The University Council, in accordance with Board of Trustees Policies, has the power:
To establish the educational and academic policies of the university;
To be concerned with and to participate actively in decisions made on other matters that may directly affect educational policies for which the University Council is primarily responsible;
To act upon reports from designated committees, boards, commissions, or councils whose actions affect the educational and academic policies of the university;
To advise on policies regarding academic salaries, sabbatical leaves, leaves without pay, tenure, and promotion. The University Council shall establish a personnel committee which will review and approve, in accordance with the bylaws of the university, policy recommendations concerning salary and all recommendations pertaining to tenure, promotions in rank, and sabbatical leaves.
To establish such standing and temporary committees as may be necessary for the discharge of its responsibilities; to define the membership, jurisdiction, and authority of such committees; to resolve disputes among committees thus established; and to act on the reports submitted by such committees.
To advise the president, and the vice presidents, on policies affecting the quality of student life on campus.
For details please see Constitution and Bylaws of Northern Illinois University.