Constitution & Bylaws

Constitution of Northern Illinois University

Preamble
Article 1: The University Council
Article 2: Membership on the University Council
Article 3: Officers of the University Council
Article 4: Standing Committees of the University Council
Article 5: Meetings of the University Council
Article 6: Faculties, Standing Committees, Councils and Boards of the Faculty and Administration
Article 7: Related Councils
Article 8: Selection of a President
Article 9: Human Rights
Article 10: Amendment Procedures


ARTICLE 3:
OFFICERS OF THE UNIVERSITY COUNCIL

3.1 Presiding Officer of the University Council

The president of the university shall be the presiding officer of the University Council. In the absence of the president, the duties of the presiding officer shall be assigned to the executive vice president and provost. In the absence of both the president and the executive vice president and provost, the duties of the presiding officer shall be exercised by the dean on the University Council who is senior in length of service in office. The presiding officer of the University Council shall be entitled to vote.

3.2 Executive Secretary of the University Council

3.2.1 The executive secretary of the University Council shall be elected by the voting members of the University Council from the elected faculty members of the University Council as defined in Section 2.2.1 of the constitution.

3.2.2 The executive secretary shall serve full-time in that position for a one-year term beginning July 1. The executive secretary shall develop an annual office budget to be submitted to a representative of the president's office during the normal university budget process. Part of the budget will include compensation for the department affected by the loss of the instructional services normally provided by the faculty member who will serve as executive secretary during the year for which the budget is being prepared.

ARTICLE 4:
STANDING COMMITTEES OF THE UNIVERSITY COUNCIL

The standing committees of the University Council shall be: Elections, Minutes, Personnel, Rules, and Steering. The composition and duties of these committees shall be prescribed in the university bylaws.

ARTICLE 5:
MEETINGS OF THE UNIVERSITY COUNCIL

5.1 Regular meetings of the University Council shall be held once a month during the fall and spring semesters.

5.2 Special meetings of the University Council shall be held on call of the president, by the Steering Committee of the University Council, or in response to a written request to the executive secretary of the University Council by one-fourth of the members of the University Council at any time during the calendar year.

5.3 Written notice of the time and purpose of all meetings shall be given to members of the University Council by the executive secretary in advance of the meetings in accordance with the provisions for advance notice set forth in the university bylaws.