.

February 6, 1964








This Constitution includes amendments adopted by the Faculty Senate through December 18,
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Article I
THE GOVERNANCE OF THE UNIVERSITY

The University of Florida is a state educational institution of the State of Florida. The
provisions of this Constitution are governed by and subordinate to Florida law, the policies and
directives of the Florida Board of Governors, and the University of Florida Board of Trustees,
University of Florida regulations and the Collective Bargaining Agreement for those faculty and
staff in the bargaining unit.

Where, in this Constitution, power to act is recognized as vested in the Board of Trustees
of the University of Florida, such power shall normally be exercised only after reasonable notice
of such proposed action to the faculty, unit, department, school, or agency affected and an
opportunity to be heard thereunto. Governance shall be shared between the administration of the
University and the faculty as represented in the Faculty Senate.


Article II
ADMINISTRATION OF THE UNIVERSITY

Section 1. THE PRESIDENT-The President shall be the chief executive officer of the
University, and shall exercise general supervision over all its activities. The
President shall be appointed by the Board of Trustees. Upon the resignation,
retirement, or death of the President, the Senate Steering Committee shall be
available to the Board of Trustees for the purpose of consulting in the selection of
a nominee for President. The President shall have a veto power over all actions of
committees, college faculties and the councils of the Faculty Senate, which power
shall be exercised by sending a written executive order to the body concerned. In
all matters not otherwise provided for in the Constitution and Bylaws, the
President shall, under the Board of Trustees, have plenary power.

Section 2. THE PROVOST-The Provost shall be the principal executive officer under the
President and shall exercise the functions of the President in the President's
absence. In the case of death or incapacitating illness of the President, the Provost
shall exercise such functions until formal provisions are made by the Board of
Trustees. The Provost shall assist the President in such ways as the latter may
designate. The Provost shall be appointed by the President.

Section 3. OTHER ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS-There shall be such other
administrative officers as the President may designate. They shall have such duties
as the President may assign them. In the case of the absence, death, or
incapacitating illness of the President and the Provost, the senior administrative
officer, previously designated by the President and recorded with the office of the
Board of Trustees, shall assume all the authority and responsibility of the
President until formal provisions are made by the Board of Trustees.


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Section 4. PRESIDENTIAL COMMITTEES-The President shall have the authority to
appoint such committees and other groups as are deemed necessary to aid in the
performance of presidential duties.

Section 5. ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL ASSEMBLY-The Academic and
Professional Assembly (APA) shall be the organizational representative of the
University's academic and professional staff not represented in the Faculty Senate.
The APA shall have the authority to define its membership, to approve its own
bylaws, to appoint committees and other groups as are deemed necessary to aid in
the performance of its mission, and to serve in an advisory capacity to the
President and the Faculty Senate.


Article III
THE FACULTY

Section 1. FACULTY DEFINED-The faculty of the University of Florida are those persons
employed by the University of Florida during the regular academic year whose
primary assignment is to carry out the academic mission of the University,
namely, teaching, research and academic service. Titles of these persons shall be
set forth in the Senate Bylaws. Questions about the faculty status of an individual
shall be resolved by a committee charged with evaluating academic qualifications
in the college in which the individual is appointed. The committee shall
determine status based on whether the primary assignment is the carrying out of
the academic mission of the University.

Section 2. ACADEMIC FREEDOM-The policy of academic freedom and responsibilities
governing the University of Florida is as set forth in the University's policy
statement reprinted in full in University of Florida regulations. The following
principles are quoted therefrom: "The University believes that academic freedom
and responsibility are essential to the full development of a true university and
apply to teaching, research and creativity. In the development of knowledge,
research endeavors and creative activities, a university faculty and student body
must be free to cultivate a spirit of inquiry and scholarly criticism and to examine
ideas in an atmosphere of freedom and confidence. A similar atmosphere is
required for university teaching. Consistent with the exercise of academic
responsibility, a teacher must have freedom in the classroom in discussing
academic subjects. The university student must likewise have the opportunity to
study a full spectrum of ideas, opinions and beliefs, so that the student may
acquire maturity for analysis and judgment. Objective and skillful exposition of
such matters is the duty of every instructor."

"The established policy of the University continues to be that the faculty member
must fulfill his/her responsibility to society and to his/her profession by
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university instructor is a citizen, a member of a learned profession and an
academic officer of an educational institution. The instructor should be constantly
mindful that these roles may be inseparable in the public view, and should
therefore at all times exercise appropriate restraint and good judgment."

A faculty member who believes that he/she does not enjoy the academic freedom
which it is the policy of the University to maintain and encourage shall be entitled
on written request to a hearing before the Academic Freedom, Tenure,
Professional Relations and Standards Committee or utilize other procedures
available.

Section 3. ACADEMIC RANKS-Ranks shall include assistant professor, associate
professor, professor or above, and other ranks prescribed by University
regulations. Appropriate academic rank and title, with the rights and privileges
pertaining thereto, may be accorded to persons engaged in instruction,
administration, research and extension.

Section 4. APPOINTMENT OF FACULTY MEMBERS-Nominations for the appointment
of faculty members shall be made by the chair of the department or, in units of the
University not organized in departments, by the officers in charge of the work
concerned, and shall be submitted to the appropriate administrative officers for
approval or rejection and, in the event of approval, for transmission to the
President or designee. Appointments to the faculty shall be made by the President
or designee.

Section 5. PROMOTION OF FACULTY MEMBERS-Recommendations for the promotion
of faculty members shall be based upon criteria specified by the University.
Promotion review shall originate in academic departments or units. The
department chair or administrator of the academic department or unit concerned
shall obtain the votes of the individual faculty members of the department or unit
holding rank superior to that of the candidate for promotion. Committees
established in academic and administrative units for the purpose of evaluating the
candidate for promotion shall be limited to members holding rank superior to that
of the candidate. Nominations for promotion to distinguished professor shall be
made by the department chair or unit administrator, and accompanied by the votes
of the individual faculty members of the department or unit in the ranks of full
professor or above, or the equivalent in academic ranks. The President shall make
the final decision to approve or disapprove promotion.

Section 6. TENURE-

(A) Definition of Tenure. A faculty member who has been granted tenure by
the Board of Trustees shall have the status of permanent member of the
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1. faculty member voluntarily leaves the employment of the
institution;

2. faculty member voluntarily retires;

3. faculty member is dismissed for cause by the President;

4. faculty member's position is discontinued pursuant to the layoff
provision of the Board of Trustees;

5. faculty member dies.

(B) Granting of Tenure. Upon nomination of the President and approval by the
Board of Trustees, tenure will be granted. Each nomination for tenure shall
be acted upon with careful consideration being given to the qualifications
of the faculty member, including evaluations by colleagues and immediate
superior. When one of the duties of the faculty member being nominated is
teaching, the quality of teaching shall be gauged through appropriate
devices and may include evaluations by present and former students.
Nomination of a faculty member for tenure shall signify the President is
satisfied that a high degree of competence has been demonstrated and
continuing employment of the faculty member will serve the best interests
of the institution and the University System.

(C) Eligibility for Tenure.

1. Eligibility for tenure for faculty members in the ranks of assistant
professor, associate professor, professor or above, or the equivalent
in academic ranks, shall normally begin on the faculty member's
hire date in a tenure-eligible appointment. The length of the
probationary period for those in tenure accruing positions is set
forth in University policies.

2. The decision to recommend a faculty member for tenure must be
made by the end of probationary period, including, any approved
extension thereof.

3. Instructional and research faculty at the University of Florida
appointed to administrative positions shall retain tenure in the
faculty classification, but not in the administrative position.

4. Faculty members in the P.K. Yonge Developmental Research
School operated by the University of Florida are not eligible for
tenure but however, shall be eligible for permanent status after
three years of employment. County extension faculty normally

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shall be eligible to receive permanent status at the end of the sixth
year of employment.

(D) Transfer of Tenure. Tenure is granted by the Board of Trustees and is an
obligation of the University as a whole. While no department or other
budgetary unit of the University is obliged to accept the transfer of a
faculty member from another unit or units, if a department or other unit
accepts such a transfer, it must recognize the tenure status already attained
by the transferring faculty member.

(E) Procedure for Granting Tenure. The procedure to be followed when a
faculty member applies for tenure shall be:

1. Tenure review should originate in academic departments or units.
T department chair or administrator of the academic department or
unit concerned, shall obtain the votes of the tenured members of
the department or unit by a secret ballot, the results of which shall
be forwarded with the tenure application to the appropriate college,
and the President. The Board of Trustees grants tenure.

2. Committees established in academic and administrative units for
the purpose of evaluating a candidate for tenure shall be limited to
tenured members.

3. The faculty member shall be notified immediately in writing by the
President of the final action taken on the faculty member's
application for tenure.

(F) Nonrenewal and Termination of Faculty Appointments. The President or
the President's designee, in accordance with the institution's evaluation
system, may choose not to renew the employment of a nontenured faculty
member. The decision not to renew a faculty member's appointment may
not be based on constitutionally impermissible grounds. Notice of
nonreappointment, or of intention not to reappoint, shall be given in
writing in accordance with University policies.

(G) Termination of Faculty Appointments for Cause by Preferment of Charges.

1. Justifiable cause for termination of appointment is defined as
incompetence or misconduct.


2. After considering charges or evidence against a faculty member,
the President or the President's designee shall make a careful
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and shall make efforts to bring about a satisfactory adjustment of
the matter, which efforts shall include informing the faculty
member in writing of specific charges. At any stage of inquiry, the
President or the President's designee may seek the assistance of the
University staff or may employ such assistance from other sources.

3. If, in the view of the President, or the President's designee, there is
aprimafacie case against the faculty member, the President or the
President's designee may refer the charges to the Senate Academic
Freedom, Tenure, Professional Relations and Standards
Committee, with instructions to investigate all charges and to
submit a transcript of all proceedings and a written report of their
findings and recommendations for appropriate action. This in no
way precludes the President or the President's designee from
taking any further investigative action deemed necessary.

(H) Suspension of Faculty Pending the Outcome of Investigation.

1. If it appears that a faculty member's actions would adversely affect
the orderly conduct and processes of the University or jeopardize
the safety and welfare of the faculty member, colleagues, or
students, the President or designee may, after considering charges
or evidence against the faculty member, regardless of tenure status,
immediately suspend the faculty member with pay from the
performance of duties pending investigation by the President, the
President's designee and/or the Senate Academic Freedom, Tenure,
Professional Relations and Standards Committee.

2. The faculty member shall have the opportunity to be provided a
written statement of the reason for the proposed disciplinary action
to be taken and shall be given at least ten working days in which to
respond in writing and/or orally to the President or designee before
any final determination regarding an action to be taken is effective.

3. The faculty member who is suspended from the performance of
duties may exercise the right of appeal under the procedure elected
in accordance with the rules of the University.

4. The President or the President's designee shall give the faculty
member written notice of any proposed suspension without pay or
termination. The faculty member will be allowed 10 days,
excluding Saturdays, Sundays and University holidays, following
receipt of the notice to respond in writing to the President or the
Presidents designee regarding the reasons set forth in the notice.
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meeting with the President or the President's designee to present
any matter which should be brought to the attention of the
President or the President's designee regarding the proposed
suspension or termination.

5. Termination or suspension without pay shall take effect on the date
set forth in the notice of termination or suspension, except that if
the faculty member timely files a grievance concerning the
termination or suspension, the faculty member shall not be
deprived of pay and benefits until the grievance process ends with
an outcome that allows the discipline.

Section 7. RESIGNATIONS-If a member of the faculty of the University desires to obtain
release from a position, the faculty member must offer a resignation to the next
superior administrative officer. The resignation shall be transmitted through the
appropriate administrative officials to the President.

Section 8. THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY-

(A) Membership. In order to permit general communication, there shall be a
General Assembly, consisting of all members of the University faculty of
the rank of lecturer and above. This assembly shall have no legislative or
executive power.

(B) Officers. The presiding officer shall be the President or, in the President's
absence, the Provost. The Registrar shall be the Secretary.

(C) Meetings. Meetings shall be held at the call of the President.


Article IV
THE FACULTY SENATE

Section 1. FUNCTIONS-The Faculty Senate shall be the legislative body of the University
thereby providing a forum for mutual exchange of ideas between senior officers
and faculty. In this capacity, the Senate shall take cognizance of, and may
legislate with respect to matters which concern more than one college, school, or
other major academic unit, or which are otherwise of general university interest.
In exercising its legislative function, the Senate shall make such rules, regulations,
and Bylaws as it may deem advisable for the fulfillment of its duties.

Senate Bylaws may be proposed on the Senate floor and referred to an appropriate
committee. Proposed Bylaws shall be reported out by appropriate committees,
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meeting. Bylaws adoption requires a favorable majority of those present and
voting.

The Senate agenda prepared by the Senate Steering Committee shall consist of
three parts: (a) reports of the President, Provost, and Faculty Senate Chair (b)
information items, such as reports of general decisions or summaries from
committees or others as appropriate; and (c) action items containing matters to be
decided at current meetings and proposals for action at subsequent meetings.

Section 2. MEMBERSHIP-The Senate shall consist of elected voting members, ex officio
non-voting members, and student non-voting members. The elected voting
membership of the Faculty Senate shall be apportioned equitably among the
Academic Units based on a membership of one hundred fifty (150) members.
Academic Units, which form the basis for representation, shall be: the Institute of
Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), the University Libraries, the Florida
Museum of Natural History, each college (except the College of Agriculture
which is represented in IFAS), and one unit representing all Faculty not otherwise
represented in a college or other unit. Each year prior to the Senate elections the
Academic Units will be notified by the President, or the President's designee, of
the number of faculty eligible for election.

The number of elected members of the Senate will be apportioned among the
Academic Units based on the number of faculty in each unit with each Academic
Unit having at least two elected voting members. The remaining seats shall be
apportioned among the Academic Units based on the number of faculty members
in each unit, with the restriction that no Academic Unit will have a number of
voting elected members larger than one-sixth of the elected voting membership of
the Faculty Senate. The specific quotas shall be computed as set forth in the
Senate Bylaws.

Only faculty as defined in Article III, Section 1, of this Constitution are eligible to
be counted in determining the proportional representation of Academic Units
within the Faculty Senate, to be elected to the Faculty Senate, and to vote for
members of the Faculty Senate.

(A) Voting members. One hundred fifty (150) faculty members shall be
elected voting members of the Senate. Any faculty member in an
Academic Unit shall be eligible for election to the Senate. The members
shall be elected by secret ballot by the faculty members of their respective
Academic Units. Elected members shall serve three-year terms
commencing the first day of the fall term following their election the
previous spring term. They shall not be eligible for re-election following
their second consecutive term for a period of three years following such
term. The terms shall be staggered so that one-third of the Senate's
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election may be established by the Faculty of the individual Academic
Units unless otherwise specified in Senate Bylaws.

(B) Non-voting Members
1. Ex-officio members. Members of the Senate Steering Committee
and the chairs of other constitutionally specified committees and
councils elected by the Senate as described in Article V, Sections
2, 3, and 4, shall be ex-officio non-voting members if they are not
otherwise elected members of the Senate.

2. Student members. Five student non-voting members shall be
chosen annually for one-year terms by a procedure established by
student government. In addition, three student non-voting
members shall be selected annually from the Graduate School and
one student non-voting member shall be selected annually from
each of the following colleges: Dentistry, Law, Medicine, and
Veterinary Medicine.

(C) Faculty Senate administrative liaison personnel. The following liaison
personnel shall be provided notice of the meetings of the Faculty Senate
and shall have the right of the floor: the president, provost, and vice
presidents of the University, full deans of the Academic Units and the
Registrar.

(D) Responsibilities of Members

1. Senators are expected to attend all the regularly scheduled
meetings of the Senate during the academic year and to make
every effort to attend special meetings. Absence from three
consecutive meetings of the Senate constitutes resignation from the
Senate, except that a Senator whose term is interrupted by a
temporary absence from the University may be replaced by a
temporary senator.

2. Members of councils, standing committees and joint committees
are expected to attend all regularly scheduled meetings during the
academic year and to make every effort to attend special meetings.
Absence from three consecutive council or committee meetings
constitutes resignation from the council or committee, except that a
member whose term is interrupted by a temporary absence may be
replaced on a temporary basis during that absence.

3. A senator who accepts a position having Faculty Senate liaison
status as set forth in Section 1(C) of this Article concomitantly
vacates the elected senate seat.

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4. Senators are ordinarily expected to serve as members of Senate
Councils and committees to which they may be elected or
appointed.

5. Vacancies shall be filled as prescribed in the Bylaws.

Section 3. OFFICERS

(A) The Faculty Senate officers shall be the Chair, the Chair Elect, the Past
Chair, and the Secretary.

1. Chair. The duties and functions of the Chair are:
a. to preside at Faculty Senate meetings;
b. to serve as Chair of the Senate Steering Committee;
c. to represent the Faculty Senate on any matter within the
Senate's jurisdiction or as requested by the Board of
Trustees or President;
d. to serve as a full voting member of the Advisory Council of
Faculty Senates;
e. to serve as an ex-officio voting member of the Board of
Trustees; and
f. to perform such other duties as may be directed by the
Senate.

2. Chair Elect. The duties and functions of the Chair Elect are:
a. to act as Chair in the event the Chair is absent or otherwise
unable to act;
b. to serve on the Senate Steering Committee;
c. to serve as a full voting member of the Advisory Council of
Faculty Senates; and
d. to perform such other duties as may be directed by the
Senate.

3. Past Chair. The duties and functions of the Past Chair are:
a. to act as Chair in the event both the Chair and Chair Elect
are absent or otherwise unable to act;
b. to serve on the Senate Steering Committee; and
c. to perform such other duties as may be directed by the
Senate.

4. Parliamentarian. The duties and functions of the Parliamentarian
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b. to advise the Chair on application and interpretation of
rules of procedure for the Faculty Senate;
c. to offer advice, when requested, to any member desiring
help on motions or other parliamentary procedures.

5. Secretary. The duties and functions of the Secretary are:
a. to keep the minutes of the meetings of the Faculty Senate
and transmit all notices required under this Constitution and
the Bylaws of the Senate;
b. to maintain all records of the Senate; and
c. to perform such other duties as may be directed by the
Senate.

(B) Terms of Office and Selection of Officers.

1. Each of the officers has a one-year term, beginning on May 15 each
year.

2. At the April meeting of the Senate, the Senate shall elect from its
voting membership by majority vote a Chair Elect for a term
beginning the forthcoming May 15.

3. On May 15, the Chair Elect in the prior academic year shall
become the Chair, succeeding to all the duties and functions of the
Chair, and the Chair shall become the Past Chair. In the case of the
death or resignation of the Chair, the Chair Elect shall serve as
Chair for the remainder of his or her term.

4. The Parliamentarian shall be selected from the faculty by the Chair
of the Faculty Senate.

5. The Senate Steering Committee shall appoint a Senate Secretary.

Section 4. MEETINGS-The Faculty Senate shall normally meet at least once during each
calendar month of the academic year or as specified by the Bylaws of the Senate.
Special meetings of the Senate may be called upon due notice at such times as the
Chair or President may designate or upon petition of twenty-five members of the
Senate.

Section 5. QUORUM-A quorum for any meeting of the Senate shall consist of a majority of
the members present and voting.

Section 6. VOTING PROCEDURES-The Senate Steering Committee shall be responsible
for establishing the procedure for voting.


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Section 7. PROXIES-No proxies shall be recognized.


Section 8. VOTING PRIVILEGES-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.

Article V
COUNCILS AND COMMITTEES

Section 1. PURPOSE AND CLASSIFICATION. Service on University councils and
committees is the primary means of direct participation in University governance
by faculty. There are five classes of University councils and committees: Senate
Operations Committees, Senate Policy Councils, Senate Committees, Joint
Committees, and Presidential Committees. Councils and committees are the
vehicles for providing, directly or through the Faculty Senate, faculty
determinations, recommendations, or consultations as appropriate. The creation
or dissolution of any Senate Policy Council, Senate Operations Committee, or
other Senate Standing Committee, must be approved by the Senate using the
procedure set forth in Article VIII of this Constitution. Presidential Committees
are established or dissolved by the President. Joint Committees are established or
dissolved jointly by the President and the Senate as prescribed in Article VIII of
this Constitution. Senate and Joint Committee purviews, structures and
procedures may be more fully set forth in the Senate Bylaws. Ad hoc Senate
committees may be established by the Senate, by a Senate Council, or by the
Steering Committee. Any committee, council, or task force denominated as
"joint" shall report to both the Senate and the President.

Section 2. SENATE OPERATIONS COMMITTEES. Operational committees support the
conduct of the business of the Faculty Senate. They assist the Senate to organize,
to select its own officers, committees and councils, and to adopt rules for the
conduct of its business.

The Senate Operations Committees are:

(A) Steering Committee. The Steering Committee is the executive committee
of the Faculty Senate. It advises the Chair of the Faculty Senate on all
matters, including issues brought to its attention from outside the Senate's
or administration's formal structures. The Steering Committee shall
consist of 11 persons. The Chair of the Senate, the Chair Elect of the
Senate and the Past Chair of the Senate shall be members. Three at large
members, who at the time of their election shall be voting members of the
Senate, shall serve for staggered three-year terms with one or more persons
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serve as members of the Steering Committee. The University President
and Provost shall receive notice of, and have the right of the floor at all
Steering Committee meetings. The Secretary of the Senate and Senate
Parliamentarian serve as staff to the Steering Committee. The Chair of the
Senate shall be the chair of the Steering Committee.

The Steering Committee shall determine the agenda for each meeting of
the Senate. It shall provide for reporting to the Senate by administrative
officers, by the chairs) of councils and committees, and by individuals. It
coordinates, reviews, and refers actions and proposals from Senate and
Joint Committees and from the Administration. The Steering Committee
also refers matters to the Senate Policy Councils and accepts reports and
recommendations from the Senate Policy Councils and committees for
Senate action. Where appropriate, the Steering Committee can direct a
matter to the combined attention of two or more Senate Policy Councils.
It shall select an alternate member of the Advisory Council of Faculty
Senates from among its members, excluding the Chair, Chair Elect, and
Past Chair of the Senate.

(B) Committee on Committees. The Committee on Committees shall be
composed of six members elected by the Faculty Senate from the faculty at
large. The members serve staggered three-year terms. The chair is elected
by the Committee. On an annual basis, the Committee shall conduct a
review of all Senate committees, which will consider the selection process
for members, the purpose of the committees, and attendance at committee
meetings. The Committee shall have the responsibility of recommending
to the Senate the addition, reclassification, or dissolution of any Senate
Committee, transformation of existing Presidential Committees into Joint
Committees, or vice versa, and assignments of committees to Senate
Policy Councils as Contributing or Related Committees. The Committee
on Committees is also responsible for recommending any special
qualifications for members of Senate Councils and Senate Committees to
the Faculty Senate. Such special qualifications shall be as set forth in this
Constitution and in the Senate Bylaw. The Committee shall report to the
Senate at least twice a year.

(C) University Constitution and Regulations Committee. This committee is
comprised of six members elected by the Faculty Senate from the faculty
at large. The members serve staggered three-year terms. The Chair is
elected by the Committee. It is charged with the review of the provisions
of the University Constitution and with making recommendations in
connection therewith to the Faculty Senate. Changes to the Constitution
which are proposed to the Senate shall be referred to the Constitution
Committee for consideration and recommendation to the Senate. The
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meaning of any provision in the Constitution. It edits and prepares for
publication revised editions of the Constitution. It advises the Faculty
Senate on regulation changes and administration.

(D) Senate Nominating Committee. The Faculty Senate shall elect six
members of the faculty-at-large to serve staggered terms and the President
shall appoint three members. The Committee shall elect its chair. The
Committee shall nominate, for the Faculty Senate's elections, members of
all Senate Policy Councils and Committees and Joint Committees. Upon
the President's request, the Committee shall make recommendations for
presidential appointments. For nominations, the Committee shall consider
diverse representation from the entire University from all appropriate
ranks and with special qualifications where required. A major goal is to
foster a faculty fully committed to the service component of its teaching,
research and service mission.

Section 3. THE SENATE POLICY COUNCILS. Five Senate Policy Councils are charged
with making policy recommendations and facilitating faculty participation in
shared governance in their assigned areas.

(A) The Policy Councils are:

(1) Academic Policy: This council's area encompasses educational
policy, including the creation, modification, or deletion of
academic programs and units; curriculum; academic standing;
relationship of academic units to each other; general policies
concerning student instruction; and academic merits of candidates
for administrative positions of academic significance.

(2) Faculty Welfare: This council's area encompasses matters that
support, encourage, define, and evaluate the quality of the faculty
and retention of faculty members, including faculty rights and
academic freedom; faculty support programs, such as fringe benefit
packages; faculty diversity; and programs that improve the quality
of faculty life.

(3) Budget: This council's area encompasses budget and fiscal matters
as they involve the academic mission of the University, including
the recommendation of budget priorities involving academics and
research, the fiscal implications of the creation, modification or
deletion of academic programs, the collection and dissemination of
information about University budgeting and planning; and
monitoring whether the allocation of resources is consistent with
Faculty Senate actions and the University's long-term and short-
term strategic plans.

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(4) Research and Scholarship: This council's area encompasses
University policies and procedures relating to research and
scholarship, including university-wide research and scholarship
initiatives and strategies; research grants and contracts; research
infrastructure; and other matters relating to funding or producing
scholarship.

(5) Academic Infrastructure: This council's area encompasses the
University's infrastructure supporting the University's academic
mission, including the provision of physical facilities and other
physical resources; libraries; information technology; the campus
master plan; and the availability of adequate computer, classroom,
laboratory and other resources.

(B) Responsibilities of Policy Councils. The councils make recommendations
to the Senate, facilitate the implementation of policy, and serve as liaisons
between the Senate and the administration within their areas. Each policy
council oversees, coordinates and facilitates the work of committees which
are assigned to that respective council. However, the councils have no
authority to review the decisions of any committee except insofar as such
decisions may be the bases of policy recommendations. The Senate
Steering Committee coordinates the referring of matters to, and the receipt
of recommendations from, the Senate Policy Councils.

(1) The Committee on Committees may assign Senate committees and
joint committees to Senate policy councils as "contributing
committees" or "related committees." Contributing committees
have charges of central importance to the work of that council.
Related committees have charges of peripheral concern to the
council or operate in areas over which faculty governance
responsibility is highly limited. Presidential committees, as well as
Senate and joint committees, may also be assigned to councils as
related committees. A committee may be assigned to one council
as a contributing committee and to one or more as a related
committee.

(2) Each Senate policy council may refer business to its contributing
and related committees; direct two or more Committees to work
together when appropriate; create, if necessary, ad hoc committees
or task forces to deal with matters within its purview; act as a
council on business within its purview for which a committee is
neither available nor necessary; and initiate and participate in
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(C) Membership of Councils: Voting members of each council shall consist
of six (6) members elected by the Senate from the Senate membership and
the chair of each contributing committee. Each council shall have one
non-voting student member. If the chair of a contributing committee is an
appointed member of the committee, then the members of the committee
shall choose from among the elected faculty members a representative to
serve on the council. The chairs of related committees to a council shall
serve as non-voting members of those councils with the right to propose
inquiries and other actions.

Council members elected by the Senate serve three-year staggered terms.
If an elected council member's Senate term expires before the council
term, the member will continue to serve on the council until the end of the
three-year Council term.

(D) Chair: Each policy council elects its own chair from its membership, for a
one year, repeatable term. The Chair also serves on the Senate Steering
Committee.

(E) Election of members: Nominations for election of members of each
council will be made pursuant to Article V, Section 7(B) of the
Constitution. The two nominees for each council who receive the highest
number of votes will be elected to three year terms.

Section 4. OTHER SENATE STANDING COMMITTEES. In addition to Senate
Operations Committees, several other Committees are elected from the faculty
wholly by the Senate or, where specifically indicated, by other means. These are:

(A) Academic Freedom, Tenure, Professional Relations and Standards. The
Academic Freedom, Tenure, Professional Relations and Standards
Committee shall be composed of fifteen members elected by the Faculty
Senate who will serve staggered three-year terms. Nominees for
membership on this committee shall be tenured faculty holding the rank of
professor (or equivalent) or above. The Chair is elected by the Committee.
It shall be the duty of the Committee to conduct hearings on charges
involving University practices bearing upon tenure or academic freedom
or matters involving University practices generally applicable to faculty
members bearing on professional ethics and the general welfare of the
faculty.

(B) Honorary Degrees, Distinguished Alumnus Awards and Memorials
Committee. Eight faculty members elected by the Faculty Senate for
staggered three-year terms comprise this committee. Members, selected
from diverse fields, shall hold the rank of professor (or its equivalent) or
above and shall have strong records of teaching and research. The Chair is

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elected by the Committee. The Committee shall formulate principles
covering the conferring of honorary degrees by the University and shall
initiate or entertain suggestions as to individuals to whom honorary
degrees shall be granted.

(C) University Libraries Committee. The University Libraries Committee
shall be composed of nine (9) faculty members and four (4) students.
Faculty members shall be elected by the Senate for staggered three-year
terms. The faculty members on the Committee shall include at least one
(1) Assistant Professor, one (1) Associate Professor, and one (1) Professor,
and no more than two members from any academic unit. Two (2) graduate
students shall be selected for one-year terms by the Graduate Student
Council, and two (2) undergraduate students shall be selected for one-year
terms by Student Government. The Chair shall be elected by the
Committee. The Committee shall assist the Director of University
Libraries in maintaining and promoting the welfare of the University
Libraries. It shall meet with the Director of University Libraries to review
and formulate library policies to serve the needs and concerns of the
faculty and students. It shall also serve as an advocate for the University
Libraries to the University community. The Director shall present matters
of policy to the Committee in a timely manner, provide the Committee
with pertinent information about library operations and services, meet with
the Committee frequently, and report to the Committee on actions taken in
response to the Committee's recommendations. The Committee shall
advise the Faculty Senate about the state of the Libraries and the
Committee's position on policy matters affecting the Libraries. The
Committee shall forward an annual report to the Faculty Senate and the
University Administration, and provide other reports whenever advisable.

(D) The Compensation Committee shall have six faculty members who shall
represent a broad range of academic disciplines and units. The members
shall be elected by the Faculty Senate from the Faculty at large to
staggered three year terms. The committee shall elect its own chair. The
committee shall have one administrative representative appointed by the
President to serve as a liaison able to provide the required information to
carry out the committee's responsibilities. The committee shall evaluate
and report on compensation relative to peer institutions, raise results and
salary structures at the University, and make recommendations with
respect to raise procedures at the University.

Section 5. JOINT COMMITTEES. Faculty involvement is important for the disposition of
certain key University issues with academic and administrative implications. In
the spirit of shared governance, these issues are dealt with by Joint Committees.
These committees are established and dissolved jointly by the President and the
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the Senate to represent the faculty. Typically one half of each Committee's
membership is comprised of elected faculty members and one half of appointed
faculty members, except as specified otherwise in the Senate Bylaws. Joint
Committees report to the President and, to the extent allowed, provide
information on committee activities and meeting minutes to the Senate. At any
time the President or Senate may evaluate the effectiveness of Joint Committees
in conjunction with the Committee on Committees. Through the mechanism
established in Article VIII, such committees may be mutually restructured.

The Joint Committees are:

(1) Academic Personnel Board
(2) Curriculum Committee
(3) General Education Committee
(4) Graduate Council
(5) Lakes, Vegetation and Landscape Committee
(6) Land Use and Facilities Planning Committee
(7) Parking and Transportation Committee
(8) Preservation of Historic Buildings and Sites Committee
(9) Research Policy Committee
(10 Student Petitions Committee
(11) Sustainability Committee

Section 6. PRESIDENTIAL COMMITTEES. Presidential committees aid the president in
the performance of his or her duties as chief executive of the University.
Presidential committees are created by, report to and have membership appointed
by the President. A list of Presidential committees and their responsibilities will
be published annually by the Provost.

Section 7. MEMBERSHIP ELIGIBILITY AND NOMINATION PROCESS.

(A) Any member of the faculty may be elected by the Senate to serve on
Senate or Joint Committees, except that only current members of the
Senate may be elected to the Senate Steering Committee and only current
members of the Senate may be elected to at large seats on Policy Councils.
Steering Committee members whose committee terms run beyond their
Senate terms will serve as non-voting members of the Senate. No member
of the Senate may be elected to more than two Senate or Joint committees.
In some cases special expertise and qualifications are required for
nomination to membership on certain committees, and such qualifications
shall be set forth in the Constitution or Bylaws.

(B) The Senate Nominating Committee shall serve as the nominating
committee for all Senate Policy Councils and Senate Committees and for
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intended to insure that all University faculty have the opportunity to
recommend themselves or others for committee service and that council
and committee elections for each academic year can be completed to
assure all councils and committees are in operation at the start of each fall
semester. The process will be determined by the Senate and set forth in
the Bylaws.

(C) The President shall and the Faculty Senate Chair may appoint liaisons to
provide special expertise on Senate Policy Councils and on Senate and
Joint Committees when necessary.

Section 8. TERMS OF SERVICE AND ELECTION OF COMMITTEE CHAIRS.

(A) Membership terms for elected positions on Senate Policy Councils and
Senate or Joint committees shall be three years, beginning on the first day
of the fall semester following the election, except for members of the
Steering Committee, whose terms begin on May 15 of the calendar year in
which they are elected.

Terms on newly established Senate Policy Councils and Senate or Joint
committees will be staggered initially to produce, as nearly as possible,
equal numbers of members with terms of one, two and three years.
Wherever a vacancy occurs other than by expiration of term, the
committee chair shall notify the Senate Chair who, in consultation with
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. Members who miss three consecutive unexcused
meetings shall be replaced.

(B) Except as otherwise provided in this Constitution or the Senate Bylaws,
each Senate Policy Council and Senate or Joint Committee shall elect its
own chair. This election will take place during the last meeting of the
committee in each spring semester so that committee leadership will be in
place at the beginning of the following academic year.

Section 9. UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPORTS. Chairs of all University councils and
committees shall provide timely information on matters of general faculty or
Senate interest to the Senate through the Steering Committee and shall report on
the disposition of all matters referred by the Senate. Such reports shall not
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Article VI
ORGANIZATIONAL UNITS OF THE UNIVERSITY

Section 1. ACADEMIC ORGANIZATION OF THE UNIVERSITY-

(A) There shall be established such academic and administrative units as are
necessary for administering the educational programs of the University.

(B) The basic degree-granting unit of the University shall be the college, in
which there may be schools, departments, and such units as are necessary.

(C) Colleges and schools may be established or abolished by the initiative of
the Faculty Senate with the approval of the President of the University and
the Board of Trustees. The initiative for establishment or abolition of such
units may also be exercised by the Board of Trustees.

Section 2. THE COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS-

(A) A college shall be a unit of the University organized to conduct curricula
of study and research, and to grant degrees.

1. Subject to the approval of the Faculty Senate, the President and the
Board of Trustees, the faculty of a college, or appropriate
committees thereof, shall exercise control over the academic affairs
of the college. The faculty of the college shall establish
requirements of the college for entrance and for graduation, and the
form of degrees to be conferred. It shall determine the arrangement
and content of the curricula.

2. The faculty of a college shall consist of all faculty members in the
department and units which belong to the college and the faculty
paid by another college but teaching regularly in the college as part
of their duties, when so appointed by specific action of the deans
concerned; the deans, associate deans and assistant deans of the
college; and the President of the University as an ex officio
members.

3. The chief executive and administrative officer of the Graduate
School, and of each college shall be a dean, who may at the same
time be a professor in one of the departments of the college. The
dean shall be appointed by the President. In making this
appointment, the President shall give consideration to the opinion
of the faculty of the college concerned by consultation with a
special committee of at least three faculty members elected by the
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President for the administration of the college and shall be the
agent of the faculty for the execution of educational policy.

(B) A school, except for the Graduate School, shall be a unit subordinate to a
college organized for a special program of studies. The administrative
officer of a school shall be a director, who may at the same time be a
professor in one of the departments of the school. The director shall be
nominated by the dean of the college and approved by the President. In
making this nomination, the dean shall give consideration to the opinion of
the faculty of the school concerned by consultation with a special
committee of at least three faculty members elected by the faculty of the
school. The director shall be subject to the administrative supervision of
the dean of the college in which the school is located.

(C) Because the college is the unit of the University organized to conduct
curricula of study and research and to grant degrees, periodic evaluations
of each college shall be conducted in accordance with procedures adopted
by the Senate.

Section 3. THE DEPARTMENTS-The department shall be the fundamental unit of
academic and administrative organization within the University. Departments
shall be either professional functions departments or teaching and research
departments. For purposes of organization and budget, each teaching and research
department shall be assigned to one and only one college. The formation of a
department, its consolidation with other departments, its transfer from one college
to another, or any other move which changes the original character of the
department shall require the approval of the Faculty Senate.

(A) The members of a department shall consist of all faculty members in the
departmental budget, and other persons who teach or do research in the
department and are accepted by the vote of the departmental faculty.

(B) The program of a teaching and research department shall be conducted by
the departmental faculty through a chair, who shall have general
responsibility for the activities of the department.

(C) The chair shall be nominated by the dean of the college after formal
consultation with a committee of the department selected by its tenured
members and after consultation with others in related fields outside the
department. The nominations shall be forwarded to the President for
approval. In those instances where the nominee of the dean of the college
is not concurred in by the departmental committee, that committee's
dissenting report should be forwarded to the President along with the
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(D) Because the department is the fundamental unit of academic and
administrative organization within the University, periodic evaluations of
each department shall be conducted.

Section 4. GENERAL EDUCATION-The University shall require a program of general
education for all students receiving bachelor's degrees, which program shall be
under the supervision of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The courses
that constitute the general education portion of the baccalaureate degree must be
approved by a General Education Council, which shall be composed of
representatives from the majority of baccalaureate degree-granting colleges within
the University.

Section 5. THE GRADUATE SCHOOL-

(A) The Graduate School shall exercise general supervision over graduate
programs within the University, including the establishment of minimum
standards of admission and performance; the recommendation of approval
by the Faculty Senate of new degree programs; the recommendation of
candidates for graduate degrees to the President; the encouragement,
financial and other support of graduate study and research where these
functions are not otherwise assigned. Detailed applications of general
policies announced in the Graduate Catalog shall have the approval of the
Graduate Council. The responsibility for the operation of the graduate
program shall be vested in the individual colleges, divisions, departments
and institutes.

(B) General policies and standards of the Graduate School shall be established
by the Graduate Faculty.

(C) The Graduate Council shall assist the dean in being the agent of the
Graduate Faculty for execution of policy related to graduate study and
associated research.

(D) Appointment to the Graduate Faculty shall be made by the Dean of the
Graduate School upon the approval by a two-thirds vote of all on campus
Graduate Faculty in the appointing department and endorsement of the
department chair and the dean of the college. Privileges regarding the level
of involvement of Graduate Faculty in supervising students are granted by
the dean of the college or other designated officials in consultation with
the faculty member and in accordance with criteria established by that unit.
New faculty may be appointed to the Graduate Faculty as a condition of
their appointment to a tenure track position in a graduate degree-granting
department upon approval of the appropriate departmental faculty, chair,
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Section 6. INTER-COLLEGE AND INTER-DEPARTMENTAL INSTITUTES, AND
CENTERS-For the purpose of research or teaching programs at the graduate or
undergraduate level, there may be established under a college dean or other
administrative official, an institute or center to administer such inter-disciplinary
research or teaching programs. Such units may be established by the Board of
Trustees upon the recommendation of the President or the Senate and the
President. They may be abolished by the same procedure or upon the initiative of
the Board of Trustees. Ordinarily, the academic staff of such an institute shall be
regular members of a department and also members of an institute for its program.
The program of an institute shall be administered as is the program of a
department.

Section 7. SPECIALIZED UNITS-Special units, such as the Experiment Stations, Research
and Education Centers and the Cooperative Extension Service of the Institute of
Food and Agricultural Sciences, shall be administered as approved by the
President.

Section 8. ALL-UNIVERSITY UNITS-Academic units serving the entire University, such
as the University Libraries, the Florida Museum of Natural History and other
all-university agencies, shall be administered directly under the President or
through such officers of the University as the President may designate.


Article VII
RIGHT OF APPEAL

All faculty, staff and students have the right to consideration of all grievances or
complaints by the appropriate University authorities. Complaints shall be administered in
accordance with University regulations and procedures.


Article VIII
AMENDMENTS

This Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the voting members present
and voting at any regular meeting of the Faculty Senate held during the regular academic year,
provided that the text of the proposed amendment has been submitted in writing to members of
the Senate at least 30 days prior to the meeting and the notice of its intended consideration has
appeared on the agenda circulated with the call to the meeting.








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