This organization shall be called the Faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
The faculty, subject to the constraints of Board of Regents policy, shall be vested with the responsibility for the governance of the University. The faculty shall have primary responsibilities for the determination and implementation of its academic programs and educational activities, for faculty personnel matters and, along with the campus administration, for the development of institutional policy.
Membership shall consist of the Chancellor of the University, all members of the Faculty who hold their position by virtue of recommendation by the Chancellor and appointment by the Board of Regents and all Academic Staff members who have been granted "Faculty Status" (as defined in Chapter UWS 1.05, Wisconsin Administrative Code).
Academic Staff members who have been granted "Faculty Status" shall be considered to be in the "instructors" category for the sole purpose of faculty governance.
Faculty with the rank of Professor, Associate Professor, or Assistant Professor and whose position status is at least 50% “faculty” and Academic Staff granted “faculty status” under III.2 shall be eligible to: (1) vote in university-level faculty elections for other faculty members standing for Faculty Senate, university level-faculty committees and on other faculty issues, such as referendums; and, (2) vote at university-level faculty meetings, such as Fall, Spring, or Special Faculty meetings.
Faculty with the rank of Professor, Associate Professor or Assistant Professor with “limited appointments” [UWS 36.17] of 51% or more shall not be eligible to vote as Faculty.
The Chancellor of the University shall preside at faculty meetings or, if he/she cannot attend, shall appoint a senator to fill his/her place. The secretary of the Faculty Senate shall be ex officio secretary of the Faculty.
The chairperson of the Faculty Senate will have released time to one-half load. The chairperson is responsible for supervising the secretarial help assigned to assist in the clerical work of faculty governance. This work shall include any secretarial duties for the Faculty Senate, Faculty Elections Committee and other Faculty Committees. Office space, equipment, supplies and secretarial assistance will be provided.
There shall be an Organization Committee and an Elections Committee and such other committees as the Faculty shall establish.
The duties of the Organization Committee and the Elections Committee shall be defined by this Constitution and its Bylaws, and by the Faculty.
The membership of all committees, the terms of office of committee members, and the manner of selection of committee members shall be determined by the Faculty.
No individuals occupying an administrative position as Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, Associate Vice Chancellor, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Dean, or equivalent position shall be elected to, or serve as, an elected member of a faculty committee.
Regular meetings of the Faculty shall be held early each fall semester and during the first ten weeks of each spring semester.
Special meetings of the Faculty may be called only when classes are in session during a fall or spring semester. A special meeting may be called by the Chancellor on his own initiative. A special meeting shall be called by the Chancellor: (a) at the request of any faculty committee; (b) at the request of the Faculty Senate; or (c) by petition in accordance with this Constitution.
The first order of business after disposition of the minutes of the previous meeting shall be: (a) the Annual Report of the Chancellor to the Faculty at the fall regular meeting; (b) the Report of the Organization Committee at the spring regular meeting; and (c) a matter covered by Section 2 (a) (b) (c) above, a matter specified by the person or group requesting the meeting. The purpose of a special meeting shall be announced in the call. Any other items of business may be presented at any regular or special meeting.
Ten percent of the active membership shall constitute a quorum at all faculty meetings.
To review the structure of faculty governance of the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater. The scope of this review shall consist of:
The structure and functions of the Faculty Senate and of Faculty committees.
The Faculty Constitution and Bylaws.
To assist the Faculty in making changes in the Constitution, Bylaws or committee structure of the Faculty according to Article IX of this Constitution.
To arbitrate disagreements concerning interpretations of the Constitution, Bylaws or committee structure of the Faculty according to the following procedure:
a. Appellants to the Organization Committee shall file requests for arbitration with the chairperson of that committee.
b. The Organization Committee upon receipt of a request for arbitration shall select a panel numbering at least three from the Faculty that shall include at least one member of the Organization Committee. No faculty member with an interest in the issue under consideration shall serve on the panel.
c. The arbitration panel shall review the issue and report its recommendations to the Organization Committee within three weeks of the date at which the panel was convened.
d. The Organization Committee shall issue a ruling binding upon all interested parties unless subsequently overturned by a vote of the Faculty.
4. To assume responsibility each year for an amended and corrected version of the Faculty Constitution.
One Faculty member shall be elected from each constituency for two year terms. Members from the College of Arts and Communication, College of Business and Economics, and College of Education and Professional Studies shall be elected in even years. Members from the College of Letters and Sciences and the College of Integrated Studies faculty shall be elected in odd- numbered years. Members of the Organization Committee may not serve simultaneously on the Faculty Senate.
If an amendment to or a revision of the Constitution is desired, the proposed amendment or revision shall be presented to the Organization Committee for consideration. Upon approval by that committee, a copy shall be sent to each member of the Faculty at least one week in advance of the meeting at which the amendment or revision of the Constitution is to be considered.
If the amendment is rejected by the Organization Committee, or if in the judgment of the originator, that committee fails to act within a reasonable length of time, the originator may circulate a petition setting forth the desired amendment and if ten percent of the Facult yexpress a desire to consider the amendment, the petitioners may present the amendment at a regular meeting of the Faculty or at a special meeting of the Faculty which shall be called for that purpose within two weeks of the presentation of the amendment and signed petition to the Chancellor. A copy of the proposed amendment shall be sent to each member of the Faculty at least one week in advance of the meeting.
An amendment shall be considered passed if it receives a two-thirds vote of those voting in a faculty meeting, a quorum being present.