The following resolution was appended to the report of the Advisory Council to the Senate Chairman, presented to the University Senate on June 1, 1970.
PROPOSED RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING A FACULTY SENATE
THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE,
WHEREAS, the Trustees of The University of Tennessee at their annual meeting in August, 1949, adopted a resolution creating the University Senate; and
WHEREAS, The University of Tennessee has completed a reorganization whereby it has become a systems complex consisting of several universities; and
WHEREAS, The University of Tennessee has, by virtue of said reorganization and unprecedented growth, become a University family-of some 35,000 students and 2,000 faculty; and
WHEREAS, the original resolution creating the University Senate contemplated one organization with functions which may have been appropriate for that time; and
WHEREAS, the changed physical, intellectual, and educational climate of today demands differently constituted arrangement to function effectively;
NOW, THEREFORE, the Trustees of the University of Tennessee in a regularly convened meeting do formally adopt the following resolution to effectuate the governance of The University of Tennessee, Knoxville;
BE IT RESOLVED that the resolution of the Board of Trustees of The University of Tennessee adopted at the annual meeting in August, 1949, establishing the University Senate is rescinded, effective __________.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that in order to facilitate the governance of The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, a Faculty Senate be organized from the faculties of the several colleges and divisions of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
The Faculty Senate will be composed of certain authorized administrative officers of The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and of elected representatives from the faculties of each college or division of The University of Tennessee, Knoxville in their proportion to the total faculty of The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In other words, by the election process in each college or division, The University Faculty is reduced to a more effective, workable deliberative body.
The actual method of apportioning representatives among colleges and divisions and the rules governing their election shall be determined by the Faculty Senate, except for the purpose of the first election of the Faculty Senate when the election rules will be determined, for that election only, by the University Senate which the Faculty Senate will subsequently replace.
Said Faculty Senate is authorized, in consultation with the Chancellor of The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the academic officers thereof, to enact regulations concerning:
1. The educational policy of the University;
Said Faculty Senate may also make recommendations on any matter which in its opinion is of concern to The University of Tennessee,, Knoxville or The University of Tennessee. Such recommendations may concern, but are not limited to:
2. Policies regarding requirements for admission, retention, readmission, graduation, and honors;
3. Policies for the approval of candidates for degrees;
4. Criteria for faculty appointment, promotions, tenure, and retirement;
5. Criteria for the selection of the Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, and other campus administrative officers;
6. Criteria, in conjunction with other University Senates or corresponding bodies of the other campuses of the University of Tennessee, for the selection of the President, and other system executive officers; and
7. Athletics Policies.
1. Policies for the regulation of student conduct, housing, and activities;
The Faculty Senate is hereby authorized to determine its own organization and constitution and to adopt its own by-laws and rules of procedure to facilitate its performance of the functions hereby authorized.
2. Priorities for the University budget;
3. Priorities for the University development plan;
4. The general design characteristics of University buildings and the general lay-out of the University campus; and
5. Any other matter concerning the general welfare of the University faculty.
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