Tulsa Faculty Senate
CONSTITUTION OF THE FACULTY SENATE
OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TULSA
As approved February 3, 1993
and Amended November 7, 1996 and December 13, 2006
We the faculty of The University of Tulsa, in order to
provide a forum in which the elected representatives of the faculty may, without
restraint, freely express our thoughts on issues of specific and general concern to the
members of the academic community, hereby establish this Constitution creating a Faculty
Senate. While the Senate shall be the final judge of its own membership, we must, in our
goal to provide an effective and united voice of the faculty, include in this body only
those whose duties involve teaching and research. We would then hope to join with
representatives of the University administration and Student Senate in a separate,
properly constituted forum to discuss shared concerns that will promote the general
welfare of The University of Tulsa.
ARTICLE I - MEMBERSHIP
A. The Faculty Senate shall consist of at least 32 Faculty
Senators who are full-time resident faculty members, chosen in accordance with Sections B
and C below, the Provost and President of the University, the Collegiate Deans and the
Dean of the Graduate School.
B. Each faculty senator must meet the definition of a
full-time resident faculty member contained in Section I-D of The University of Tulsa's
1996 Statement on Academic Freedom and Responsibility, Tenure, and Rank or its
successor documents. Only faculty members who will have completed at least one year of continuous service at The University of Tulsa prior to the beginning of their terms shall be eligible to be elected to membership in the Senate.
- Elections shall be held by April 15 of each year. Each College will report the names of newly elected senators to the President of the Faculty Senate by April 15.
- In the initial year, the Colleges shall report the names of
newly elected Senators to the University President.
- The Faculty Senate shall be the judge of the election and
qualifications of its members.
C. There shall be a minimum of 32 elected faculty senators.
Additional members will be added as needed to comply with Section C.2 of this article.
- Each undergraduate College and the College of Law shall be
entitled to at least four faculty senators plus a number of additional faculty senators
that reflects as nearly as possible the proportions of each College's full-time teaching
and research faculty.
- The additional senators representing each College will be
apportioned according to the following procedure:
- Determine the number of full-time resident faculty
members in each College unit eligible for membership as determined by the Faculty Senate
and calculate each College's proportion of the total full-time university faculty.
- Multiply the proportion of full-time resident faculty times
16 and round that number to the nearest whole number.
- If the total number of senators calculated according to C.1
and C.2.b is less than 32, add one senator to the College whose membership fraction is
less than but nearest to .5 without exceeding 32.
D. Terms of Membership:
- The terms of the faculty members shall be three years, with
each College electing annually one-third (or as near thereto as possible) of the members
to which it is entitled. The terms of office shall begin June 1.
- A College shall initially elect one-third of its senators
for a one year term, one-third for a two year term, and one-third for a full three year
- Each year, each college shall elect at least one standing
alternate. The term of the standing alternate(s) shall be one year and begin June 1.
- A Senate vacancy will be filled by the first standing
alternate of the respective college. If called, the standing alternate will serve until
the next regularly scheduled election.
- An additional vacancy from the same college will be filled
by the second standing alternate of that college. If a second standing alternate has not
been elected, the vacancy shall be filled by a new member elected, with all deliberate
speed, according to the procedures of the appropriate College. Further vacancies will be
filled in the same manner.
ARTICLE II - JURISDICTION AND POWERS
A. The Faculty Senate is authorized to consider any subject
pertaining to the interests of the faculty and may make recommendations to the appropriate
administrative officers on such matters as:
- University-wide curricular matters including the creation
and retention of undergraduate and graduate programs.
- Policies related to teaching and other scholarly activities.
- Issues relating to the development and delivery of academic
support services including, but not limited to, the bookstore, libraries, and computing
- Standards for admission and retention of all students, the
requirements for the granting of academic degrees, and aspects of student life that relate
directly to the educational process.
- All matters relating to University planning, including
financial resource planning and allocation, the establishment of budgets, and the
monitoring of internal allocation mechanisms.
- Selection and evaluation of the principal administrative
officers having University-wide responsibilities, as well as the creation or abolition of
- Policies relating to faculty benefits, including salaries,
insurance, retirement, sabbaticals, and leaves.
- The structure of the University as it relates to the
delivery of educational and athletic services.
- Matters relating to the health and safety of all employees
as well as matters relating to affirmative action and equal employment opportunity.
- The granting of honorary degrees.
B. The Faculty Senate shall have the authority to request
administrative action on any issue of specific or general concern to the members of the
academic community. All requests for administrative action made by the Faculty Senate
shall be subject to:
- Approval by the President of the University.
- Approval by the Board of Trustees when the action is of such
a nature as to require that approval by law and/or the University Charter and Bylaws.
- When the administrative action requested by the Faculty
Senate does not receive approval, a record of the disapproval shall be returned to the
Faculty Senate within thirty days; this record of disapproval and the subsequent
disposition of the action shall become a part of the records of the Faculty Senate.
ARTICLE III - MEETINGS
A. The Faculty Senate shall hold regularly scheduled meetings; however, no regularly scheduled meetings will be held in June, July, or December.
B. In the initial year, the University President or a
designate shall call the first meeting and preside until a Faculty Senate President is
C. The Senate may be called to additional meetings by the
President of the University, the President of the Senate, or by petition from:
- Half of its members; or
- Half of the full-time Faculty members of any College in the
- Twenty percent of the full-time Faculty members of the
D. The Student Senate, by a two-thirds vote, may request a
joint Student Senate-Faculty Senate meeting chaired by the President of the Faculty
E. All regularly scheduled meetings of the Senate shall be
open to all University resident faculty members, who shall be notified of meeting times
and places. The Vice President shall also apprise faculty members, in writing, of agendas
in advance of these meetings.
ARTICLE IV - OFFICERS
A. The President of the Faculty Senate shall be a member of
the Faculty Senate, elected to the office for a one-year term. The President will
discharge customary duties of the presiding officer and other functions as provided for in
the Constitution and Bylaws, or at the direction of the Senate.
- Nominations for the Presidency can only be made from the
floor by Faculty Senators. The President shall be elected by majority vote of the Faculty Senators present at the April meeting.
- The President shall establish the agenda of the regular
meetings of the Faculty Senate.
- The President shall immediately inform, in writing, the
President of the University of all requests for administrative action taken by the Faculty
- Service as President of the Senate shall be considered as a
significant contribution to University service with commensurate stipend of one month
B. Nominations for the Vice President of the Faculty Senate
can only be made from the floor by Faculty Senators. The Vice President shall be elected by majority vote of the Faculty Senators present at the April meeting and will take office effective June 1. The Vice President shall serve as presiding officer in the absence of
the President and shall have the following additional duties:
- Recording and preserving the minutes of the meetings of the
- Notifying members and faculty of meeting times and agenda.
- Preparing and distributing to all members of the University
faculty, administrative staff, and appropriate student bodies, a monthly report of the
actions taken by the Faculty Senate.
- Service as Vice President of the Senate shall be considered
as a significant contribution to University service with commensurate stipend of one month
- If the office of the President of the Faculty Senate becomes
vacant, the Vice President shall assume that office.
- In the event of a vacancy in the office of the Vice
President, the Faculty Senate, at its next meeting, shall elect a successor.
- Should both offices become vacant, the President of the
University shall call a special session of the Faculty Senate for the election of these
ARTICLE V - ORGANIZATION AND PROCEDURE
A. The Faculty Senate shall determine its own organization
and rules of procedure.
B. Those rules contained in the latest edition of Robert's
Rules of Order shall govern in all matters for which they are applicable and consistent
with the Constitution and Bylaws of the Faculty Senate.
C. The Faculty Senate is granted the authority to create
committees which may include faculty, students, administrators, and/or staff, as
ARTICLE VI - AMENDMENT
A. A proposal for amending this document may originate:
- Through a petition submitted to the President of the Faculty
Senate, signed by twenty-five percent of the full-time faculty members of the University,
- Through a majority action of the Senate membership.
B. Notification and discussion of proposed amendments:
- The President of the Faculty Senate shall call and conduct a
meeting with all interested faculty to discuss the proposed amendment within thirty days
from receipt of the proposed amendment.
- During this time period the Vice President shall distribute
the proposed amendment to the faculty and notify them of the time and place for discussing
the proposed amendment.
C. Ratification of the proposed amendment.
- The Faculty Senate shall conduct a ballot of all resident faculty within thirty days of the meeting specified in B.1.
- The proposed amendment must secure the approval of sixty
percent of those voting.
- The amendment will be in effect upon the concurrence of the
President of the University and the Board of Trustees.
ARTICLE VII - ENACTMENT
This Faculty Senate Constitution is presented as an
amendment to the existing Constitution of the University Senate in the form of a
substitute motion. Under the latter document, the required amending procedure is as
- Majority action of the University Senate.
- A two-thirds majority of those full-time faculty members
voting on the issue.
- Concurrence of the President of the University and the Board
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