Academic Affairs Manual (ACD)

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Effective: 3/6/1992

Revised: 7/1/2011

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ACD 111–02: Unit Bylaws

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Purpose

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To describe the role of bylaws in academic units

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Sources

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Office of the Provost of the University
University Senate

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Applicability

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Faculty
Academic professionals

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Policy

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All colleges and academic units must have bylaws, approved by a majority of the unit faculty. With the consent of all college deans to which a unit reports, the faculty of the unit may choose to utilize the college’s bylaws as their unit bylaws. Bylaws outline the structural framework of colleges and academic units and are considered to be the permanent rules under which they operate. Additional operating procedures will be written as standing rules. Bylaws must be consistent with Board of Regents and university policies and bylaws. Prior to approval, bylaws must be reviewed by the supervising dean(s) and the Office of the Provost of the University. Prior to the final approval bo the Office of the Provost of the University the bylaws will be reviewed by the Office of General Counsel. If problems are identified, the bylaws will be returned to the unit for reconsideration and must be resubmitted to the dean(s) and the Office of the Provost of the University for approval. The current version of unit bylaws must be distributed to all faculty and academic professionals and must be on file in the offices of the University Senate and the Office of the Provost of the University. Bylaws of newly established units must be in place within one year of the unit being established.

Bylaws are binding upon current and future administrative officers and members of the academic unit or college, however, the president or designee may ask for a review of bylaws at any time to ensure they are consonant with university and board policy. If either faculty or administrators wish to deviate from procedures outlined in the bylaws, they must go through the specified amendatory procedures that are included in the bylaws. If members of a unit believe there has been a violation of bylaws, a complaint may be brought to the Governance Grievance Committee following the usual grievance policies and procedures (see ACD 509–02, “Grievance Policy for Faculty,” and ACD 509–03, “Grievance Policy for Academic Professionals”).

If the Governance Grievance Committee finds that there has been a violation of bylaws, the committee must report its findings in writing to both the president of the university or designee and the president of the University Senate.


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