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Original Policy Source NIU Constitution - Article 7
Policy Approval Authority University Council
Primary Audience Faculty
Staff
Student
Status Active
Policy Category/Categories Governance / Administration

7.1 Students

The right of students to organize an association to provide a means for participation in the governance of the university is recognized. Upon acceptance of the constitution by student referendum and by the president of the university, it will be accepted by the university community (i.e., faculty, staff, students, and administrators) as an integral part of the university's system of governance. The students, through their association, may communicate their concerns to the University Council or to the associate vice president for student affairs and, through that associate vice president, to the provost and president of the university and have ultimate appeal to the Board of Trustees.

7.2 Operating Staff

The right of the operating staff to organize a council to represent that constituency of the university community is recognized. It will be accepted by the university community as an integral part of the university's system of governance. The operating staff, through its council, may communicate its concerns to the University Council, to the appropriate vice president(s), to the president of the university and shall then have ultimate appeal to the Board of Trustees.

7.3 University Faculty

The right of the faculty of the university-which shall be defined for this purpose as those regular, full-time university faculty (as defined in Section 6.1.1 of the Constitution) in the academic division of the university, excluding the president, the president's staff, the executive vice president and provost, the executive vice president and provost's staff, the deans and the deans' staffs to organize a Faculty Senate to represent that constituency of the university community is recognized. It will be accepted by the university community as an integral part of the university's system of governance. The faculty, through the Faculty Senate, may communicate its concerns, recommendations, and positions to the University Council, to the executive vice president and provost, and to the president of the university, and have ultimate appeal to the Board of Trustees. The Faculty Senate is empowered to act as the authoritative and official voice of the faculty of Northern Illinois University. The university bylaws shall specify the membership of the Faculty Senate, its method of selection, and its duties and responsibilities.

7.4 Supportive Professional Staff

The right of the full-time supportive professional staff to organize a council to represent that constituency of the university community is recognized. It will be accepted by the university community as an integral part of the university's system of governance. The supportive professional staff, through its council, may communicate its concerns to the University Council or through the appropriate vice president(s) to the president of the university and have ultimate appeal to the Board of Trustees.

Amendment approved by University Council on 09/09/2015; approved by faculty referendum on 10/02/2015; and approved by the Board of Trustees on 12/10/2015.

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