Constitution & Bylaws

Bylaws of Northern Illinois University


ARTICLE 16:
THE COLLEGES

 

The mission of the university--the discovery and dissemination of knowledge--is achieved through the work of the university's academic agencies: the schools and departments which are the focal points for instruction, academic research, and artistry; and the institutes, centers, and programs which marshal resources for the discovery, transmission, and application of knowledge and understanding. Most of all, the mission of the university is achieved through the efforts of its faculty and their attendant staff and support systems. The organizational units which link these resources together, coordinate their work, stimulate and reward their achievements, and foster the sense of community so unique and vital to academe are the colleges.

The colleges are unified by their instructional and scholarly orientation. They are responsible for promoting the spirit of the teacher/scholar, nurturing a climate conducive to inquiry, fostering intellectual freedom, and stimulating the pursuit of excellence in the transmission of knowledge. The colleges provide the essential community--the organizational structure and the framework for intellectual interaction--that makes the academic enterprise operational. The colleges, then, are a basic mechanism through which the faculty discharges its prerogatives and responsibilities.

16.1 Standing Committees of Colleges Containing Academic Departments

16.1.1 The College Council 

16.1.1.1 Composition The college council shall consist of tenured faculty of the college. There shall be a minimum of one member from each department elected by and from the faculty of that department. Additional eligibility criteria shall be determined by the faculty of the college. The dean of the college shall serve as chair and shall be responsible for preparing an agenda for council approval. 

16.1.1.2 Duties

(A)
To act in an advisory capacity to the dean of the college on policy with respect to academic activities of the college;

(B)
To serve as the college personnel committee and advise the dean of the college concerning salaries, promotions, tenure, and sabbatical leaves;

(C)
To make recommendations to the University Council concerning the policies of the college and the university;

(D)
To select the college council's representatives from that college to the University Council Personnel Committee. Each such appointee must not be a department chair nor a
member of a department one of whose members is already serving on that committee.

(E)
To exercise all of the functions assigned to the college personnel committee by these bylaws. 

15.1.1.3 Minutes Minutes of each college council meeting shall be distributed in a timely fashion to the faculty of the college. 

16.1.2 The College Senate 

16.1.2.1 Composition The college senate shall consist of the department chairs of the college, the dean of the college, and such additional academic personnel as the dean shall deem appropriate and necessary to the work of the senate. The dean, or the dean's designee, shall serve as chair of the senate and be responsible for preparing the agenda. 

16.1.2.2 Duties The college senate shall consider and review administrative matters of the college and advise the dean of the college on such matters. 

16.2 Standing Committees of All Colleges 

16.2.1 The College Curriculum Committee 

16.2.1.1 Composition The composition of the college curriculum committee shall be determined by the regular full-time faculty within each college. The dean, or the dean's designee, shall serve as chair of the committee. 

16.2.1.2 Duties

(A)
Be responsible for studying, approving, disapproving, or returning for revision all proposals submitted by members of the college faculty or by department curriculum committees for establishing new courses, programs, or curricula, for deleting or substituting courses, and for changing existing courses, programs, or curricula.

(B)
Submit all college proposals involving the general education program and new or revised undergraduate programs to the Undergraduate Coordinating Council or its appropriate standing committee with its recommendations.

(C)
Submit all proposals involving new or revised graduate programs to the Graduate Council.

(D)
Submit all proposals involving changes in the curriculum of the College of Law to the faculty of that college.

(E)
Initiate curricular proposals.

(F)
Subject to Section 15.1.5 of these bylaws, have final authority for the substitution, alteration, addition, or deletion of courses other than those involving the general education program. It shall report final recommendations on undergraduate curriculum matters to the Undergraduate Coordinating Council's standing committee on curriculum, and, on graduate curriculum matters, to the Graduate Council. 

16.2.2 The Student Advisory Committee 

16.2.2.1 Organization

(A)
Each college shall establish a student advisory committee and shall provide a constitution or set of bylaws governing the role, organization, operation, and duties of such body.

(B)
Each college shall keep on file, in the college office and in the office of the Student Association, an up-to-date copy of its student advisory committee constitution or bylaws where it is available for student inspection.

(C)
Each college shall transmit, on or before October 15 of each academic year, a list of the officers and members of its student advisory committee for that year to the Student Association and to the executive secretary of the University Council. 

16.2.2.2 Composition The composition of each college student advisory committee shall be determined by the student advisory committee constitution or bylaws of that college.

16.2.2.3 Duties The duties of the college student advisory committees shall include, but need not be restricted to, the following:

(A)
Advise the dean of the college on all matters of direct concern to students.

(B)
Advise the student representatives from the college to the University Council on matters of direct concern to students.

(C)
Nominate or appoint student members to university committees, councils, and boards.

(D)
Screen and select the student member nominees for the University Council. 

16.3 Standing Committees of Colleges Without Academic Departments

16.3.1 College Personnel Committee 

16.3.1.1 Composition The composition of the college personnel committee shall be determined by the regular, full-time faculty within each college. The dean of the college may be a nonvoting member of the committee and may serve as chair. The chair shall be responsible for preparing an agenda for the committee's approval. 

16.3.1.2 Duties

(A)
Be responsible for exercising all of the functions assigned to a college personnel committee by these bylaws.

(B)
Exercise such other powers and duties as may be assigned to it by the regular, full-time faculty within the college or by the dean of the college.