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A50: The Faculty's Role in the University's Academic Mission

The University faculty has broad powers assigned to it by Board of Regents and the Faculty Constitution and as stated in the Constitution, University faculty shall have the right of review and action in regard to the following:

  1. formulation of institutional aims;
  2. creation of new colleges, schools, and departments and divisions;
  3. major curricular changes and other matters which in the opinion of the President of the University or his delegate to affect the institution as a whole;
  4. requirements for admission and graduation and for honors and scholastic performance in general;
  5. approval of candidates for degrees (honorary degrees and posthumous degrees);
  6. policies of appointment, dismissal, and promotion in academic rank;
  7. research, and
  8. general faculty welfare.

However, actions taken by the University faculty shall be subject to the authority of the Regents in matters involving finance, personnel, and general University policy.  Additionally, see Article I, Sec. 6, of the "Faculty Constitution" Policy A51 for responsibilities delegated to the Faculty Senate.

The Constitution, was approved by the faculty in 1949, ratified by the Regents the same year, and amended since that time in several particulars.

See also "The Faculty's Role in the University's Academic Mission" Section 5.1Regents' Policy Manual.

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