1. The duties of the General Faculty are defined by Article V, Section 3, of the Code of Regulations of Denison University as amended April 2002 as follows:
"The Faculty shall prescribe, subject to the approval of the Board of trustees, requirements for admission, courses of study, conditions of graduation, the nature of degrees to be conferred, rules and methods for the conduct of the educational work of the University and shall recommend to the Board candidates for degrees, persons to receive the award of fellowships, scholarships and prizes, and candidates for honorary degrees." They may advise the President, through the appropriate committee structure of the governance system, on the management of the institution and on student affairs.
The Faculty shall investigate all cases of violations of the academic regulations of the University by students and shall administer through the President such discipline as the circumstances require. They shall prescribe rules for the regulation of student publications, musical, dramatic, honorary and literary clubs, and they shall prescribe the academic conditions under which students are allowed to participate in athletics or intercollegiate sports. [The following has been passed by the General Faculty on May 1, 2003, and will be effective immediately upon confirmation in a second vote in the September, 2003, general faculty meeting: "The Faculty also shares responsibility with the administration for the protection of the academic freedom of all members of the University community."]
2. The councils and committees of the University governance system shall serve in two capacities:
as bodies for the consideration of formal proposals which fall under the jurisdictions guaranteed to the Faculty by the Code of Regulations;
as informal, advisory resources to the administration on any issue, whether discussion is initiated by Administrative Staff, Students, Faculty, or Supportive Operating Staff.
1. The General Faculty is defined by Article V, Section 1, of the Code of Regulations of Denison University as amended April 2002 as follows:
"The Faculty shall consist of the President of the University, the officers of instruction and such members of the administrative staff as the Faculty with the approval of the Trustees, shall grant Faculty status. The officers of instruction shall be classified as follows: professor, associate professor, assistant professor, instructor." Voting power is vested by the Board of Trustees in the officers of instruction and such others as the Faculty may designate from time to time, except that new members of the Faculty shall not vote in the election of members to committees until they have served on the Faculty at least one semester.
2. The Teaching Faculty are those members of the Faculty with Academic Rank.
3. The General Faculty comprises the Teaching Faculty, the President of the University, and all Administrative Staff.
1. Officers of the Faculty are the Chair, the Chair-elect, Secretary, and Parliamentarian.
2. The Chair and Chair-elect are elected by the General Faculty in spring elections for a term of one year. Only Teaching Faculty, however, are eligible for these offices.
3. The Parliamentarian is appointed by the Chair. The Secretary is appointed by the President of the University and need not be a member of the General Faculty.
4. In the event that positions on councils, committees or boards remain vacant, these bodies will retain their full authority to make decisions.
1. The General Faculty meets through the year:
at the scheduled times agreed upon by the Faculty;
at the call of the President of the University for presentation of reports on the state of the University;
at the call of the Chair of the Faculty for discussions on issues of concern to the Denison community;
by petition signed by thirty-five (35) members of the General Faculty and presented to the Chair of the Faculty who must call a meeting within twenty (20) class days.
2. The General Faculty shall meet at least twice each semester.
3. The quorum for a faculty meeting shall be fifty (50) members of the General Faculty, at least forty (40) of whom must be Teaching Faculty.
4. Faculty members must be notified by the Secretary of the Faculty in advance of all meetings.
5. The Chair and Chair-elect of the Faculty prepare the agenda for all meetings in cooperation with the President of the University.
6. The Chair of the Faculty, or in his/her absence the Chair-elect of the Faculty, presides over all meetings of the General Faculty, though he/she may relinquish the chair to speak from the floor.
In addition, there shall be a designated period for announcements by and questions for the President at the outset of each meeting of the General Faculty.
7. All members of the University, Academic Affairs, and Campus Affairs councils, as well as all General Faculty, may speak at faculty meetings. Other members of the Denison community may request permission to speak. Arrangements should be made in advance of meetings by contacting the Chair of the Faculty.
8. Issues which have been determined by the Steering Committee (see Art. V, Sec. C) to be of a curricular nature, and which may come to the General Faculty meeting for a final vote, will be voted on by Teaching Faculty only.