Constitution & Bylaws

Constitution of Northern Illinois University

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


The University Council, in accordance with Board of Trustees Policies, has the power:

1.1 To establish the educational and academic policies of the university. In fulfillment of this charge, the University Council shall:

1.1.1 Participate through its appropriate curriculum councils in the determination of the university curriculum.

1.1.2 Participate in the selection of faculty committees.

1.1.3 Advise the president on the appointment of administrative officers, including the selection of a president.

1.1.4 Participate and advise the president and the vice presidents, through the appropriate committees, in preparing and administering the annual budget.

1.1.5 Participate and advise the president, through the appropriate committees, in determining basic policies with respect to campus planning and building construction and utilization.

1.1.6 Aid in developing basic policies for the university.

1.2 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.

1.3 To act upon reports from designated committees, boards, commissions, or councils whose actions affect the educational and academic policies of the university.

1.4 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.

1.5 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.

1.6 To advise the president, and the vice presidents, on policies affecting the quality of student life on campus.