Chapter 5: Amendments to Faculty Manual
Proposal for Changes
Any formal proposal for a change in the Faculty Manual must be made by the Chancellor, the Provost, the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, or the Faculty Senate. The proposal becomes an official one when that officer sends the proposal in writing to the other three participants in the change process. A copy should go to the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty for archiving as discussed below.
Once a formal suggestion for change is made, the Faculty Senate, the Provost, and the Vice Chancellor should have a minimum of thirty days to issue a recommendation to the Chancellor on the proposed change. All efforts should be made to conclude deliberations within a reasonable time. It is likely that many changes that are purely informational will not require discussion. Others will merit extended discussion, including referral to committees of the Faculty Senate. The ultimate decision on any change lies with the Chancellor.
There may be instances in which some almost immediate change is needed. A change in government regulations might well include a specific compliance date, for instance. If that change involves matters that the Faculty Senate (for instance) wishes to study in more detail or if the Faculty Senate is not in session, an interim change may be required. In such cases, the Chancellor either may make the change or designate another officer to do so, with an indication in the Manual that the matter is under review. The Chair of the Faculty Senate should inform the members of the Senate of any changes to the Faculty Manual that have been proposed since the last prior meeting, and of what disposition has been made of each proposal.
Archive of Changes
The Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty should maintain an archive of changes made to the Faculty Manual. On the first Monday in August each year, a “snapshot” of the Manual shall be taken that will be preserved as an archived document both in the Faculty Senate’s office and in the Jean and Alexander Heard Library’s office of Special Collections and University Archives. This document should indicate in some fashion the nature of changes made during the period since the last previous similar document was created. The copy in University Archives should be maintained in such a way that the archive copy for any given year is conveniently available online to faculty members. To the extent possible, a “hard copy” of each edition of the Faculty Manual up to the shift to electronic publication should be deposited in University Archives.